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COVID-19 news (May 2020): After a very successful paddling last year things are starting more slowly this year. The Pandemic has put many of our plans in flux as our most serious concern is always for the safety of our paddlers. The first casualty of the situation is that this year's Paddlefest has been postponed until next year. Planning will continue and we hope that next year's event will be epic. Keep an eye on the Paddlefest Facebook page for details.

The situation for both the REX program activities and the Swale Tours is still up in the air. We were looking forward to a very busy year in REX with 23 bookings already and still hope to salvage some of them, but some may have to be postponed or cancelled. While we are still taking bookings for REX, we are not accepting any advanced payments and we reserve the right to cancel REX tours if it is deemed unsafe or not socially responsible to carry them out. If you or your company are interested in having an experience on the Rideau you can give our REX coordinator, Stew Hamill, a call to book a date and arrange an adventure.

As you are aware, this year's "in-person" AGM was postponed due to the need for social distancing. A "Zoom" based AGM is now scheduled for June 10. Check back here and on our Facebook page regularly to find for more details.

  • 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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