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This MeetUp site is intended to share info about RACCC, and to encourage interested paddlers in the Ottawa area to join the RACCC.

Note: Go to www.raccc.ca (http://www.raccc.ca/) official membership page, to join the RACCC ! Then....come paddle with us!

Ottawa is in the middle of canoeing paradise! Beautiful parks like Gatineau, Algonquin, La Verendrye, Frontenac, Mattawa and Bon Echo as well as the Ottawa, Madawaska, Petawawa, Rideau Rivers (and many other) are all within a short drive. Come and explore these and other wonderful wilderness areas with us!

The RACCC has over 300 members of all ages and skill levels collaboratively host hundreds of trips, training and social events during the paddling season and throughout the year! RACCC trips and training are for beginners through advanced paddlers interested in flatwater (lake) or whitewater (river) paddling. Last year, we held 250 club events!

The RA Canoe Camping Club (RACCC) has a legacy of canoe tripping expertise! Friendship, volunteerism, safety, environmentally friendly camping and car pooling have been RACCC hallmarks since 1952.

The RACCC is volunteer run, providing club members with the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the club, to learn new skills as well as meet many other canoeists and outdoor enthusiasts. We run co-operative trips where everyone gets involved which allows us to keep costs down. Club members enjoy a range of relaxed evening paddles, day trips and weekends to extended wilderness expeditions.

RACCC membership provides access to:

• Club Trips, Training and Social Events (during the paddling season and throughout the year)

• Canoe and Camping Equipment (This includes our fleet of whitewater, flatwater canoes and touring kayaks)

Full access to http://www.raccc.ca to view:

• Calendar of events: Trips, Training and Social Events (year round!)

• Trip Reports posted by Club Members

• RACCC Handbook (Club Procedures, Safety and Canoe Camping Tips, and more)

• Safety tips

• Contact List for Club members and potential paddling partners

• List of RACCC Qualified White Water Paddlers (meeting club criteria)

• Discussion Forums

• Member discounts (http://www.raccc.ca/membership/discounts-for-raccc-members)

• Volunteer opportunities!

Does this sound like the right club for you?
Click here (http://www.raccc.ca/membership/join)for more information about joining the RACCC or email membership@raccc.ca

**Please note that this meetup site is not used for all regular club events - for member access to full calendar via www.raccc.ca (http://www.raccc.ca/)

Come paddle with us in the Ottawa area....in Ontario, Quebec...and beyond!

Upcoming events (4+)

Palmer River Fest 2022

Paddler's Co-Op

A fabulous and family-friendly annual event that welcomes all sorts of paddlers for fun, socialising, skills development and includes childcare options!! Whitewater Kayak, Canoe or Open Boating, along with clinics to the Ottawa River for Advanced groups. For the water shy… enjoy the live music, beer garden, yoga, vendors, on land events & more!

A weekend event to celebrate the season and to raise money for the 2022 season of kids programs and youth courses.

For more details visit: https://paddlerco-op.ca/palmer-river-fest/
open to the public, Whitewater clinics require registration

### Palmer River Fest Covid Edition

This will be a Covid-19 conscious event, please come prepared and expecting to wear something that covers your nose, mouth and chin when you are unable to keep a distance of 2m (6 feet) on land.


The Festival Weekend

Perfect for EVERYONE: brand new beginner or intermediate or expert paddlers!

** New this year! Art retreat, Interpretive Hiking, and Packrafting! **

Here is what to expect:

  • Saturday & Sunday: 4 Instructional Whitewater Clinics running Saturday am/pm and Sunday am/pm (High Quality, Safely Facilitated)
  • Kid & Youth Friendly Whitewater Kayak Clinics (ages 8+)
  • For Non-Paddlers:
  • Art retreat with two days of facilitated plein air painting/sketching in a natural wilderness setting
  • Guided interpretive hikes to hilltop views learning about local history, plants and wildlife, natural medicines and foraging
  • On-site camping Friday & Saturday for clinic participants and their companions.
  • Live Music Saturday Night for your physically distanced enjoyment
  • Radical Raffle: Sweet Prizes & Swag!
  • PRF proceeds go towards funding our kid & youth programs
  • Food Vendor: receive one lunch voucher with your weekend ticket and more available to purchase during the event

Registration/Check In: Friday, May 20th @4 pm- 8:30 pm OR Saturday, May 21st @7:30 am- 8:45 am
Arrive Friday pm, stay and celebrate all day Saturday & Sunday. Leave at your leisure Sunday or book an extra night and leave Monday.

  • Paddler – $260 (includes 4 clinics, camping Friday and Saturday nights, music admission and Saturday lunch voucher)
  • Kids Paddling – $200 (Rentals included, one Saturday lunch voucher and camping for Friday and Saturday nights, music admission)
  • Hiker – $180 (Includes 2 guided 4hr hikes, one lunch voucher, camping for Friday and Saturday nights, music admission)
  • Artists – $180 (Includes 2 facilitated art days, one lunch voucher, camping for Friday and Saturday nights, music admission – art supplies not included)
  • Boats – $90/weekend (helmet, paddle, PFD and skirt included)
  • Gear Pieces – $12/item/weekend (helmet, paddle, PFD or skirt)
  • Non Participating Campers – $55/weekend includes 1 raffle ticket and one lunch voucher
  • Camping is only available to spouses, partners or family members of participants.
  • We wish we could host everyone but are committed to providing a safe and fun weekend.
  • Dinner – Saturday night dinner voucher available for purchase with registration – $13.50

Ottawa River Keeper Gala - Attend or Volunteer! + Online Auction

Needs a location

The Riverkeeper Gala is the National Capital Region’s premier fundraising event to support a clean and healthy river and one of the most talked about events on the Ottawa social calendar. After a two year hiatus, the gala is making a comeback in 2022!

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 come together to celebrate the Ottawa River. It will be a spectacular evening of fine cuisine, musical performances, and dancing. The event will feature our popular Riverkeeper Gala Auction, distinguished guests, and immaculate views at 50 Sussex as the sun sets over the Ottawa River.

During the event we will be presenting this year’s Honorary Riverkeeper, a prestigious designation awarded to someone who promotes the cause of water protection, inspires others, and works for the good of our watershed.

For more information visit: https://www.riverkeepergala.com/

The Riverkeeper Gala Auction will launch online prior to the gala, giving bidders an early opportunity to bid on an impressive array of high-end items, including experience packages and original artwork by local artists. Attendees of the Riverkeeper Gala will be able to view a selection of items on display at the event.
The auction will conclude the evening of the gala, on June 1, 2022. ​All proceeds from the auction go towards keeping our river swimmable, drinkable, and fishable for everyone. If you are interested in donating items to the auction, please reach out to [masked].

To volunteer for this event: contact Maddie at[masked] or [masked]

Intro to Whitewater Canoeing - Solo

RA Centre

Solo boating is fun and flexible!

For anyone looking to improve their skills (solo or tandem) this course will help you understand water-boat dynamics and how to manoeuvre on the water and is designed for individuals with little or no moving water/whitewater canoeing experience.

Emphasis will be placed on canoe skills, understanding whitewater principles and river safety. Successful participants will receive a Paddle Canada Introduction to Moving Water certification.

Pre-requisites include: Ability to paddle a canoe in flat water. Comfort swimming in moving water.

Please RSVP and the course director will be in contact with more details.

For additional information visit https://www.raccc.ca/programs/training/whitewater-training
or contact [masked]

COVID Restrictions:
The following restrictions will apply:

  • all participants must sign the RA COVID Acceptance of Risk form
  • travel and tenting will be by household groups only (no car pooling or shared tenting otherwise)
  • all meals will be by household group or individual. All participants must bring their own food and kitchen utensils.
  • distancing and wearing of masks on shore will be required and club protocols for sanitizing club equipment must be followed.

Use of a club boat, paddles, pfd’s and helmet are included in the course fee.
Private boats may be used, but they must be fully outfitted with thigh straps and floatation, and must be pre-approved by course instructor.
On the water, closed toe shoes that will not fall off in rapids / swims, are mandatory. Crocs and flip flops are not permitted.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, but you must talk to your instructor prior to the course to ensure your equipment appropriate for whitewater training. If you are considering buying gear prior to the course, you may wish to check with the instructors.

Minimum age 13

If under 18, the participant's parent or guardian must be present on site.
There will be an in-town session 28 May from 0900 to 1600 to familiarize participants with boats, transporting boats on their personal vehicles, personal equipment choices for whitewater, and organizing travel to the training site. This may also include an in-town on-water practice session.
The core of the course will start with leaving from the RA Centre at 1600 on Friday and returning by 1800 Sunday for both weekends: 03-05 June or 10-12 June.

Location: RA Centre and Palmers Rapids (about 2.5 hrs drive from the RACCC Boat House). Camping will be at Paddlers Coop.

Registration: Registration is on-line through PlayRA at https://www.racentre.com/enterprise/program/indexusing
Bar Code 3314 for 3-5 June or 3317 for 10-12 June.
Minimum: 2 Maximum: 8 Participants
Cost: Member: $180 Non Member: $240

Fee includes:

  • boat, paddle, helmet and pfd

Does NOT include:

  • camping fees

  • travel

  • food

  • tenting, camping equipment, personal clothing, wetsuit

Intro to Tandem Whitewater Canoeing

Jessup's Campground

For individuals with little or no moving water/whitewater canoeing experience. This course aims to introduce basic skills and techniques needed to manoeuvre through whitewater rapids. Emphasis will be placed on canoe skills, understanding whitewater principles and river safety. Successful participants will receive a Paddle Canada Introduction to Moving Water certification. A partner is not required. Pairs will be arranged by instructors. Pre-requisites include: Ability to paddle a tandem canoe from both bow and stern positions in flat water. Comfort swimming in moving water.

Registration: Registration will be on the RA Centre website using PlayRA at https://www.racentre.com/enterprise/program/index use Bar Code 3315.
Cost: Member: $180 Non Member: $240

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