The 2018 paddling season is off to a great start. We have already had two very successful Rideau Experience (REX) events and last weekend was our 5th annual Rideau Paddlefest complete with Voyageur Canoe Races. If you or your company are interested in having an experience on the Rideau give our REX coordinator, Stew Hammill, a call to arrange an adventure.
In May, Max Finkelstein did a great 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.
Last Saturday (June 2) was the date for our 5th annual Rideau Paddlefest. It was a great day with exhibitors from all around Ontario and many wonderful waterfront activities including our own Voyageur Canoe Races. The winners were the “Ridge Combers" team from the town of Smiths Falls in the 200 m race and the Functional Performance Fitness “Warriors” who won the 500m race.
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). The deadline for entries to this contest is this Saturday, June 9, 2018. Once the contest has been judged, the photos will be posted on our Facebook Paddlefest Page.
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. See our Facebook Page for details.
Finally, don’t forget to renew your memberships. For more information visit our “Contact Us” page
The Rideau Roundtable is an incorporated, not-for-profit, association of individuals, community organizations and government agencies that focuses on the environment, the history and the cultural significance of the Rideau River, the Rideau Canal Waterway, the Cataraqui River and their respective watersheds. The focus of our programs and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure.
Our main on-going project is the Rideau Experience program:
The Rideau Experience program (Or REX) uses interpreted voyageur canoe outings to explore the environmental, historical and cultural treasures of the Rideau. These tours are aimed at schools, families, and community and business groups and are a great way to see this unique National and UNESCO heritage site from a different perspective.
The mission of the Rideau Roundtable is to promote and encourage the wise management of the Rideau waterway and corridor to ensure that its unique natural, historic and recreational values are sustained and enjoyed as a legacy for future generations. The focus of our programs and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure.