Updated Boathouse Paddle Guidelines: June 28, 2020

We have updated our Boathouse Paddle Guidelines for boathouse paddles on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please click here for the latest guidelines: Boathouse-Paddle-Guidelines.pdf . Rules in our Important Notices apply to all boathouse use.

Updated Message from the Commodore – June 9, 2020

Good news!  The province has relaxed the limit on the size of gatherings from 5 to 10 persons.  Starting Saturday, June 13, club trips can be up to 10 persons including the trip leader.

We had started the resumption of club trips by announcing each trip just one week in advance.  Now, with the expanded group size, we are reverting to announcing a month of trips at a time.  Check the website and watch for the monthly bulletin via email for upcoming trips.

While the trip size has been expanded to 10 persons, it is still likely that interest will exceed available spots on the trip.  To give all members a fair and equal opportunity to register for a trip, members should register for a trip no sooner than a week in advance.  Trip leaders should correspondingly accept trip registrations starting a week in advance.  For example, if a trip is scheduled for a Saturday, registrations will be accepted starting the preceding Sunday.

Trip leaders should still keep a waiting list in case any registrants have to cancel.  Also, if the trip leader can recruit a co-leader, a second group of up to ten persons can do the same trip but separated in time from the first group.  This time-staggering of groups has worked well.

More good news!  Paddling from the Boathouse will resume Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm, for the rest of June, July and August. 

The Board is also examining the possibility of adding an opportunity on Saturday in July and August.  This will require additional volunteer help to materialize.

While we are heading towards normal operations, we still need to be attentive to social distancing and other measures to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  We may be out on the water, but we’re not “out of the woods” yet.  We’re getting there.

Please read the Boathouse Guidelines here, and the Trip Guidelines here.

As before the pandemic, all our activities are made possible only through the volunteer efforts of Trip Leaders and Boathouse Supervisors.  Please acknowledge their contributions as we carefully ease back into operation.


Canoe, kayak, hike and ski: we do it all!

The Cataraqui Canoe Club is a non-profit club that supports canoeing, kayaking and outdoor activity in and around Kingston.

Non-Members may join any of our events … twice! Come and find out about us and experience the outdoors in the company of like minded enthusiasts. Be sure to contact the leader beforehand.

Members …

  • Can join us for evening paddle nights (see below)
  • Are invited to exclusive Club year around weekend events
  • Can rent berths in the Club boathouse (see below)
  • Can sign up for our lessons
  • Receive our newsletter by email
  • Vote at our Annual General Meeting
  • Participate on our Board of Directors

Paddles from the Boathouse

Members are invited to borrow club canoes and kayaks to paddle from the boathouse at the times shown below.

May – Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
June to August – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 am.
September – Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to dusk.

The on duty volunteer may choose to lockup and leave at 6:45 pm if no-one has arrived to paddle by then. Please check in with the on duty volunteer, and sign the waiver form before taking out a boat.

Details are here.

Renting and borrowing watercraft

Members can borrow Club canoes and kayaks for open paddle nights. When going on club events, members can rent a Club canoe or kayak if they can arrange pick-up and drop-off with a member who has a boathouse key. The Club does not rent watercraft other than for member use during open paddle nights or sanctioned events.

Please review the CCC Boat Rental policy here.

Space in the boathouse

For information about space availability, or for general boat storage questions, please contact our Boathouse Manager.

Going on a trip

Club activities are open both to members and non-members. If you are not yet a club member, you are welcome to come without charge to sample our trips (but we hope you join if you enjoy them).

To take part in an event, call the trip organizer a few days before the event, after checking the site for any last-minute changes. Also check with the organizer for equipment rentals.

Each person joining in club activities is responsible for accepting the risks involved. While most trips are easy and safe, others are harder and more risky. When you phone the trip organizer or when you meet just before the trip make sure you have agreed that the proposed trip is suitable for you. Consider such things as your paddling and other outdoor skills, your fitness level and any health problems you may have.