Nastawgan Journal

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If the trip program is the heart of the WCA, then its quarterly journal, Nastawgan, is the soul. More than merely a club newsletter, the journal is a resource for articles and reports about wilderness travel and informs members of WCA trips and issues in the paddling community. You will find submissions by club members and other

like-minded outdoor adventurers, as well as each season’s Events Calendar. Nastawgan accepts a wide range of topics from wilderness canoeing and winter travel to club events and training reports, historical and environmental subjects, photo essays, equipment reviews, letters to the editor, news briefs, and other paddling pieces.

Current year's Issues may be viewed by members who are logged in.

WCA Journal (Nastawgan) Index

The WCA has compiled a 'Journal Index' whch is a list of past Nastawgan articles, by subject content & title, called the 'Nastawgan Index'.  It is an aid for the journal years 1974 - 2007 that can be used to track down past Nastawgan articles for the purpose of trip planning, research, or general interest. If you are interested in searching for a specific subject area from a past issue of Nastawgan, select the category from the category list below & click on the link.

Click here for the Journal Index.

The WCA has also prepared an Index of Trip Report Related Articles  found in the Nastawgans. 
Index of Trip Report Related Articles from the Nastawgan Journals

Back Issues of Nastawgan Online & Toronto Library
All issues may be viewed online here.  To view hard copies, the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. has back issues of Nastawgan in the Periodicals Centre, on the fourth floor of the library. Issues of Nastawgan that are up to five years old are normally kept on the shelf. Older issues, dating back to 1982, may be found in the archives.

Contact Information:
  • Submissions of all material to be considered for publishing in Nastawgan should be made to Aleksander Gusev (Editor-in-chief) at
  • The following dates are the deadlines for submissions for each issue of Nastawgan during the year: the first day of February, May, August, and November.
Editorial Team:    
          Editor-in-Chief   Aleksandar Gusev
          Assistant Editor Mike Fish  
          Associate Editor, Resources  Bob Henderson
          Associate Editor, Text Dave Brown  
          Associate Editor, Food Barb Young  
          Layout Peter Jaspert