National Events

National Events

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is the national rowing organization entrusted with the tasks of developing, planning, overseeing, and delivering the national program of events. Among our notable responsibilities is the organization and execution of esteemed events such as the RCA National Rowing Championships, RCA Canadian Masters Championships, National Selection events, and the prestigious RCA National Conference.

Renowned globally, RCA has earned a stellar reputation for its exceptional event management capabilities. In collaboration with World Rowing, RCA has successfully delivered prominent events including the World Rowing Indoor Championships in recent years. Moreover, the forthcoming 2024 World Rowing Championships are anticipated to further solidify our expertise and contribute to our legacy of hosting remarkable international events.

Canada is home to over 100 sanctioned rowing events a year that offer a variety of experiences for a wide range of development stages. Check out the resource section for more information and guides to help you host a great event.

RCA Event Resources

 

Important Update on National Event Hosting Bids

The bid opportunities for hosting the 2024-2026 National Events are now closed. Updated information, along with new bid guidelines and deadlines for the 2027-2029 cycle, will be available soon.

Rowing Canada Aviron National Events Hosting & Bid Guidelines

RCA previously announced the opportunity to bid for hosting the 2024-2026 National Events. This document was intended to assist aspiring organizers in crafting compelling bids for some of the most prestigious rowing events in the country, covering every necessary detail and ensuring a fair and transparent process for all interested parties.

Bid Submission Deadline: CLOSED 

Opportunities for the 2024-2026 cycle were offered for the following events:  

  • RCA National Rowing Championships 2024-2026
  • Canada Cup Regatta 2024-2026
  • RCA Canadian Masters Championships 2024-2026  

Upcoming 2027-2029 Bid Cycle

Stay tuned for the upcoming bid guidelines and deadlines for the 2027-2029 cycle, providing comprehensive information and instructions to help you prepare a strong bid for hosting the next round of RCA National Events.

For more details, please contact Rachel Wolff, RCA National Events Manager, at rwolff@rowingcanada.org.


Rowing Canada Aviron National Rowing Championships

The National Rowing Championships (RCA) Regatta’s purpose is to determine and crown Canadian National Champions in the sport of rowing. The regatta shall also afford the opportunity for athletes to be recognized for their accomplishments and to recognize the accomplishments of their peers. The NRC Regatta shall also facilitate National Team athletes to “re-connect” with their home Provincial Rowing Association (PRA) and RCA Member Club.

This Technical Package outlines the competitor eligibility requirements, type of events, progression format and infrastructure for the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) National Rowing Championships (NRC) Regatta. This document is intended to establish a baseline of hosting expectations for the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) established with RCA through the Hosting Guidelines Package to ensure a high-quality participant experience at the regatta.

National Rowing Championships Regatta Technical Package

 

Rowing Canada Aviron Canada Cup

The Canada Cup Regatta aims to showcase Canadian rowing in a sprint format that creates athlete participation through an exciting race program and athlete interaction and encourages spectator and sponsor engagement. Entries for the Canada Cup Regatta are structured to promote the inclusion of athletes from all regions.

This Technical Package outlines the competitor eligibility requirements, type of events, progression format and infrastructure for the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Canada Cup Regatta. This document is intended to establish a baseline of hosting expectations for the Organizing Committee (OC) established by RCA through the Hosting Guidelines Package.

Canada Cup Regatta Technical Package

 

Rowing Canada Aviron Canadian Masters Championships

The RCA Canadian Masters Championships Regatta aims to showcase Canadian Masters rowing in an ‘age category specific’ format that encourages athlete participation through an exciting race program and encourages spectator and sponsor engagement. Entries for the Regatta are structured to promote the inclusion of athletes from all regions.

This Technical Package outlines the competitor eligibility requirements, type of events, progression format and infrastructure for the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Canadian Masters Championships Regatta. This document is intended to establish a baseline of technical expectations for the Organizing Committee (OC) and will be supplemented by the RCA Hosting Agreement that will be made with the Organizing Committee.

Canadian Masters Championships Regatta Technical Package

 

Should you have any questions or require further assistance, our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way.

The conduct of events provides opportunities to get involved, ranging from partnerships, sponsorship, exhibiting and event volunteering. For more information on opportunities to get involved or event details contact the Rowing Canada Aviron National Events Manager, Rachel Wolff on rwolff@rowingcanada.org.

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Royal Canadian Henley Masters: Sunday, July 28, 2024
Race Week: Tuesday, July 30 through to Sunday, August 4, 2024

The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta started in 1880 as the first championship for the newly formed Canadian Amateur Rowing Association.One of the most prestigious competitions in North American rowing gathers best athletes, coaches, and thousands of spectators and volunteers. This rowing event, inspired by the famous regatta held yearly at Henley-on-Thames in England, has become one of the largest regattas in the world.

More information

Please note that the dates of the 2024 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
are changing due to the upcoming 2024 World Rowing Championships
taking place at St. Catharines, Ontario.

 

Canada Cup

TBD

The Canada Cup Regatta aims to showcase Canadian rowing in a sprint format that creates athlete participation through an exciting race program and athlete interaction and encourages spectator and sponsor engagement. Entries for the Canada Cup Regatta are structured to promote the inclusion of athletes from all regions.

This Technical Package outlines the competitor eligibility requirements, type of events, progression format and infrastructure for the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Canada Cup Regatta. This document is intended to establish a baseline of hosting expectations for the Organizing Committee (OC) established by RCA through the Hosting Guidelines Package.

Canada Cup Regatta Technical Package

 


 

Past 2023 National Events

 

2023 Rowing Canada Aviron National Rowing Championships

Quamichan Lake, North Cowichan, British Columbia
Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 1, 2023

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) has partnered with Maple Bay Rowing Club for the second consecutive year to welcome the nation’s rowing community to the traditional ancestral territories of Coast Salish First Nations at the picturesque Quamichan Lake in North Cowichan, British Columbia.

The National Rowing Championships (RCA) Regatta’s purpose is to determine and crown Canadian National Champions in the sport of rowing. The regatta shall also afford the opportunity for athletes to be recognized for their accomplishments and to recognize the accomplishments of their peers. The NRC Regatta shall also facilitate National Team athletes to “re-connect” with their home Provincial Rowing Association (PRA) and RCA Member Club.

2023 National Rowing Championships: A Triumph of Skill and Determination

This Technical Package outlines the competitor eligibility requirements, type of events, progression format and infrastructure for the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) National Rowing Championships (NRC) Regatta. This document is intended to establish a baseline of hosting expectations for the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) established with RCA through the Hosting Guidelines Package to ensure a high-quality participant experience at the regatta.

National Rowing Championships Regatta Technical Package

 

2023 RCA Canadian Masters Rowing Championships

St. Catharines, Ontario
Sunday, August 6, 2023 

The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Committee was hosted at the 2023 RCA Canadian Masters Championships as part of the Royal Canadian Henley Masters Regatta taking place Sunday, August 6, 2023.

Masters competitors representing RCA Member Organizations racing for Henley Masters Gold will simultaneously be racing as part of the RCA Canadian Masters Championships. All winners representing RCA Member Organizations in the Royal Canadian Henley Masters events will also be awarded a 2023 RCA Canadian Masters Championships Gold Medal. 

Spirited Competition and Sportsmanship Highlight the 2023 RCA Canadian Masters Championships

The Rowing Canada Aviron Canadian Masters Championships Regatta aims to showcase Canadian Masters rowing in an ‘age category specific’ format that encourages athlete participation through an exciting race program and encourages spectator and sponsor engagement. Entries for the Regatta are structured to promote the inclusion of athletes from all regions.

This Technical Package outlines the competitor eligibility requirements, type of events, progression format and infrastructure for the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Canadian Masters Championships Regatta. This document is intended to establish a baseline of technical expectations for the Organizing Committee (OC) and will be supplemented by the RCA Hosting Agreement that will be made with the Organizing Committee.

Canadian Masters Championships Regatta Technical Package

 

Discover rowing at an RCA Member Club in your province this June for 2024 National Come Try Rowing Day!

In conjunction with the Provincial Rowing Associations and RCA Member Clubs across the country, Rowing Canada Aviron is hosting free,
fun and safe introductory rowing sessions at local rowing clubs. These sessions will take place over the weekend of Friday 7 – Sunday 9, June 2024.

Come Try Rowing event is a promotional event hosted by a club or an association to promote rowing within their communities. First-time participants are invited to try rowing in a supervised and safe setting. Come Try events are: 

  • Promoted by clubs and associations to attract new people to our sport
  • Typically 1 – 3 hours in duration
  • Supervised by certified coaches
  • Not races, regattas or training camps

To host a Come Try event, clubs need to register their event two weeks in advanceClubs can request to host a Come Try Rowing event here. 

Once Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) approves the event it will be live in the Web Registration System (WRS) and will have a unique URL that is to be used for participant registration. 

All participants should register through the WRS. During the registration process, participants will be required to complete the RCA waiver form. If it is not possible for a person to register through WRS, participants can complete a paper version of the waiver (Waiver | Assumption of Risk).  

Clubs will be billed $5 per participant, up to $75. Come Try Rowing events can have more than 15 participants, at no extra charge. Within 7 days following the event, organizations must confirm their total number of participants to RCA. If RCA does not receive the list of participants within 7 days after the event, the organization will be billed $75.  

Inquiries related to Come Try events should be directed to Alethia Clarke 

2023 was the biggest National Come Try Rowing year to date, with rowing clubs across the nation welcoming people of all ages, abilities and experience to try the sport of rowing.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Great Indoors Map Challenge is back for Season 2023/24!

The Map Challenge is where you and your crew can embark on an incredible virtual journey departing from Mississauga, Ontario through to the prestigious city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, the location for the upcoming 2024 World Rowing Indoor Rowing Championships.

This is your chance to showcase your rowing prowess and team spirit as you navigate through this thrilling Map Challenge from Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).

Find your Team Captain, gather your rowing partners and take on the ultimate challenge to prove that your crew is truly the best in the nation!

Not only will you be competing for the top spot, but you’ll also be fostering a sense of camaraderie and pushing your fitness boundaries along the way.

From November 20 through to December 12, submit your metres rowed on an indoor rowing machine and track your team’s progress on a live map as your team heads for Prague!

Register today for the 2023 Great Indoors Map Challenge

With RCA prize packs awaiting the top five crews at the culmination of the challenge, the stakes have never been higher. Get ready to make a splash in the world of indoor rowing and pave your way towards glory!

The Challenger Series consists of six challenges that can be completed at any time during the months of January and February. Individuals who complete all six challenges will receive an RCA prize pack. Participants in the Challenger Series will also receive four-week novice and intermediate training programs. Registration will open in mid-December.

Great Indoors challenges are open to both RCA members and non-members. All participants must reside in Canada.

The Great Indoors is an RCA initiative that was launched in 2021 with the goal of growing and promoting the discipline of indoor rowing in Canada. Our online hub for indoor rowing resources, news and events can be found here.

Connect with us @rowingcanada#TheGreatIndoors #AventureEntreQuatreMurs

Come and explore The Great Indoors with us!

Register now for the 2024 Rowing Canada Aviron National Conference & Semi-Annual Meeting
January 26-28, 2024 | Québec City, Québec

REGISTER TODAY

 

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is excited to announce that the 2024 Rowing Canada Aviron National Conference will be held in picturesque Québec City, Québec on the traditional lands of the Huron-Wendat (Wendake-Nionwentsïo) Nations. RCA, with support from Aviron Québec, will welcome the nation’s rowing community from January 26-28, 2024, at the Hilton Québec, located on Parliament Hill and steps away from old Québec. 

The 2024 conference theme of “United By Water – Building Connections and Collaboration” will feature an array of engaging presentations, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities for rowing enthusiasts, coaches, athletes, and administrators from across the nation.

“It has been well over a decade since we have hosted the conference in the province of Québec and we are thrilled the 2024 RCA National Conference will be held in Québec City. The city and our venue are ideal for providing opportunities to build connections and collaboration,” RCA Director of Partnerships and Sport Development Jennifer Fitzpatrick said. “We couldn’t do this without our provincial partner- we thank Aviron Québec for their support, and we look forward to seeing everyone in January.”

President of Aviron Québec, Derek Covington, is delighted to welcome the community to the province for the RCA National Conference.

“On behalf of Aviron Québec, we are looking forward to welcoming our rowing colleagues and friends from all over Canada to beautiful Québec City.  We have a notable history of rowing in Québec and this conference is an invaluable opportunity to share learnings and experiences with our colleagues from across the country.”

Topics at the conference will focus on three key streams – Coaching excellence and development, Thriving organizations, and Rowing For All.

The conference will begin with the 2024 Performance Coach workshop on Thursday, January 25, and culminate in the 2024 RCA Excellence Awards night on Saturday, January 27, celebrating outstanding achievements within the Canadian rowing community. The event concludes with the 2024 Semi-Annual Meeting on Sunday morning, January 28.

The annual Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) National Conference will be held from January 26 to 28, with the 2024 Semi-Annual Meeting taking place on Sunday, January 28.

The 2023 Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Excellence Awards event is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of our volunteers, coaches and clubs. Many of these awards are selected based on nominations received by the Awards Committee from our RCA membership.

The 2024 Semi-Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28.

The 2024 RCA Performance Coach workshop will take place from Thursday, January 25 to Saturday, January 27.

The 2024 RCA Virtual sessions will be held on Monday, January 22. 


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