SUNDAY: Iconic Island Camp Fire Concert by Parliament Hill

  • October 20, 2013 · 3:45 PM
  • Chateau Savage

**THIS EVENT IS MOVED TO SUNDAY INSTEAD! PERFECT CONDITIONS: SUNNY SKIES, BETWEEN 10 - 6 DEGREES. **


** Experience something few Canadians have ever enjoyed. Come to our 3rd Annual Island Camp Fire Concert in the middle of the Ottawa River, in front of Parliament Hill in a large, stable canoe we are renting for 22 people. The most spectacularly fun event in Ottawa-Gatineau ever, making this the best city to live in! (check out images from last year.)**

 

** Limited spots for 22 people. Sign-up now or miss out.  We're in the process of lining up a special act for a combined CD-release party . Other musicians are welcome to join in on what has become the most exclusive, photo-opp of a good time in Canada. If you are a film maker, you come free if you can help document this.**


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Join an iconic camp fire moment overlooking the Parliament Buildings on Lone Pine Island, in the middle of the Ottawa River on Algonquin territory. This is a beer commercial moment you cannot miss. Come enjoy a camp fire in the middle of the Ottawa River overlooking Parliament Hill, just like our voyageur and First Nations ancestors did.  Last year, we had a great time for this early fall paddling classic. A professional photographer told me he'd never seen this perspective before of the Parliament Buildings and was very impressed.  Truly, this is a side of the city others do not get to see.



** Our large canoes are suitable for those who have never paddled before, as well as advanced paddlers. **

Be an explorer in your own town for a truly remarkable adventure.  Paddle up the Ottawa River from Pointe-Gatineau to Lone Pine Island in front of Parliament Hill.  Along the way, we will see Rideau Falls, 24 Sussex, Sir John A. Macdonald's old residence and rowing club, and various other beautiful sites.  At Lone Pine Island, we will build a small fire and enjoy an early evening gathering on one of the more remarkable locations in our country.  Potluck too, for those who want to share food around dinner time. If you would rather bring food for yourself alone, that is fine too.  BYOB / wine for around the fire. Bring a folding chair too.

** PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS GROUP, AS I AM ALSO BOOKING SEATS FOR OTHER GROUPS. FIRST TO PAY, GET TO PLAY. **

Our area was discovered by canoe. Numerous camp fires once lined its shores and dotted its islands. Camp fires became a symbol of our community. They are also still used for aboriginal ceremonies as well on nearby Victoria and Kettle Islands.  We will build our own fire to symbolize our community.

Paddling is a great opportunity to explore how it was explored. Go back in history and enjoy the present.

We gather at 3:45 pm for an evening paddle along this stretch of our Heritage Waterway.

Bring your own snacks and refreshments for our camp fire on the island.  The whole evening winds up around 10:30 pm - 11 pm or so.

Payment: Those who pay online get a $5 discount for the trouble. Others can pay $30 on the day of the event, if we have room in the canoe. Only those who prepay can guarantee their spot in the canoe.

There is no better way to spend time than on the water with other outdoors singles.  Paddles and lifejackets are included, however, you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Things to bring:

- food to share

- camera & tripod (for night shots, you need stability)

- folding chair for sitting by island camp fire

- blanket

- potluck portion / snacks and water / juice / wine / beer

- warm jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves

- rain gear (if weather forecast warrants)

- water shoes

- change of clothes (just in case it rains or weather changes)

- dry bag or double garbage bags for storing clothes.

 

About the leader:

John Gaudaur Savage is a voyageur descendent on both sides of the family, and Antoine Gaudaur who fought against the Americans at the Battle of Mackinaw Island when he was part of the Northwest Company. He has led local canoe and rowing trips on the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers for the past decade. He is willing to share his knowledge of local history and its environment.

** All participants agree to assume personal risk, as ALL outdoors activities come with a measure of risk.  Even so, everything is risk in life and no one gets out alive.  Enjoy your life and come paddling! Beginners welcome. **

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great evening and a great crowd! Thanks for making an otherwise blah sunday a to be repeated event : )

    October 22, 2013

  • Natalie

    Aw! I can't go. My activity won't be wrapped up until 5. Please don't bother to pick me up at the museum at 4:30. Have a great time. The weather is perfect right now.

    October 20, 2013

  • samantha

    Its just myself coming along now. Is someone able to pick me up? I live in the market. Also, may I borrow a camp chair? I'll be making a vegetarian dish.

    October 20, 2013

    • samantha

      Hi Erin that would be great thanks, I saw your email address, I'll email you details. Thanks a lot!

      October 20, 2013

    • Erin

      I'm driving now... Coming in from Rockland. Message me at[masked]

      October 20, 2013

  • samantha

    This sounds life fun! I'm a digital artist so can assist in video editing, photograph etc

    October 20, 2013

  • John

    Rob's is making his special chili for this and Catherine is flying in from Panama with pita and humous. What a great day to do this! Just like last year, the rain will have washed the island nice and clean for our arrival and provide a beautiful afternoon and evening for us.

    October 20, 2013

  • Natalie

    I could go on Sunday if we could move the time a wee bit later to 4:30 even. If this works for everyone that would be great, if not then I understand, and will have to pass on this activity for Sunday.

    October 18, 2013

    • John

      Natalie, You can go with us. There are two options: It takes a few minutes for us to convene and get ready to go, so drop by 4:30 pm and if we have gone by they, then try meeting us at the waterfront in front of the Museum of Civilization at 4:30 pm. That way we can keep on schedule to get there with enough sunlight to set-up and get prepared. You can ride back with us the full way after or we can drop you off at the Museum. There's a public parking lot just down river from the Museum on the other side of the bridge you can park at.

      October 19, 2013

    • Natalie

      That sounds great. Thank you! I missed this event last year and would really like to go, but already had another activity planned Sunday afternoon. I will try to move it along and be at your place for 3:45 p.m. If not, then I can meet you guys at the front of the museum for 4:30. Do they have a dock there, or do you just walk down to the water?

      October 19, 2013

  • Dorothy

    I haven't attended a meet-up before and would love to join you. If you're picking someone else up at the museum of civ. I would love to meet you there also as the time is better for me. If not, I'll join you earlier at the start.
    Thanks!
    Dorothy

    October 19, 2013

  • John

    Due to heavy rain forecast today, we are to hold this event on Sunday instead at the same time. In contrast, the weather Sunday should be perfect - sunny, temperate, and little breeze. Bring a folding chair (we have extras if you don't), warm clothes (hat too), food and drink, and extra $5 to $10 to donate to the musician as an honorarium, if you like.

    October 19, 2013

  • Natalie

    Is the raindate time still 3:45 p.m. Sunday? It will be a challenge for me because I have something else a bit earlier on Sunday.

    October 18, 2013

    • John

      What time would you propose?

      October 18, 2013

  • John

    Like last year, the forecast doesn't look great for tomorrow's island concert party. However, weather systems shift, so we will keep an eye on things and decide on rescheduling this for Sunday instead by 10 am tomorrow, ok? Please stay tuned and check your email tomorrow morning for further details...

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • samantha

    This sounds life fun! I'm a digital artist so can assist in video editing, photograph etc

    October 17, 2013

  • John

    I will be opening this event up to other groups to fill the canoe with prepaid attendees. If you wish to confirm your spot in the canoe, please prepay online now. This guarantees you a unique outdoors opportunity in epicenter of Canada. Your friends and family will be jealous of the fun you will have.

    October 16, 2013

  • John

    Thanks for prepaying for our coming island camp fire concert and potluck. Those who still haven't paid online are highly encouraged to, to guarantee your spot in the canoe.

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • John

    Every year we expect rain leading up to our event, then it clears up for Saturday. This allows for the island to be really clean for our visit. It is arranged with the Great Spirit, who watches over this party to celebrate what nature provides us. Why not COMMIT TO FUN and join us by RSVPing now?

    October 12, 2013

  • John

    Price goes up $5 on the day of the event, so prepay and save today.

    September 26, 2013

  • John

    Tom & I paddled to the island Wednesday night. Paddled through thousands cat fish swimming at the surface, bumping against the canoe. Under fishy escort to the island, it seemed. The island looked nice and ready for our visit to come. The terraced rock was clean, free from old bones. The flood in the spring washed away an accumulation of old chicken and steak bones brought by the sea gulls who seem to have left early for the season. Because the flooding lasted late into June, their nesting cycle was shortened to just one brood and not two. It could be too that they missed a nesting cycle altogether, meaning things look quite tidy for us. With Tom leading rounds of howling, getting the locals on either side of the river to respond over and over, we headed home. The howling continued past the PM's house. What Mr. Harper must have wondered as we paddled past in the night?

    September 14, 2013

  • Kimberly G.

    John - do we need our own canoe or can we jump in with someone else?

    September 10, 2013

    • John

      I have access to two large, stable canoes that can accommodate 22 to 35 people in all. These are the kind the voyageurs used to transport beaver pelts over thousands of kms, so it will be the best way to travel there no matter what kind of conditions.

      September 10, 2013

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