Old Ottawa East Community Association's Circumnavigation Event

On Saturday, September 9, the Old Ottawa East Community Association hosted a circumnavigation of Rideau Island as part of the community’s Canada 150 celebrations. Nearly 25 canoes and kayaks set out on the 20 km journey along the Rideau Canal, the Rideau River and the Ottawa River. Paddlers from our neighboring communities were invited and we were pleased so many were able to join us.

It was amazing to see the city from the water and a unique opportunity to explore the island we live on. The Rideau River, in particular, is teeming with wildlife and well worth heading out to explore. It was lovely to share this five and half hour journey with so many other paddlers.

To celebrate the successful circumnavigation, we held a BBQ in Brantwood park where paddlers shared stories and enjoyed burgers, salads from the Green Door and a spectacular cake! The most repeated feedback was a request to hold this event annually - evidence of a very successful day. A big thank you to the organizers and David Chernushenko for contributing to the picnic.

Story: Tara Hogerterp
Photos: Patricia Crosscombe