Whether it’s a day trip, weekend overnighter, or that winter adventure trip south, destination cruising is a fantastic opportunity to get away with family and friends and enjoy new surroundings. The Nepean Sailing Club has an active cruising member community whose experience ranges from regular up-river trips, to long duration sails in exotic locations around the world.

Situated on Lac Deschênes, the club offers immediate access to 50 nautical miles of the Ottawa River up-river to the Chats Falls Dam and back. There is a rich array of historical sites and safe anchorages to explore and enjoy. With the right knowledge and planning, even the smallest of boats can become your regular ‘cottage on the water’ here! Just read the fabulous article on Dinghy Cruising on the Ottawa River.

The club also maintains Reciprocal Rights with a number of other clubs on the St. Lawrence, Lake Ontario, and other locales for the mutual benefit of visiting club members.

Ottawa River Cruising

New to cruising our waters, or just need a refresher? Even seasoned cruisers will benefit when planning that next river adventure, from the background information and many tips offered here, contributed by experienced members.

Cruising Resources

Here's a list of other resources of interest to cruising sailors.

Cruising Events

Here are some of the key club-organized events every cruiser should be aware of:

Related Topics

Page updated: 2022-06-21.

Update log
08 Jun: DS: added target attribute to foreign site anchors, and PDF note.
28 Feb: RE: Added this log.
28 Feb: RE: Added written descriptive paragraphs and a few additional resource links.
23 Jan: RE: Added Sail training cruising related resources.
19 Jan: RE: Added additional annual cruising related club events and resources.
31 May: DS: Removed Iceboating link.
08 Jul DS: modified Sail Training link and text as per Ron Schute email.
14 Jun: DS: moved Speaker Program to "Related Topics".
12 Aug: HM: Removed link to "Mohr Isle Weekend Race". Changed ownership to webmaster, as Fleet Captain has not been active for years.
11 Aug: HM: Removed link to "Mohr Isle Weekend Race". Changed ownership to webmaster, as Fleet Captain has not been active for years.
08-22, HM: Added note below; changed publish date which was 2009. Added "Ottawa River Cruising" heading and reorganized content.
09-13, HM: Added link to "Pondering Pinhey’s Point".
06-21, HM: Changed link to point to /web2/cruising/social-cruising/; was /web2/racing/social-sailing/. Set ownership to NSC.
07-29, DS: added paragraph after blank line at end of div to prevent dangling p tags.

NOTE: Update the publish date and time when updating page.

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