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.

 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.

 Sharing the Wilderness Experience: 

 Fall Gathering

This year's fall gathering was planned to be held at the Minden Wildwater Preserve pending Covid-19 status.  Guests are welcome to attend and discover what the WCA is all about. Here is what we organised for last year:

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

Our Covid-19 backup plan is to have a virtual series of workshops/presentations.


 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!
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 16, 2019, our speakers were Alex Traynor and Noah Booth of Northern Scavenger. This annual event is held in memory of friend to the WCA; Mike Wevrick, at the Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club.

The 2019 event was "SOLD OUT"

We are looking at doing the 2020 fall meeting/presentation on line inlieu of COVID-19.

 2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held Saturday 7 March at the North York MEC Store, in the community room of 784 Sheppard Avenue East. Club business started at 10am.

Please register here.

See you next year.

 The 2020 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 36th WCS will be held Feb. 19-20, 2021.
At: For its 35th year, the WCS returned to York University.
4700 Keele St., Toronto.
The Accolade East Building, at 83 York Blvd.
All sessions will be in the Family Price Cinema.

Click here to purchase your ticket and watch out for details of next year's WCS!