This popular series is back with a new set of fun and informative seminars designed to enlighten the novice and to delight even the most seasoned of paddlers. From paddling BIG waters near the Arctic to learning about historic traditions, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.

This year we feature presentations from an author, a local paddling icon and a few daring river runners. Presentations are typically packed with tales of adventures and photos. Plan to be wowed at the mild manner in which challenges are prevented or overcome. Tips and techniques are shared as matter of course by this group of paddlers extraordinaire.

Consider this your invitation to meet new friends and to sample first-hand the variety of experiences paddling has to offer.


Registration is recommended for all Winter Training Classes. Non-members are welcome! 
FREE Admission for members and non-members. To register, please email

Thursday, January 24, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  RA Centre, Courtside B

A introduction to planning, methods of travel and packing for winter trips.
Methods of Travel
Planning/Routes/Trip plans
Layering and Packing

Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:00pm to 9:00pm  |  RA Centre, Outaouais

Multiple evening training series that will offer participants the change to learn knots and lashings from the most basic to the decorative.
Intro to knots and lashings
Camping/Winter knots
Paddling knots
Advanced/decorative knots

Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00pm - 10:00pm  |  RA Centre, Outaouais

This evening will introduce the basics of navigation using a map and compass.  The practical component will take place during the weekend at Limerick Forest.
Basic Navigation
Advance Navigation
GPS Navigation
Winter vs Summer / Land vs Water
Sounds of Winter

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  RA Centre, Courtside B
Adventure smart
Planning meeting for weekend


Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 10, 2019

A weekend out at Limerick Forest Interpretive centre that allows us access to a beautiful cabin and a beautiful trails to provide a chance to test out skills learned and learn new ones.

Planning Meeting

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  RA Centre, Courtside B


Food/water: Stoves vs Fires , Energy needs (winter vs summer)
Light management / Battery conservation
Camp Selection / Preparation
Practical exercise travel / navigation
Shelters: Commercial, Emergency, Other

Fee (course):  $25/person
Register on-line at, by phone at
613-733-5100 or in person at the East Member Services desk.


Winter Seminar Series are DROP INS classes. Non-members are welcome!
FREE Admission for members and non-members.

Paddling locally:
in Scotland or the Ottawa Valley!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  RA Centre,  Courtside A
Presenters: Max Finkelstein and Dot Bonnenfant

Part 1: Last summer Max and Connie canoed the beautiful Spey River in Scotlandand then rowed an Adirondac Guide Boat from Kingston to Ottawa on the Rideau River and canal route. Their trip reports are always inspirational with gorgeous photographs and fun stories.

Part 2: Discover how easy it is to get out and paddle on the beautiful and historic Ottawa (Kitchisippi) River both in town and out! Max and Dot will share their current project re: identifying putins, portages and points of interest on this 8500 year old route. (Bring and share your River info!)

The Camino de Santiago
Thursday, March 7, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  RA Centre, Courtside B
Presenter: Paul Hughes (other Ottawa residents who have walked other routes will be invited to attend and supplement the presentation).

One of the world’ most popular treks is the Camino Frances (from just inside France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain).  This seminar will review available routes, when to go, how to get there, what to bring and where to stay and eat.Paul Hughes will also review some of the highlights of his trek in 2018.
An Eye-opening experience: Lac Manicouagan
Monday, February 4, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm  |  RA Centre, Courtside A
Presenters: Lynette Chubb, Dot Bonnenfant, Judith Fecteau, supported by team members: Andrea Miller, Gerard Rumleskie, Dagmar Burhop

Lac Manicouagan is an enticing destination. It is one of the oldest/largest meteorite impact craters on earth - 4 hours drive north of Baie Comeau. Besides photo’s of this beautiful area, the paddling team shares trip stories as well as the planning, skills, equipment and special requirements needed to paddle the big water of the reservoir as they share their trip with us.
Would they go again? Join us to find out!