Club Events

Club Events

Winter Seminar Series Recordings

The very successful 2022 RACCC online seminar series has just finished.  To see the recorded winter seminars from 2021 and 2022, click here.  To see a description of the 2022 seminars, click here.

Canoe Club Viritual Open House

Thursday April 21, 2022 7:00pm

This is the club's annual Open House. It is open to members and non-members alike.
Please mark your calendar for Thursday, April 21, 2022 and plan on joining us between 7:00 PM and 8:35 PM via a Zoom Meeting. The Open House is the best time to plan your paddling season. Check out the Flatwater, Whitewater and Family programs plus the extensive lineup of Training courses scheduled for the upcoming season. Unlike past in-person annual Open Houses, this year's virtual version will not offer the opportunity for chats with other Club members.

For people who are not members of the RA or who are lapsed members of the RA, the RA membership fee will be waived if you join between April 21-28. This means that only the Canoe Club Membership fee of $55.37 including tax needs to be paid by new members.

Please click here to review the Canoe Club COVID policies.

To register with the RA and the Canoe Club, call the RA membership desk at 613-733-5100. The desk is staffed :
Monday to Friday 7:00am to 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am to 9:00pm
Also, the RA East Desk is now open and you can come in and do business with our membership staff. The East Desk hours are:
Monday to Friday 7:00am to 10:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am to 9:00pm
Alternatively email Jill Laidlaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Looking forward to seeing you there, and bring your friends!

Additional information on the club can be found in the club handbook attached below.

Schedule for Open House:
7:00 – 7:30 – Introduction in plenary
7:35 – 7:50 – 1st set of break out rooms
7:50 – 8:00 – Question and Answer session in plenary
8:00 – 8:15 – 2nd set of break out rooms
Break Out Room Assignments:
Room 1 – Plenary and Club Registration Information
Room 2 - Flat Water and Family
Room 3 – White Water
Room 4 – Sea Kayaking/Tripping/Camping

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website here. A 1-2 minute review of the guidelines will be held at the beginning of the Open House.

Open House Zoom Details

Meeting ID: 837 9487 7372
Passcode: 757036

Open House Boathouse Tours

Saturday 23 April 2022, 10:00am - 02:00pm
Sunday 24 April 2022, 10:00am - 02:00pm

As part of the Open House the club be will hosting tours of the boathouse by appointment on Satuday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.

Tours will be scheduled every 30 minutes and will be limited to four people per group. While inside the Boathouse, you will be required to wear a mask. To schedule your tour, please contact Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Seminar Report on Weather 101

On Wednesday March 09, 2022 club member Robert Boggs gave a really informative seminar on weather forecasting. Besides provinding a number of sources of information, he gave a number of tips on how to observe the conditions around you to predict the weather when you don't have access to a forecast.

The tip about checking the dew on your tent was particularly interesting.

To find out how you can use dew to predict the weather as well as a lot of other tips, check out the video on the club's playlist part of the RA Centre's Youtube page.

Seminar - Weather 101 for Outdoor Adventures

Wednesday 09 March 2022, 7pm - 9pm

The agenda for the talk is:

  • Reading environmental signals for weather when far from a computer
  • Reading a weather map
  • Understanding cloud types
  • Weather forecast sources
  • Synoptic Weather Systems/Patterns
  • Long range outlook for spring/summer

Robert Boggs has been a consulting meteorologist for over 30 years, first assisting Dave Phillips at Environment Canada with the Weather Trivia Calendar, and then moving to the private sector to provide specialized weather services to such clients as SkyDome, Hydro One, IESO, the Ontairio Ministry of Transportaiton, City of Ottawa, OC Transpo, TD Banki, CN Rail, and CPR to name a few.

Details for joining the meeting are listed listed here for club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be sent starting about 3-4 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at

Seminar Report on Aeronautical and Maritime Search & Rescue

On Wednesday March 02, 2022 Markie Simon and Capt Brian Bovine of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton delivered a wonderful presentation on Search and Rescue. Highlights of the presentation included:

  • The importance of the 3 Ts (Trip planning, Training, Taking the essentials);
  • The difference between 406 Personal Locator Beacons and devices such as SPOT and Garmin;
  • The importance of float plans; and
  • How to reduce the search time in the event that something goes wrong.

The were kind enough to share their presentation with us (see attached).

There was supposed to be a video but technical problems by the club prevented it from being shown. The video is available on Youtube at: