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A boat for everyone!

PaddleALL is a Canoe Kayak Canada program aimed at promoting participation in the sport of sprint Canoe Kayak for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Recreational and sprint canoe and kayaks are used to introduce participants to the sport of CanoeKayak. The program includes a safety orientation, technical instruction, and instruction by experienced coaches. Each paddler will have an experienced paddling partner for 1:1 support. Although all abilities are welcome,paddlers must be comfortable on the water. 


ORCC will continue to hold our excellent evening program, but starting this June we will also be introducing summer camps for our Paddle ALL Athletes.  See below for details of both programs.

New PaddleAll Summer Camp!

New this year, the Ottawa River Canoe Club in collaboration with Bloom Therapeutic Recreation & Fitness, will be offering unique inclusive camp options for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities! 

Developed by a team of Registered Recreation Therapists and supported by future Therapeutic Recreation graduates from Algonquin College, our camp programs have been developed with a person-centered approach and strengths-based care in mind. Our goal is to nurture and enhance each campers’ love for nature and watersports, through stimulating outdoor experiences!

While spending their time outdoors and on the water, our campers will experience so many exciting adventures that will help build self-esteem and improve their social skills while also developing new motor skills, engaging in regular physical activity and experiencing the many benefits on their mental health that nature provides.

Recreational and sprint canoes and kayaks are used to introduce our campers to the sport of CanoeKayak. The daily on-water activities will include safety orientation, technical instruction, and games, as well as individualized adaptations and support on the water. While all abilities are welcome, campers must be comfortable on the water. 

For more information click here.

ORCC Evening Program:

Our programs run once or twice per week (Monday or Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings) between July 4th  and August 27, 2021; no practice on civic holiday in August.  There will be the possibility of 1-2 weeks where the weather is bad, make up days will be run in the fall.  Competitive Program athletes are expected to come twice per week.  At the moment there are races scheduled throughout the summer, but they may be cancelled depending on the COVID conditions at the time.

Session Times

 - Monday evenings 6 to 7 pm 

- Wednesday evenings 6 to 7 pm

- Sunday mornings 11 am to 12 pm * to be confirmed


  • Recreational Paddlers - $90 for once per week; twice per week $120
  • Competitive Paddlers- $150 
Please note that once you choose a time slot, you must stay with it for the summer (see registration below).

ORCC PaddleALL paddlers on a fun Dragon Boat night!

If you have questions please speak to coaches or email our PaddleAll coordinator at  info@orcc.ca 

Regatta Dates are as follows:    (For Competitive Program)

  • July 10, 2021 (Rideau Canoe Club)
  • July 24/25 (Rideau Canoe Club)
  • August 14th Ontario Championships (Welland, ON)
  • August 26, 27 or 28 National Championships (Ottawa, ON) schedule to be confirmed


"After the month of May, there used to be a void in organized sport activities for people with special needs. Not so this year! Thanks to Paddling for Special Needs at the Ottawa Canoe Club in Dunrobin, our son has been able to keep up with his physical fitness and meeting friends all summer long. I would like to personally thank Catherine Gosselin-Despres and all her volunteers for all their hard work. Hopefully we will have enough participants next year for Ottawa to be the first city in Canada to have a Paddle All Team participating in a Dragon Boat Festival next year.”  Gisele Doyle

Additional COVID Measures:

In light of the recent public health recommendations, along with ORCC's COVID policy, please note that the PaddleAll program will be running with specific modifications and protocols in place for summer 2021. Please make sure to read the club's policy and feel free to contact us for further information at info@orcc.ca

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Email contacts: 

  • info@orcc.ca (general and program information)
  • camps@orcc.ca
  • recreation@orcc.ca
  • sup@orcc.ca
  • programs@orcc.ca
  • dragonboat@orcc.ca

Location: 1610 Sixth Line, Dunrobin 

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