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Our History

Nestled along the picturesque Ottawa River in Deep River, Ontario, DRSSC has a rich history intertwined with the region's heritage.

Established in 1944 by the federal government to accommodate employees of the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Deep River occupies a significant spot on the Ottawa River known as La Rivière Creuse (the Deep River) by 17th-century French explorers. This area was pivotal in Canada's 19th-century timber trade. The expansive bay and deep waters of Deep River provided an ideal setting for sailing, leading to the emergence of boat building and racing activities. The formation of a Yacht Club eventually merged with the Tennis Club, giving rise to the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club (DRYTC).


The club's shoreline saw the construction of tennis courts and a clubhouse, hosting vibrant social gatherings, dining, and memorable events. DRYTC sailors achieved notable success, clinching national and international Y-flyer championships.

Through the decades, from the 1960s to the present day, DRYTC continually evolved. The sailing fleet expanded to include windsurfers, racing dinghies, and larger vessels. New tennis courts were added, and in 2019, the club welcomed pickleball enthusiasts. Subsequently, eight dedicated pickleball courts were introduced in 2023. Today, our club offers comprehensive programs in junior and adult sailing, rowing, tennis, and pickleball. 

As DRYTC evolved and adapted to changing times, our members decided our club's name should reflect our evolution, as well as our vision, more effectively. In 2024, we unveiled our new Club name 'Deep River Shoreline Sports Club', as chosen by our members.  

Beyond its sporting activities, the Hexagon clubhouse serves as a venue for private functions and events. The launch of the Hexagon Restaurant in 2022, featuring cuisine by Maven Catering, quickly became a favorite among members and the community alike.

At DRSSC, inclusivity is key. Non-members are always invited to participate in social events, fostering a sense of community spirit. Additionally, through an arrangement with the Town of Deep River, the club's facilities, including washrooms, are accessible to all marina users.

As a 'not-for-profit' corporation without share capital, DRSSC operates with transparency and integrity, as outlined in the DRSSC Bylaws, providing a solid foundation for its continued growth and service to the community.

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