This relay celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary.  The original plan was to start in Toronto, alternate capital of the Province of Canada 1849 – 1859, go through Kinston, capital of the Province of Canada 1841 – 1844 and end in Ottawa, current capital of Canada on July 2, 2017.

The high water level in Lake Ontario has forced the cancellation of the row from Toronto to Kingston since the beaches we were planning to land on and launch from are submerged under water.

The Canada 150 Row3Capitals now consists of:

  1. Rideau Canal South Tour:  110 km from Kingston to Smiths Falls – June 23 – 27
  2. Rideau Canal North Tour:  110 km from Smiths Falls to Ottawa – June 28 – Jul 2
  3. Toronto Tour:  15 – 25 km on July 9
  4. Kingston Tour:  15 – 25 km on July 15

Interested rowers can sign up for one or more of these 4 tours

The Rideau Canal was built in 1826-32 by the British Army under Colonel By as a military supply route.  It was an engineering marvel.  The total length of the Canal from Lake Ontario (Kingston) to the Ottawa River (Ottawa) is 202 km.  The locks are picturesque, many of the lockmaster houses are historic, and there are several defensive blockhouses.  In 2007 The Rideau Canal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  There are 46 locks and each group of locks has washrooms. Many lock stations have low canoe docks. To go through the locks, paddle hooks to hold the vertical cables are strongly recommended.  Locks are manually operated with the exception of Smiths Falls combined and Newboro locks. You will definitely see loons and herons; ospreys and their nests are a strong possibility to those with keen eyes.

See the tour poster here.

How to Register

1. The Rideau Canal Tours are now closed. For the Toronto and Kingston Tours, please send a deposit by June 20, 2017 to the Treasurer of OAR using the Deposit and Reservation Form.

2. Please send tour fees to the tour organiser at least a weak before the tour date.