Well, another season under our belt. We had a wonderful time with the folks from the Gananoque Boat Museum who we partnered with for 20 tours this summer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, activities on the Rideau were much quieter because each tour required permission from Parks Canada before it could be booked or carried out.
COVID-19 news: The Pandemic has put many of our plans in flux as our most serious concern is always for the safety of our paddlers. The first casualty of the situation was that this year's Paddlefest was postponed until next year. Planning will continue and we hope that next year's event will be epic. Keep an eye on the Paddlefest Facebook page for details.
This September marked a milestone with the turnover of some of our most prized supporters. Manuel Stevens (our vice-president), Ken Graham (a board member and past treasurer) and Stew Hamill our REX tours coordinator and gourvernail all retired. Their tireless work on behalf of this organization was greatly appreciated and each will be sorely missed.
September also saw our summer student, Jake Wilson transition from summer student to intern. Jake will be planning for a shore-line rehabilitation project to be carried out next summer in Smiths Falls.
Our first Zoom based AGM was a great success. Finally, we have launched a new website to augment our current .CA website, we now have a .COM website that will give you information about all of our tour programs. At the moment it deals with those tours surrounding Smiths Falls, but it will eventually also deal with tour programs from REX as well.
Finally, any inquiries about booking REX tours should now be sent to [email protected].
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.