Club Website Blocked if Membership Expired

On April 30 2023, access to the member only portion of the club website will be blocked for any person whose membership expired prior to April 1 2023. Then, for the rest of 2023, access to the member only portion of the club website will be blocked one month after a membership expired.  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. Also, members will be notified by email of the month that their membership is expiring.

For instructions on how to renew your membership, click here.

Seminar on Trip Leading

Peter Kasurak, the club's whitewater coordinator and long time canoe tripper, gave a presentation on trip leading followed by a Q&A. The presentation covered everything needed to plan a trip, from planning, to group dynamics, to risk management. 

The seminar is available on the club's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG0OPJ02uyg

Paddle Canada Introduction to Canadian Style 2023

Course description
This -day certification course introduces the participants to Canadian Style .  This level places builds on control of the canoe to build a routine that includes a sequence of spins, traverses, lines, circles and spirals, with or without music. 
Here's an example of Canadian Style Canoeing (by Charles Burchill - the author of the Paddle Canada Canadian Style program)

See course overview here:  Style Canoeing Program - Paddle Canada
Here are some Canadian Style (solo) basics:  
Basic Elements [Canadian] Style Paddling – Left Side - YouTube

Please use this checklist re: What to Bring'
Club canoes provided.
Covid-19 protocols at the time of the course must be followed.  

Prerequisites:   This course is available by invitation only.  Contact Dot (see info below)
This course is only open to RACCC club members.
For those who have taken and passed both the Paddle Canada Introduction to SOLO (Lakewater).
Age 16 and up.  Minors require a parent or guardian to be present throughout the course.  

Date/Time:  TBD  This course will be organized based on interest by RACCC Members

Location:  Ottawa 

Registration:    (contact Dot at dot22b(at)gmail.com)
Last date to register for this course: May 7
Cost:  RACCC Member: TBD   Non- Member: Not available to non members
Play RA Bar Code:  TBD
Minimum # of participants:   4              Maximum # of participants: 8   

For more information contact instructor: dot22b(at)gmail.com


RACCC Members Survey (open until Sunday Feb 12th)

We'd like to hear from you. Our club members survey will be open until this Sunday, Feb 12th. Complete the survey and be entered into a draw to win your club membership free. Link below:



Aubrey and Shoals Provincial Parks

August 2022

Please click on the attachment to read the trip report.

Download this file (Aubrey Shoals 2022.pdf)Aubrey Shoals 2022.pdf[ ]1497 kB

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.

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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