The RACCC is a diverse and inclusive canoe club for adults and families. We have over 340 members of all ages and skill levels, over 250 events each year offered through our flatwater, whitewater, and family programs, as well as numerous training opportunities.
Every year the RACCC gives the Ted Blake award to a club member for outstanding contributions to the club.
The RA Canoe Camping Club hosts an annual series of seminars on subjects of interest to paddlers. These seminars are open to everyone regardless of whether they are members of the club or not.
At this year’s Annual General Membership meeting seven people stepped forward to fill the fourteen positions on our club executive.
The minutes of the AGM are posted on the club website here.
In order to deliver the high quality program that our club is known for we need help – either by filling the empty positions or by having club members step forward to help out with some of the tasks.
Killarney is a very popular park, so reserving 5 months in advance is a necessity. When we got our camping permit, they said to take the first available campsite since the park was fully booked. Paddling down Bell Lake, we saw that half the campsites were not yet occupied. And when we did the short portage into Balsam, the excellent campsite close to the portage was available, so we took it. A couple of days later, when we portaged into David Lake, we were able to occupy an even better campsite and the lake did not seem fully occupied. So go figure.
Call me sentimental, but my first multiday trip with the RACCC had to feel big or I would be homesick again for Sudbury/ Killarney/ French/ Chiniguchi/ Manitoulin. After a week on the water with 4 fine companions, I was not disappointed!
Early morning Saturday we had a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa to Gracefield Camp to arrive by 10am. Karen Hurd was there to greet us and usher us down a single lane through the forest to our campsite.
This was our 2nd year for Flatwater Tuesdays - beautiful evenings spent on the Rideau River just 5 minutes drive from the shed! Once again - it was great! Twelve paddlers joined in for lessons and coaching for Tandem and Solo canoeing! We focused on paddling technique based on physics - to be more efficient and effective boat control in pivots, sliding sideways, circles, arcs, dock landings, paddling backwards, cadence paddling in synch for boat trim and efficient paddling, 4 (out of 9) j-strokes, rafting techniques, paddling beside another canoe and using Voyageur Canoe ideas: 'check' (stop the boat - no more 'bumper boats'!) and Skeg-down (to hold the canoe still and steady when not paddling) ... and more.
It was a mix of 'intro' (beginner) and 'intermediate' Paddle Canada flatwater canoeing skills. Participants were happy, enthusiastic paddlers and learners! Thanks for joining in - you were great! HUGE thanks to instructors: Karen Hurd, Mark Scott, Michele Baddoo and Erynne McPhee.
Here's to FW Tuesdays 2017! Hope you will join us.
I am dreaming of having some 'solo Sundays' this autumn... stay tuned! Watch postings in the Calendar, on the Forum and our Facebook page! Dot B.
Six club members had a outstanding trip down the French River to the Delta. The weather was great and the winds were relatively low on travelling days (but not always, see photo to left). Click "read more" to see more photos.
The crew on Mark's annual Petawawa river was a mix of beginners and experienced white water paddlers, but everyone who came along was adept at canoe camping. This made for a great group who worked and paddled well together. I can confidently say that everyone had a great time, despite rainy weather, and hordes of angry mosquitoes.
This was a relaxed eight day trip with great weather, wonderful campsites and good company. We started at Rock Lake and paddled south through Pen and Clydegale Lakes and then returned. Click "Read More" to see a few photos.
Got questions on how the club operates? Check out the following sources of information.
Club Handbook Plus Orientation Session - Access Members Only
Club Bylaws and Guidelines - Access Members Only
Rates for Car Pooling - Access Members Only
June 18th and 19th was a busy weekend at Palmers Rapids with a introduction to whitewater tandem course, an introduction to whitewater solo course and a intermediate solo course. The RACCC course participants were joined by several members and their families who came to play in the water. Getting away from the city and into the river was the theme for the full compliment of happy campers - and we couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
New friends were made, old friends re-connected with, and paddlers introduced to the amazing sport of whitewater canoing. The weekend would not have been complete without great food, a few good swims and the mandatory throw-bag toss which pitted paddlers against each other to see who could toss the bag into a recycling bin.
This is the first of many warm weekends this summer that will see experienced and new paddlers come together to learn from each other and enjoy this sport that not only allows us to see some spectacular parts of the water, but connect with others who share our passion.
A big thank you to all the volunteer instructors who made the weekend not only possible, but amazing. See you on the water soon!
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Over the weekend 5 canoe club members spent two days at the RA centre learning standard first aid, CPR for all ages, and dealing with scenarios that could occur in the wilderness.
This was a great and helpful course. I can see many situations where I could use these techniques either out on the trail or in the city. Karen’s approach with lots of scenarios and a “bubbly” personality made it all the more interesting. I have read in several studies that people learn better and retain the learning when they are having fun. This course certainly made that come true. Looking forward to similar courses in the future. (participant)
Every club member should have an opportunity to take a course like this! (participant)
One participant had an unexpected tumble. We took this photo after we helped her.