Club Events

RACCC 2021 Winter Seminar Series

The RA Canoe Camping Club (RACCC) will not be stopped by COVID! Once again, the club will have a diverse and interesting winter seminar series. The difference is that this year, the series will be held online using Zoom. They will be held on Wednesdays starting at 7:00 PM.

Except for the seminar on January 20, 2021 all seminars will be open to both RACCC club members and to non‑club members.

All seminars will be posted on the club calendar and on the club Facebook site as events.

RACCC club members will be able to get the ZOOM joining information from the logged in part of the club calendar or by sending an email message to Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  As a security measure, and to help ensure that the number of participants does not exceed the limit of our Zoom account, please ask non-club members to get the joining information directly from Mark.

Non-club members can get the Zoom joining instructions by sending an email message to Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be provided 3 – 4 weeks before the seminar.

The RACCC is preparing documents and information sessions about the club. If non-club members would like to receive more information about the club, they can send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add them to our email list. They can be removed from the email list whenever they like.

General Zoom guidelines for the seminars can be found on the club website here. A 1-to-2-minute review of the guidelines will be held at the beginning of the seminar.

January 20. 2021

Club Community Chat & Zoom Primer

Club chairperson, Steve, will be hosting a virtual chat with the membership. On the agenda are:

  • Touch base with club members to see what they would like to see the club do and how they can volunteer to help the club.
  • Zoom primer for people new to the platform.
  • Overview of the winter seminar series.

This will also be an opportunity to practice Zoom in preparation for the winter seminar series.

January 27, 2021     

Winter Seminar - Search and Rescue in Canada

Gerry Godsoe is a member of the RACCC as well as Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR) serving eastern Ontario and western Quebec.  Gerry will do a presentation on Search and Rescue (SAR) in Canada.  Starting with an overview he will describe SBO-OVSAR, provide information on how searches are conducted and present some survival basics.  The objective for the presentation is to encourage you to think about, “what could possibly go wrong” in the context of your own outdoor activities.

February 03, 2021

Outdoor Education course

 A look at the path that brought me to the outdoors, and ultimately how that path took me to the other end of the world in Oceania. From there we will have an inside look at a renowned outdoor education program and the experiences it helped facilitate, and finally, how does it all relate to therapy?

Riverlee Hunt: Is an outdoor therapy/activity instructor and outdoor educator. Her goals and aspirations are to help foster a deeper connection with nature and its healing benefits, as well as introduce others to new outdoor pursuits and strengthen their passion for these activities. Riverlee loves to white water kayak, hike, and climb mountains. She uses all of these pursuits not just for exercise and fun, but also for the communities and the space that they create for healing. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Brock University. After completing her degree, she went to New Zealand and received her diploma in Outdoor Education from the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Education Centre. Riverlee’s areas of specialization include sea kayak instruction and trip leading, leading and teaching hiking, orienteering, and group facilitation through adventure-based learning exercises/activities. She wants to assist in fostering that life-long connection with nature, and the communities that exist within these activities.

As John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”.

 February 10, 2021

The Missinaibi:  Hell's Gate AND High Water

Remember the floods of 2017?   Would you have set out to paddle down a remote northern river in flood?   How about the one that includes Thunderhouse Falls and Hell’s Gate Canyon?  Join Scott Campbell and the other intrepid paddlers to hear about a trip down the Missinaibi from Mattice to Moosonee, and the challenges along the way.

 February 17, 2021

Indigenous Portage Trails in the Ottawa Region

Dr. Peter Stockdale will discuss the over 20 indigenous trails that he has mapped in the Ottawa-Gatineau area in 2020, many of which are portage routes. In recent months, a small group has been created to investigate routes, particularly portage routes in the area. Max Finklestein is a leading member of the group. The intention is to share some of our findings and engage the canoe club in what steps might be taken towards unearthing, announcing and bringing back these ancient routes today.

Peter Stockdale is a researcher, one of whose interests are indigenous matters. He has also been active in developing peace and nature paths in Ottawa. Stockdale is one of the founding members of Free the Falls, which is dedicated to fostering Grandfather William Commanda’s vision to protect the 7,000 year‑old Akikodjiwan/Chaudiere Falls sacred site, and reconciliation with the Algonquin Anishinabe.

 February 24, 2021

Lightweight Tripping

Ever wished portaging wasn't so arduous? Ever wished that canoe pack was a lot lighter? Come along to this seminar and hear from an experienced lightweight tripper how you can lighten that load with minimum effort and expenditure.

The presenter, Nigel Ward, established a reputation in the Club some years ago for leading long, ambitious single-pass portaging trips. Come and learn how to achieve single-pass portaging!

 March 03, 2021       

Sea Kayak expeditions on the Great Lakes and coastal waters

Rick Wise has been paddling the North Shore of Lake Huron for over 20 years and Lake Superior for over 10 years. He is a Level 4 paddler and Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer for Paddle Canada . He has a University of Waterloo degree in Recreation and Environmental Studies. Rick now leads expeditions for Horizons Adventures and teaches many of the courses. He has been involved with a number of Northern Ontario programs including instruction at Laurentian University and Cambrian College. Rick is a Senior Instructor for Sirius Wilderness Medicine and is a First Aid and CPR instructor for the Canadian Red Cross.

March 10, 2021

Hike the Dumoine…WHY?

The Dumoine is one of the premiere wild whitewater rivers in the Ottawa Watershed….why would one want to hike it?

Did you know…..In the 1800s more people hiked into lumber camps to work than canoe the river today. In the early 1900s early sportsmen and women hiked into exclusive fishing clubs for a week or two of rugged vacationing.

In 1840 a road was started at the mouth of the Dumoine into the interior timber limits. By 1850 this tote road for lumbermen and their supplies was extended all the way to Grande Chute. FRIENDS OF RIVIERE du Moine have been reopening this historic trail, older than the Chilkoot,

Not everyone is a whitewater paddler. This trail allows flatwater canoeists and kayakers to access the river by crossing the Ottawa to the flatwater inlet at the mouth of the Dumoine or by driving to Grande Chute.

Come and learn more about the trail and How you can help make it a reality in 2021.

Some information about Wally and the Dumoine is attached.

March 17, 2021

Being Your Own Weatherperson…Forecasting Weather from Nature

Long before meteorologists discovered cold fronts and jet streams, people relied on nature to foretell tomorrow’s weather.  Farmers, mariners, and hunters quickly connected weather changes to the behaviour of birds, animals, plants or humans. Most weather folklore is a kind of whimsical nonsense. Meteorologists scoff at it but naturalists swear by it. Most useful weather signs relating to the coming weather are based on keen observations of our surroundings, such as the character and movement of clouds, the colour and appearance of the sky, or the direction and strength of the wind.

David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

David has been employed with Environment Canada's weather service for 50 years.  His work activities relate to the study of the climate of Canada and to promote awareness and understanding of meteorology. He has published several books, papers and reports, including a book on The Climates of Canada, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather.  He was the originator and author of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. David frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters.  He has been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and has twice received the Public Service Merit Award.  David is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from the universities of Waterloo and Windsor and Nipissing University.  In 2001, David was named to the Order of Canada.

March 31, 2021

Seminar - Whitewater Paddling in a COVID Year

The 2021 whitewater paddling season will begin under COVID restrictions.  These may relax during the year as individuals are vaccinated and group travel is restored.  Peter Kasurak, the Whitewater Coordinator,  will discuss the paddling opportunities available both with bike and limited car shuttle and also with more extensive car transportation.  The general features of the rivers will be outlined, and length and difficulty of the shuttles will be presented.

April 07, 2021

Seminar on Day Trips

Karen Hurd went on over 40 days trips between June and December 2020. Many of them she led or co-led and many of them were first time destinations for her. Most trips were within an hour and a half drive from Ottawa.

Her presentation, including photos, will provide information about the trips she went on, how to get there, and some of the resources that she used to research them.

April 14, 2021

Weekend Trip Ideas

Four experienced Club trip leaders will provide information on their favourite destinations.  Information about these destinations will include driving instructions, route descriptions, paddling and portaging challenges (if any), preferred campsites, scenic locations, swimming and hiking opportunities and adventures that they have experienced.  Join in and receive answers to your questions about these routes.

April 28, 2021

Mental Health Presentation

Nicole Lewis presented Group Dynamics 2.0 to the club a few years ago and again is returning to do another presentation on a mental health topic. This year's presentation is leaning towards Conflict Management and Personalities.

More information will be available on the website closer to the presentations date.