Ottawa Rowing Club’s First Annual Tulip Cup Regatta

As Ottawa’s longest-running festival, located at Dows Lake & Commissioners Park, it is our pleasure to partner with another important piece of Ottawa’s history, the Ottawa Rowing Club. 

The Ottawa Rowing Club is Canada’s oldest rowing club, founded in 1867, the year Canada was created. The ORC’s first patron was Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. In fact, the ORC was one of Macdonald’s neighbours on the shore of the Ottawa River just west of and below Macdonald’s home Earnscliffe that is now the residence of Britain’s High Commissioner to Canada.

This year will mark the start of a new tradition, with the Ottawa Rowing Club’s Tulip Cup. This stake race will be held at Dow’s Lake Pavilion, Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 
Try Rowing for FREE with the Ottawa Rowing Club
Cross rowing off your bucket list! On Saturday May 11, 2019 between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm you can try rowing for free on Dow’s Lake! Experienced rowers from the Ottawa Rowing Club will accompany and give instruction to those who’d like to try rowing on the water. Look for the rowing shells near the east side of the Lake. This opportunity is first come, first serve and space will be limited!