Come Paddle with us!
Ottawa is in the middle of canoeing paradise! Beautiful lakes and rivers are within a short drive. Club members enjoy a range of relaxed evening paddles, day trips and weekends to extended wilderness expeditions.
Come and explore these and other wonderful wilderness areas with us!
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The RACCC, formerly known as the Y Canoe Camping Club, had its beginnings in the late 1940’s a group of YMCA members began making a series of canoe trips mainly in Algonquin Park. This informal arrangement carried on until 1952 when the group decided to formalize and share their adventures with others by forming the Ottawa Y Canoe Camping Club (OYCCC)
The Y Canoe Camping Club grew steadily over the decades.
As of November 1, 2012 the YCCC transitioned to the Recreation Association Canoe Camping Club.
Currently we are more than 300 members of all ages and skill levels and offer a wide variety of recreational trips organized under flat water, white water and family programs, complemented by a well rounded training program.
All RACCC programs are completely run on a voluntary basis by Club members - offering an opportunity to participate in recreational canoeing and canoe tripping in a safe, well organized environment.
Club members collaboratively host over 200 trips, training and social events during the paddling season and throughout the year!
Our co-operative trips involve everyone which allows us to keep costs down. RACCC trips and training are for beginners through advanced paddlers interested in flatwater (lake) or whitewater (river) paddling.
Where does the RACCC paddle?
Quick answer: wherever there is water and access! In Ontario, Quebec and beyond... in other Provinces and Territories and USA waterways. For example - check out the 2012 Flatwater tripping schedule.
Flatwater or Lake trips are often to Parks such as: Gatineau, Algonquin, La Verendrye, Frontenac, Mattawa, Voyageur, Bon Echo, Charleston Lake, Fitzroy Harbour, French River (out to Georgian Bay), Killarney, Temagami, Round Lake, Chinnaguci, Wood Buffalo Provincial Park, the Adirondaks and more.
Other destinations include places like Rideau or the Tay Rivers, Burrits Rapids, Schooner lake, 31 Mile Lake, Lac Vert, Lac des Escaliers, Lac Poisson Blank, Lac Philippe, Meech Lake... or accessible waterways via back roads in Lanark, Frontenac, Renfrew and other nearby counties... the list goes on! Some of these trips are great for beginner level paddlers and some are identified for paddlers who have a higher level of skill or want more challenge.
Family events are diverse and depend on the age of the children involved. Check out the 2012 Family Trip Schedule.
Whitewater or River trips depend on water levels in spring, summer and fall.
River trips throughout the paddling season are held on the Ottawa, Madawaska, Petite Nation, Gatineau, Castor, Salmon, Clyde, Mississippi...or further afield on the Dumoine, Petawawa, Rouge, Noire, Coulonge, Lievre, Gens de Terre, and rivers in the Saguenay region... to name just a few.
Spring river outings often include the rivers accessed off of Highway 7 and 17, e.g. the Salmon, Skootamata as well as small fun runs on the Carp, Jock, Beaver, Indian, Mississippi...the list goes on!
Many of the trips are great for beginner level white water paddlers, others are for intermediate or advanced paddlers.
The RACCC, formerly the Y Canoe Camping Club (YCCC) has a legacy of canoe tripping expertise!
Friendship, volunteerism, safety, environmentally friendly camping have been YCCC hallmarks since 1952.
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)
RACCC Members have full access to www.raccc.ca to view:
Come paddle with us!