In the mid-2000s, a WO club, the Ottawa River Runners, led by Dr. Doug Corkery and key volunteers, designed and developed an urban paddling park and training centre. It is one-of-a-kind paddling centres in Canada.

Known as the Ottawa Pumphouse, it has become the Centre of Excellence for Ontario with national and provincial kayakers and canoeists training there year round.

From this location, WO employs a high performance coach, Anthony Colin, who trains Ontario athletes from ages 13-25year old.  ORR also employs summer students to run camps and clinics for youth learning the sport.

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