The story of the Ottawa Rowing Club is steeped in history. Founded in 1867, Canada’s oldest rowing club is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, community organization. Its founding father was Sir John A. Macdonald and it has been in existence for more than 150 years.

The ORC’s story isn’t just a story of early hours and intense training to go fly on water. The ORC – and the sport of rowing – is about committing to a communal goal larger than any one person. It’s about team. It’s about giving heart and soul in pursuit of something great, something special, meaningful, inclusive and for many, life changing. While the ORC has always been and is still is today driven by the big, warm hearts of volunteers and rowers who make it a mission to strengthen and unite our greater community one stroke, and one smile, at a time; it is built on resources made possible by the generosity of sponsors, donors, partners and people like you. Rowing shells, blades, docks, motor boats, dryland training equipment and essential tools for our volunteer coaches are critical to our mission.

We are in the midst the Covid-19 pandemic at the ORC. To provide a safe option for rowers to stay physically distanced we must use club singles only. This has put a huge demand on the 14 club singles the club has. Racing singles are not the easiest to learn in so to provide programs for beginners the club would like to purchase ocean shells, which is a safer and more stable boat for both young and older novice rowers to learn how to scull in.

We are gratefully accepting donations to support our non profit. Tax receipts will be issued for donations given to the ORC via the National Sport Trust Fund – Ontario. Below are donation links to two ORC fundraising initiatives. Donations to Let’s Row Ottawa support equipment and general operating expenses. Donations to Shell Out for Shells support investment in rowing shells only. By giving though one of these links you will receive a tax receipt and you will make a big difference:

Shell Out for Shells:

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Thank you for contributing. Our community is an incredibly strong, tight-knit one, for which we are so grateful.