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Paddle the Rideau


group photo of paddlers

The Kingston Unitarian Fellowship is very proud to announce that the paddle from Kingston Upper Brewers Mills Lock to Ottawa's Mooney's Bay was completed with six canoes and two kayaks. Some people paddled all the way and some participated by paddling some days. Another extremely valuable group participated by organizing and delivering wonderful nutritious, delicious meals to the paddlers.

paddlers arriving at Mooney's Bay

As of October 31, 2012, two hundred and ten people contributed to the fundraising effort and more than $24,500 was raised.

paddlers in a lock

We were able to complete two washrooms on the second floor of 206 Concession Street, and now have the money set aside for the handicapped accessible washroom for the first floor.

new washroom new washroom

Thank you to all who were involved, but particularly to Rick Hatton and Anne Coward for their leadership.


Although the "Paddle the Rideau 2012" was a great success, one step of the process was left undone. Due to unacceptable weather conditions on the first day of the expedition, the paddlers had to start one day late, skipping the first leg of the journey.

On September 1st, 2013, with three canoes and one kayak with 7 KUF'ers set off from Kingston up the Rideau waterway to Upper Brewers Mills Locks. We finally completed the full journey, paddling 22.5km in great weather, and enjoyed the scenery and birds along the way.

A very special thank you to Anne Coward, Bev and Karl Hummitzsch, Jan and Walt Steinmetz, Maureen Farr-Eagan, Bob Hotrum, and Patty Spencer, who met and encouraged us at points along the way, witnessed and photographed our progress and fun, greeted us at the finish point and prepared and shared a delicious picnic meal! You all helped make it an extra special day to remember.

2013 paddlers