Private / Non-profit
Located in Elmira, we are a club of sportsmen and women interested in shooting, archery, hunting and fishing.
Our club is composed of roughly 275+ members from all across the Region of Waterloo, surrounding townships and other cities as far away as Toronto.
We provide and maintain facilities in accordance with Federal, Provincial and Municipal Firearms regulations for members to congregate and enjoy the fine sport of shooting.
In addition we support and encourage responsible firearms ownership as well as the promotion of firearms related events, competitions and activities for anyone interested.
Our general meetings are held at the club house, at 8:00PM on the second Tuesday of each month.
New and prospective members are always welcome to attend and get a feel for what we're all about.
See Membership Section
Rifle Pistol Shotgun Revolver Archery Horseshoes Clay shooting
Our club boasts one of the largest shooting facilities in Waterloo Region including a fully functional club house and picnic area as well as both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges for everything ranging from long guns and handguns to archery and air rifle/field target.
Our comfortable and spacious clubhouse contains everything our members need including a meeting area, banquet hall, trophy case, kitchen & bar, as well as a social area/break room complete with competition sized snooker table. The Club House is used for everything from our monthly membership meetings to hosting special events like gunshows and tournament registration. The Club's indoor range is also located just downstairs from the main meeting area making it a convenient spot to take a break from shooting and relax with a cool drink. Naturally the fridge is always stocked with a nice selection of reasonably priced beverages; proceeds of which go directly to supporting Club facilities
The Picnic area is big enough to accomodate even very large groups with both covered and uncovered sections; providing enoughcooperative. Best of all, it has an excellent view of the Archery range allowing spectators to relax in style while still enjoying the splendor of the great outdoors. Picnickers will also find the Picnic Area conveniently located just a few hundred feet from the Club's Covered Horseshoe Pits which makes for some cheap and easy entertainment on a lazy afternoon.
The 100 Yard Range is one of our most popular areas, able to meet the needs of just about anybody whether you're a new shooter just beginning the sport, a seasoned member stopping by with a few friends or an experienced marksman looking for a new challenge. With target bunkers stationed at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards, it's easy to spend an afternoon with us using anything from handguns to longguns rated up to .50 caliber.
The 100 yard range is completely covered offering shooters some shade in the warmer months as well as a dry place to hone their skills in even the the harshest downpours. Features include on-site brass collection, saving you a trip to the dumpster as well as several gunracks free for member use allowing you to take several firearms out to shoot without worrying about how to keep them out of harm's way.
In addition to the standard handgun and longgun, members are free to use the club's dedicated shotgun booth and clay-thrower to practice their clay-shooting skills in time for duck-season. Pull!
Just a two minute walk from the 100 Yard Range you'll find our 200 Yard Range. With capacity for 15 shooters there's always room to practice those challenging long-range shots that never fail to put a smile on your face. Like it's smaller brother, the 200 Yard Range is completely covered providing members with a comfortable, dry place with ample room to set up multiple longguns, bipods, rangefinders and ammunition containers without having to worry about the weather or space. Like the 100 Yard, the 200 Yard range also has on-site brass collection and gunracks eliminating irritating problem of having to trek back to the car every time you want to switch guns or drop off spent cases
With space for 6 shooters, the Indoor Range is rated for .22 caliber longguns as well as all non-jacketed handgun rounds (lead only). Used extensively by the Canagigue Shooting Association for practice and competitions, the Indoor range is also very popular in the evenings. Equipped with a high output air purification system, operational and target spotlighting, handgun competition timing system, complimentary paper targets and ample storage space for multiple firearms; the Indoor Range makes an excellent alternative for shooters who prefer to ply their trade indoors as well as during the winter months when the outdoor ranges are generally not operating.
With arguably the largest and best-equipped Archery range in Waterloo Region, Elmira District Rod & Gun Club is proud to offer a superior Archery experience to members and competitors in our numerous well-attended Tournaments. The Archery range presents members with a wide array of shooting targets ranging from traditional paper bullseyes to top of the line realistic 3D animal targets maintained by the club. With room for half a dozen Archers, table space for bows, arrows and bags plus parking just footsteps away, Archery at our Club is practiced the way it was meant to be, in a realistic outdoor environment free of distraction and cramped shooting spaces.
Elmira District Rod & Gun Club prides itself on being not just a shooting range, but a club for firearms and archery enthusiasts. In recent years as our membership has continued to grow we have experienced a sharp increase in the consumption of resources and use of our facilities while the number of volunteers and participants at events has remained relatively static. We have some of the lowest club dues in all of southern Ontario while offering some of the best and most diverse facilities in no small part due to the contributions of members who volunteer to help with the maintenance, events and committees that make us such a popular facility.
In order to help keep rates low as well as to preserve our culture of community spirit and camaraderie, we are now taking additional steps to ensure the men and women who join us are the kind of people who are prepared to make a committment and be a part of our club rather than just show up to shoot twice a year and leave a mess. If this sounds like too much work, we're probably not the club for you.
In order to become a full member of the Elmira District Rod & Gun Club you will be required to complete our application process. During this period you will begin as a Prospective Member, attend two meetings and then serve a period of time as a Probationary Member before receiving your keys to the facility and full membership privileges. This is done to ensure all members are responsible firearms owners who will conduct themselves in accordance with the values and expectations of Elmira District Rod & Gun Club. Please note, none of these steps are negotiable.
Prospective members begin by volunteering at two club events and securing a sponsor (existing member of not less than one year in good standing). If you do not know anyone at the club the best way to find a sponsor is to attend a club meeting (second Tuesday of every month at 8:00PM) or event and introduce yourself as someone looking to join. After completing two volunteer activities, prospective members must attend their first meeting.
Obtain the Prospective/Probationary Member form used to record your volunteer activities and sponsor. Membership Application (Pdf)
During your first meeting you will be expected to turn in your Prospective Member form and introduce yourself to the Club Executive. Ask to speak with the Membership Chair, he will provide you with a membership application which should be completed and returned at the meeting's end. Please ensure you have your PAL/POL license present as you will need the number from it as well as some standard identification to complete the application.
Police Records Check
In preparation for your second meeting you will be required to obtain a Police Records Check. To acquire this, go to your local Police Department and inform them that you would like to request a PRC for a Gun Club application. The Police will ask you to provide two pieces of identification, there is also a nominal fee charged as part of this process so be prepared.
At your second meeting you will be asked to furnish your Police Records Check after which the Club will hold a vote on your application, if successful you will become a Probationary Member and be given back your PRC and asked to make payment on your dues as well as schedule a Safety and Range Orientation Course before you use our facilities.
Probationary Members must complete two separate shooting competency assessments before receiving keys to the facilities and permission to have guests. Each assessment must be recorded on your Prospective/Probationary Membership Form, witnessed and signed by a certified Range Officer or member of the Executive. When the form is complete, present it to the Membership Chair at a regular club meeting.
The standard annual membership rate is $175/year, plus a one-time $75 initiation fee for new members. Family membership rates are also available on request; this consists of a discounted rate for your or your spouse but does not include children. Current members who wish to renew their membership must do so by January 1st or they will be assessed a $25 late fee. Current members who have not renewed by February 1st will be assessed the full Initiation Fee should they choose to renew.
Keys will only be issued to new or returning members upon payment in full of dues. Once payment is complete, members will be required to claim their key, in person. Keys will not be mailed out nor will special appointments or exceptions be made under any circumstances. In the case of new members, applicants must first complete a full Range Orientation before they will receive their key. Keys are considered the property of the Club and should a member decide to leave or not renew their membership they must be returned or they will be considered stolen.
In order to be accepted into the Canagagigue Shooting Association, prospective members are required to first be a member in good standing of the Elmira Rod & Gun Club for a minimum of six months.
Obtain a Canagagigue Shooting Association membership application and request a Range Safety Course from our Club Range Safety Officer, these courses are scheduled on a request basis.
Canagagigue Application (Pdf)
Canagagigue Shooting Association meetings are held when requested after the Elmira Rod & Gun Club meetings.
The standard annual membership rate for the Canagagigue Shooting Association is $75/year; please note that this is in addition to your membership fees for the Elmira Rod & Gun Club. Fees collected for the Canagagigue Shooting Association go towards the cost of maintaining your ATT while those collected for the Elmira Rod & Gun Club take care of the ranges and facilities.
ATT (Authorization to Transport)
In order to transport Restricted firearms legally in Ontario, residents must be in possession of a Federal ATT (Authorization to transport) for target shooting. If you are a member in good standing who has successfully passed the safety courses and do not already have an ATT from another club, the Canagagigue Shooting Association Secretary will apply for your ATT. This process can take several weeks so apply early to avoid having to wait.
As a respected member of the community, the Elmira Rod & Gun Club strives to conduct itself in a safe and responsible manner at all times. As such, we have a 'One-strike and you're out' rule for any members who break range safety or conduct rules. For example; placing a target on a bunker or handling a firearm in an unsafe manner is sufficient to expel that member from the club. Be safe, use all safety equipment, appoint a Range Officer if there is more than one person shooting and always treat members and citizens with the respect that you in turn would expect from others
In order to maintain a good standing with the Chief Firearm Officers (CFO) it is important that all members adhere to the club rules set by its members.