Flatwater

Quetico: Nym-Sturgeon-Jean-Batchewaung Loop 120km

Quetico is an iconic wilderness class park renowned for its rugged beauty, towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, virgin pine and spruce forests, picturesque rivers and lakes. It is a world famous destination for backcountry canoeing with over 2,000 lakes and 4,760 km2 of remote wilderness. It's located at north-west of Lake Superior, 1600km away from Toronto.

We will start at Nym Lake. This loop combines a wide variety of paddling environments including large and small lakes, rivers, creeks, and historic portages. Total portages: 20 / 6,560m. The longest one: 730m. We will spend seven days on the water. Plus driving, the entire trip will take about 9-10 days.

Due to uncertainty of the campsites (the campsites and portages are not signed in the park) and no guarantee of their size, I am limiting the group size to six. You need to be self-sufficient and in good health in order to handle unforeseen situations. Intermediate backcountry canoeing experience is necessary.

I will request a deposit to cover the park permits when time gets closer. Then I will set up a group chat among those who have confirmed the trip for preparations.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Quetico Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, August 14, 2020 - 18:00
Event Duration: 
10 Days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2 people
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Steven Mou
Phone: 
n/a

Come Out to See the Fall Colours

Cambridge (Galt) to Paris, Ontario. Generally a low water, flatwater trip with lots of swifts ... and a few easy class one rapids at this time of year. I ran this stretch a few weeks ago. It is a novice level paddle and I really don't expect any dunks, but come with a complete change of clothing in case you need it!
We will paddle from Cambridge/Galt to Paris. I can do this in 4 hours normally, but we will stop for lunch on the riverside along the way. If we meet at 9:30 to shuttle cars, and get on the river by about 10 am, we should have no trouble being finished by 4 pm.

My goal on this trip is get one more trip in ... before the weather really goes cold and wet as it usually does around Halloween.

Please try to arrange most of your canoes, PFD's, etc. gear and transportation yourself.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Grand River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Friday, Oct 25, 6 pm.
Event Duration: 
4 to 6 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members and guests
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the parking lot just south of Cambridge/Galt, 210 Water St S,
GPS Coordinate: 43.344938, -80.315334
At 9:30 am (be there early ... we want to BEGIN the shuttle at 9:30 am)
Drop all canoes off here, and then shuttle enough cars to the end to pick everyone up and all the canoes at the end of the day.
Canoe down the Grand River to Paris. Normally this can be done in under 4 hours. We will bring a lunch to eat along the way. Either at Glen Morris, or there is a good island stop about 40 minutes after Glen Morris.
Glen Morris GPS: 43.276698, -80.346771
Take out at the Penman's Dam Park in Paris. GPS: 43.196971, -80.381852
We should be finished at least by 4.

Required Items to Bring: 

Warm clothes. Rain Gear (bring good quality, not a simple windbreaker). Rubber boots would be advisable. Warm gloves and a good warm hat. A lunch. Some water.
Canoe, PFD's, Paddles.

Grand River Experiences in Paris rents canoes during the summer ... they may still be renting at this time of the year? 1 888-258-0441

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Bring a simple stove, if you wish, to heat some water for tea or hot chocolate at lunch.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Use the GPS coordinates given above.

Carpool Info: 

I cannot coordinate all this for everyone. I might be able to help a little with it, within reason.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please let me know if you sign up, and then cancel.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
iori miller
Phone: 
Use email contact

McCrae Lake Cleanup day Saturday September 7 2019

It might be a surprise to you to know that the campsites in the McCrae lake Conservation Reserve are cleaned by volunteers. Without that semi annual cleanup effort, Ontario MECP would be forced to consider closing the park to camping.

The semi annual (spring and fall) cleanup of McCrae Lake campsites is on for Saturday September 7 , 2019. The cleanup the Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club is the chief organizer. As a WCA member I am posting this on the WCA’s Outings page, and I will put you in touch with the Barrie Club club member who is organizing the entire day. You do not need to be a BCKC member to join us on that day, however we will need you to sign a couple of waiver forms. BCKC will also be issuing invites for this day to members of the Five Winds Backcountry Ski Club of Toronto as well as the , The Wilderness Canoe Association and we will post an invite on Facebook under Ontario Hiking.

The cleanup day starts at the McCrae Lake parking lot at 9am.

Cleanup group members, who are not members of the Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club are welcome, and you may bring your own canoe. If you don't have a canoe, PFD, or paddle, please see this link:

https://bckc.ca/trip-sheets/summer-trip ... MClark.pdf

and contact the cleanup organizer for BCKC, , Marilyn Clark so that we can pair you with a BCKC member and put you in a canoe. If you want to bring a friend and you want to work with that friend for the day, we can do that. We usually pair two canoes together to clean a group of sites. For insurance reasons the BCKC requires that at least one BCKC member be in a BCKC owned canoe. We can't pair two non BCKC members alone in one of our canoes.

For information to contact the organizers of the Sept 7 . 2019 cleanup day, click here:

https://bckc.ca/trip-sheets/summer-trip ... MClark.pdf

or send me an email off this page.

Group meetup time is 9am in the McCrae lake parking lot. feel free to drop us a line to get directions.

A park ranger staff member of the MECP (Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks ) will be with us for the day. Please know that without the semi annual support of BCKC to do this cleanup, the MNR does not have the money to cleanup up McCrae lake campsites because park users pay no fees, so no cleanup budget. Without the twice yearly cleanup, the MNR would be forced to consider closing McCrae Lake access for camping.

Please consider helping us keep it beautiful and accessible for all. thanks

(you are welcome. We do it because we love the place too.)

additional information under itinerary description, items required and items recommended

Andy

The Basics
Event Location: 
McCrae Lake parking lot. Georgian Bay Road off hwy 400. N.W. corner of exit
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
none (but please be kind to us and send us an email to say you are coming)
Event Duration: 
one day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members will help the Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club for the day
Maximum Group Size: 
15 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will be working with members of the Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club, as well as a Park Ranger from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) . BCKC.

We will be paddling around the shoreline of the lake (generally in pairs of canoes) , cleaning campsites and picking up garbage. At the end of a busy canoeing season , we always finds lots of BBQ grills and broken chairs. We collect all the garbage and bring it all back across the portage to
the parking lot. MECP and BCKC have an arrangement on this day for the Township of Georgian Bay to have a Township truck to collect the entire garbage pile the following Monday.

Bonus: Volunteers get to keep any items of value found. In past years that has included almost brand new, abandoned tents, tarps, chairs, ropes, camping knives.

We do always stop for a long hour long (or more ) lunch and swim. It sounds like work but it is light work and it is very satisfying to leave the place cleaner than it otherwise would be.

Required Items to Bring: 

Sunscreen, hat, lunch, fresh water to drink or a bottle and a filter so you can pump water, rain wear, a spare change of clothes in case you get .wet. Swimsuit and towel for a lunch time swim.
Canoe, PFD, and paddle (though we can provide those last three free of charge if you notify us in advance )

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Sunscreen, hat, lunch, fresh water to drink or a bottle and a filter so you can pump water, rain wear, a spare change of clothes in case you get .wet. Swimsuit and towel for a lunch time swim. Gloves: rubber, leather or other so you can pickup garbage safely. We will have a box of medical gloves so you can wear them inside the leather gloves you supply. A Food Barrel with portage harness works well for carrying out metal, grills and other garbage. As noted above, the garbage will be left in the parking lot for the Township of Georgian Bay to collect.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

McCrae Lake parking lot. Georgian Bay Road off hwy 400. N.W. corner of exit.

take Hwy 400 north out of Barrie to Georgian Bay Road. When the off ramp lane meets Georgian Bay Roar, turn right and pass under hwy 400. Turn right back on to the Hwy 400 south exit ramp. drive about 40 yards up the ramp and make a left turn into the McCrae lake parking lot

Carpool Info: 

Please let me know as the organizer of the people coming from WCA and I will pair you with others from BCKC, Five Winds and other groups coming for the day.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
if rain of bad Thunderstorms are scheduled, we may postpone one day to Sun Sept 8
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andy Hueton
Phone: 
705-481-7521

Killarney - Loon counting

Killarney PP is looking for volunteers to spend a day paddling in one of their Interior Lakes in search of Loons. It is their Annual Summer Loon Count. 

I signed up for the event, I can solo a canoe but would prefer to share this fun outing with someone else. 
Are you interested, please email me for more information

The Basics
Event Location: 
Killarney Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
August 8th, 2019
Event Duration: 
1 fsy
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA Members and their friends and family
Maximum Group Size: 
na
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Contact me as i am receiving more information as i get ready for this event

Recommended Items to Bring: 

own PFD, paddle - lunch, sun tan lotion, hat, change of clothing, bug spray
I do have canoe, extra pfd's and paddles if needed

How to Get There
Carpool Info: 

possible if you are willing to come to Aurora, as i won't be driving to Toronto to pick any one up

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy
Phone: 
NA

Hawk Lake Paddle

Join me at the cottage for some relaxation on an overnight stay. Relax on the dock and or paddle at your leisure. Come out and escape the heat by enjoying a swim and a few drinks

The Basics
Event Location: 
Big Hawk Lake
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019 (All day)
Event Duration: 
1 or 2 days flexible
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members
Maximum Group Size: 
6 guests
Minimum Group Size: 
2 guests
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

This event is very casual and not structured
You may arrive anytime on Sunday afternoon after 3pm or Monday morning and set up your tent. I know this is last minute.
Event ends Tuesday at noon

Required Items to Bring: 

Tent, food, BYOB
Cooking gear

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Any poolside floaty.
Canoe or kayak if you wish but you are welcome to use my canoes also.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Big Hawk Lake
Algonquin Highlands

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Anne-Marie
Phone: 
705 854 2002

Puzzle Lake Explore with Gary and Heather Ataman

Puzzle Lake is made up of rugged and diverse Canadian Shield terrain.    It is composed of a mosaic or rock barrens, igneous cliffs, dry-mesic mixed forest and numerous wetlands and lakes.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Puzzle Lake, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 11:00
Registration Cut Off: 
7/15/2019
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
People interested in an adventure off the beaten path
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The goal is to explore this non-operating park by canoe and hiking. There will be some bushwhacking on this trip, would you expect any thing else from me? Our plan is to meet at the put-in at 11 am on Friday morning. Yes you must take Friday as a vacation day. Then head in about ~5K and set-up our base camp. Friday afternoon do a day pack canoe/hike explore or some fishing. Saturday explore will involve a 10-15k daypack/canoe explore and returning to camp that night. Sunday will be find something to do (fish, hike, canoe, explore). Exit late Sunday afternoon in time for a supper at one of the towns heading back home.

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe and camping gear.
If you do not have a canoe, I will attempt to connect you to someone that does.
If you do not have a partner same.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Food, water, fishing gear

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See me

Carpool Info: 

See me

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you are 100% sure you will attend.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Lake Ontario - Whitby Lynde Marsh (new date July 13)

Whitby Lynde Marsh and Lake Ontario shoreline explore. You will be surprised on what you will see on this urban adventure. No canoe, no partner, NO PROBLEM. I will attempt to team up folks.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Whitby
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
7/10/2019
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members, family and guest welcome
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

10 AM departure.
So come 15-30 minutes to get ready

We will start at the Whitby beach parking area. It's about a 250 meter portage from parking area to the lake. We will paddle along Lake Ontario for about a 1 km and then enter the Lynde Marsh and explore around for an hour or so. Then return to the lake and head down the shoreline to find a nice place for a shoreline lunch break. Then paddle back to our put in spot for say 2 PM.

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe and related safety gear
Paddle and PFD.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Water, lunch, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Meet at this parking lot at 9:30-10:00 AM
Once you sign up I will provide you directions.

Carpool Info: 

None planned. But contact me if you need a lift. The Whitby GO Train station is only 2 km away from the putin spot. We can arrange a pick up if required.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you are sure you will attend the event
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Only sign up if you plan to attend
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Restoule P.P. Backcountry STILL LOOKING FOR SOMEONE

Senior lady, who enjoys easy backcountry,would l like one or two people to join her
for a 5-7 day trip. Backcountry sites are nonreservable, but I always manage to get my favourite site. Daily hiking/paddling exploration. Dates flexible. I will not be a burden. I am strong and independent. B.Y.O. tent, boat, gear, food, etc. text only 519 993 1476. I do not have home internet service.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Restoule P.P.;
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 12:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Aug. 1st
Event Duration: 
5-7 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
one or two
Maximum Group Size: 
3
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See description

Required Items to Bring: 

See description

Recommended Items to Bring: 

See description

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See Ontario Parks website

Carpool Info: 

NA

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sharon L. Hutton
Phone: 
519 993 1476 text only

Rouge River/Lake Ontario Flatwater Paddle

Rouge National Urban Park and Lake Ontario shoreline explored by canoe.
You will be surprised on what you will see on this urban adventure.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Rouge River/Lake Ontario Parking Lot
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
6/7/2019
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
members, families and guest
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boatr
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

10 am departure.
So come 15-30 minutes to get ready

We will start at the Rouge beach parking area, then paddle up the Rouge river for a bit and then return to the lake. If Lake Ontario is relatively calm, we will paddle down the shoreline a bit and have lunch along the beach. Then return to the parking lot between 1-2 pm

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe and related safety gear

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Water, lunch, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Meet at Rouge River Beach/Lake Ontario
N43.793899, W79.119386
GoogleMaps
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/43%C2%B047'38.0%22N+79%C2%B007'09.8%22W/@43.7939,-79.1199332,187m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d43.7938995!4d-79.1193856

Carpool Info: 

None

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

Minesing Wetland / Nottawasaga Part 2 of 2 - ADJUSTED!!

AS OF MAY 24, 2019
DUE TO THE SEVERE WEATHER AND CHANCES NOW AGAIN FOR THUNDERSTORMS THE TRIP ON SATURDAY MAY25TH IS CANCELLED

GARY IS WILLING TO DO IT ON SUNDAY MAY 25TH WITH EMMY. PLEASE NOTIFY BOTH OF US ASAP WITH YOUR INTENTIONS,
 EMAILS ARE SENT OUT TO ALL PARTICIPANTS

okay this is part 2. Nottawasaga River from Edenvale to Wasaga Beach I'm organizing this with Gary James, who has done this river portion last year. I will be organizing the paper work and team work. Easy flowing river, No rapids.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Edenvale to Wasaga Beach
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
May 15, 2019
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA Members and their friends and family
Maximum Group Size: 
the more the merrier
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Great introduction trip to get to know other WCA members.
Great way to get your gear tested.
And plan trips for the rest of the season.
come all and join us on this fun trip

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

more to follow

Carpool Info: 

more to follow
Depending on the participants and their locations and their needs

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
please let us know in time when you are cancelling as it is a lot of work organizing and planning these events
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
not sharing
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