Joining the Canoe Club for 2020

The Canoe Club will be reopening on June 27.  Click here for more information. Note that your profile on the membership list now shows your Membership Expiry Date. You can rejoin the club by filling out a form on the RA Centre website, click here. Jill of the RA, or her delegate, will call you within one to two days to arrange for you to join or rejoin the club. Also, there is a new waiver that must be completed online at www.racentre.com/raccc-waiver-adult (adults) or www.racentre.com/raccc-waiver-minor (under 18). For additional information on joining the canoe club, click here.

Message From Club Executive June 17

Dear Club members,

Following on our update from June 3rd, the Executive would like to provide you with a quick update.

We would like begin by highlighting the most recent communication update from the RA, where Tosha Rhodenizer (CEO) specifically identified the RACCC as one of the few activities that would be re-opening this summer.

We see this announcement as very positive news, reflecting the positive feedback that we have received to date on the Executive’s proposed plan to open the RACCC. While our proposal has not been formally approved by RA management, we expect to receive it in the near future.

In closing, we will provide further updates, including details of how the club will be operating as soon as we have new information.

The RACCC Executive

Message From Club Executive June 3

Dear RACCC members,

With the recent announcement by the Ontario Government allowing backcountry camping, we wanted to take this opportunity provide an update.

The Executive has submitted a draft proposal to the RA that outlines a phased approach to opening. The RA is considering our proposal, reflecting their commitment to the health and safety of its membership and the sustainability of its programs.

We will provide further updates, including details of how the club will be operating as soon as we have new information.

The RACCC Executive

Cautionary Tale

Here is a link to a cautionary tale for anyone who is thinking of paddling during the lock down.


Message from Chair Regarding COVID-19

Dear RACCC members (past and present):

As you are aware the past few weeks have brought with them substantial changes to how we all live, work and play. 

Given the current closure of the RA Center and social distancing measures, many questions have been raised by our members in the last week as to how the RACCC will continue to function. The RACCC Executive would like to address these issues and ensure all members are clear as to how we are proceeding.

  1. Staying Well is Our First Concern

We would like to emphasize that the health and well-being of the RACCC community is our number one priority and as such, we will be rigorously adhering to the recommendations and guidelines of federal, provincial and local public health officials.  We will also continue to maintain active communication with the RA Centre, to ensure that any decisions we make also reflect the RA’s guidelines and recommendations. Therefore, in order to respect the current health and social distancing guidelines, the RACCC will be postponing all activities until further notice (including rentals). Please note this includes the Open House (April 24th), which was slated to occur at the end of the month.

We are hopeful that the current public health crisis will ease in the coming months and with it a relaxation of social distancing measures. This would allow the RACCC an opportunity to launch a compressed schedule of activities for the summer and fall of 2020. 

  1. Membership Renewal

As many of you are aware, the RA Centre this past week sent out an email to their members addressing membership renewal. This obviously raises concerns as it means members will be paying for memberships they cannot currently use. The RACCC Executive would ask that if you are in a position to support the club (and we understand that this health crisis has in turn also caused a financial crisis for many people), that you consider renewing so that when this crisis passes, the RA and RACCC are well positioned to open the doors as quickly as possible (see below for directions from the RA). For those of you who are understandably unable to continue your membership at this time, we wish to highlight that you are still part of this community and we will continue to keep you apprised of our activities over the coming months.  

  1. Virtual Workshops/Seminars

While we mentioned earlier that all RACCC activities are postponed until further notice, we are in the early stages of planning 1-2 virtual workshops/seminars.  The objective of these virtual workshops would be to provide a forum for our community to come together to learn, as well as provide a fun and informative distraction. More information regarding the scheduling of these workshops will be posted to www.RACCC.ca in the coming weeks.

If you should have any questions or concerns, in the coming days and weeks, please feel free to contact any member of the Executive Committee at your convenience. 

Stay safe…

Stephen Dolan

Chair, RACCC

Directions for renewal (from the April 1st, 2020) RA email:

“For your convenience, we have set up a link on our website at www.racentre.com/stay-with-us where you can indicate your intention to renew. We will be in contact with you as soon as possible to complete your renewal by credit card. As you are aware, we are currently operating with very minimal staff on a reduced schedule and your patience and understanding are appreciated.”

RA Closure March 15 Because of COVID-19

Out of concern for the health of members of our community, the RA has suspended many of its operations until April 5, 2020. The canoe club shares this concern so we have postponed our seminars and meetings until then as well.

The RA will continue to monitor the situation and will decide whether or not to resume activities close to April 5. The club will post updates on this site as we have them.

More information on the situation is available on the Ottawa Public Health Agency website, click here

The RA policy on COVID-19 is available on their website at https://www.racentre.com/

Past President Judy Patterson Passes Away

Judy 1Some long time members with the YCCC from years gone by will remember Judy Patterson. Judy lost her battle with Cancer on Friday December 6th 2019. Judy was in her mid 60s.

Read more: Past President Judy Patterson Passes Away



Ted Blake Award Winner

The winner of this year’s Ted Blake award is someone who has worked in the background of the club for many years.

The club is lucky enough to have a website that has an amazing number of different features that allow for the sharing of information, communicating with club members and even signing up for trips and events. It is hard to imagine our club functioning as well as it does without our website.

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Gatineau Park Ski/Snowshoe Passes

The National Capital Commission has given RA Canoe club members a group discount on Gatineau Park Ski and Snowshoe season passes. The discount is worth up to $20 over the presale prices. In order to get the discount club members must purchase the pass before November 16, 2019.

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Ted Blake Award Nominations 2019

Paddle Edit EditYour club executive is looking for nominations for the Ted Blake award which is a beautiful paddle inscribed with the names of the winners. This annual award is given to club members who have made outstanding contributions to the club, usually over the course of several years.

Do you know someone who has made a really big difference to the club? If so, please submit your nomination to any member of the club executive. Nominees should be current members of the club and cannot have won the award in the past.

Nominations can be submitted to any member of the club executive not later than Wednesday Oct 16, 2019.

History of the award  

The award was created 2003 in recognition of the long and dedicated service given to the club by Ted Blake. He joined the club (then the Y Canoe Club) in 1978 – before the club even had a boathouse. It was he who negotiated a deal with the YM/YWCA to get the club’s first boathouse and to organize club members to build it. He remained active with the club until his death in 2011. Click here for more information about him.

Club member Dot B created the beautiful award paddle.

Click on "Read more" to see a list of previous winners.

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New Kayak

By now many of you will have noticed that the club has a new sea kayak. This is thanks to club member Margaret M. who kindly donated hers to the club. We are all very grateful to her for her generosity.

Mark Scott