Educational Workshops

Winter Camping 101 | Hot Tenting (In Person)

Have you ever thought about winter camping? Not sure where to start? Do you have questions about gear and logistics? Or, are you a seasoned vetran looking to improve your setup? Then this is the course for you! We will discuss the basics of winter camping (hot tenting with a portable wood burning stove), gear requirements, tent set-up and food planning and preparation.

This one-hour, in-person educational workshop hosted at MEC's North York will answer all the questions you may have about beginning to winter camp.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Mountain Equipment Company | North York Location
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 26, 2022 - 11:00
Registration Cut Off: 
1 day before
Event Duration: 
1 hour-ish
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone, including non WCA members (Public event)
Maximum Group Size: 
50
Minimum Group Size: 
5
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

-Note pad
-Cell phone (pictures)
-Personal computer
-Water bottle

Required Items to Bring: 

An open mind

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/MEC+North+York/@43.7698048,-79.3751225,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x233774d761ba422e!8m2!3d43.7698048!4d-79.3751225

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
647 669 6904

1970 Hugh P. MacMillan Canoe Brigade

Hugh P. MacMillan’s 1970 Nor’Wester Canoe Brigade: Retracing of a fur trade route from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg

This presentation, based on the lead article in the Spring edition of Nastawgan, will highlight some of the colourful characters who were part of the 1970 brigade, commemorating Manitoba’s centenary and the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Co., as they traced the fur trade route from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg dressed in voyageur garb and paddling five 26’ North canoes. Mark Stiles, the author and a participant on this remarkable journey, will elaborate on its historical significance and its frequent chaotic, yet in retrospect highly amusing, occurrences. Mark will leave ample time for questions. He encourages participation from anyone who was part of the 1970 brigade or who knew some of its eccentric figures, such as the renowned Hugh P. MacMillan and the notorious Shaman Chief Kitpou.

Bio note

Mark Stiles resides in Ottawa where he is mostly retired after 40 years of work in developing countries and with Indigenous organizations in Canada’s northern regions. Like many of us, he is a canoe head: a long-time member of the WCA, currently a member of the governance and nominating committee of the Canadian Canoe Museum, a former member of the Ontario’s canoe team in the 1971 B.C. Centennial celebrations, a privileged paddler on some of Canada’s most remote river systems, an active environmentalist and a good friend of the late Hugh P. MacMillan and Shaman Chief Kitpou.

 

Background;

Nastawgan 2022 Spring Issue

https://wildernesscanoe.ca/sites/default/files/storage/Nastawgan/2022-1.pdf

 

Hugh P. MacMillan is the author of Adventures of a Paper Sleuth, Prenumbra Press, 2004, an account of his colourful life's work tracking down priceless documents related to the history of the fur trade and the province of Ontario. The book contains a brief account of Hugh's 1970 Canoe Brigade in chapter 2.

 

Shaman Chief Kitpou

Chief Kitpou Facebook

 

 

 

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your Place
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
05/26/2022
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Zoom Meeting

Topic: WCA - Hugh P. MacMillan 1970 Canoe Brigade Presentation
Time: May 26, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81142453857

Meeting ID: 811 4245 3857

Required Items to Bring: 

Way to get on Zoom

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Refreshments

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You know the way.

Carpool Info: 

Not

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Sign Up and tell a friend
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Wilderness Conservation in Action: Three Rivers Update

This WCA interactive zoom session will feature a joint presentation by John McDonnell (Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Ottawa Valley Chapter), and Wally Schaber (Head Volunteer, Friends of Rivière du Moine) giving an overview of the Three Rivers project led by CPAWS, to create a large environmentally protected area in the watersheds of the Dumoine, Coulonge, and Black rivers (adjacent to the Ottawa River in west-central Quebec), and the related creation of wildlife corridors linking protected areas across regions, as well as specific measures to support wilderness recreation on the Dumoine. Session participants will gain an appreciation of what's involved and what's at stake with respect to expanding the protection of wilderness areas.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your location
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
02/15/2022
Event Duration: 
Approximately 1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone interested
Maximum Group Size: 
Unlimited
Minimum Group Size: 
Not relevant
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

This interactive session will involve remarks by the co-presenters, followed by Q&A.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87675355561

Meeting ID: 876 7535 5561

Required Items to Bring: 

Zoom-compatible internet access

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Not applicable.

Carpool Info: 

Not applicable.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Not applicable.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Tom Connell
Phone: 
*contact by email*

Trip Planning Spreadsheet Template for Outing Organizers

Topic: WCA Trip Planning Spreadsheet Workshop

This is a Zoom Workshop on how to access and use the WCA  Trip Planning Spreadsheet Workshop Template.

You can find the Template under CLUB ACTIVITIES > Organizer Resources.

The Trip Planning Spreadsheet is tailorable to your trip specifics.

 

Topic: WCA Trip Planning Spreadsheet Workshop
Time: Dec 7, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88581064679

Meeting ID: 885 8106 4679

 

 
 
 
The Basics
Event Location: 
Your Place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
12/7/2021
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See Zoom Link above.

Required Items to Bring: 

Questions and a computer

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Snacks and drinks as required.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You know the way

Carpool Info: 

None required

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Sign up if you want to be there
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Larder River Presentation

A small group of fully vaccinated WCA members paddled the Larder River in early summer of 2021.

This Zoom presentation  will review this little traveled route.  Three days of water falls and Class 1-2 runnable whitewater and no one around.

Topic: Larder River Presentation

Time: Dec 14, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88080169764

Meeting ID: 880 8016 9764

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
12/14/21
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above Zoom Link

Required Items to Bring: 

It is up to you

Recommended Items to Bring: 

It is up to you

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You know the way

Carpool Info: 

None

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you want to attend
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Cooking in the Outdoors with Cliff Jacobson

Cooking in the Outdoors with Cliff Jacobson

Join Cliff for a WCA Zoom Presentation and Q&A session, where he will answer all your questions.

Cliff has been a WCA member since the early 1980's.

 
 
Topic: WCA Presentation - Cliff Jacobson - Cooking In The Outdoors
Time: Jan 19, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88372539835
 
Meeting ID: 883 7253 9835
 
 
 
The Basics
Event Location: 
You place
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
1/19/2022
Event Duration: 
1-1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Log into the Zoom meeting at 7pm on Wednesday January 19, 2022

Required Items to Bring: 

Your own drinks and snacks

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Questions

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Follow the Zoom Link

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Sign up if you want to attend
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
garyataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Mississagi River Presentation

Please join us for this presentation.

The Mississagi River is a river in Algoma and Sudbury Districts, Ontario that originates in Sudbury District and flows 266 kilometres to Lake Huron at Blind River, Algoma District.

A group of WCA members paddled 143 km of the head waters of this river in the summer of 2021.

This trip was also written up in the Nastawgan 2021 Spring Journal.

This Zoom presentation  will include our stories, pictures and movies from our trip.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Virtual Zoom where ever your computer is
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Zoom link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82036963059

Meeting ID: 820 3696 3059

Required Items to Bring: 

Computer access

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Food and and your drink of choice

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You know the way

Carpool Info: 

None

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Moisie/Aux Pekans River Zoom Presentation

The Moisie River is a river in eastern Quebec. Known as the Nahanni of the East, it is a wild river of North America. It has been proposed to protect the river with the Moisie River Aquatic Reserve. 

The Moisie River basin lies between the basins of the Rapides River to the west and the Matamec River to the east. It covers an area of 19,273 square kilometres (7,441 sq mi).. The Moisie flows south from Lake Opocopa near the Labrador border to the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River east of Sept-Îles, Quebec. The town of Moisie is located at its mouth. The river is 410 kilometres (250 mi) in length. We started from a bridge of highway 389 over Pékans River (at 52°43′48.19″N 67°24′47.31″W ) is 373 km.

The Aux Pékans River (French: Rivière aux Pékans) is a river in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, Canada. It is a tributary of the Moisie River.  We paddled 75 km of this river before we joined the Moisie River.

Join us for this presentation.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Zoom Presentation
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
9/14/2021
Event Duration: 
1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
anyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Zoom Meeting

Required Items to Bring: 

None

Recommended Items to Bring: 

None

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Click on Zoom Link 5 minutes before 7PM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86302296250
Meeting ID: 863 0229 6250

Carpool Info: 

None

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
None
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Ultra-lightweight Canoeing/Camping 101 WEBINAR

Are you heading out for your first canoe or camping trip and confused about what you really need to bring? Are you worried about how you are going to carry all that gear? Or, are you a seasoned veteran who is serious about lightening the load? Then this course is for you!

We will be exploring the basics of ultra-lightweight canoeing/camping techniques, where to start, how to be mindful with gear selection/purchasing and introduction to food dehydrating. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just beginning your camping journeys, this course has something for everyone.

The Basics
Event Location: 
WEBINAR
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
10 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Zoom Link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81704030349

Meeting ID: 817 0403 0349

Required Items to Bring: 

An open mind

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

N/A

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

River Flow Data for the Science Nerd - making your next river trip a bit more fun

Topic: WCA River Flow Data for the Science Nerd
Time: Jul 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89072048911

Meeting ID: 890 7204 8911

Environment Canada maintains a network of hydrometric data collection equipment on streams, creeks and rivers across Canada. The data collection stations measure the depth of the river and record flow measurement.

Many of our WCA trip leaders are already using this information by saving photos and noting the flow and water levels for the paddling day in their post trip notes. There are also a number of easy links on the Boatwerks website.

In my presentation, I am going to take you back to the source at Environment Canada and walk you through how to search for your favorite river or stream, how to search historical flow levels. Streams like Willow Creek that runs into the Minesing Wetlands west of Barrie. The Moira, Beaver, Credit , and Humber rivers. My favorite, the Mad river at Creemore Ont. The Nith and Grand Rivers.

We will examine river depth and river flow, what the numbers mean from Environment Canada's site. We will look at how ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers ) (underwater radar) is used to map and calculate stream and river flow data in hundreds of Canadian Rivers. All of this data is online and available to you the paddler.

How is this relevant to us as paddlers? Instead of calling up your buddy the night before to go over to your favorite paddling river to check flow and depth, how about doing it online and in real time. Maybe you planned a spring paddling excursion weeks ago and want to know if the levels still look good the night before. . Check your local flow station on wateroffice.ec.gc.ca to find out that local rains made the river too high to make a spring water water trip safe that day, and save yourself the three hour drive to discover this on the banks of a raging river.

Your presenter this evening, Andy Hueton, is an admitted Science Nerd and a current resident of Stayner Ontario.. An experienced paddler, lover of the outdoors, and a computer geek, he stumbled on Weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca a few years ago and now uses it to monitor his ,favorite paddling river, the Mad, which has good spring whitewater from Creemore to Concession Road 3 below Glencairn Ont for only a few weeks every spring, and sometimes after a big summer rainstorm.. In preparing this presentation I became aware that many WCA trip leaders are already using this site and some good links are already on Boatwerks..com So lets share the knowledge.

Give Andy ninety minutes of your time and lets explore how Environment Canada ADCP collected hydrometric data can help make your next river paddling trip a whole lot better.

The Basics
Event Location: 
your home computer
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, July 19, 2021 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
one hour before
Event Duration: 
two hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

A ninety minute run through of the Environment Canada's stream and river flow data collection system. How to find a stream flow monitoring station of the river near you ( or the one you are going to travel half way across Canada to spend your two week holiday on) so you can have accurate real time data of river depth (measured in meters) and flow measurement ( in cubic meters per second) . Correlate this new knowledge over several paddling seasons to make your paddling adventures a bit more predicable and perhaps more enjoyable. I want touse the word safer, but safety and good judgement are the paddlers responsibility and no online data presentation system should substitute for final judgements made by individual paddlers as they load their boats and prepare for a day's adventure.

Required Items to Bring: 

None. Must be fully clothed. Please turn off video and microphone if you need to get up and use the washroom. (no kidding, Was on a municipal government council meeting zoom call when someone signed on, left the room and did #2 next door. We heard everything) . Don't do this. Please.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

your own popcorn and drinks. however noticeably drunk people who disrupt the presentation may be cut off. (kidding have a laugh people, It's Covid, We all need interaction. that's why this presentation is being done. New subject. New people. Share a conversation with strangers and make new friends.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Your home computer. come sign on. Let's learn together

Carpool Info: 

None

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only if a power outage happens the night of the presentation. If it does we will reschedule
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andy Hueton
Phone: 
705-481-7521
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