In the wake of the tragic and shocking death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in October, 2014 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, many organizations made proposals to hold events, or name public places in memory of this young reserve soldier, from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, in Hamilton, ON.  The local Boots 4 Pups Citadel Canine Society was one of almost 400 groups to request Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s namesake. In the Spring of 2016 permission was granted from the Cirillo family to Boots 4 Pups Citadel Canine Society to hold a special event in Ottawa, in honor of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. This water-craft event would become The Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial Cup Challenge supported by the Rideau Canoe Club. This annual end of the summer event is held at the Rideau Canoe Club at Mooney's Bay .

Thank you to everyone who supports the Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial Cup Challenge!


We are fortunate to be joined annually by Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity from Carleton University, Osgoode Royal Canadian Legion, the Kiwanis Club of Rideau, the Ottawa Fire Service, Ottawa Dog Rescue and the National Capital Region.

Thanks to our wonderful photographer, Michael Anderson, for these great images!