Wilderness Canoe Association

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The Wilderness Canoe Association is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in the outdoor pursuits and in wilderness travel by canoe.
See the list of scheduled trips on the Outings Page or look over at our Calendar of Events.

 Mission Statement: 

The Wilderness Canoe Association is the best place to find friends who share your passion for the outdoors. With first-class camping content to enjoy, dozens of trips to participate in, and hundreds of experienced members to help you take tripping to the next level, you’ll be living your paddling dreams in no time.

Covid-19: The WCA board has voted to re-start in-person events for the Spring of 2022. However, this is all subject to government guidelines and the pandemic's path.  Currently all outdoor events are considered a very low risk.  All in-person events will require all participants to;

  •  Be fully vaccinated.
  •  Follow club and Covid-19 guidelines.
  •  Sign off on an event Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims.

We are recommending that all shuttle participants wear a mask, in the enclosed space of a vehicle. 

Contact us at info@wildernesscanoe.ca if you have any questions or advice.

 Sharing the Wilderness Experience since 1973: 

If you share our love for wild places and the canoe as a means of exploring them, then we invite you to join us.

 Fall Gathering

2020 and 2021 Fall Gatherings were planned to be held at the Minden Wildwater Preserve however Covid-19 put that activity on hold.  Typically guests are welcome to attend and discover what the WCA is all about. Here is what we organised for 2019:

World-class whitewater paddling on a Pan-Am course.  Outstanding flatwater options in Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park and Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.  A Saturday Night BBQ dinner. Campfires and camping. 

Sign up here for this year's event on the Sept 23-25, 2022 weekend.


 Canoe Trips and Other Outings
Flatwater and whitewater canoe trips and other outings are organized by members for members, including day trips to local rivers, multi-day canoeing & camping and wilderness expeditions. They represent one of our core values. Love to paddle but need company? Not sure about going down that river by yourself? Never been wilderness camping? You've come to the right place!
Experienced members will help you fit right in.
See the list of scheduled trips on the Outings Page.

 Nastawgan: The Journal of the WCA

Members share their experiences from canoe trips or extended expeditions by publishing their stories in the renowned journal of the WCA, the best canoeing journal worldwide!

Learn more about Nastawgan by viewing the Journal page. Also, see the provided sample article.

Membership in the WCA grants you access to both printed and online journals. Click here to download the latest issue.

 Mentorship and Training

Teaching our members new skills is another core value: paddling improvement, whitewater clinics, river safety & rescue, wilderness first aid all enhance safety, competence and enjoyment. Younger members have a great opportunity to learn new skills from our seasoned members in addition to their vast knowledge of so many wilderness trips.  We are exploring doing some virtual workshops in this COVID-19 environment.

 The Mike Wevrick Lecture and Wine & Cheese Social

On November 19, 2022, the WCA will be welcoming guest speaker Hap Wilson. This annual event is held in memory of friend to the WCA; Mike Wevrick.

Click here for more information. Please register here.

 2022 Annual General Meeting

The 2022 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022  at 7 PM over Zoom, due to Covid-19 restrictions limiting in-person meetings. This virtual meeting format is actually beneficial in a way because it opens the meeting up to WCA members outside the general Toronto area.  The agenda of the meeting can be found on the specific event posting on the WCA calendar.  See you next year.

 The 2022 Wilderness and Canoe Symposium

The first "Wilderness & Canoeing Symposium" was a small gathering of kindred spirits who came together to look at each other's slides in George Luste's living room on Albany Ave. This was in 1986. Space was quite limited there, so when other friends heard about this gathering & wanted to participate, a room was rented at George Brown College. After a couple of years they outgrew this and Councillor Joan King arranged space for them at the North York Council chambers. The next location they rented was at York University for a couple of years. At that point Sandy Richardson suggested Monarch Park Collegiate, where he taught. The teachers and students at the school were a great help and the Symposium returned to Monarch Park every year since.

Date: The 38th WCS will be held Wednesday Feb. 15, 2023 from 6 to 9 pm.
At: For its 38th year, the WCS will be streamed live using a Zoom meeting. 

Please check the Symposium website for more information.