Club Events

Club Events

Club Potluck - Sat Nov 18, 2017 - 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. If you know a club member who is worthy of recognition send the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: The rental agreement does not allow people to bring alcohol to the potluck.

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Club Member Consultation Meeting Oct 26

Would you like to contribute to the future development of the club? If so, your executive wants to hear from you at our member consultation meeting on October 26, 2017.

At the request of the club executive Helen Ries assembled a team of people to help the club executive better understand member engagement. The first part of the process was some background research into recreation, volunteerism and paddling trends in Canada which helped to frame the membership survey that was conducted over the summer. The next part is to gather in-person with the club membership to learn from the survey findings and contribute ideas to the six main themes. We want your ideas to contribute to building a strong, viable and sustainable club into the future.

The in-person consultation on October 26, 2017 requires some planning so we encourage club members to register for the event on the club calendar posting here.

Light refreshments will be served. In addition, a door prize will be awarded at the end of the night to one of the people present who registered ahead of time.
Date: October 26, 2017.
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Place: RA Centre in room Courtside A (East Wing)

I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Mark Scott
RACCC Chairperson

Upcoming Events

Please note the following events:

Booth Lake Trip Oct 6-8

Winter Seminar Series

Every year the club hosts a series of seminars about subjects of interest to members of the paddling community. All of the seminars are free and are open to everyone – whether they are club members are not.

All of the seminars are held at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa.  They start at 19:00 and end between 21:00 and 23:00.

The first three seminars will be about marvelous canoe trips with a single speaker.

1) Author and canoe tripper extraordinaire Max Finkelstein recounts tales of his canoe trip from one end of Canada to the other. (Rescheduled February 26, 2018 in the Outaouais Room).
2) Dot Bonnenfant will lead a presentation about the Four Winds Brigade ending in Ottawa on July 01, 2017. (February 06, 2018 in the Courtside B Room)
3) Brian Wraight will talk about paddling Nahani River via the Broken Skull tributary. (February 19, 2018 in the Courtside B Room)

In response to feedback from the membership engagement process, the second three seminars are intended to provide more information to potential trip leaders.

4) My Favourite Destination will be a series of short presentations by club members on different destinations/trips. (March 06, 2018 in the Courtside A Room)
5) In the Canoe Destination Information session club members will set up tables with information on following destinations: Dumoine River, Lake Louisa, Adirondacks, La Verendrye, Petawawa River, Georgian Bay, French River, Chiniguchi, Kiosk and flatwater day trips. They will have maps and other resources to help people who are interested in leading trips to those destinations. (March 22, 2018 in the Outaouais Room, East Wing <--Note ROOM CHANGE)
6) The Trip Leading Primer will provide guidance to people who would like to lead a canoe trip but haven’t done so or who would like some tips on how to do it better. (April 03, 2018 in the Courtside B Room).

Lastly, club members indicated that they would like to socialize before or after club events. With this in mind, club members interested in meeting for supper before the sessions can meet at the RA’s Fieldhouse at 5:30. If you are interested in joining us for supper, please open the calendar posting for the session and indicate that you will attend so that we can reserve enough tables.

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Member Engagement Process

Over the next few months we will be looking at membership engagement in our canoe club.

Our club has been through a lot of changes in the past few years, most obviously the change in location and establishing ourselves as a RA club. There is also a creeping demographic shift coupled with changes in how people spend their leisure time today. These factors and more mean that our club is perhaps entering a new phase of life. It seems this is a good time to bring our club members together to look at our collective experience.

Read more: Member Engagement Process