Flatwater

Hambone Lake, Algonquin Park (access point #3)

Im thinking of a loop, starting at Hambone Lake, through Misty Lake, Ralph Bice Lake, and out at Hambone Lake again.
Three nights should be reasonable.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
July 18th
Event Duration: 
3 nights, 4 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anybody who has some experience in a canoe and backcountry camping
Maximum Group Size: 
6 people, 3 canoes
Minimum Group Size: 
2 people, 1 canoe
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Arrive at put in, access point # 3, at 9am July 30th.
First night on Little Misty lake. Then paddle through Misty L, to Shah L, into the Tim River. Second night on the site at Little Trout Creek. Third night on Ralph Bice.
Take out on Aug 2nd at access point # 3.

Required Items to Bring: 

Your regular backcountry gear and your canoe.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

TBD

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Google maps - Algonquin Park access point # 3

Carpool Info: 

TBD

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Amanda Scholtz
Phone: 
705 229 2769

Minesing Wetlands GeoPaddle IS FULL

Geo Paddling the Minesing Wetlands from Willow Creek Canoe Launch to Edenvale Conservation Area

Canoeing/ kayaking combined with geocaching during the trip.
I love paddling this area in the Spring time especially with the flooded forest portion.

Geocaching is/was my lifesaver throughout this Covid season and it give me positive feedback and mental satisfaction. I have explored up to 40 new rivers/ and lakes with geocaching and mostly solo paddling

Geocaching is game like treasure hunting, finding tupperware in the wilderness using satelittes.

it can be downloaded on your phone as an app, you can also check the https://geocaching.com website. It is for free, but for $35 a year you have more access to more options.

Water levels and scenery varies a lot from year to year. Having a GPS helps a lot. Plus now combining this with geocaching it will be way more interesting

The Basics
Event Location: 
George Johnston Rd, Minesing, ON L9X, Canada 44.422132, -79.823497
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
Friday 13 May 2022
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
10 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

gather at Willow Creek Boat launch, unload gear, Shuttle carsto Edenvale Conservation area
Parking fees are there now, which can be paid with a parking app on your phone.
This is how we did it last year.
But things could change from year to year.

Required Items to Bring: 

canoe/kayak - there is space for one other person in my canoe.
safety gear for your canoe.
Sturdy shoes or boots for when you have to get out of the canoe/ kayak when it is shallow or wihen there are beaver dams/ logs
Lunch/ drinks / snacks for trip
sunscreen / bug spray
being prepared that there will be no option to go to a bathroom - i have stood on a log to urinate in the middle of the swamp
masks for car shuttle

Recommended Items to Bring: 

GPS
pen

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

George Johnston Rd, Minesing, ON L9X, Canada
44.422132, -79.823497

Carpool Info: 

from Willow creek Canoe Launch on George Johnston Road to Edenvale Conservation area on Hw 26

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
0000

GeoPaddling the Mississppi River, Pakenham, ON - postponed

This is a GeoPaddle event. Paddling for 1-3 days on different parts of the Mississippi River in Ontario.
SW of Ottawa, N of Perth

The focus of this GeoPaddle is geocaching. If that is not your thing to try, then please DON'T sign up. 
this means we get stop every 200-300m  to look for a geocache, depending on description, and / or hint. It could be easily reachable from the kayak or canoe, and sometimes we have to get out and get it from shore. 

The geocache is either higher in a tree, or further in land. Mostly because the water level's vary from time to time. 

The Mississippi river consist of different areas  that I want to explore paddle. combining it with finding geocaching.

It is a river, mostly flatwater with some current., depending on flow,wind. But we will be paddling close to the shore as we will be looking for geocaches close to shore or on shore.

Geocaching is a game I play, that helped me through this whole Covid Isolation time. I have explored and paddled 40 new rivers/ lakes combined with geocaching in the last 2 years.
Geocaching is a game where we find tupperware in the wilderness while using satelittes. 

The Mississippi river, has about 80 caches on it on different parts of the river.

I can pass the list of the geocaches to  you when you committed, to join me on this trip.

You can find the Geocaching App on your phone, and/or also can check Geocaching out on the website

https://www.geocaching.com. The game is for free and you have the option to check out more possiblities for $35  a year.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Pakenham, Blakeney area
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 8, 2022 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Friday July 1st, 2022
Event Duration: 
1-3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
members
Maximum Group Size: 
10
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

3 individual days paddling parts of the Mississippi River combining it with geocaching
Day 1 - from Hw 17 NOrth, on Missisppi river unless i can confirm an other boat launch South of Galetta Paddling to Pakenham
Day 2 Leftovers from Day 1 and South end of Pakenham - different shuttle and boat launch
Day 3 Blakeney to Almonte

Required Items to Bring: 

canoe/kayak - canoe safety gear, rope,
extra dry clothes
Lunch/ snacks/ drinks
Fully vaccinated and masks, hand sanitizer

Recommended Items to Bring: 

GPS
camera
Smiles
rope to tie your canoe if needed
reaching pole if needed

How to Get There
Carpool Info: 

organized on daily basis depending on group size and where we are paddling

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy Hendrickx
Phone: 
0000

York River - Hwy 28 to Paddler's Coop

A few of us have decided to paddle the York River from Egan Chutes (HWY 28) to Paddlers Coop on the Madawaska River. This is a two day trip which is mostly flatwater. But there are a few rapids ... all of which can be portaged, and the leaders are not pushing the idea of whitewater. So ... we will call this a novice/intermediate trip.
Plans at present are to paddle the 27 km from Egan Chutes to my cottage at the big bend on the river. We will camp on the lawn, or retreat into the cottage if the weather is terrible. I should have it 'opened' up by then. The next day we will carry on past the Boulter Road bridge, through Conroy Marsh, on to the Madawaska River. At this point we will swing east down the river to Paddlers Co-op. The trip begins with 3 portages through the 'chutes' near the put-in (one hour to pass these - none are more than 30m?).

You should bring a tent(s) and a sleeping pad, bug dope (early May ... could have a few black flies, and your own canoe, paddles and PFD's.
Right now we are one tandem and solo canoe. We could accept 2 or 3 more tandems.
Details such as shuttle, food, etc. will be worked out once we know our participants. I will keep anyone interested apprised of the details as they flesh out.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Egan Chutes Provincial Park, York River
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 09:55
Registration Cut Off: 
MAY 3RD
Event Duration: 
May 5 & 6th
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
9 people - 4 tandem, one solo
Minimum Group Size: 
3 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

TBD

Required Items to Bring: 

Your own canoe, paddles, PFD's, Lunches, Sleeping Bags, Tents, air mattresses, Raingear and Waterproof bags.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Sunblock, Bug Jackets?

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

TBD

Carpool Info: 

TBD

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Iori Miller
Phone: 
Please use email

Rouge River / Lake Ontario Paddle - CANCELLED Due to Covid-19

This event has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19  Ontario government guidelines of 5 or less people gatherings at the current time.   We will re-schedule it for later on in the summer if government guidelines are relaxed.

 

Rouge National Urban Park and Lake Ontario shoreline explored by canoe.  It always surprises people what a beautiful little river we have so close to Toronto.

If the winds/waves are favourable we will explore some of the Lake Ontario shoreline.    If not we will travel up the Rouge River for about an hour and then return.

This event has been changed from a down river event  with car shuttle to a flatwater event to address the COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

We will practice social distance per canoe.  The parking lot,  put in / take out and lunch spot can accomidate social distancing.

We can not team people up for this event per government guidelines.   So you either previously agree amounst yourselves to paddle together as a tandem canoe team or you are paddling solo. 

Only sign up  for this event if you feel the benefits of getting out canoeing and getting some fresh air far out way the risk.    At the end of the day it is your decision.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Rouge River/Lake Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
06/03/2020
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members, families and guest
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the parking lot at 9:30 am. Email organizer for directions.
Ready to start paddling at 10 am.
Unload canoes and gear and launch using social distance government guidelines. (mask as required if less than 2 meters, spacing, etc.)
Lunch will be down the shore of Lake Ontario (if the lake is not rough) or on the river bank spread out.
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, hat, camera, etc.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See organizer for details

Carpool Info: 

See organizer for details

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

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
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