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  • #3467
    meridian
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    Hey guys. I am recently back from Scotland (was there for 2 years) and am looking to do some serious paddling this summer. Problem is I only know 1 other guy who paddles here. Does anyone know of a kayaking club I can hook up with to network and join trips etc? Any info would be great!

    Jeremy

    #24644
    Ray-C
    Participant

    The two main ones in town are Coureurs de Bois (CdB) and Ottawa River Runners. Links below:

    http://www.cdb-ottawa.com
    http://www.ottawariverrunners.com

    #24645
    firestarter
    Participant
    "meridian":17rg6iwu wrote:
    Hey guys. I am recently back from Scotland (was there for 2 years) and am looking to do some serious paddling this summer. Problem is I only know 1 other guy who paddles here. Does anyone know of a kayaking club I can hook up with to network and join trips etc? Any info would be great!

    Jeremy[/quote:17rg6iwu]

    Serious boating is what you are into?

    Don’t waste your time with those clubs. Big scam.

    Just head on down to Champlain and meet paddlers there. Surely you team up with good HONEST folk there. A few days on the Ottawa up Beachburg way and you should have a wealth of people to paddle with.

    There are some really good folks on this board as well, with some glaringly noteable exceptions … you know who you are.

    Good luck and welcome to Canada

    #24646
    blisster
    Participant

    I second the notion about just finding some paddling on this board or out at champlain… I generally boat with one other person as well and looking to join up with others at any time.

    if you wanna go for a weekend or on an evening feel free to pm me.

    cheers,

    dylan

    #24647
    windowshade
    Participant

    Coureurs de Bois paddling club has Slalom paddlers, Open boaters, C-!’ers and of course Kayakers. 366 members can’t all be wrong! Largest club in Ottawa. We paddle easy stuff, hard stuff, in-between stuff. Creek, rivers, festivals and whatever. We are paddling either the Carp, the Mississippi or the Upper Salmon this Saturday (weather and level dependent). We are very, very safety conscious, teach newbie’s, some of us even take part in the Level Six Freestyle Cup… and WIN!! We take care of our own and everyone else we see in trouble, paddle 3 times a week during the summer, like the Ottawa, the Kippawa, the Gatineau, the Rouge, the Petite Nation, the Lièvre and others. We are environmentally conscious and donate to river conservation projects. Some of us even paddle the Moose and the Raquette ( Bill, Don, Ray, Yvan, Mark D. take a bow!!!) We are French, English and have members all over the world, Australia, England to name a few countries… We have Champlain paddling every Thursday, starting at the end of April and paddle through November, some of us paddle through December and January ( okay mostly me..).We have Beast Feat in August, Newcomers Day in May..,. We go camping, paddling, we go skating in the winter time, some of us even go climbing, we are everyone, we are constantly growing, we are a social club. A great club to join!, $15/year. You can’t go wrong when you paddle with CdB. We have members who can tel you which line to run, which line not to run. We encourage you, we push you, we hold you back when we think you are over your head… We are part of the paddling community. We have 15% discount prices with the Paddle Shack, working on getting discount with other retailers… What we are and what we do is have fun! What are you waiting for, join!

    Paul Potvin
    CdB President

    #24648
    Ray-C
    Participant
    "windowshade":2gndj19a wrote:
    We have Beast Feat in August, [/quote:2gndj19a]

    Heh, heh. That sounds dirtier than Peterborough Crew’s old avatar… :smile:

    Seriously though, I know with CdB you basically get your money’s worth back just in terms of food at the annual paddle/BBQ weekend (AKA the Beast [b:2gndj19a]Feast[/b:2gndj19a]).

    #24649
    Peter Karwacki
    Participant

    I am acutely aware of the fact that CDB does not belong to Whitewater Ontario. why should they belong?

    This crazy insurance problem perhaps, would cost the club $25 membership and $5.00 per member and only insure them for races, demos and instruction.

    Why bother?

    But CDB is a great club.

    I am recently informed by the Director of Lands management Branch of the MNR that there is no central registry for small hydro project development in Ontario and that all issues must be dealt with locally. There is no river preservation ethic in Ontario.

    Further the CHRS guarantees nothing.

    There is a lack of a group, save Whitewater Ontario, that is working to raise awareness of these issues and leading with dollars to do so.

    Still, CDB is a great club.

    Whether its fulfiling its role in maintaining the only whitewater preserve in Ontario, providing instruction and certification, overseeing whitewater racing as the provincial sports body responsible for slalom, advocating for access and responsible use of Ontario’s rivers to government, business and the public,

    Whitewater Ontario could use the support of the Cours des bois.

    Pete

    #24650
    Ray-C
    Participant
    "firestarter":3tw4t8yc wrote:
    Don’t waste your time with those clubs. Big scam.[/quote:3tw4t8yc]
    [b:3tw4t8yc]scam[/b:3tw4t8yc] (skm) Slang
    n.
    [list:3tw4t8yc]A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.[/list:u:3tw4t8yc]
    [b:3tw4t8yc]libel[/b:3tw4t8yc]
    n.
    [list:3tw4t8yc]a. A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person’s reputation.
    b. The act of presenting such material to the public.[/list:u:3tw4t8yc]
    Well, I guess those clubs will know who to sue after all those sweet new posters, ads and TGR films come out of your Hamilton exploits.

    Anyway, Meridian, if you are in Ottawa, yes, there are several ways to hook up with boaters here. This boater board is a good way. Champlain is usually full of boaters (although many of the regulars there are members of the clubs listed above). Showing up on the upper Ottawa can be hit or miss unless you are just doing park and play. There are also a lot of visiting paddlers there, so on a given session, you may or may not be able to hook up with someone who you could regularly boat with. Then there are the clubs. The club route is probably the easiest way to access a large network of paddlers quickly that you could hook up with. None of these options are mutually exclusive.

    #24651
    windowshade
    Participant
    "Peter Karwacki":3mr6sabe wrote:
    I am acutely aware of the fact that CDB does not belong to Whitewater Ontario. why should they belong?

    This crazy insurance problem perhaps, would cost the club $25 membership and $5.00 per member and only insure them for races, demos and instruction.

    Why bother?

    But CDB is a great club.

    I am recently informed by the Director of Lands management Branch of the MNR that there is no central registry for small hydro project development in Ontario and that all issues must be dealt with locally. There is no river preservation ethic in Ontario.

    Further the CHRS guarantees nothing.

    There is a lack of a group, save Whitewater Ontario, that is working to raise awareness of these issues and leading with dollars to do so.

    Still, CDB is a great club.

    Whether its fulfiling its role in maintaining the only whitewater preserve in Ontario, providing instruction and certification, overseeing whitewater racing as the provincial sports body responsible for slalom, advocating for access and responsible use of Ontario’s rivers to government, business and the public,

    Whitewater Ontario could use the support of the Cours des bois.

    Pete[/quote:3mr6sabe]

    Hi Peter,

    As in all organization/club, things take time to happen, proportionately to the size of the group. I’ve started to talk to Carole W. who is a prominent member of WO, about the possibility of my bringing to our exec members the possibility of joining WO, then of course debate the ideas, the pros and cons, etc and then bring an amended proposition to our members. I don’t want to get into it before talking more to Carole and initiating a conversation with our exec, but your suggestion is not falling upon deaf ears.

    Cheers,

    Paul Potvin
    CdB President

    #24652
    firestarter
    Participant
    "windowshade":1x2foflr wrote:
    366 members can’t all be wrong! [/quote:1x2foflr]

    Funny. A group about the same size at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco thought the same thing once upon a time.

    Look, all I am saying is that some clubs exist out there that knowingly or unknowingly take advantage of the misinformed to further their hidden agendas.

    But to the point, my intent here is not mudslinging. There is plenty of that to go around on this board as it is. So before the Honourable Ray-C unleashes the full force of the Woodcarriers Legal Team against me to recoup $30 worth of lost membership fees, let me just say that I am just looking out for Meridian.

    I encourage people to seek out all the alternatives (Ray-C did you the favour of repeating everything that I said BTW – Good job), judge for yourself and keep your eyes open and hand on your wallet.

    #24653
    harris
    Participant

    I can’t remember now… is firestarter POBO? :lol:

    Cars, electricity, dogs… clubs. fits the MO anyway

    #24654
    ceilidhke
    Participant

    CDB is a great group with a broad base of interest and skill level and provides excellent value for money. The $15 membership is about equivalent to 7 British pounds or a couple of pints; not too expensive for most paddlers, save perhaps the poorest of students. The club’s mandate and fees have been clearly stated – no hidden agenda.

    ORR membership is more expensive (about $60). The club’s focus is on slalom paddling and racing. The ORR fees apply primarily to the cost of insurance required by the City of Ottawa for the use of the pumphouse to train on. While the whitewater portion of pumphouse slalom course has been out of commission for a couple of years, substantial work has now been completed to remediate the shoreline and river bed. All being well, permanent gates will be hung this spring. In due course a club house will be built on the banks of the pumphouse.

    The ORR has a world class slalom paddling coach for its athletes, many of whom are on the junior national team representing Canada. Many members of Canada’s senior national team are also members of the ORR and have represented Canada at Worlds and the Olympics. Canada’s senior team coach also coaches the ORR’s junior c1 athletes.

    On a more pedestrian level, the ORR also does weekly + river runs in season, some in slalom boats, some in play boats. There is a strong masters slalom group who get together regularly to paddle. The ORR is also looking for younger whitewater paddlers who are interested in trying slalom kayaking or canoeing.

    Many of the ORR’s slalom paddlers also successfully compete in playboating competitions such as the Level 6 cup and will be competing in the upcoming playboating Worlds being held at Buseater on Ottawa River this spring.

    There are lots of great people to paddle with, whether through clubs or on spec. You should have no trouble finding suitable options.

    Cheers and happy paddling!

    Ceilidh

    #24655
    Peter Karwacki
    Participant

    The Ottawa River Runners club donated $1200 in total to the Kipawa Legal Defense Fund. While, "we", are slalom paddlers, they know what side their bread is buttered on.

    But Robert Monti, that pillar of philanthropism, has been the keel on the legal ship, slowly and methodically leading us to victory over the "infidels".
    And he is an CDB member.

    so Quality abounds.

    Pete

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