Welcome To The Barrie Rowing Club

Join us to see the City of Barrie from the waters of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay. Develop your rowing skills on the water or on land with front row seats of the summer sunrise. Join our crews of fun, fitness focused athletes of all ages and levels of rowing experience and we’ll provide the boats, equipment and training. Check out our programs and opportunities to get out on the water in the spring, summer and fall!

"On my first day of rowing, I was so excited. Rowing is great exercise and so much fun!"

~ Crosby

Our Programs


Indoor Rowing and Fitness

BRC offers dry land rowing sessions from September-May for community members...

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Intro to Row

This program is designed to take newcomers from dock side to rowing in one weekend.

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Youth Rowing

This summer rowing camp provides an introduction to rowing for youth 12-16 years old.

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Club League

Build your technique with dedicated coaching in crew boats to get you ready for your first regatta.

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The Masters program trains throughout the year. From May to October, training is...

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Recreational Rowing

Club rowing is available for all members from May to October that wish to row on their own.

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We are excited to announce that Barrie Rowing Club has been awarded a Canada Sports for All grant from Rowing Canada and Sports Canada.  This funding is dedicated to programming designed to remove barriers and increase sport participation for newcomers to Canada and Barrie.

We are offering free registration for newcomers to Canada for summer Youth Rowing Programs and Intro to Row Courses (level 1, 2,3) for adults (16+).  

Limited spaces available, first come first serve.   

If you are a newcomer to Canada and interested in registering for a two week Youth Rowing (July 29-Aug. 9 or Aug 12th – Aug 23rd)  or  Intro to Row program (July 7th, 13th, 21st, 27th Aug 4th) you can complete the BRC Registration Form and email the club at [email protected].

Please contact a Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) at the YMCA Simcoe Muskoka Immigrant Services for assistance with registration or more information in languages other than English.

Job Opportunities

Interested in joining our crew? Look no further, check out the job opportunities the Barrie Rowing Club has to offer.

A Shared Dock

Sunrise over Kempenfelt Bay on June 18, 2020 – Thank you to the funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and in partnership with the Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club for this first season with the new dock. We look forward to many more seasons of fitness and friendship while launching boats from this dock.

Organizations That Support Rowing

New To Rowing? Start Here!

Rowers tend to be passionate about their sport. The sensation of being able to propel a boat at speed through the water under one’s own power is exhilarating. It requires teamwork and concentration so that one is almost oblivious to the physical exertion employed. Rowing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all. You can start at any age, learn the technique quickly and improve on it for the rest of your life. To many it is more than a sport, teaching lessons for life:

Rowing also brings significant health benefits. It exercises all the major muscle groups through the full range of motion, involves no body contact or jarring of the joints, and improves both strength and cardiovascular performance. It attracts those looking for an enjoyable recreational activity as well as those looking for exciting competitive opportunities.