A sesquicentennial project of The Canadian Canoe Museum and Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the Ottawa Community Foundation, Parks Canada & community organizations along the way

The Connected by Canoe Journey is a two-part canoe trip from Kingston to Ottawa that will carry with it a message about the on-going importance and possibilities of canoes for community building in Canada's continuing evolution as a nation and to help welcome delegates to the Community Foundation of Canada annual gathering in Ottawa. The project will take place from May 2 to 11th, 2017.

Imagine a floating conversation amongst 16 people as they paddle the Rideau Waterway, and at each stop along the way, the conversation will expand in different ways to include local voices and discussions of building an equitable, sustainable and inclusive future for Canada.

The Two-Leg Journey 

The Express Leg 

An 8-day paddle on the Rideau waterway from Kingston, ON to Ottawa, ON in a 16 passenger Montreal canoe. 

Wednesday May 3rd – Kingston Mills to Seeley’s Bay (0 - 30 km)

Thursday May 4th – Seeley’s Bay to Westport (30–70km)

Friday May 5th – Westport to Perth (70–103km)

Saturday May 6th – Perth to Smiths Falls (90–105 km)

Sunday May 7th – Smiths Falls to Merrickville (105–128 km)

Monday May 8th –  Merrickville to Kemptville (128–151 km)

Tuesday May 9th – Kemptville to Manotick (151- 175 km)

Wednesday May 10th – Manotick to Dow’s Lake (175–204 km)

The Ceremonial Leg

A pre-conference activity for Community Foundations of Canada delegates in iconic Canadian style paddled watercraft; from the West (an 18 passengerHaida dugout style canoe), from the North (a 16-passenger skin-on-frame Inuit Umiaq),as well as from the Center/East a Canot du Maitre, 

  • Thursday May 11th – Ceremonial Paddle from Dow’s Lake to the Westin Hotel (204–211 km)

On-the-water with words, music, and activity celebrating canoes and Canada!

Want to join us on our ceremonial paddle?

Paddlers are welcome to bring their own boat and gear and join us in the ceremonial paddle. We will leave Dow's lake at 8:30am and will wrap-up the paddle by noon at the Westin Hotel. (Paddlers will be responsible for their own risk and safety.)

Read the official Connected by Canoe press release here

Join in the conversation! #ConnectedbyCanoe