Here we are at the beginning of a new year and what a year it is going to be. Aside from our usual Rideau Experience activities, this year the Roundtable will be:
• Holding our Annual General meeting (PDF) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in the Kinsmen Pavilion at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls, starting at 12:30 pm. Members and prospective members are welcome to attend. Family memberships are $25 per year and a personal membership is only $15.
• Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by hosting a voyageur canoe brigade that will leave Kingston and arrive in Ottawa’s Victoria Island on July 1st to great fanfare. Follow the link for details: voyageurbrigade.org
• Hosting our fifth Annual Rideau Paddlefest in Smiths Falls, this year on Father’s day June 18, 2017. This year we are co-hosting the event with the Healthy Living Festival. Follow the link for details: www.facebook.com
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 two main on-going projects are the Rideau Experience program and our Rideau Roundtable speaker series.
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.