Founded in 1872, the Argonaut Rowing Club (ARC) is one of Canada’s oldest and largest clubs. The club has continued to play a significant role in this classic, demanding and rewarding sport.
ARC provides a structured pathway of programs for athletes, coaches, umpires and volunteers based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)/Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.
ARC will inspire a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing and will support members to achieve their personal level of excellence.
Located on the Western Beaches of Toronto, it offers novice and experienced rowers excellent rowing conditions along a breakwater-protected course.
Integrity: We are transparent, honest, fair and hold open dialogues. Everyone is treated equally; we are all held to the same rules.
Teamwork: We listen to one another, respect different opinions, communicate openly and support one another. We pull together.
Sportsmanship: We compete fairly, treat each other with fairness and respect, lose with grace and demonstrate understanding of the other by being inclusive and encouraging.
Commitment to excellence: We create opportunities for all to develop our skills to be the best we can be and to celebrate our successes and our accomplishments. We strive to provide excellent programs and we commit to continuous improvement.
The ARC inspires a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing in all members. ARC is open to anyone interested in rowing, whether beginner or elite rower. Our membership includes rowers of all ages and levels of ability. Individual goals range from staying fit to competing in local, national or international regattas. ARC offers programs for persons with disabilities to learn to row and participate as recreational or competitive members. Some of our para-rowers have been members of the Canadian National team.
The Argonaut Rowing Club is fortunate to have Branksome Hall Rowing (BHR) rowing out of our Club for the last 30 + years. The BHR program is dedicated to the teaching of the fundamentals of rowing to 9th-12th grade students.
Rowing is the ultimate in team sports. It teaches commitment and respect for others. Teamwork is essential to make a boat go. There are no super stars in rowing. It takes everyone on the team to make a boat successful.
The BHR program teaches self-discipline, motivation, confidence, perseverance, goal setting, time management, and the rewards of hard work. The skills learned in rowing will carry them through their lives in whatever they pursue. The program also stresses the importance of healthy living through physical fitness, nutrition, and healthy habits.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
On February 10, 2022 the Argonaut Rowing Club (ARC) announced the return of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues rowing team to ARC. The U of T rowing team started at ARC 125 years ago on that day, February 10, and we are thrilled to have a renewed partnership that commenced April 1, 2022.
Within the structure of this agreement, the Varsity Blues rowing team moved their training headquarters to the ARC boat house, providing a new and enhanced space to further grow and develop high performance rowers.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Varsity Blues program and our rowers in particular,” stated Beth Ali, executive director, athletics and physical activity at the University of Toronto. “Our goals aligned very well with elements they offer, including opportunities for coaching and long-term athlete development. The decision was carefully reviewed, and in the end, this is the best option for our student-athletes.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the U of T Varsity Blues rowing team back to ARC and strongly believe in the role a university partnership plays to the overall success of a Club,” said Jason van Ravenswaay, president, Argonaut Rowing Club. “The Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary and couldn’t be prouder to be starting the next 150 years with the University of Toronto.”
The presence of U of T U23 and Senior athletes on our docks provides a model and inspiration for our thriving Junior program where U19 athletes can now see a pathway into their post-secondary education, staying within Toronto, with the country’s largest and most prestigious university. The partnership also creates mentorship and coaching opportunities for Varsity Blues athletes, which will help support ARC programming.