Club Events

Club Events

Report on Adaptive Paddling Seminar

On Wednesday February 23, 2022, Pauline and Dawn gave an informal but very informative presentation about making paddle sports fun for people with all levels of cognitive and physical abilities. Essentially, with a bit of planning and advance preparation, the most important question becomes “Do you want to go paddling?”.

This presentation was recorded and is posted here on the RACCC Youtube page.

Although the RA Canoe Camping Club does not have an adaptive paddling program they are available at the:

- Ottawa River Canoe Club (https://www.ottawarivercanoe.com/ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

- Rideau Canoe Club (https://www.rideaucanoeclub.ca/special-o--para-canoe.html or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The presenters can be reached at:

Pauline Halstead   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - adaptive training

Dawn Callan  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - prevention awareness programmer

Seminar - Adaptive Paddling

Wednesday 23 February 2022, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

Details for joining the meeting are listed listed here for club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be sent starting about 3-4 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at https://www.raccc.ca/resources/trip-report/1998-zoom-guidelines-for-raccc-seminar-series.

Report on Canoeing Across Canada Seminar

On Wednesday February 16, 2022 gave fun and enjoyable seminar about their 3 year trip across Canada.

As if this was not enough of a challenge, they have raised over $30,000 for Loving Spoonful in Kingston and written a book about their experiences.

More information about their trip, book and Loving Spoonfull is available on their website here.

This presentation was recorded and is posted here on the RACCC Youtube page.

Report on How to prepare your family for a zombie apocalypse Seminar

On Wednesday February 09, 2022 Club member, Cory, gave a delightful, and lighthearted seminar on preparing for unexpected situations. While the presentation focused on back country camping, many of the principles also apply to situations at home.

The RA Canoe Camping Club has a number of Youtube videos of past seminars. This presentation was recorded and is posted here on the club’s Youtube site.

A link to the club's Youtuve videos has been added to the list of links under the home tab of the club website.

Seminar - Canoeing Across Canada

A Journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans

 

Wednesday 16 February 2022, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

  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 backcountry.

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.

Details for joining the meeting are listed listed here for club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The details will be sent starting about 3-4 weeks before the seminar up until the day before the seminar.

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website at https://www.raccc.ca/resources/trip-report/1998-zoom-guidelines-for-raccc-seminar-series.