Well folks, the paddling year is drawing to a close. The Rideau Roundtable had over 20 events this year to help us work towards a more sustainable future for the Rideau River system.
Of special note is that aside from our usual REX events we hosted the Four Winds Brigades for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. This was a huge undertaking and a tremendous success with voyageur canoe teams from all across the country paddling to Victoria Island in the Ottawa River and arriving on Canada day 2017.
Unlike last year, our AGM for this year will be held on December 6th. The agenda has not been finalized yet but it is sure to be interesting.
Finally, we have receive some very exciting news from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. They have been given the opportunity to purchase a piece of land that is of great cultural, historical and ecological importance to the Rideau Waterway, but they need to raise $142K by December of this year. For more information about this important opportunity and, hopefully, to donate to this cause, click here and you will be presented with the information page for the project.
The Rideau Roundtable is an incorporated, not-for-profit, association of individuals, community organizations and government agencies that focuses on the environment, the history and the cultural significance of the Rideau River, the Rideau Canal Waterway, the Cataraqui River and their respective watersheds. The focus of our programs and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure.
Our main on-going project is the Rideau Experience program:
The Rideau Experience program (Or REX) uses interpreted voyageur canoe outings to explore the environmental, historical and cultural treasures of the Rideau. These tours are aimed at schools, families, and community and business groups and are a great way to see this unique National and UNESCO heritage site from a different perspective.
The mission of the Rideau Roundtable is to promote and encourage the wise management of the Rideau waterway and corridor to ensure that its unique natural, historic and recreational values are sustained and enjoyed as a legacy for future generations. The focus of our programs and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure.