Club Events

RACCC 2022 Winter Seminar Series

The RA Canoe Camping Club (RACCC) will not be stopped by COVID! Once again, the club will have a diverse and interesting winter seminar series. The difference is that this year, the series will be held online using Zoom. They will be held on Wednesdays starting at 7:00 PM.

The list of seminars is attached to this article. 

Except for the seminar on January 19, 2022, all seminars will be open to both RACCC club members and to non‑club members.

All seminars will be posted on the club calendar and on the club Facebook site as events.

RACCC club members will be able to get the ZOOM joining information from the logged in part of the club calendar or by sending an email message to Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  As a security measure, and to help ensure that the number of participants does not exceed the limit of our Zoom account, please ask non-club members to get the joining information directly from Mark.

Non-club members can get the Zoom joining instructions by sending an email message to Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be provided about 2 weeks before the seminar.

The RACCC is preparing documents and information sessions about the club. If non-club members would like to receive more information about the club, they can send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add them to our email list. They can be removed from the email list whenever they like.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at


January 19, 2022

Club Community Chat & Zoom Primer

Club chairperson, Steve, will be hosting a virtual chat with the membership. On the agenda are:

  • Touch base with club members to see what they would like to see the club do and how they can volunteer to help the club.
  • Zoom primer for people new to the platform.
  • Overview of the winter seminar series.

This will also be an opportunity to practice Zoom in preparation for the winter seminar series.


Wednesday January 26

How I Became a Solo Camper

In 2002, Camper Christina went on her first backcountry camping trip and fell in love. She went as often as she could throughout the years, but in 2015, with no one to go with, she began going out alone.  Travelling into the backcountry solo, presented Christina with many fears that she needed to overcome.  She attacked those fears one by one and dealt with them logically.  Christina continues going out on trips by herself and has been solo tripping for over 6 years now,  venturing into more remote and challenging places, over longer periods of time, the goal she was aiming to achieve from the start.  To this day, however, many people want to know how she did it.  In today's presentation, you will see the processes Christina went through to conquer her fears and feel safe and comfortable going out into the backcountry on her own.

Christina is a youtuber and outdoor enthusiast who has been sharing her adventures and inspiring others since 2015. She started backcountry camping in 2002 and fell in love and now camps year-round.  In 2015, with no one to go with, she began solo tripping, and although it took a bit more courage and time to get used to, it is currently her preference.  Now, with more experience and confidence, she ventures into some extremely challenging and remote locations in the Canadian backcountry, alone, year-round.  For more information on Christina see


Wednesday February 02

Title: Good food Equals Good Trips

There’s nothing like a good meal out in the back woods after a day of paddling. Three club members will share some nifty food and cooking options for great meals.


Wednesday February 09

How to prepare your family for a zombie apocalypse

No matter what world ending disaster you're preparing your family for, learning outdoor survival skills may save your families lives. Join our Family Program Coordinator Cory, to learn how many of the skills and gear for backcountry camping, can help your family be prepared for almost any disaster situation. This lighthearted presentation will offer a different perspective on getting your family outdoors, learning and having fun.


Wednesday February 16 

Canoeing Across Canada - A Journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans

Recently Glenn and Carol paddled across Canada in their canoe. It entailed a three year

paddling season to complete a journey covering over 8,515 kilometres. They traversed many

lakes and rivers connecting the provinces, exploring the water routes used by Indigenous

people for thousands of years.

From coast to coast they had an incredible experience of self-discovery, being connected with

nature and exploring the culturally rich diversity of this great nation. Along the way, they raised

funds and awareness for a charity that works to champion policies and programs to enhance

food security.

Carol VandenEngel and Glenn Green both enjoy travelling off the beaten path to distant

destinations, but their true passion lies in getting in their canoe to explore the vast Canadian


Glenn and Carol have always had a passion for the great outdoors. Their excursions take them

hiking and biking through autumn colours, enjoying wilderness camping, swimming with the

fishes, meeting diverse and friendly people, snowshoeing through the woods on chilly winter

days, watching the early morning mist on a quiet lake with a cup of coffee, or simply sitting on a

patio listening to undiscovered Canadian musicians.

After enjoying fulfilling office careers, now in retirement they continue to do the things they love:

travelling off the beaten path, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and always looking for the next

challenge. Carol and Glenn live together in Kingston, Ontario. Between the two of them, they

have four grown children and four grandchildren.


Wednesday February 23

Adaptive Paddling

With a little planning, paddle sports can be enjoyed by people with all kinds of physical and developmental abilities. Dawn and Pauline will deliver a very informative presentation on how canoes, kayaks, etc. can become welcoming and fun spaces for people with physical, developmental, and mental health challenges.

Dawn is currently program designing for Northern and Arctic land and water safety under Canadian Safe Boating Council and Playsafe Productions.  I am a Behavioural Technologist, with a special focus on life- style  planning with a focus on differently able people.  In terms of paddling world I am known for being the inaugural designer and coordinator of Paddlesmart. program.

For the past twenty years, Pauline has enjoyed learning and offering adaptive paddling.  The initial thrill of kayaking has never been forgotten and her mission is to have all abilities enjoy the serenity of paddling and develop skills.  Currently, she is the founder and Executive Director of Abilities In Motion, based in Ontario and spreading to Nova Scotia.  She is also Chairperson of the Paddle Canada Adaptive Paddling Committee, which is committed to training Paddle Canada instructors across Canada. Just being in a boat is a wonderful experience for emotional and physical health - for everyone.


Wednesday March 02

Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton

The presentation will give an introduction of the Canadian Search and Rescue (SAR) network, exploring a simulated maritime SAR incident, reviewing resources and locations, emergency distress beacons, statistical information, and how you can be a safer paddler on your next remote adventure.

Markie Simon is a 15-year veteran of the Canadian Coast Guard. She is an accomplished navigation officer having served aboard a number of Canadian Coast Guard vessels, navigating the Arctic, Great Lakes, and East Coast of Canada. Currently she is working at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario as a Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator. The JRCC Trenton team is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to assist with Maritime and Air Search and Rescue Incidents.


Wednesday March 09

Weather 101 for Outdoor Adventures

The agenda for the talk is:

  • Reading environmental signals for weather when far from a computer
  • Reading a weather map
  • Understanding cloud types
  • Weather forecast sources
  • Synoptic Weather Systems/Patterns
  • Long range outlook for spring/summer

Robert Boggs has been a consulting meteorologist for over 30 years, first assisting Dave Phillips at Environment Canada with the Weather Trivia

Calendar, and then moving to the private sector to provide specialized weather services to such clients as SkyDome, Hydro One, IESO, the Ontairio Ministry of Transportaiton, City of Ottawa, OC Transpo, TD Banki, CN Rail, and CPR to name a few.


Wednesday March 16

Exercising in cold and hot weather, what you need to know to enjoy an active lifestyle outdoors.

Many people participate in outdoor activities when seasonal changes occur. While it is very important to remain physically active throughout the year, it is equally important to prevent the risk for environmental-related injury. Normal body temperature is ~37 °C and is influenced by environmental changes and level of physical activity. During exercise, heat is produced from muscles, which causes a rise in body temperature. To manage the increase in heat stored in the body, heart rate increases to help deliver blood to the surface of the skin for heat release. Sweating is also initiated to help with cooling. Hyperthermia is a condition when body temperature rises and may lead to injury even at moderate increases in body temperature of ~38°C. During exercise in the cold, the heat produced from contracting muscles may not be enough to prevent a drop in body temperature. Hypothermia is a condition when body temperature decreases, and the risk for injury increases in some people when body temperature falls below 36 °C.  In this presentation, we will look at how the body’s responds to temperature extremes during physical activity and discuss what to do if you get too hot or cold. 

Dr. Glen P. Kenny is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit.  He holds a University and Industry Research Chair in Environmental Physiology. He is principal investigator of numerous studies directed at understanding the health impacts of thermal stress overviewed in 450 peer-reviewed papers.  His work has been used to define the human physiological tolerance and limits to heat stress that is considered international-standard setting. Recently, Dr. Kenny received a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant titled Operation Heat Shield Canada - Protecting Human Health on a Warming Planet that draws together global experts to formalize a long-term research partnership and catalyze his world’s leading innovative and cutting-edge research on the assessment of the environmental and human factors affecting a person’s ability to live and work in the heat.