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!

Going the distance on canals, lakes, and rivers

The first tour of the season is the Niagara Banana Belt Tour on Sunday, May 14.  This is an early season ‘tune-up’ tour of about 13 km on the Welland Recreational Canal.  Information: carinapeters@yahoo.com

The next event is the Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB).  This 500 km-long relay runs from June 15 to July 1.  It celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation by including the three cities that have been named capitals of the Province in Canada West during the mid-19th century: Toronto (alternating capital from 1849 to 1859), Kingston (from 1841 to 1844) and Ottawa (1866-67).

“We’ve never collaborated in a rowing tour on this scale” said Richard Vincent, OAR’s president.  “We delighted to support the FFB, which through sports and other fundraising initiatives has now funded over $28 million in research into the causes, treatments and, ultimately, the cures for retinal eye diseases”.

The Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay is made up of the following four tours:

  • Lake Ontario, June 15 to 18 (160 km) organised by the Hanlan Rowing Club (with help from the Durham Rowing Club and Rowing Canada)
  • Bay of Quinte, June 19 to 22 (140 km) organised by the Quinte Rowing Club
  • Rideau Canal South, June 23 to 27 (100 km), organised by the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC)
  • Rideau Canal North, June 28 to July 2 (100 km), organized by ONEC.

The Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay will accommodate participants with different levels of experience in sculling.  Intermediate scullers may share a seat and row alternate days.  Accommodation and car shuttles will be organised by the club responsible for each section of the relay.

For further information and registration for the Canada 150Row3Capitals Relay, go to the Ontario Adventure Rowing website at adventurerowing.ca.

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.

Membership information can be found here, or on the Ontario Adventure Rowing website.

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 info@adventurerowing.ca).

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

Don Rowing Club, www.donrowing.com

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.