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Our Online Auction is now closed.
Many Thanks to all the businesses and individuals that contibuted items and to those who bid on the items.
With your help we are another step closer to our goal of a building the new boathouse.

We are Hiring for 2024 Season

Boathouse Coordinator
Summer Camp Supervisor


The Orillia Rowing Club gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a Resilient Communities Fund Grant enabling us to enhance and expand our programs and complete strategic planning to help lead us forward.

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2023 Registration Form

Youth Rowing Program

  • 6 week rowing program for youth ages 14-18
  • for youth new to rowing
  • Includes instruction, on water coaching, use of equipment, Rowing Canada / Row Ontario mandatory fees, club t-shirt
  • New rowers will be taught to row then progress to crew rowing
  • May 9 to June 16 inclusive; 3 sessions per week
  • Tues, Wed & Fri 3:30-5:30 PM
    • Fee: $350 / per person

Learn to Row - Adults

Rowing is the best overall fitness sport going; fun for families and individuals. Experienced rowing instructors will introduce you to the fundamentals and help you develop your skills and safety awareness. Participants are treated to a friendly encouraging experience. By the end, you will feel confident in your ability to come out to row and to take advantage of one of the best overall outdoor fitness sports going.

Discover rowing on Lake Couchiching and just how much fun it can be. Learn the basic techniques and develop your rowing skills through a combined land and lake program and practice on the water with learners and experienced rowers. There is plenty of opportunity to learn and gain basic skills in a relaxed and encouraging environment.

Available class options:

  • Weekend #1 - Sat June 10 & Sun June 11, or
  • Weekend #2 - Sat June 24 & Sun June 25
  • Hours: Sat 9am to 4pm & Sun 9am to 12 noon
  • Fee includes all rowing instruction, use of equipment, club T-shirt, BBQ lunch on Sat, Rowing Canada / Row Ontario mandatory fees
  • Fee: $240 / per person

Private Learn to Row - upon request

    Fee: $325 / per person

Full Season Recreational Memberships

Unlimited rowing opportunities during scheduled row times May 1 to seaon's end in October

    Prerequisite: - Learn-to-Row or previous membership with the Orillia Rowing Club or another recognized rowing club AND are in good standing

    $475   Fee includes the Rowing Canada / Row Ontario mandatory fees
    not included are any additional costs for regatta entry fees, equipment transportation costs
    $25 discount if fees paid in full by May 1

Participation in club fund raising activities will be needed. Please refer to registration form.

Performance Competitive Program

This program caters to athletes that are competitive by nature and are looking to challenge themselves in the sport.

For rowers (aged 11 up to Adults) who have completed the youth rowing program or the learn to row program or have previous rowing experience

C1 Stream

  • introductory level training for those new to Competitive rowing
  • 3 to 5 training sessions per week, inclusive of on water and land training, as well as strength and conditioning
  • refer to registration form for further details
  • Fee: $650 for the on-water season

C2 Stream

  • for athletes who aspire to become an elite rower or for those who wish to be a competitive rower year round
  • racing opportunities at regional and provincial regattas, with possible participation at national regattas
  • 6 to 12 training sessions per week depending on goals, inclusive of on water and land training, as well as strength and conditioning
  • approval by Program Coach required to register for C2 Stream
  • refer to registration form for further details
  • Fee: $800 for the on-water season

Card Rowing

  • Pay-as-you-Row plan

  • For anyone who has already had an 'Learn-To-Row' course or has previous rowing experience, who wants to row for a limited number of times in a summer or wants to row a few more times before deciding to get a full membership

  • $175 for 5 rows

    $350 for 12 rows

  • Includes the Rowing Canada / Row Ontario mandatory fees
  • Participation in club fund raising activities will be needed. Please refer to registration form.

NEW! Full Day Summer Camp

Full day camp 9 AM to 4:30 PM

3 camp sessions available:

  • week of July 4 to 7
  • week of July 10 to 14
  • week of July 17 to 21

For ages: 11 to 15
Participants must be competent swimmers
All registration is done online via the Orillia's Sun Registration site at Orillia.ca

Free! Youth and Adult Try-Out Rowing

A one-time opportunity to get in a rowing shell and try it out before committing to a learn to row course


  • Sat May 6 from 9:00-11:00 am
  • Sun May 7 from 9:00-11:00 am


  • Sat May 27 from 9:00-11:00 am
  • Sun May 28 from 9:00-11:00 am


See Lake Country from on the water!   We plan a club rowing tour at least once a month on a different lake or local waterway throughout the rowing season.  Bring a picnic lunch and a sense of adventure as you join a rowing crew in our stable “un-tippable” touring boats.   We'll combine the physical challenge of rowing with plenty of time to relax, swim and take in the beauty of the Ontario shoreline.  

Prerequisite: - Learn-to-Row and current membership with the Orillia Rowing Club or another recognized rowing club.

2023 Tour Dates
  • Sat June 17   Lake Simcoe / Kitchener Park
  • *Sat July 15   Mara Provincial Park
  • Wed August 16   McRae Point Provincial Park

  • September tours - more tours to come...

Note: All Tours start after morning row times.
Watch for sign-up sheet at boat house.

LOTS OF FUN!!!!! AND FOR MORE FUN see below:

The Orillia Rowing Club is a member of Ontario Adventure Rowing who also offer tours that Orillia Rowers can participate in. Check their schedule at adventurerowing.ca for a full list and description of their tours. A great opportunity to meet rowers from other clubs who enjoy touring.
Some examples:

  • Sat May 13   Niagara Banana Belt Tour
  • Sun July 9     Toronto Islands Tour
  • Sat July 29     Kawartha Tour
  • Sat August 19   Nottawasaga Tour

Sweep Oar Sponsors

TLSS Rowing Club
Dufferin Aggregates
Brewery Bay Food Co.
Bygone Days Fish & Chips
McDonald's Orillia
Tim Hortons - Memorial Ave.
Mr. & Mrs. Cully Koza and Family
2nd Century Source for Sports
Dr. & Mrs. Gregory Price-Jones
Dr. & Mrs. George McAllister
Shadowbox Learning Services Inc.
Raney Building Supplies Inc.
Dr. & Mrs. Ray Kiff
Tom and Yvonne Ruff and Family
The Home Depot
Dr. Alan & Margaret Hudak
Bayside Restaurant

Sculling Oar Sponsors

Bradanick Construction Services - 8 oars
Heather Bees Honey - 4 oars
Linda & Rick Dalmazzi - 4 oars
Dr. Heather Laakso - 2 oars
Windmill Garden Centre & Landscaping - 2 oars
ProActive Health Care - 2 oars
Sharp Bus Lines - 2 oars
Dentistry on West - 2 oars
Doug's Transport - 2 oars
Rotary Club of Orillia - 2 oars
Michael Monteith Enterprises Ltd.-2 oars
Laidlaw Education Services - 2 oars
Century 21 - Jim Shropshire - 2 oars
Art & Else Cameron - 2 oars
Vivian & Arden Pidgen - 2 oars
Harper Tire - 2 oars
Tatham Engineering
Cameron Law
Theo's Eatery
Rustica Pizza Vino
Carson Funeral Homes
Dr Lindsay Smith Dentistry
GIT Security
The Madison County Food & Beverage Co.
Scotiabank Orillia
Orillia Lion's Club
Rotary Club of Orillia - Lake Country
Sanderson Monument Co.
Dr. Debbie McCloskey
Dr. Nancy Harris
Dr. Anthony Reid
Dr. David Stirling
Vera & Gerry van Amelsvoort
Dietmar Schaefers
Carol & Hubert Schaefers
Barb & Ron Pidgen
Jim MacGorman
Ans Wafelbakker
Jackie & Bill Gandy
Dr. Dan Moore
Mike Dwyer
Daniel Sawatsky Chartered Accountant
Gertrud & Joseph Schaefers
West Ridge Family Dentistry
Karen O'Coin
Brenda Jenkins
Kelsey's Restaurant
Montana's Cookhouse
Leon's Furniture Orillia