Organizing a wedding, party, business meeting or leadership event?

Look no further for a place to meet your special event needs. Nestled on the Ottawa River and surrounded by the Royal Canadian Mint and prominent Embassies, the Ottawa Rowing Club Boathouse is ideally located, convenient and easily accessible from Sussex Drive.

An intimate locale in the tranquility of our beautiful landscape, this picturesque setting accommodates casual and elegant, simple and stunning. It is the perfect setting to celebrate your momentous occasion. The possibilities are endless.

Imagine, an outdoor ceremony on the terrace surrounded by the living beauty of the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill and Gatineau Hills. The Boathouse is uniquely designed and  located on the second floor of the oldest rowing club building in Canada, founded in 1867. The atmosphere of the Boathouse reflects this, surrounding the visitor with trophies and mementoes from the Ottawa Rowing Club’s long history.

The Boathouse has the ambiance of a private club, but the dedicated space (1600 sq ft) and facilities for organizing full catering services for groups of up to 100 seated or up to 125 standing.  From luxurious to affordable, we have the venue for your next business meeting, wedding party or social gathering.

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Corporate leadership events

The Boathouse Banquet facility, in partnership with the Ottawa Rowing Club’s rowing programs, offer a Corporate Leadership event experience. We combine a half day rowing program with experienced coaches where participants learn the basics of rowing and water safety and enjoy the teaming and leadership camaraderie of rowing on the scenic Ottawa River. On completion of the rowing experience we can assist in planning and organizing informal BBQ services and bar or a formal lunch catered by one our recommended catering services. This event is very popular and requires a minimum number of 6 people with a maximum participation of 50 people.

Pay it forward

Not only will you come away from The Boathouse happy with your event at our beautiful location, you can also feel good about the investment in your event. Net income from the rental of The Boathouse is invested into the maintenance of our historic original boathouse and into purchasing equipment for the Ottawa Rowing Club (ORC). The ORC is a non-profit organization with a mission to create a safe, accessible and empowering environment in which all can access the sport of rowing. Our equipment needs extend from our highly competitive programs which produce future Olympians to our para-rowing program which makes rowing accessible to all.

Brochure and pricing details

To find out more details about rental of the Boathouse, including facility availability, pricing and how to reserve your special event, please email

Boathouse Amenities

  • Guest parking for 60 vehicles
  • Ample dock space
  • Surrounding green space that can accommodate a 20×20 or 20×40 event tent
  • Washrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Ample privacy
  • Ample creative flexibility
  • Amazing views of the Ottawa River
  • 10 minute walk to Ottawa’s best sights including Parliament and the Byward Market

Take A Peek Inside

Take A Peek Inside

Take a peek inside our historic boathouse, complete with scenic views of the River from the beautiful grounds, shoreline terrace and manicured gardens.

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