The Rideau Lakes tour is officially cancelled for the 2020 season due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

May 23-24, 2020

Registration deadline is May 4th


Kick off the 2020-touring season with a two-day outing on the beautiful Rideau Lakes.

Chaffey’s Lock will be our launching point. We’ll wind our way through lakes and marshes above and below the lock, always on the look out for wildlife: birds, fish and …. to be discovered!

Saturday overnight accommodation is arranged at Simmons Cottages, which are located at Chaffey’s Lock and come equipped with full kitchens.  To keep things simple – and ensure you’ll have the diet you row best on – we ask that you provide your own breakfasts and lunches.

* Note: Overnight accommodation at The Opinicon is an option this year.  For more information, see the “Accommodation” section below.

On Saturday night, your hosts will provide a tasty buffet dinner of delicious delights.  Some beer and wine will be available; however, you may prefer to bring your favourite!

Please join us for this early season tour!

Note:  All participants are encouraged to assist with coxing duties.



Saturday, May 23    9:00 am – meet at Simmons Cottages to rig boats

10:30 am – launch above Chaffey’s Lock then head towards Indian Lake and beyond

Sunday, May 24      9:00 am – meet to begin row to Opinicon Lake

 2:00 pm – de-rig boats



Simmons Cottages:  We are holding 3 cottages here.  Please indicate on the Registration Form if this is your preference and whom you wish to share a cottage with.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.

The cottages have also been reserved for Friday, May 22.  Participants who wish to stay on Friday are responsible for this cost individually.  It is not included in the tour cost.  In addition, we are making dinner reservations at The Opinicon for Friday evening.  Please advise us if you wish to join us.

* The Opinicon: Norma Strachan has reserved a few cottages for those who prefer less rustic lodgings, yet want to be close by.  It is just a 5-minute walk to Simmons Cottages.  If you prefer this choice, please indicate it on your Registration Form and contact Norma at by March 30.  NOTE: There is an additional charge for this accommodation.

What is NOT included:

Your breakfasts, lunches and beverages to cover your stay.  There are no restaurant or bar services available.

Water at Simmons Cottages is not potable so please fill your reusable water bottles at home to get you started.  Jugs of drinking water will be available in the cottages.

Rowing apparel, swimsuit, reusable water bottles, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, warm clothing.

Tour fees:

$160.00  –  tour cost plus accommodation at Simmons Cottages

$110.00  –  tour cost only.  It does NOT include accommodation at The Opinicon.  Please contact Norma for the additional charge for this accommodation.

Tour cost includes:  seat charges, 1 buffet dinner, snacks and water while rowing, fuel for trailer shuttle.


Please direct any questions to or


* We ask you to please be mindful of your waste as we edge our tours toward zero waste. *


How to Register

Email your Registration Form and signed Waiver to Joan Robertson

and eTransfer the fee to


Mail your completed Registration Form, signed Waiver and cheque (payable to ONEC Touring Committee) to: Joan Roberson     

406-211 Second Avenue, Ottawa, ON  K1S 2H8