Canada’s Oldest Canoe Club: Fostering Lanark County’s love of paddling for 125 years

The Carleton Place Canoe Club (CPCC) is celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018, and more than a century fostering the love of paddling in Lanark County. Since its inception, the CPCC has been at the forefront of the paddling world, producing Olympic athletes, and provincial and national champions, while working with the community in Carleton Place to promote paddling for people of all ages.

The CPCC’s longevity is a testament to the dedication and commitment its founders had for both the sport of paddling and the community. Founded in 1893 as the Ottawa Valley Canoe Association (OVCA) the club is one of the founding clubs of Canoe Kayak Canada (formerly the Canadian Canoe Association), and is the oldest continually operating club in Canada.

Located on the shores of the Mississippi River in Carleton Place since 1893, the CPCC clubhouse has been called the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Riverside Park, a municipally owned park bordering the Mississippi River in Carleton Place. Today, the CPCC runs programs that benefit all ages in the community, including, competitive canoeing for adolescents, teenagers and young adults, dragonboat competitions for adults, as well as masters canoeing programs.

The CPCC promotes both recreational and competitive paddle sports, and has held a high profile in the competitive paddling world for more than 100 years. Over the years, the club has produced provincial and national Champions, as well as medalists at the Canada Summer Games. Athletes such as Lindsay Irwin, Thomas Paquette, and Justin Dobson have represented Canada at Junior International Competitions.

In the International Championship scene, club members Lynn Armour, Madeleine Montreuil, Chantry Edwards, Jacob Sosna, Nathan Barton, Colin Black, and Scott Barclay have represented Canada, and the club has also produced three Olympians; John Edwards (1972, 1976), Ryan Cuthbert (2004,2008) and Andrew Willows (2004, 2008).