Club Events

Club Events

Upcoming Events

Please note the following events:

1) Navigation and Winter Environment - 7:00pm February 21

This evening will introduce the basics of navigation using a map and compass. The practical component will take place during the weekend at Limerick Forest.

Basic Navigation
Way finding in the winter
Winter vs Summer / Land vs Water
Sounds of Winter

Members and non-members welcome
Cost: Free

Room: Outaouais (at the East end of the building)
Location: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

Registration with Training Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is recommended.

2) The Snake River, and other worthwhile Adventures in the Yukon - 7:00pm February 26

The Snake river is one of the classic northern expeditions in the Peel watershed, accessible to whitewater paddlers. Join RACCC members to learn about their self-guided summer 2018 voyage on the Snak plus hiking (and eating their) way through the MacKenzie mountain range.

Logistical and culinary tips as well as other worthwhile excursions will be noted, such whitewater day trips from Whitehorse, hiking in the Tombstones, and exploring glaciers in Kluane and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park.

Members and non members welcome
Cost: Free

Room: Courtside B (at the East end of the building)
Location: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

No registration required.

3) The Camino de Santiago - 7:00pm March 7

One of the world’ most popular treks is the Camino Frances (from just inside France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain). This seminar will review available routes, when to go, how to get there, what to bring and where to stay and eat. Paul H. will also review some of the highlights of his trek in 2018.

Presenter: Paul H. (other Ottawa residents who have walked other routes will be invited to attend and supplement the presentation).

Members and non members welcome
Cost: Free

Room: Courtside B (at the East end of the building)
Location: RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa

No registration required.

4) Cross-country Ski/Snowshoe - Gatineau Park - Herridge Cabin - 4:00pm March 9

Join a group of us for a cross-country ski or snowshoe hike from P16 (off Pine Road) or snowshoe from P15 (Cross-Loop Road) into Herridge cabin. Bring something to drink, food to share, a headlapm, tea candles, etc. Dress in layers to prevailing conditions. Mett at 4:00 p.m. at the starting point. Paul H. will co-ordinate the ski group from P16. Contact Paul H. to notify if you are coming and if you need a ride or can offer one (car pooling is encouraged)


A weekend out at Limerick Forest Interpretive centre that allows us access to a beautiful cabin and a beautiful trails to provide a chance to test out skills learned and learn new ones.

Planning Meeting
Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm | RA Centre, Courtside B

Food/water: Stoves vs Fires , Energy needs (winter vs summer)
Light management / Battery conservation
Camp Selection / Preparation
Practical exercise travel / navigation
Shelters: Commercial, Emergency, Other

Fee (course): $25/person (members and non members welcome)

Register on-line at, by phone at
613-733-5100 or in person at the East Member Services desk.

Club Potluck - Sat Nov 24, 2018 - 5:30-10pm

Members and guests are invited to come out to the annual RACCC Potluck party to share stories, memories, (maybe some embarrassing video!) and the always delicious food which our members are famous for.

Join us for an evening of fun and friendship, and to honour those outstanding members receiving awards for their volunteering and contributions.

The year the potluck will be at the Tom Brown Arena Hall from 5:30 – 10:00. The arena is located at 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa.

If you have any photos or videos that you would like to share, please contact Mark Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Please: If bringing a dish that requires heating, try to bring an extension cord /power bar too. And don't forget to bring your own plates and cutlery, in keeping with our camping tradition.).

Please note that alcohol is not permitted at this event.

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer to assist in setting up the event location, please contact:

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Club Orientation (7pm) & Pub Night (8:30pm)-May 11

Recommended for all new club members to help get off to a great start and become familiar with how your club operates.  Please register by e-mail to the contact listed here to attend the May 11 session.  The sessions will start on time at 7 p.m. in the Courtside A Room in the east wing of the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa with presentations on the club and canoe  tripping.  Then there will be practical demonstrations at the RACCC Boathouse beside Bronson Avenue, west parking lot of the RA Centre.  The whole orientation takes close to 2 hours.  Afterwards, people are welcome to stay overtime to ask any additional questions and/or retire to the RA Fieldhouse (Pub) for some social time.

Read more: Club Orientation & Pub Night

Rescheduled - Canoeing a Continent;on the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie

Author and canoe tripper extraordinaire Max Finkelstein recounts tales of his canoe trip from one end of Canada to the other.

Monday February 26, 2018, 7 to 10 pm
RA Centre, Outaouais Room, East Wing

Club members are invited to meet for supper in the Fieldhouse at 5:30 PM.

If you are coming for supper, please indicate your attendance by clicking here. If you are only attending the presentation, please do not indicate attendance.

For more information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual OPEN HOUSE - Friday April 20

Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 20, 2018 and plan on joining us between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM in Clark Hall, west end of the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. The club's annual Open House is open to members and non-members alike.  The Open House is the best time to plan your paddling season and acquaint -- or reacquaint -- yourself with fellow paddlers you might not have seen since last fall. Check out the Flatwater, Whitewater and Family programs and the extensive lineup of Training courses scheduled for the upcoming season. Visit the boathouse, and check out the club’s collection of boats and equipment.

Again this year, we will have a used gear sale table – an opportunity for you to sell the gently-used gear you no longer need, and buy someone else’s! Just bring your gear to the Open House with your asking price clearly marked.

RA staff will be on hand at the Open House to process your registration for both membership and training.

Registration for the club’s training programs will be open at Open House – you’ll want to sign up quickly because they sell out quickly: they’re excellent quality at a bargain price.

Also, Canoe Kayak Canada, Parks Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society will have information tables at the Open House.

Looking forward to seeing you there, and bring your friends!