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

Sat. May 12 - Meet 9:30 am - Lower Barron River roundtrip -$10

Lead: ORI

Put-in/Take-out: ~1366 Rantz Rd. (boat launch)

Sun. May 27 -Meet 9:30 am -Little Bonnechere River roundtrip - $10

Lead : BRWP

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

JUNE Paddles

Sat. June 2 – Meet 9:30 am -Bonnechere River - Wilber Lake to Eganville Flat & swift water options

$10 on-line    $13 on-site

Lead: Tsp. Bonnechere Valley

Followed by Local Food & Music. Register: 

Meet/Takeout: Eganville arena

Sun. June 10

Bonnechere River - Renfrew to Ottawa River- First Chute Clean-up - $10 -Flat & swift water options -Bring a shoreline lunch

Lead: BRWP


Swift water meet 9:30, 385 Arthur St, Renfrew

Take-out:  Horton boat launch, River Rd.

Flat water roundtrip meet 10:30, Horton boat launch.

Sun. June 24 – Meet 9:30 am

Little Mississippi River roundtrip - $10 

Lead: ORI

Put-in/Takeout: Burnt Bridge Rd. (sand), 10.5 km after turning off Hwy 515 in Palmer Rapids.

JULY Paddles

Wed. July 4 – Meet 6 pm -Bonnechere River roundtrip from Renfrew boat launch - $10

Lead: BRWP

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

Sun. July 8 - Meet 9:30 am -Muskrat River roundtrip – $10

Lead: ORI

Put-in/Take-out: Meath Hill boat launch, Hwy 17 at Muskrat River crossing

Sun. July 15 – Meet 9:30 am -Snake River roundtrip - $10

Lead: ORI

Put-in/Take-out: Snake River Line, 500 m SE of Stoqua Creek Rd.

Sat. July 21. Meet 1:30 pm

Bonnechere River - Eganville to Fourth Chute Paddle & Fiddle; BBQ/Music- $15

Lead: BRWP

Meet/Takeout: Bonnechere Caves

Sun. July 29– Meet 9:30 am -Ottawa River – Portage-du-Fort to the Bonnechere River - $10

Lead : BRWP


Put-in: Portage-du-Fort boat launch

Take-out: Grandview or Horton boat launch

AUGUST Paddles 

Sun. Aug. 12 – Meet 10 am -Upper Ottawa River Heritage Paddle - $30 (lunch incl.)

Lead: Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival


Seats in Voyageur or Montreal canoes available.

Put-in/Takeout: Petawawa Point beach

Sun. Aug. 26– Meet 1 pm -Madawaska River Family Paddle roundtrip - $10 per family

Lead: Tsp. McNab/Braeside & BRWP

Put-in/Takeout: Burnstown beach, 1537 Calabogie Rd (Hwy 508)

Sat. Sept. 15 - 11am-2pm

Bonnechere River from Deacon, upstream

Lead: Golden Lake & Area Community Group


Optional BBQ Hot Dog Lunch $5.

Put-in/Take-out: Deacon Bridge

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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