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Kudo's to all the participants and instructors in the Introduction to Tandem Lake Canoeing course, June 11-12, 2020
Participants said:
- "it was wonderful spending the weekend outdoors with everyone .. rain and all."
- "it beat all expectations."
- "It was a great pleasure sharing the weekend with you."
-" It is a wonderful Canadian experience for me"
**A number of participants want to practice some more, so they are organizing a day trip. Well done gang!.

Instructors send 3 cheers to the participants:
"It was a real pleasure to work with such a motivated group who kept paddling - rain or shine!"
"They all made great improvements over the 2 days."

Note; There's more to this course at the July 5th Pool session which focuses on canoe rescues and water safety!
The next Intro Tandem Lake Canoeing Course is July 5, 9-10 more info on (XXXX add the link to the info page here). Come paddle with us - It's worth it!

Thanks to Lee Ann S for the pictures!




 

 

 

 

 

Blocking Access to Club Website if Membership Expired

 In 2020 and 2021, the executive decided to allow expired members from 2019 onward to continue to access the member only portion of the club website.   It has been decided, on June 30 2022, to block access to the member only portion of the club website for any person whose membership expired prior to January 1 2022. 

 

If your membership has expired, please consider renewing it prior to June 30.  Note that to participate in club trips or training, you must have renewed your membership.  To determine if your membership has expired, login to the website and then do this in the menu structure: Membership: Club Members: Your Membership Profile: About: Membership Expiry Date.
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Want to Receive Fewer Club Emails?

The RACCC website will send emails to every member to notifiy them of general news as well as Trip postings etc. You can change which emails you receive based on your preferences.

Read more: Want to Receive Fewer Club Emails?

Club Website Switched to New Server

Recently, it was necessary to switch the club website to a new server.  If you visit www.raccc.ca and see this article, you do not need to do anything.  If you do not see this article, you are probably viewing a cached version of the website from  the old server and you must clear your cache.  Click here for an article on how to clear your cache.  The essential advice, however, is given below:

What to Know

  • Clearing cache can fix some browsing problems, free up space, and remove saved versions of visited pages for privacy reasons.
  • Most browsers let you clear cache quickly via Ctrl+Shift+Del (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Mac).
  • Otherwise, try your browser's SettingsPrivacy, or Advanced options.

To clear the cache, you can also try to logout of the club website www.raccc.ca, close the page for club website, close the browser, reopen the browser, open the club website and login.

If you notice that some functionality of the club website is not working, please report it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Time to Renew your Canoe Club Membership!

If you have not already renewed your canoe club membership for 2022, it will be especially easy to do so this year. There is no longer a requirement to fill out a canoe club registration form if a previous year's one is already on file with the RA.

Please click here to review the Canoe Club COVID policies for 2022.

There is also a Covid waiver that must be completed online at www.racentre.com/raccc-waiver-adult (adults) or www.racentre.com/raccc-waiver-minor (under 18). If you filled out the waiver in 2020 or 2021 you do not need to fill it out again for 2022.

Avoid the rush later in the season and rejoin today! The club plans to have a busy paddling season for 2022 just like they did for 2021 and 2020.

For new members, click here for information on joining the club.

To join or rejoin the canoe club, call the RA membership desk at 613-733-5100. The desk is staffed:

Monday to Friday 7:00am to 10:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 7:00am to 9:00pm

Also, the RA East Desk is now open and you can come in and do business with our membership staff.  The East Desk hours are:

Monday to Friday 7:00am to 10:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 7:00am to 9:00pm

 

Season's Greetings

As we approach our second CC (Covid Christmas) it seem like most of the last two years have been less like business as usual and more like a visit to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland.

In these times, regardless of ones religious beliefs, the sentiment of the serenity prayer can help keep things in perspective:

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

On behalf of the RACCC Council, we wish you health, happiness and a rapid return to a world that is more normal.

Solo Trip Summary– 21 Days

27 June – 17 July, 2021

One of my earliest memories of the outdoors is fishing on ice with my Dad on a small trout lake near Algonquin Park.  I call it “trout lake”.  It was a bright sunny winter day, and although the fish were not biting, we could see nice trout passing just under the ice.   As the fish were not biting, Dad wanted to leave.   The sight of those trout swimming by the ice hole has created a lifetime passion in me to try to understand trout behaviour.   My big curiosity that day was that since the trout were active and swimming so openly by the ice hole, why would they not take the bait? I was so disappointed when we left, but that experience has driven my passion for trout fishing.  Although I have had much success in catching trout in some challenging situations, this question continues to “hook” my curiosity to understand the trout’s secret world.  With trout, expect the unexpected!

When I planned this trip, even before posting the trip on the RACCC website, I was determined to go even if it meant going alone.   That is exactly what happened.   I posted the trip a month before departure, and didn’t get a single inquiry.   The reasons are likely the long duration of the trip, and the large number of difficult or long portages along the planned route; more than thirty portages, one over 2km.   The trip was physically and mentally demanding, but it really was the adventure that I had long dreamed of. 

Open the attachment to continue reading this trip report.

Gatineau Park Winter Passes

Once again canoe club members are eligible for discounts for Gatineau Park winter passes. The discount is only available to current club members. Club members will have to buy their passes before midnight Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

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Queensway Ramp Closure

The exit ramp from the Queensway eastbound to Bronson is closed until June 2022. This means that people who normally take the Queensway to get to the RA from the west will have to find alternate routes.

The ramp from Lyon St to the Queensway is closed until the fall of 2025. This should not affect club access to the Queensway except that there will be more people using the on ramp by Bronson.

As of 2021-08-25 the right lane of the Queensway is closed from before Parkdale until Kent St.

Time to Renew your Canoe Club Membership!

If you have not already renewed your canoe club membership for 2021, it will be especially easy to do so this year. There is no longer a requirement to fill out a canoe club registration form if a previous year's one is already on file with the RA.

Avoid the rush later in the season and rejoin today! The club plans to have a busy paddling season for 2021 just like they did for 2020.

There is also a Covid waiver that must be completed online at www.racentre.com/raccc-waiver-adult (adults) or www.racentre.com/raccc-waiver-minor (under 18). If you filled out the waiver in 2020, you do not need to fill it out again for 2021.

For new members, click here for information on joining the club. Please also see the club handbook at the end of this article for more information on the club.

To join or rejoin the canoe club, call the RA membership desk at 613-733-5100. The desk is staffed Monday-Friday 8:00 am-9:30 pm, Saturday, Sunday 12:00-7:30 pm.  Also, the RA East Desk is now open under Step 3 and you can come in and do business with our membership staff.  The East Desk hours are:
Mon-Fri 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Sat, Sun 8:00 am-9:00 pm

Attachments:
Download this file (2020 RACCC Handbook FINAL July 19.pdf)2020 RACCC Handbook FINAL July 19.pdf[ ]1040 kB

Request For Volunteers - Boathouse Inventory

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday evenings to undertake the inventory of Club assets, put away equipment and co-ordinate the taking of assets for training and trips. Under COVID protocols, there is limited touching of assets. The time commitment is around one hour. Training is provided.

Please contact Paul Hughes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest in volunteering.

RA Special General Meeting Cancelled

Dear RA Members;

On behalf of the RA Board and staff, I would like to thank-you for your continued support of this 80-year-old institution.

The RA Board has spent the past 18 months working to identify ways to improve the governance of our not-for-profit association and make the RA more resilient in what we expect to be challenging times. Over this period the Board’s Governance Committee has identified common governance practices in not-for-profits, assessed options, developed a number of by-law proposals, sought legal counsel on those proposals, discussed these at the full Board on several occasions, and undertaken a consultation with members.

Over the past weeks the Board conducted four “virtual” consultation sessions with members on its proposed by-law revisions in Town Hall, Champions Table and blended meetings. It also considered and responded to many suggestions, in writing, via telephone and through virtual meetings. All of your feedback has been and is, valued by the Board.

As you know, the Board’s intention was to organize and present its proposals at a Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled for June 29. I am now writing to advise you that based on feedback received in these consultations, we were unable to identify a way forward on by-law reform at this time. Accordingly, on June 15 the Board decided to cancel its previously scheduled SGM for June 29. Current by-laws, approved by RA membership at the April 25, 2019 and November 26, 2020 Annual General Meetings, remain in effect without change.

Our Board is committed to continuing to engage membership on important issues pertaining to the governance, resilience and sustainability of the RA. We thank you again for your support of the RA.

Sincerely,

Lee McCormack
President, RA Board of Directors

 

Club Reopening?

On Thursday May 20, the Ontario government announced that it is relaxing the restrictions related to Covid. The club executive is working with the RA to determine if the canoe club can start up again and, if so, what precautions we will have to follow.

As soon as we have more information we will share it with club members.