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.


The WCA suspended all in person outings scheduled for 2020 & 2021, taking into account evolving public guidance on risks of COVID transmission between individuals from different households, and the unavailability of insurance coverage for the benefit of members and the organization covering liability for COVID-19 infection.

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.  We are hoping, that by then, all outdoor events will be 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.

 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

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 20, 2021, Cliff Jacobson will present "Canoeing Wild Rivers" in a Zoom presentation virtual format. This annual event is held in memory of friend to the WCA; Mike Wevrick.

Please register here.

 2021 Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held on  Saturday, March 3, 2021 over Zoom, due to Covid-19 restrictions limiting in-person meetings. This virtual meeting format was actually beneficial in a way because it opened the meeting up to WCA members outside the general Toronto area.  The minutes of the meeting can be found in the Forums Resources area.

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 37th WCS was held Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022 from 6 to 9 pm.
At: For its 37th year, the WCS was streamed live using a Zoom meeting. 

Please check the Symposium website for more information.