Ottawa is in the middle of a canoeing paradise! Beautiful lakes and rivers are within a short drive. Club members can enjoy a range of relaxed evening paddles, day trips and weekends, to extended wilderness expeditions.
Come and explore these and other wonderful wilderness areas with us!
The RACCC, formerly known as the Y Canoe Camping Club, had its beginnings in the late 1940’s when a group of YMCA members began making canoe trips. On November 1, 2012 the YCCC transitioned to the Recreation Association Canoe Camping Club. The RACCC has a legacy of canoe tripping expertise! Friendship, volunteerism, safety, environmentally friendly camping have been clubchallmarks since the 1940’s.
Currently we are more than 300 members of all ages and skill levels and offer a wide variety of recreational trips organized under flat water, white water and family programs, complemented by a training program. All RACCC programs are completely run on a voluntary basis by club members.
Club members collaboratively host over 200 trips, training and social events during the paddling season and throughout the year! Our cooperative trips involve everyone, which allows us to keep costs down. RACCC trips and training are for beginners through advanced paddlers interested in flatwater or whitewater paddling. We also offer family appropriate programming.
The RACCC paddles wherever there is water and access! There are many great lakes and rivers in Ontario and Quebec but RACCC trips also explore other Provinces and Territories, and USA waterways. Local destinations include parks such as Gatineau, Algonquin, La Verendrye, Frontenac, Mattawa, Voyageur, Bon Echo, and lakes, rivers and other accessible waterways via back roads!
The Family Program is designed to help introduce parents with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, to canoeing. The Family Program offers a variety of outdoor activities and training cours
Membersenjoy a number of benefits including discounts at retailers and outfitters, access to club trips, training and social events 12 months a year, access to the RACCC fleet of whitewater and flatwater canoes, touring kayaks and camping equipment. Members also have full access to www.raccc.ca, including a calendar of trips, training and social events (year round), trip reports and lists of canoeing and camping locations posted by club members, the 2014 Member Handbook, a full list of club members and those who have qualified for the Whitewater List, a discussion forum annoucing trip and buy-and-sell notices, and volunteer opportunities.