The Wilderness Canoe Association

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Sharing the Wilderness Experience since 1973

Welcome to the home of the Wilderness Canoe Association. The WCA is a non-profit community of outdoors individuals and families with a passion for canoeing and wilderness canoe travel.

The Wilderness Canoe Association is where you will find friends with whom to share your passion for the outdoors. With first-class paddling adventure stories to enjoy in our quarterly journal, “Nastawgan”, dozens of trips to participate in every year, and hundreds of experienced members to help you take your skills to the next level, you’ll be living your paddling dreams in no time.

We invite you to have a look at the list of club trips and events that members can participate in on our Outings Page, as well as our Calendar of Events, and Nastawgan back-issues.

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

Contact us at if you have any questions.

 Fall Gathering

Every September, we get together for an active weekend at a venue in southern or central Ontario. It’s a celebration of the past paddling season where we reconnect with old friends, swap tales of our latest adventures, do some local paddling and hiking, enjoy presentations of member’s summer trips, and learn at skill-building educational workshops. 

Our most recent Fall Gathering was at the Minden Wild Water Preserve; which has world-class whitewater paddling on a Pan-Am course, outstanding flatwater options in Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, and Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.

See our YouTube channel video of the Sept 23-25, 2022 outing.


 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.
You can view the list of scheduled trips on the Outings Page.

A note about COVID-19. Outing participants must:

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

 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 all 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 doing some virtual Zoom presemtations and 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.

See our YouTube channel video of the outing.

 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 2023 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.