Connected by Canoe Ceremonial Paddle

Schedule

9:00 am: all participants are in their assigned canoes, and programming begins

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Fiddle Dance on the wharf at HMCS Carleton to mark the beginning of the Ceremonial Leg

9:15 am – 9:30 am: Safety briefing and paddling practice on Dow’s Lake.

9:30 am – 9:45 am: First raft-up. Songs and Voices of the Paddle I

9:45 am– 10:15 am: Paddle from Dows Lake to Hog Island (Lansdowne Park Corner)

10:15 am – 10:45 am:  Second raft-up and Songs and Voices of the Paddle II

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Paddle to Pretoria Bridge

11:00 am – 11:15 am: Third raft-up and Voices of the Paddle III. Singing of O Canada

11:30 am– 11:45 am: Reflective (silent) paddle from Pretoria Bridge to Parks Canada wharf at National Arts Centre.

12:00 pm: Arrival at the National Arts Centre and end of the program.

Suggested Viewpoints

Though you can see the paddlers from anywhere along the Rideau Canal from Dow's Lake Pavilion to the National Arts Centre, the best areas to view the Ceremonial Paddle will be the raft-up points as the group will be remaining still, and there will be exciting activities to hear and view.

  • 9:30 am – 9:45 am: Dow's Lake Pavilion (1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5K7) for first raft-up. Songs and Voices of the Paddle

  • 10:15 am – 10:45 am: Lansdowne Park (Rideau Canal Western Pathway, 450 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J30) for second raft-up and Songs and Voices of the Paddle II

  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am: Pretoria Bridge for third raft-up and Voices of the Paddle III. Singing of O Canada

  • 12:00 pm: National Arts Centre 53 Elgin St Ottawa, ON K1P for arrival of the group and end of the program.