The Ottawa Riverkeeper Swim (all distances) has been cancelled

To our swimmers, volunteers, and supporters,

At Ottawa Riverkeeper, we take great pride in our events. We put all our efforts into making them fun, exciting, and successful. We go over every detail, but sometimes there are details you can’t control – like the weather.

This morning, the forecast calls for a risk of thunderstorms over the river, pushing us to make a difficult decision. The Ottawa Riverkeeper swim (all distances) has been cancelled. Your safety is our top priority, and the forecasted weather conditions would have put you all at risk. With nearly 250 people in the water and at times far from shore, we simply cannot take that chance.

I was planning to swim 4K myself and I’m just as disappointed as you, as I’m sure you’ve been training hard for this event.

As you noted when registering, we are unfortunately unable to refund the cost of registration.

We will be in touch later with additional details, including for the top fundraisers to award their prizes. Sincere thanks to everyone who fundraised on our behalf. Your effort and commitment to our organization is invaluable and we’ll continue working hard for you towards a swimmable, drinkable, fishable river.

It is never easy to admit defeat, even to Mother Nature. We will see you next year, under better conditions.

Patrick Nadeau

Executive Director