The National Capital Visually Impaired Sports Association (NCVISA) is a non-forprofit organization that offers a range of recreational sports activities to people who are visually impaired or blind and their guides.

Recreation sports activities are offered throughout the year and mainly include, but are not limited to:
• hiking
• tandem cycling
• dragon boating
• cross-country skiing
• snowshoeing

NCVISA's mission is to help develop and foster motivation, socialization, self-esteem, and self-achievement for our visually impaired or blind members, through recreational sports activities.

NCVISA was started in the mid-1990s as a recreational tandem cycling group comprised of blind and visually impaired people, as well as sighted volunteers. In 1997, the association formed a competitive dragon boat team called Dragon Eyes which participated in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival for six consecutive years. During those years, the team competed in various tournaments around the region as well as in Brockville and Belleville. The association even has its own dragon boat and equipment.

Through active fundraising and the generosity of various organizations, such as the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the National Capital Sports Council of the Disabled, the association was able to purchase its own equipment. With the purchase of the equipment, NCVISA has been able to expand its recreational activities to include camping, hiking, tandem cycling, dragon boating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

NCVISA, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, was instrumental in the launch of an adapted aerobics program thanks to the Jack Purcell Community Centre for its support in providing a room for the exercise classes.

Today, NCVISA is comprised of approximately 40 members, aged between 25 and 85, with varying degree of fitness level. The association also welcomes family members and friends who wish to take part in any activity along with a visually impaired person either as a driver, a guide or a tandem pilot. 

Volunteer guides and drivers needed for various activities, such as tandem cycling. Interested?
Please contact us via email ncvisa.info@gmail.com or call 613-829-3183