It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is.
It’s a symphony of motion and when you’re rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. You’re touching the divine.
It touches the you of you’s, which is your soul.
- George Pocock
champion sculler & distinguished boatbuilder
SO, WHERE'S THE ROWING?
While we were excited at the prospect of offering rowing (or, more precisely, sculling*) as a rental option, the extreme boat wakes, from both wake-board activity and from cruisers racing between lock stations, means this section of the river is simply too risky for rowing due to the inherent tippiness of most single-sculling boats. In short, it's simply not a safe location for rowing rentals.
While our paddlesport fleet suffers daily physical damage from these boat wakes, the biggest tragedy is the continual damage these wakes inflict on the shoreline and the wildlife along this narrow and ecologically fragile reach of the Rideau.
For these reasons, ROWING IS ON HOLD until further notice.