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
Thursday evening group/quad rows
Friday morning group rows
Weekend morning quad rows
May 9 (Saturday): Rideau Canal from 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 Meryl Oliver.
May 23 (Saturday): Rideau Five Lakes tour (OAR tour)
Leaving from near the Newboro Lock, located on the isthmus dividing two watersheds, our tour will take us through Newboro, Clear, Indian, Benson, and Mosquito lakes, a scenic section of the Rideau with many channels and islands. There will be a stop at Chaffey’s Lock for lunch at the Opinicon Resort restaurant. Continuing our circumnavigation of Scott Island, we’ll return to the launch site by late afternoon. Total distance is 20–25 km. Contact Mary Clark.
June 14 (Sunday): Petrie Island Relay
The first 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 7:30 am; the second will leave Petrie Island at about 10 am. Distance is about 15 km each way. Novice/intermediate level. Contact Joan Robertson.
July 1 (Wednesday): O Canada Row
Get in the patriotic spirit of Canada Day with a short tour to the Parliament Buildings and other national landmarks. We’ll launch at 7:30 am to avoid the holiday boat traffic. Contact Marie Newton.
August 9 (Sunday): Lower Gatineau River
This tour was a hit last year so we’re doing it again. We load the quad(s) early in the morning and drive to Farm Point, north of Chelsea, for the launch. We’ll explore the relatively sheltered waters of the Gatineau River and enjoy a BBQ chez Rita. Novice/intermediate level. Contact Louise Binette.
August 29 & 30 (Saturday and Sunday): Canadian Sculling Marathon
Mark your calendar for this highlight of the ONEC rowing season! The 10K Open event is on Saturday, the Full and Half marathons on Sunday. Updated information will be available here.
September 5 (Saturday): Festival de montgolfières
Watch from the water as the hot air balloons lift off! Launch from the boathouse dock at 7 am.
September 19 (Saturday): Tom Thomson Tour on Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park
September 20 (Sunday): Upper Madawaska Tour on Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park
Row the waters of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, Tom Thomson’s favourite spot in the Park and where he met his untimely death in 1917. Watch the ONEC Row newsletter and Meetup for details of these early fall OAR tours. Registration forms will be posted on the Forms page of the ONEC website and the OAR website. Contact Richard Vincent.
OAR Tours and Distance Events