Flatwater

Saugeen River - 3 day trip

Update March 22, 2019
Regarding personal issues, and quite a few people doing another trip instead, i have decided to cancel this trip for now.
My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Happy Paddling to you all

Beginner trip on river. Yes there are swifts and moving water, but it is very mild. An excellent way to learn how to read a river, where to look for rocks swifts and obstacles. Have done this trip 20 years with young kids and senior citizen and it has always been fun. Have done it always on the long weekend in May, but also in the middle of the summer. And have done it when it was snowing or very hot all on the same weekend. It is a great start of the year to try out all your gear and get ready for summer longer trips.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Saugeen River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 1, 2019
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA members who are interested in learning about multiple day tripping and river canoeing
Maximum Group Size: 
10 people - 5 canoes.
Minimum Group Size: 
2 people - 1 canoe
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Day 1 - May 18th 2019
Meet in Walkerton at 8.30 AM - do the car shuttle to SouthHampton.
Do lunch after the first swifts
Canoe to crown land camp between bridge 3 and 4

Day 2 - Canoe till Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area
Lunch in Paisley - tradition

Day 3 - checking out the Bald Eagles, clean up Party island
Drive homw

Required Items to Bring: 

canoe - rental available - tent - cooking gear - bug shelters (share)
Meals will be shared as it is the best way to get to know each other.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Smile - camera-

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

will be discussed with partiicpants

Carpool Info: 

possible with participants - but please be flexible to meet drivers

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Once camp is booked you are responsible for the cost of the camp unless we can find a replacement for you
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
not sharing

Massassauga Explorer

Join me as I venture deeper into The Massassauga Provincial Park. We will go in via the Three Legged Lake access point and the first night will be on Spider Lake. The second night on Clear Lake. Then I propose we go into Clear Bay, or Vanderdassen Bay for a couple of nights. That will give us a chance to do some exploring and is unfamiliar to me. It will be an adventure! Then back to a different site on Spider before rejoining the rat race! I am only able to book sites 5 months from the start date so the trip will depend on which sites are available. However, since it is the first week in September I am guessing we will have lots of options! There is an opportunity for input from participants when it comes to determining the route and the duration of the trip. I am aiming for 5 nights, but flexible.

The Basics
Event Location: 
The Massassauga Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
probably August 5
Event Duration: 
5 nights?
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone! A mixture of beginners and experienced trippers would be ideal.
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Sept 5 - Spider Lake
Sept 6 - Clear Lake
Sept 7-8- Clear Bay?
Sept 9 - Spider Lake

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe, PFD, camping gear, etc. If you are a beginner, I have spare equipment
Meals will be communal, assigned before the trip

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Sunscreen and a hat
Bug repellent (although we might not need it!)
A camera and a good book

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

If you google map The Massassauga Provincial Park you will see where it is.

Carpool Info: 

Carpooling will be encouraged.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Cynthia Sherwood
Phone: 
4162858638 (please respond by email first)

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

Lake Ontario - Whitby Lynde Marsh

Whitby Lynde Marshand Lake Ontario shoreline explored by canoe.
You will be surprised on what you will see on this urban adventure.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Whitby
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
7/5/2019
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
members, family and guest
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 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

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
N43.851337, W78.940116
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/43%C2%B051'04.8%22N+78%C2%B056'24.4%22W/@43.8513389,-78.9412103,374m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m24!1m17!4m16!1m3!2m2!1d-78.9397694!2d43.8512604!1m6!1m2!1s0x89d4e1f1bbd1a7bd:0xf64d30e68dfd7539!2sIroquois+Beach,+Whitby,+ON!2m2!1d-78.938337!2d43.8497306!1m3!2m2!1d-78.9371066!2d43.8503231!3e2!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d43.8513366!4d-78.9401164

Carpool Info: 

None

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

Duffins Creek Ajax

Come join me paddle Duffins Creek Ajax
The creek's headwaters start in the Oak Ridges Moraine located in Uxbridge flows all the way down to Lake Ontario in Ajax. We will explore some of the creek and if the Lake is calm some of Lake Ontario shoreline. Maybe have a beach lunch.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Rotary Park Ajax
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
5/30/2019
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members and family and friends
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

9:30 AM arrive and prepare your boat
10 AM Start and paddle around the marsh and look at wildlife. If Lake Ontario is calm we can do a short shore paddle explore. If not paddle up the creek and explore. Or maybe a combination of the two things.
Noon time; We will find a nice place to stop and have a shoreline lunch
1-2 PM return to Rotary Park Put In.

Required Items to Bring: 

Flat water canoe or kayak and safety gear you and your partner need

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Food and water.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Coordinates N43.818316, W79.033838
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/43%C2%B049'05.9%22N+79%C2%B002'01.8%22W/@43.818316,-79.0360213,467m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.818316!4d-79.033838
Parking is Free

Carpool Info: 

No carpool organized

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

Spring Beginnings for Beginners

NOTE: As of March 21 there is only one space left on this fantastic trip!!!

We will leave Toronto on Friday morning and head North. We should be on the water by 1 and will paddle and portage into Buzzard Lake for our first night. Day two we will travel through Vixen to Shark Lake, where we will stay for 2 nights. On our day off, we will go for a day trip into Sawmill Lake. On day 4 we will travel back into Vixen Lake where we will spend our last night. On Tuesday morning we will paddle out and head back to Toronto... The lakes are not too big and the portages are fairly flat. The park is lovely! The weather could range from literally cold to hot! There may or may not be any bugs present!!!

The Basics
Event Location: 
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
April 30, 2019
Event Duration: 
4 nights, 5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone, especially beginners, new members
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above

Required Items to Bring: 

PFD, canoe, paddle These may be able to be rented if necessary
Camping Equipment, I have extra so can provide some items if you are new to canoe tripping
We will share the meals, they will be assigned per canoe.
There will be lots of communication to facilitate a fun adventure!

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Warm clothing.
Sunscreen
Bug Repellant
A camera

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You can google map Kawartha Highlands. I would recommend that we meet in Toronto and then regroup in Peterborough, just to stay in touch with one another.

Carpool Info: 

I can take 3 people and gear, but only one canoe.
Arrangements can be made.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Cynthia Sherwood
Phone: 
4162858638 (please use email first)

Nellie Lake Loop, Killarney Provincial Park

This is a 4-day loop to Nellie Lake, Killarney Provincial Park. Nellie Lake is the clearest lake in Killarney that one can see the bottom through approximately 20 meters of water. Instead of traveling from the popular Bell Lake access point which takes 3-4 days one way to get to Nellie Lake, we will start at the northwest entrance of Killarney PP which is more isolated and far less used than the other access points. The mountain range is more rugged but more scenic than the hills to the south. There are four portages, three of them are difficult: 1745m, 2085m and 1470m. The last one is 210m. The route is: Frood Lake - Grace Lake (1st night) - Nellie Lake (2nd & 3rd night) - Murry lake - Charlton Lake. We leave at around 5:00pm on Friday July 19th. It takes about five hour drive from Toronto to Widgawa Lodge where we will launch the next day. We can either camp at the lodge (a fee will apply) or find a crown land nearby for the night. We expect to end the trip by 5:00pm on Tuesday, July 23rd, then head home. Cost: Food, gas, parking, lodge (if occurred) and the standard interior camping fee. I will ask for a $40 deposit to cover the three-night comping fee when time gets closer to confirm your attendance.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Killarney Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 17:00
Registration Cut Off: 
When the group is full
Event Duration: 
Four days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone who can handle the challenge
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See trip description

Required Items to Bring: 

Regular backcountry gears, but please keep them light.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

A light canoe.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

TBA

Carpool Info: 

TBA

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Steven Mou
Phone: 
n/a

Minesing Wetland / Nottawasaga Part 2 of 2

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: 
Saturday, May 25, 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

Minesing Wetland / Nottawasaga Part 1 of 2

Our traditional exploring of the Minesing Wetlands.
As we always get out starting at Willow creek to Edenvale.
The idea came up to see if we could paddle further on the Nottawassaga River.
After doing more research and trying it out.
This year we are paddling the whole way to Wasaga Beach
But because Spring Paddling is busy for everyone.
We have split it up in 2 days, on 2 different weekends.
Plus this way we can move a day in case the weather doesn't cooperate.

For people who never have done or heard from Minesing Wetlands.
The best part is paddling in a wetland that could be a creek, deep enough to paddle zig zag through. Or if flood is high it could be a big lake and a flooded forest to paddle through.
Either way it is always a fun and exciting trip.

Great for beginners to get out and get to know the WCA family and lay contacts for future trips

The Basics
Event Location: 
Willow creek on GeorgeJohnston Road to Edenvale
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
May 1, 2019
Event Duration: 
1 day -
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA members and their friends and /or famly
Maximum Group Size: 
no limit - the more the merrie
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Arrive at Willow Creek
Shuttle cars to the hw 26 Edenvale Conservation Area
Paddle.

Bring lunch - water - rain gear if needed.
It is possible that depending on the water level it could be difficult to find a lunch spot.

we have had lunch on a piece of dry land
but we also had lunch in our canoes and on logs

so be flexible

Required Items to Bring: 

more to follow

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

more to come

Carpool Info: 

more to come - depending on who is all participating

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please let us know in time if you cancel - as it a lot of extra work trying to set it all up and organize this. So please compliance
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
not sharing

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Part 3 NorthWest Wilderness Quest.

June 3 - June 14, 2019 - possible to extend 2 days - depending on inclement weather plus 4-5 days travelling as it is close to 2000 km by car.

If weather works out we're planning to fly in to Artery Lake June 3 from Red Lake
- flight is discussed with airshuttle already
Route is not exactly in detail yet.
But will stick on Flat water and portage white water if there is any.
Goal is to see pictographs, cave, waterfall and wild life. Route will be mainly on Flatwater.
going South in WCPP - would like to visit Mexican Hat Falls and Aegan Lake - caves.
Getting out on Johnson or Leano Lake
More details and adjustments to come as we go and get ready for our trip in 5 months!!!!
Yahoo

The Basics
Event Location: 
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 2, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
March 1, 2019 - but the sooner you sign up, the better the planning
Event Duration: 
12+4-5 days travelling
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members with multiple wilderness experience
Maximum Group Size: 
6 people - 3 canoes
Minimum Group Size: 
1 canoe
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

details to be followed
goal is too start at Artery Lake and then go South bound depending on route.
Smaller Lakes in WCPP and shorter portages.

Required Items to Bring: 

canoe or rental at WCPP
tent - cooking gear - waterproof gear - water filters
InReach - GPS (share in group)

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Smile, Camera, binoculars, fishing gear,

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Will be discussed with participants

Carpool Info: 

Depending on my work schedule - we hope to leave Friday afternoon/ evening.
Travel Saturday and Sunday
Hope to carpool together - share gas expenses etc.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Once signed up and flight and camp is booked you are fully responsible for those cost
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
not sharing
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