Sunday: Iconic Island Camp Fire Concert by Parliament Hill

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

Sunday weather is to be perfect for this event: We are holding our paddle and camp fire potluck concert this Sunday.  The forecast looks great with clear skies, low breeze, and 6 to 10 degrees.  Bring hat, folding chair (we have extras), blanket if you like to sit on something warm, food and drink, and $5 to $10 for the musician if you may like to donate something towards his entertainment efforts. We plan on returning early enough to allow people to get a good sleep for work the next day, around 8:30 pm - 9 pm or so. *Newbies welcome.

The Event:

** 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.**


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.


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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  • Joanne

    This sounds lovely, but unfortunately I already had plans for Sunday afternoon.

    October 20, 2013

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