Cow Island Events and Programs
The BRLA runs a full slate of activities designed to keep everyone engaged in the Rideau Lake community.
BRLA Recreation, Youth and Children's programs are centered at Cow Island - a unique space donated to the BRLA years ago, for "the enjoyment" of all.
Plans are underway for our 2014 events. Check back regularly as details are updated.
Saturday June 28, 2014 (rain date: Sunday June 29)
Each year, we celebrate Canada Day with a unique exhibition of fireworks set off on Cow Island. Join us on the water, or on land from the Portland area to see this unique spectacle.
The fireworks program is entirely funded by the BRLA; we need your support to ensure its success. Please make your donation to the BRLA, by dropping off a contribution at one of the collection boxes in stores around the lake, sending us a donation - PO Box 93, Portland ON, K0G 1V0, adding a bit to your Membership Renewal or being generous when you're asked for your support on the day of the event.
Your BRLA membership entitles your entire family to enjoy the facilities of Cow Island and to join in BRLA programs.
Youth Group (New in 2013)
Are you a youth between the ages of 13-17 and want to meet other youth around the lake community? If so, please join our newly formed BRLA Youth Group. BRLA's Youth Group provides teens who spend summers on our lake a chance to socialize and forge friendships that grow into life-long relationships.
Children's Program (Ages 4-12 years)
Cow Island Day Camp
Mornings (9:00 - 12:00) throughout July we run the BRLA Day Camp on Cow Island. Join us for crafts, games, swims, sports and theme weeks. Camp begins Monday June 30, 2014.
Swim lessons are sometimes available.
All ages get together for weekend racing off Cow Island. Bring your own boat or come out and crew. Everyone is welcome.
Instructors from the Ontario Sailing Association come to Big Rideau to offer sailing classes for children and teens as part of their BOOM program. Evening Classes are also offered for Adults (numbers permitting).
Sailing will run for 2 weeks in 2014: July 7-11 and July 14-18. Registration is ongoing for returning sailors; open registration for new sailors will begin on March 1, 2014.
Recreational Tennis and Beach Volleyball
The tennis courts on Colonel By Island were refurbished a few summers ago; use the sign-up sheet there to reserve courts.
Cow Island has our own Beach Volleyball Court, built in 2001.
Three or four times a year friends of all ages get together on Cow Island to catch up with our neighbours at the lake.
Summer Sounds - Saturday July 12, 2014
An afternoon of music and fun on Cow Island. We're entertained by talented local musicians as we enjoy refreshments and good company.
Family Annual Regatta - Saturday August 2, 2014
Join us for various swimming and canoeing events for all ages. We'll also enjoy a Barbeque Lunch of hot dogs, pop and juice. Participation in the Regatta is free. Donations to BRLA kindly accepted.
Family Fun Poker Run - Saturday August 2, 2014
BBQ & Evening Cruise - Saturday August 9, 2014
Lake Dinner Dance - TBA
Some Recreation and Social events are offered on a cost-recovery basis. While funds are needed to cover the costs of programs and to pay the youth co-ordinators, these fees should not be a barrier to any children who wish to participate.