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August 21, 2021:  Well, another season is well underway. We have a change in board members since the last update. Our Treasurer was offered a position in Toronto and tendered her resignation. Bill MacLean has kindly agreed to take the task on again until September. If you have bookkeeping experience and are interested in taking over the position, please contact Peter Au at [email protected].

The Gananoque Boat Museum has asked us to lead another 20 tours with them this summer leaving from their beautiful location and exploring the environment around Gananoque. It is a great opportunity to get out on the water with the family. For more information visit: www.tiboatmuseum.org

Paddlefest was cancelled last year because of Covid-lg and we are busy planning a COVID friendly Paddlefest Event on September 18th. We look forward to seeing you there. Jake Wilson has been our Event Coordinator and Chief Gouvernail this summer. He has also presented many learning sessions on River Appreciation, Plastics in our waters, Wetlands Awareness, and Regenerative Farming. The next session (on September 7th) is a collaboration with Watersheds Canada also focussed on Plastics in our Waterways. For more information please visit our events page at www.rideauroundtable.com)

In collaboration with the Town of Smiths Falls, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Tree Canada, REAL Canada and other non-profits our planned shoreline rehabilitation program is now scheduled for September 25th and Jake will be looking for volunteers for that task over the next few weeks.

As was the case last year, all inquiries about our events or to book REX tours should row be sent to [email protected].

  • We've added a new page about the Ottawa Riverkeeper Swim Guide. See the Ottawa Riverkeeper page.

  • The 2018 paddling season has come to a great conclusion after a summer of wonderful activity. Paddlefest was held on a new date this year, early in June. It went off without a hitch and included great demonstrations and exhibits, water activities, and a voyageur canoe race. We carried out about a dozen of very well received REX events too. If you or your company are interested in having an experience on the Rideau give our REX coordinator, Stew Hamill, a call to arrange an adventure.

  • In May, Max Finkelstein did a wonderful presentation about last year’s Four Winds Brigades momentous trip from each of the four directions by water into Ottawa for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. The presentation, hosted by the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) was held at the Smiths Falls’ Station Theatre and was well received by an enthusiastic crowd.

  • A group of avid photographers competing in our new Rideau Paddlefest Photo Contest covered the entire event. If you have photos of the event that you would like to enter in the contest, the rules can be found here: Paddlefest Photo Contest Rules (PDF).

  • Two of our long time Board members (Ken Graham and Doug Stewart) have retired and will be sorely missed. These fellows worked tirelessly for us over the years and we wish them the best in their future endeavours.

  • Sadly, our accountant of many years, Don Ross, died earlier this fall. Don provided pro-bono accounting work for our group for many years and his generosity and kind spirit will be missed.

  • Our Annual General Meeting was held on January 18, 2018, at 1:00pm at the Rotary Club in Smiths Falls. Thank you to everyone that attended, and a heartfelt welcome to our new members. Check back regularly to find out the date for the Annual General Meeting for the 2018-2019 fiscal-year. It will likely be scheduled for just before the paddling season around the end of March.

  • Finally, don’t forget to renew your memberships. For more information visit our “Contact Us” page


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