So this past weekend, July 6,7,8 was the Clarence-Rockland Poker Run held by Poker Runs America.
It was a really neat event and entirely free (except for food and beer). It was stationed at the Rockland Marina about 45 minutes east of downtown Ottawa, however, the event took place up and down the Ottawa River and could be seen from any shoreline from Rockcliff to Hawksbury from either side of the river.
"So what does boat racing have to do with Poker?"
Basically, huge performance boats race to checkpoints down the river. At each checkpoint they pick up a playing card. There are 5 checkpoints in total so by the end of the day, each of the participants arrive with 5 cards. They then sit down to have a game of poker.
The boats involved are huge, some being up to 50 feet in length and this year there was two boats that were powered by jet engines. Yes, I thought this was super cool!
When these big beauties weren't passing by on the river, there was many jet-skiers and other boaters out enjoying the water. They even had a huge canoe that you could jump into absolutely free!
Other free events included outdoor concerts, magicians, stilt-walkers, ventriloquists, as well as tents filled with local artists and their showcase of paintings and art.
All in all, the weekend made for a fantastic family adventure for all ages and absolutely perfect for people on a budget looking to save some money.
For information on their tour, checkout Poker Runs America's Official site. www.pokerrunsamerica.com