Britannia Yacht Club is located in the west end of Ottawa, at the head of the Deschenes Rapids, providing access to 25 miles of picturesque sailing waters on the Ottawa River. Incorporated in 1887, BYC is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Canada, and with close to 1200 members, one of the largest. The well-protected harbor accommodates 280 keelboats and dry sail facilities are provided for dinghy sailors.
The Kanata Sailing Club is a cooperative club that receives no financial support, other than the annual fees paid by our enthusiastic members. The Club currently owns 10 Albacores, 7 Lasers, and three Catamarans (1 Hobie 16's and two18).
The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board was established in 1983 by the governments of Canada, Quebec, and Ontario to ensure integrated management of the principal reservoirs of the Ottawa River Basin. The web site to find current water conditions around Ottawa.
The Ottawa-Outaouais area boasts of a bustling sailing community which makes full use of the sailing potential of the Ottawa River. This web site attempts to serve as a comprehensive source of information about sailing on the Ottawa River. This is supplemented with additional material about sailing the upper and lower reaches of the river.
In Ottawa, we offer sailing courses for adults and families at Britannia Yacht Club (BYC) and Nepean Sailing Club (NSC). For a description of sailing courses and programs including those for kids visit the BYC and NSC sail training pages. For on-the-water powerboat lessons we offer courses on the Rideau River at the Hurst Marina location.