Our Club

The Orillia Rowing Club offers rowing activities for all levels, from Learn to Row to Recreation and Touring to Athletic Training and Competition.


We’re a community-based club located on Lake Couchiching in Orillia’s Tudhope Park – right by the Millennium Trail.
The Orillia Rowing Club (ORC) is a non-profit community organization that offers rowing to youth and adults in the Orillia Ontario region. The ORC is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who are avid rowers and who are committed to promoting participation in the sport of rowing.

Thanks to the enthusiasm for the sport of rowing in Orillia, including many generous sponsors , the ORC has experienced tremendous growth since its official formation in the late 1990s. From our original 20 rowers using a couple of borrowed boats, the ORC has grown to a membership of over 100 and a fleet of 16 boats!

The ORC offers rowing programs for all interests and levels, from beginners to advanced competitors. Most of our rowers are recreational rowers, who row for fun, fitness and participation in regattas.

We also offer a competitive training program and have had some of our rowers go on to row with varsity university teams and represent Orillia at major regattas and sporting events, such as the Ontario Summer Games and the Royal Canadian Henley.

Orillia has an interesting and impressive history when it comes to rowing. One of the world’s greatest oarsmen, Jake Gaudaur , was from Orillia and trained on Lake Couchiching. The ORC has revived the tradition of rowing in Orillia and we look forward to continuing to promote and encourage participation in this awesome sport.


Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (2007) for supporting our dock.

No more cold feet and cumbersome entry into and out of the boats.

Revised in 2012 for accessibility!

Join us – and we’ll see you on the dock!