The Ottawa Rowing Club has the BEST volunteers! And, boy, do we need our volunteers during our 150th year. We have a number of special events coming up where we could use your help!

June 3, 10am to 2pm, Doors Open Ottawa and Try Rowing Day:
Our boathouses will be open to the public for Doors Open Ottawa and we will be offering a free opportunity for the public to try rowing. We need volunteers to greet and tour the public through our boathouses and to help on the docks and on the water with those who are trying rowing for the first time.

June 10, 8am to 12pm, National Capital High School Regatta:
The NCHSR is the ORC’s premier high school regatta. Typically held every spring the regatta is an opportunity for HS rowers from Ottawa and from visiting clubs to race on the Ottawa River. We need volunteers to support the regatta in a variety of roles.

June 17, 8am to 1pm, Kitchissippi Flotilla:
This is our signature 150 celebration, in partnership with Ontario 150. The event includes 150 rowers on the River at one time, a free pancake breakfast, the christening and naming of the ORC’s new legacy Hudson 8+. We need volunteers to row in the flotilla, to help guide the public around the ORC boathouses and to help with event set up and take down.

July 1, 10am to 2pm, Celebrate Canada Day:
This is a Canada Day celebration where we offer all kinds of water sports for free on the River at the ORC boathouse. Our celebration is free and open to the public. We need a variety of volunteers to help out with the public on the grounds and in the boathouses that day and on the water and docks.

Click here to tell us how you can help.

Volunteering is a great way to connect with the ORC community, to add to the legacy of Canada’s oldest rowing club and to make the ORC the best place to be in Ottawa. THANK YOU for contributing!

ORC Doors Open & Free Try Rowing Day

The Ottawa Rowing Club, established in 1867 and home to almost 1000 members, is Canada’s oldest and second largest rowing club in Canada. Our site on the Ottawa River features the original boathouse containing displays of ORC rowing history, and a larger boathouse containing a fleet of rowing shells. Learn about rowing and its history in Ottawa by visiting us on June 3 from 10am to 2pm during Doors Open Ottawa. Also on June 3 between 10am and 2pm we’ll be giving the opportunity to try rowing for free off our docks. Looking to try a new sport? This is your chance to try rowing on the Ottawa River. First come, first serve on the day.

You can find us at 10 Lady Grey Drive, just off of Sussex Drive near the Canadian Mint and across from the Saudi Embassy.

Thank You To Our Awesome Volunteers

We want to pass along much appreciation and gratitude to the many hardworking volunteers who have showed up over the past week to help with our post-flood clean up at the ORC.  The flood left a very big mess behind and it took a lot of effort and people to make the ORC beautiful again.  This past Saturday was the best day of all when our docks were installed, boats were rigged and boat racks were put back up.  Huge thanks to everyone who contributed.  We can’t wait to see you on the docks and on the water!

ORC Flood Update

We want to express deep thanks to all who have reached out during the flood situation, offering help, encouraging words and expressions of support. The rowing family is a strong, tight-knit one, which we are so grateful for.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to all who have and continue to be affected by this devastating flood. Homes have been lost, lives have been impacted tremendously and tears have been shed. It is a very challenging time for many.

The ORC remains closed. The flood waters have breached both ORC boathouses and is too deep to navigate safely. Staff and volunteers are monitoring the situation. Prior to the flood waters increasing to the current level, boats were moved to higher ground, as best we could and where we were able.

We expect the River to peak today or tomorrow and then for the waters to recede slowly in the days to come. Once the water is at a level where we can access our parking lot and buildings, a widespread call for volunteers will be issued. We will need many, many volunteers, likely working in shifts, to help clean up our grounds and boathouses. It will take patience, a lot of hard work and sweat, and some cooperation from Mother Nature.

The ORC’s Tulip Regatta on May 13 on Dow’s Lake and our dock installation on May 14 have been postponed.

We know it’s hugely disappointing that our spring programs are not yet on the water. For those who have registered for spring programs, particularly our high school rowers, arrangements are being made to extend your spring rowing season. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The ORC has stood proud and beautiful on the shores of the mighty Ottawa River for 150 years and it will continue to do so for another 150 years. Our community is resourceful, compassionate, dedicated, self sacrificing and proud. We know we will come out of this challenging time as strong as ever.

We can’t wait for that first row on the River.

High River Level – ORC closed regular hours, dock installation delayed

The water level at the ORC is very high making it difficult to get into the boathouses due to flooding in the parking lot and our laneway.  The club will be closed regular hours for the time being until the water recedes.  We will post an update when regular club hours resume.

The club clean up and dock installation has been cancelled for this Saturday, May 6.  The new tentative date for the club clean up and dock installation is May 14.

The increased water levels and flows are expected over the next few days from Mattawa to Montreal with all  the rain combining with snow melt in the northern part of the watershed.

Stay up to date on forecasts and conditions by visiting the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board.  See this press release for more info.

Forecasts are updated daily at 2 pm.

Thank you to our valued members for your patience!