Officers from six different police forces in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec put aside their badges and guns Wednesday to take part in the annual Cops and Kids Friendship Flotilla.
The flotilla featured teens from five different Aboriginal youth groups located in Ottawa and it's all about fostering relationships.
With life vests strapped on and oars in hand, police officers and youth in 31 canoes paddled away from the dock.
Ontario Provincial Police East Region Chief Supt. Daniel Redmond said this is a great chance to interact with youth.
"And in a different role - not with our uniforms on and very social," he said. "[It's] to show there's another side to police officers and what we do every day and why we do what we do and get to know where they're from."
Make plans next weekend for fun, sun and cheering on local paddlers at the annual Carleton Place Canoe Club (CPCC) Regatta.
The two-day regatta, July 19 and 20, is the club’s most important event of the competitive calendar, with canoe/kayak competitors of all ages from more than half a dozen clubs in Ontario and western Quebec taking part.
“Athletes come and check out their competition before the eastern Ontario and national championships in August,” Alison Lunn said.
Lunn is director of communication and promotions (alumni, current members) at the CPCC.
The Carleton Place Canoe Club Regatta begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.