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September 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

$5
Urbsite, Photo: Rideau Island

9:00 a.m., Saturday, September 9, 2017 followed by community BBQ

The Old Ottawa East Community Association invites you to explore the remarkable waterways that surround triangular Rideau Island bordered by the Rideau River and Canal and the Ottawa River. The beautiful day-long 20k paddle is readily manageable for recreational canoeists and kayakers although portaging wheels are recommended for the three long portages.

Paddlers are welcome to start the paddle with Old Ottawa East paddlers but they also have the option of joining up with other paddlers from their own communities and, for convenience and community cohesiveness, start and end in their home community (e.g., Sandy Hill paddlers could start and end at Strathcona Park or the Parks Canada canal docks across from the NAC).

After the circumnavigation all paddlers are invited to a celebratory BBQ where we look forward to sharing stories of our day.

To participate please download and fill out the following forms:

We will also require a nominal fee of $5 per person or $10 per family to help cover costs and for the BBQ.
To submit forms and your fee please emailĀ rideauislandpaddle@gmail.com

We will be paddling around Rideau Island, which is the land surrounded by the Rideau River on the east, the Ottawa River on the north, and the Canal on the west. Rideau Island includes the Byward Market, Sandy Hill, Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, and Carleton University.
Some of the portages are long, but manageable especially with wheels. The portages will include: across Carleton University, around Rideau Falls, and from the Ottawa River up to the top of the locks on the Rideau canal.

Detailed maps will be provided to all participants and while groups will start out at the same time and locations, paddlers are welcome to go at their own pace. We will all have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our city from the quiet waters that define our communities.

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