Even if you are not a competitive person but love water, touring is a great way to see Ontario by water! Take a look at the Ontario Adventure Touring website to learn more!
In 1995, when Claudia Moessner, Ernst Peters, Patrick Vincent, Peter Okens, Scott Withers, Norbert Tiemann, Anne Bagozy, Vaclav Honsa and others rowed from Poonamalie to Portland on the Upper and Big Rideau lakes, the touring committee, in partnership with ROWONTARIO was formed.
The touring committee has since participated in over 150 tours on such water courses on such routes as the Severn River, the Trent Canal, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River, the Kawartha lakes, Muskoka, Georgian Bay, the St. Lawrence River, and the Grand River. In addition, the committee has helped organized tours on the St. John River in New Brunswick and the Saguenay and Lièvre Rivers in Québec. A highlight has to be the 2002 FISA tour in which 80 people from around the world rowed most of the length of the Rideau Canal.
The touring committee co-ordinates about 15 tours a year including at least 2 marathons, the Canadian Sculling Marathon and the Wilson Island Marathon.
With the blessing of ROWONTARIO, the touring committee transformed itself into an Association in 2008. The Ontario Adventure Rowing Association (OAR Touring) is a non-profit corporation with the following objectives:
• Promote distance rowing, including touring and adventure rowing;
• Organize rowing tours and distance events in Ontario and nearby jurisdictions;
• Provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in distance rowing;
• Support the sport of rowing at the local, provincial and Canadian levels; and
• Provide fitness opportunities and amenities to benefit the community.
You can find all updated events with the 2016 Ontario Adventure Tours Schedule.
Ontario Adventure Touring has a mobile touring centre loaded with 4 coxed touring quads. This touring centre is hosted by the Quinte Rowing Club in Belleville. The mobile touring centre is available for rental to members clubs for tours or for learn-to-scull weeks. For rental inquiries, contact email@example.com).
N.B.: All of these clubs offer learn-to-row courses. Many of these Clubs have touring boats; some have coastal rowing boats.
Barrie Rowing Club, www.barrierowing.org
Durham Rowing Club, www.durhamrowingclub.com
Guelph Rowing Club, guelphrowing.com
Haldimand Grand Rowing Club, haldimandrowing.com
Hanlan Boat Club, www.hanlanboatclub.ca
Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, www.onec.ca
Ottawa Rowing Club, www.ottawarowingclub.com
Peterborough Rowing Club, www.peterboroughrowing.ca
Sudbury Rowing Club, sudburyrowingclub.com
Quinte Rowing Club, rowquinte.ca
N.B.: This list represents member clubs in 2015. Members of these clubs are entitled to go on tours, marathons, or coastal boat events sponsored by the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association without paying guest fees.