BRWP Events

Celebrate Our Rivers 
Events and Paddles 

Over the past few years, the Bonnechere River Watershed Project has partnered with the Ottawa River Institute (ORI) and numerous other organizations and municipalities to bring group paddle opportunities to residents and tourists. Some of the events also feature local food and entertainment, and all feature lots of fun! 


MAY Paddles

All paddles are $10 per person unless otherwise noted.

Sat. May 18 -6:30 pm

Muskrat River to Mud Lake


Put-in: Bottom of Meath Hill on Hwy 17

Sun. May 26 - 9:30 am

Lower Barron River roundtrip


Put-in: ~1366 Rantz Rd. (boat launch)

JUNE Paddles

Sat. June 1 - 9:30 am

Bonnechere River ~ Roundtrip from Eganville Beach


Co-lead: Twp. Bonnechere Valley and BRWP

Seat in a 6-person explorer canoes available.

No charge, but reservation required.

Followed by music and local food (Reserve your order of a box lunch made by Griffith Farm, $10).

Meet/Takeout: Eganville arena

Sun. June 9 - 9:30am

Bonnechere River - Renfrew to Ottawa River- First Chute Clean-up


Meet 9:30, 345 Arthur St, Renfrew

Take-out:  Horton boat launch, River Rd.

Bring a shoreline lunch

Sun. June 23 – 5:00 pm

Ottawa River Heritage Paddle ~ Arnprior (McLean Park) to mouth of Mississippi return (~10km)


Put-in/Takeout: McLean Park

Tues. June 25 – 5:00 pm

Brennan’s Creek


Put-in/Takeout: Killaloe

JULY Paddles 

Sat. July 6 – 9:30 am

Ottawa River Heritage Paddle

Roundtrip from Waltham, Quebec to Gervais Caves. 


Co-led: Nature Conservancy of Canada & ORI

 Sat. July 13 – 1:00 pm

Bonnechere River ~ Eganville to Fourth Chute

Paddle & Fiddle; BBQ/Music- $15

Meet/Takeout: Bonnechere Caves


Tues. July 16 – 8:00 pm

Bonnechere River ~ Full moon roundtrip from Renfrew


Put-in/Takeout: Renfrew boat launch, end Riverview Dr. (off Lisgar St/Hwy 132)

Sat. July 20 - 9:30 am

Little Bonnechere River


Put-in/Takeout: Lough Garvey on Paugh Lake Rd., 100 m south of Basin Depot Rd.

Sun. July 28 – 9:30 am

Ottawa River Heritage Paddle ~ Roundtrip from Horton boat launch


Co-led by Ottawa Riverkeeper and BRWP

AUGUST Paddles

Fri. Aug. 9th – 11th

Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival


Pembroke and Petawawa

Fri. Aug. 16 – 1:30 pm

White Lake Paddle from Waba Cottage


Museum open: 10 -4:30

Sun. Aug. 18 – 11:00 am

Lake Dore Paddle (from Melissa Bishop Park down the Snake River)


Put-in and Take out: Melissa Bishop Park

Lake Dore Property Owners and NAW Recreation

Optional BBQ Hot Dog Lunch $5.

Tues. Aug. 27 – 4:00 pm

York River and Conroy Marsh


Put-in: End of McPhee Bay Road

Guided tour of the Marsh with experienced field naturalists Ethan Anderman and Jean Brereton

September Paddles

Sat. Sept. 7 – 9:30am

Ottawa River Heritage Paddle ~ Sheenboro to Oiseau Rock


Co-led by Ottawa Riverkeeper and  ORI

Put-in: near Sheenboro

Sat. Sept. 14 – 11am – 3pm

Bonnechere River / Golden Lake

Golden Lake & Area Community Group


Optional BBQ Hot Dog Lunch $5.

Put-in/Take-out: Deacon Bridge


See Poster for Celebrate Our Rivers 2019

Paddles from Previous Years:


Past BRWP Events

BRWP Supports Local Action promoting Nuclear Safety 

The BRWP supported local action to promote nuclear safety and participated in The Red Canoe March for Nuclear Safety in Ottawa on January 18, 2018 and presented an intervention at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Hearings on the re-licensing of the Chalk River Laboratories, on January 24, 2018 in Pembroke ON. See a video clip of the presentation here.

Local Energy and the Energy East Pipeline Town Halls

Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | 7pm Galilee Centre, Arnprior 

Thurs. Oct 2, 2014 | 7pm Marguerite Centre, 
A Local Energy speaking tour and town hall, 
with a focus on the Energy East Pipeline and 
related environmental issues. 

Featureds peakers from Environmental Defence, 
the Ottawa River Institute, the Bonnechere River 
Watershed Project and the Valley Climate Circle. 

Climate Realities and What We Can Do 
and A Glimpse in Time

Two guest speakers came together for two free evening presentations: Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013, at the Renfrew Public Library and Wednesday Nov. 20, 7pm at the Bonnechere Union Public Library in Eganville.

Duncan Noble, trained by former US vice-president and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project will presented, ‘Climate Realities and What We Can Do’, a multi-media presentation on climate change and its impacts and solutions, and Dorothy Garlough will presented ‘A Glimpse in Time’ a photographic slideshow depicting past, present, and future possibilities for our region.

Click here for a poster.

Spring and Summer 2013 Performances of Bonnechere RIver - Future Tense 

An original musical theatre production that took an innovative and fun-filled look at the past, present and possible futures for the Bonnechere River watershed was performed nine times over the spring and summer of 2013. It was a BRWP and Stone Fence Theatre partnership production.

Door prizes of restaurant/spa gift certificates, tickets to the Bonnechere Caves and historic O'Brien Theatre (Renfrew), and Bonnechere River Watershed Adventures were awarded at each performance!

We would like to thank our sponsors and donors!
George Jackson Toyota 
Bishop Water Technologies 
Friends of Bonnechere Parks 
Lockwood Building Centre 

MacKillican and Associates
Ottawa River Drive Committee 
Quail Creek Retirement Centre 
Re/Max Renfrew
Re/Max Pembroke  
Renfrew Hydro 

Renfrew Power Generation
South of 60 Arts Centre 
The Marjorie Lindsay Family 
Vonnie Grice
Yuill's Valumart
Ontario Power Generation  

Bittersweet Gallery at Fog Run Studio
Bonnechere Bakery and Bistro 
Bonnechere Caves 
Coco Jarry’s 
Neat Coffee Shop 
O’Brien Theatre 
Rocky Mountain House 
The Ash Grove 
The Bent Anchor 
The Sands on Golden Lake 
Top o’ the Morning Cafe 
Township of Horton 
Wilno Tavern
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