Touring in rowing shells is one of the fastest growing recreational sports today. Already a popular activity on the lakes, rivers and seas of Europe, it’s a wonderful way to benefit from physical exercise, take in beautiful scenery, and enjoy the company of friends old and new. And ONEC members have easy access to an abundance of scenic waterways.
The ONEC touring program features excursions to nearby lakes and waterways, ranging in length from a few hours to several days. They may include a picnic, lunch at a waterside restaurant, sightseeing or an overnight stay at a hotel or campground. The emphasis is on skills development, teamwork and camaraderie!
Tours are a great way to practice and build up endurance. Novice, intermediate and advanced rowers have opportunities to develop their stroke through tours tailored to their skill level. Novice tours start from the ONEC boathouse and explore the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers. Intermediate tours, offered by ONEC and by the Ontario Adventure Rowing (OAR) Association, generally involve loading boats on trailers, which are used to transport them to and from the launch site. Advanced rowers can choose from OAR-sponsored tours with scullers from other clubs.
Un bon nombre des responsables de nos excursions sont bilingues. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec eux et à participer aux randonnées en français.
ONEC’s touring program is organized by a committee of rowing club members. For questions regarding the ONEC touring program or OAR tours
, contact Mary Clark
or the contact person listed for a specific tour in the sections below.
Check out some of the great touring photos taken by our members and others!
Touring & Safety Guidelines
is committed to providing a safe rowing experience and we encourage
all our members to review our Rowing
page. The ONEC
focuses on safety rules and responsibilities, and is intended for tour leaders, captains and crew members.
For safety reasons, the Hudson T-11 coxed quad (5 seats) and T-7 doubles will be used for tours. Please contact the tour leader directly to reserve a seat on a first come/first served basis. For OAR tours, you must also complete a registration form. The tour leader’s name and email address are given below for individual tours. “Meetup” notices may also be sent out to ONEC Rowing group members.
Rowing events, including tours, organized rows and distance events, are shown on the calendar in the Rowing section of the ONEC website. Touring information will be available at the club’s Open House on May 10 and on Doors Open Ottawa weekend, June 7 and 8. A member of the touring committee will be on hand to answer questions about this season’s club tours and OAR events.
May 10 (Saturday): Rideau Canal morning tour, Hartwells Locks to NAC
Get back on the water with an urban tour before the locks open the canal to motorboat traffic. The T-11 and T-7s will be taken by trailer to the start. Club Aldens can be car-topped. To be confirmed, depending on water levels. Contact Brigit Knecht.
May 24 (Saturday): Tay Canal to Poonamalie Locks (OAR tour)
We launch from Last Duel Park on the outskirts of Perth. The row is on a gentle, winding river and canal which includes a section of wetland marsh where one may spot herons, ospreys, ducks, turtles, frogs, muskrats and beavers. We stop for lunch at Beveridges Lockstation with its two locks separated by a short canal. After lunch, we continue on the Rideau Canal to Lower Rideau Lake and Poonamalie Locks, west of Smith Falls. Novice/intermediate level. Total distance is 18–22 km. For registration and additional information, go to the Forms page of the ONEC website or the OAR website. Contact Marie Newton.
June 21 (Saturday): Petrie Island relay
One crew rows the Ottawa River from the ONEC boathouse to Petrie Island, the second crew meets them at the Petrie picnic grounds for refreshments and rows back to ONEC. The first crew will leave ONEC at about 8 am; the second will leave Petrie Island at about 11am. The row upriver can be more challenging against the current and perhaps the wind. Distance is approximately 15 km one-way. Novice/intermediate level. Contact Mary Clark.
August 3 (Sunday): Oiseau Rock tour (OAR tour)
This is a full-day tour launching from Petawawa on the Ottawa River. Oiseau Rock is a sheer rock face about 150 metres in height rising out of the Ottawa River. It is a sacred site for First Nations Peoples who left behind a remarkable legacy of ancient pictographs that may still be seen today. This part of the Ottawa is very beautiful as the river narrows, the water deepens and the channel is flanked by the Laurentian Mountains. For registration and additional information, go to the Forms page of the ONEC website or the OAR website. Contact Richard Vincent.
September 13 (Saturday): Saint-Éloi tour and breakfast
Row from the ONEC boathouse to breakfast at the charming Saint-Éloi café bistro with its beautiful view of Lac Leamy. Then row back to burn off those calories. All levels. Contact Louise Binette.
September 20 (Saturday): Galop Canal tour (OAR tour)
This is a day-long tour launching from Iroquois, Ontario. In the morning, we will row the historic Galop Canal, a long stretch of protected water between Iroquois and Cardinal adjacent to the St. Lawrence Seaway locks. After a picnic lunch, we explore the north shore of the St. Lawrence River between Morrisburg and Cardinal. Novice/intermediate level. Total distance is 20–25 km. For registration and additional information, go to the Forms page of the ONEC website or the OAR website. Contact Mary Clark.
Thursday evening group/quad rows
- June 12 to August 28
- An opportunity to build up endurance for longer tours and distance events
- 7 pm departure (earlier when days get shorter) from ONEC boathouse
- Novices and “Step 2” graduates welcome
- To reserve a seat in the T-11 (quad), email Joan Robertson and Liane Bell
Friday morning group rows
- July 4 to August 29
- Pre-requisite: ONEC Learn To Scull (LTS) course
- Leave at 8:30 am from ONEC boathouse
- Average of 10 km tour (return)
- Contact Betty Ward (613-749-4936)
Saturday morning quad rows (June and September)
1-2 hour coxed row in the T-11, leaving at 8 a.m. from the boathouse. LTS graduates and novice rowers welcome. Reserve a seat by email or Meetup. Watch the ONEC rowing calendar, boathouse bulletin board or Meetup for details.
June 7, June 14, June 28
September 6, September 27
Sunday morning quad row + breakfast (July and August)
1-2 hour coxed row in the T-11, leaving at 7:30 a.m. from the boathouse, followed by a waterfront breakfast at the Rockcliffe Boathouse Marina restaurant. LTS graduates and novice rowers welcome. Reserve a seat by email or Meetup. Watch the ONEC rowing calendar, boathouse bulletin board or Meetup for details.
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27
August 10, August 17, August 31
OAR Tours and Distance Events
The Ontario Adventure Rowing (OAR) Association is sponsoring an exciting series of tours and distance events in eastern Ontario from May 4 to October 18, 2014. All qualified ONEC rowing members are encouraged to participate. See the OAR website for the full schedule, details and registration forms.
OAR tours are organized by volunteers in member rowing clubs. In 2014, ONEC will organize the following tours and distance events (see descriptions above):
May 24: Tay Canal to Poonamalie Locks
August 3: Oiseau Rock tour
August 24: 10th Anniversary Canadian Sculling Marathon—click here for updated information
October 20: Galop Canal tour
OAR Marathon Triad—Get your quad crew ready!
- Saturday June 21: Southern Muskoka Rally near Port Severn
- Sunday, August 24: Canadian Sculling Marathon on the Ottawa River at ONEC
- Saturday, October 18: Icicle Chase Marathon, location TBD
Florida Winter Adventure tours in the Intercoastal Waterway near Sarasota, Florida
- December 28 to January 4
- January 10 to January 17
To participate in these tours and distance events, you must be a member of the OAR Association (ONEC membership includes OAR membership). Some are restricted to experienced scullers or require previous touring experience. When a trailer is used to transport boats, participants are expected to help load/unload and rig/derig. Charges apply to cover boat rentals, transportation, food and accommodation.
Ontario Adventure Rowing (OAR) website
Rowing Canada Aviron touring page (English)
Rowing Canada Aviron excursions (français)
ONEC Touring Guidelines