International rowing event to visit Bay of Quinte and 1000 Islands area

2012 World Rowing Tour photo. Image by D. Speigel.

More than 50 long-distance adventure rowers from around the world will be visiting the beautiful waters of South Eastern Ontario in September 2022.

World Rowing and Ontario Adventure Rowing announced that teams of rowers will travel from Brighton to Mallorytown over the course of a week, experiencing the beauty of the Bay of Quinte and the 1000 Islands, according to a release from Visit Kingston, dated Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

World Rowing, the international governing body for the sport of rowing, supports “Rowing for All” – the idea that rowing is an accessible touring, recreation, and fitness activity for people of all ages and experience levels. According to Visit Kingston, the flagship event of its Rowing for All Commission is a week-long tour, organized in a different country each year. ‘Bays and Islands’ will be the third World Rowing Tour hosted by Canada, and the first in South Eastern Ontario. The tour is organized by Ontario Adventure Rowing (OAR) and supported by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).

The participants will enjoy breathtaking views from the water in addition to many opportunities to experience this beautiful region and all that it has to offer – from waterfront vistas, beaches, and wineries to the cultural heritage as featured recently in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveler magazines, according to the release. Waterfront festivals held along the way will bring together rowers and spectators while showcasing and celebrating Ontario’s waterways and water sports.

The rowers will be in coxed quads: boats with four people sculling with two oars each and one person steering. These boats are designed with watertight compartments and are virtually unsinkable.

Opening ceremonies will be held on September 10, 2022, in Belleville, Ontario. Rowing will commence September 11 with September 17 being the last day on the water, followed by a closing ceremony held that evening at Fort Henry, in Kingston, Ontario.

The Bays and Islands Tour will be run by volunteers, mainly members from OAR and rowing/water sport clubs along the route.

“Our members are so excited to welcome rowers from around the world for this tour,” said Peter Jepson of Ontario Adventure Rowing. “We expect that this tour will elevate the international profile of our region for sport tourism, and will showcase the Bay of Quinte and the 1000 Islands as a great place for recreation, for young and old alike.”

Learn more about the Bays and Islands World Rowing Tour at To learn more about OAR, visit

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