Educational Workshops

Marathon Canoeing Adventures with Chris Prater

Chris write up here

 

Join Zoom Meeting Wednesday,Feb 22, 2023 at 7 pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86704666350

Meeting ID: 867 0466 6350

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
02/22/2023
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members and guest
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Log into Zoom link

Required Items to Bring: 

Computer or smart phone

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You know the way

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Bonaventure River Trip Report Presentation

Robert James will present a trip report presentation via Zoom on the Bonaventure River.  It is sure to be loaded with excellant pics and vids and even drone shots!

The Bonaventure River is a stunning body of water in the Gaspe region of eastern Quebec.  It features fast flowing crystal-clear water and sections of interesting whitewater - but no mandatory portages in the duration of the 5-6 day descent to the Baie des Chaleurs on the Atlantic coast. 

Sandro Weiner gave a presentation describing his team's Bonaventure experience (June 2019) in this forum a few years ago.  Since that date, there have been a number of changes that have made the river less accessible.  This presentation is intended as an update to Sandro's talk to showcase the beauty of the river experience, clarify the new situation and will also highlight some options for further travel in the area to extend the trip in the Gaspe region.

Isadora van Riemsdijk wrote up the trip in the 2022 Fall Nastawgan.  Check it out here.

https://wildernesscanoe.ca/sites/default/files/storage/Nastawgan/2022-3.pdf

Get your questions ready.

Join Zoom Meeting Jan25, 23 at 7 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85948382440

Meeting ID: 859 4838 2440

Can't make the Zoom presentation, no problem.  The presentation will be recorded and loaded on to our WCA YouTube Channel.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your placed
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
01/24/2023
Event Duration: 
1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above

Required Items to Bring: 

n/a

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

n/a

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Canadian Wilderness Medical Training (CWMT)

This 16-hour course concentrates on the basics of packaging and transporting patients and managing life and limb threats in remote environments. It includes prevention and treatment of common environmental problems like hypothermia and heat exhaustion and stroke.
The Wilderness First Aid programs are designed for the recreational outdoor enthusiast, club leader, and the professional guide. These courses are based on the principals of wilderness care and first aid.

** The WCA highly recommends that people organizing back country canoe trips take this course. Especially on multiple day trips where 911 help isn't accessible. Also, it doesn't hurt to have multiple people trained on any trip.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC, 784 Sheppard Avenue East, North York, Ontario M2K 1C3
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Feb 15, 2023
Event Duration: 
2 days, March 4 and 5, 2023
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
13 people
Minimum Group Size: 
10 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Arrive when the store opens, proceed to the 'Community Room'. We will have a short lunch break mid day. It is advised that you BRING a lunch. There is a Starbucks nearby.

This is a 2 day course, Saturday and Sunday.

Required Items to Bring: 

Come dressed comfortably enough to kneel on the floor to perform First Aid scenarios.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

The Mountain Equipment Company Store,
784 Sheppard Avenue East
North York, Ontario
M2K 1C3
** This location can be accessed by the Bessarian Subway Stop on the Sheppard Line of the TTC

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Refunds only if more than 12 people sign up (a waiting list)
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
iori Miller
Phone: 
Please use email.

Trent-Severn and Rideau Canal Presentation

Please join us to hear Iori Miller presentation on the Trent-Severn and Rideau Canals.

He wrote an article in the Nastawgan Fall 2022 journal on his adventures.   Now you can ask him questions.

Tuesday Jan 17, 2023 at 7PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83633443877
 
Meeting ID: 836 3344 3877
 
Can't make it?  No Problem.   The Zoom meeting presentation will be recorded and uploaded on the WCA YouTube channel a few days after the event.
 
The Basics
Event Location: 
your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
1/17/23
Event Duration: 
1 to 1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

see zoom link above

Required Items to Bring: 

n/a

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

n/a

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

South Nahanni River, Northwest Territories Presentation

This will be a trip report on the South Nahanni River that a  group of WCA  members participated in July 2022.

The river flows over 500 km from its headwaters in the Mackenzie Mountains and drops over 4,000 vertical feet in swifts, rapids, and waterfalls. It is home to caribou, bison, grizzly and black bears, Dall sheep, and moose. A mountainous wonderland with breathtaking canyons, a magnificent waterfall, diverse wildlife and some exciting paddling.

In reality, it’s not as challenging as most make it out to be. Most information on the Nahanni River available online overstates the difficulty. 

Náįlįcho (or Virginia Falls) is the most dramatic and impressive feature on the South Nahanni River.

Find out all the details, rentals, shuttles, flights,  cost, timing, camps, hikes, and more

Join the Zoom Meeting here to find out more.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81269455950

Meeting ID: 812 6945 5950

Can't make it?  No Problem.   The Zoom meeting presentation will be recorded and uploaded on the WCA YouTube channel a few days after the event.

The Basics
Event Location: 
your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
12/13/2022
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See Zoom Meeting Details above

Required Items to Bring: 

n/a

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

n/a

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Broken Skull River, Northwest Territories Presentation

This will be a trip report on the Broken Skull River that a  group of WCA  members participated in July 2022.

The Broken Skull river is 110 km long  and flows into the South Nahanni River.

Join us and find out about the trip details; camps, rapids, hikes, hot springs, animals, rentals, shuttles, flights, cost and more.

 

Join Zoom Meeting On Dec 6, 2022 at 7 pm EST

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88435892164

Meeting ID: 884 3589 2164

Can't make it?  No Problem.   The Zoom meeting presentation will be recorded and uploaded on the WCA YouTube channel a few days after the event.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
12/6/2022
Event Duration: 
1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See Zoom link

Required Items to Bring: 

n/a

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

n/a

Carpool Info: 

n/a

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

Wind River Presentation

Please join us to hear about Mike Stacey's adventure on the Wind River in 2022.

The Wind River is a river in Yukon, part of the Peel River watershed. It lies to the west of the Bonnet Plume and Snake Rivers.

Part of the greatest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America, the Seven Sacred Rivers of the Peel Watershed.

In the heart of the Peel watershed, a huge tract of unspoiled wilderness that was recently protected from industrial development.

Wind River valley was the setting for the fabled “Lost Patrol,” a doomed group of North-West Mounted Police in the early 1900s who through a series of bad decisions found themselves running out of food in frigid mid-winter conditions.

Wildflowers and wildlife abound, including Dall’s sheep, mountain caribou, grizzly bears, moose, wolves and several species of raptors.

As the crystal clear water dances over colourful cobble the whitewater canoe excitement will overload your senses as we journey through dramatic mountain ranges!

The Arctic Grayling fishing is fantastic!

Zoom link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87105857630

Meeting ID: 871 0585 7630

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your Place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
11/29/2022
Event Duration: 
1 to 1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Zoom Call

Required Items to Bring: 

n/a

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

you know the way

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Hart River Presentation

The Hart River is one of the most energetic and pristine rivers in the Yukon. It also may be one of the least travelled rivers in all the Yukon because of its difficulty to access. 

The Hart River is a fly-in/fly-out canoe trip and one of the main tributaries of the Peel River. The river offers everything from flat water to Class II-III sections as it winds through ledges of sedimentary rock.

Photography, hiking, paddling, fishing and exploring were amoung the joys experienced last summer by 6 WCA members on a 3 week trip on the Hart RIver.

Please join in a presentation that includes video, drone fottage and still photos from the Yukon territory.

The Zoom presentaion will include details of the thier trip and followed by questions/answer session.

 

Zoom Presentation details;

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86315239161

Meeting ID: 863 1523 9161

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
11/16/2022
Event Duration: 
1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members and guest
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above

Required Items to Bring: 

You know where the fridge is

Recommended Items to Bring: 

none

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

none

Carpool Info: 

none

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Be there
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

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 location, 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: 
November 26th
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

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Note pads
Cell phone (camera)

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

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you are planning on attending please!
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
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