Come and Try the Awesomest Sport!




Winnipeg MB (May 23, 2014) — Now that winter has finally melted away… the Red River is ready for rowing! Members of the public are invited to visit the Winnipeg Rowing Club (WRC) during the annual open house to find out more about the awesome sport of rowing!


Winnipeg Rowing Club Annual Open House
Saturday, May 31st / 12:00pm to 4:00pm
20 Lyndale Drive

Whether you’re interested in recreational rowing, or exploring the potential of a competitive sport, you can find out more at the open house. It’s your chance to tour the facilities, check out the boats and boathouse, watch rowing demonstrations, try dockside rowing, and be introduced to one of Canada’s most successful Olympic sports.

Rowing is a lifelong activity for fitness, for competition, or just for fun. The WRC offers programs for all ages and skill levels, including three designed to get beginners involved in the sport:

  • Adult Learn-to-Row Sessions – Beginning in June, this entry-level program for adults runs on weekends, or over a two-week period. It teaches participants the skills necessary to take up rowing, with the potential to transition into the novice program.
  • Youth Summer Camps – Throughout July and August, week-long youth rowing camps introduce 11 to 14 year olds to the basics of rowing technique, teamwork, water safety, and other active pursuits.
  • Community Rowing Challenge – This eight-week program for businesses, organizations, clubs, or groups of friends, gets teams of four training together once per week, learning to row, and enjoying fun and fitness. The event concludes with a Championship Regatta on September 6, where teams compete in head-to-head races against other CRC teams.


At 133 years old, the Winnipeg Rowing Club is one of the oldest sporting organizations in Western Canada. It has been in operation since 1881, stopping only twice – during WWI and WWII. A long-time tenant of the banks of the Red River in downtown Winnipeg, the WRC survived the North-West Rebellion of 1885, the General Strike of 1919, the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the Great Flood of 1950, and the Flood of the Century in 1997. Over the years the clubhouse has been destroyed by fire, wind, and water, but has always managed to maintain its long and proud tradition. Today, the WRC is a non-profit organization with a rich and successful sporting history, fostering generations of camaraderie and friendships. Members range in age from teenagers right up to the 80’s, and the club offers programs for all skill levels.