Social Events

Slide show - Twice down the Thelon - part 2

I paddled down the Thelon twice, 2002 and 2019. This slide show will show impressions from the 2019 trip, paddling the Clarke/Thelon as part of an organized group trip organized by a commercial outfitter Jackpine Paddle.

Topic: Twice down the Thelon by Kurt Zimmermann Part 2
Time: Jan 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81171308243

Meeting ID: 811 7130 8243

The Basics
Event Location: 
Zoom meeting
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Kurt Zimmermann
Phone: 
8608741916

Slide show - Twice down the Thelon - part 1

I paddled down the Thelon twice, in 2002 with one friend, and in 2019 with my wife and daughter as part of a guided tour. I have some funny wildlife stories to tell, but also want to compare canoe versus kayak on wilderness trips, and joining a guided tour versus going without.

This first part will cover the 2002 trip that I took my friend Will.
Part 2, a week later, (Jan 26) I will talk about the 2019 trip that was organized and led by Jackpine Paddle.

Topic: Twice down the Thelon by Kurt Zimmermann Part 1
Time: Jan 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86937584457

Meeting ID: 869 3758 4457

The Basics
Event Location: 
Zoom meeting
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Kurt Zimmermann
Phone: 
8608741916

The 2020 Mike Wevrick Lecture and Wine & Cheese Social

Please join us at the 2020 Mike Wevrick Lecture and Wine & Cheese Social, which we will be hosting as an online presentation Saturday the 21st of November at 7 to 9:30pm.

So; your place, your wine, your cheese, and get comfortable.

Members Doug and Lisa Ashton will give a presentation titled “Quarantine Quetico” about their fly-in trip to Quetico Provincial Park.

The Zoom meeting will open around 7 pm, when you can sign in.

From 7 to 8 pm, we plan to set up small virtual rooms so you can chat with others.  This will be like the small groups that formed when we were at our traditional get togethers. You will be able to jump in and out of these chat groups as you see fit.

Doug and Lisa's presentation will start at 8 pm. The presentation is intended to be interactive and if you have a question just use the chat or raise your virtual hand. The moderator will coordinate the questions. In general, the presentation will be 45 minutes long followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

From 9 to 9:30 PM we will allow for more Q&A or more small virtual chat rooms.

At 9:30 PM the Zoom call will end.

 

We plan to have a Zoom login practice session at 4 pm for folks that want to test their set-up and ask questions.  This is the practice session link.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84303956802

 

Topic: WCA 2020 Mike Wevrick Lecture and Wine & Cheese Social
Time: Nov 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time 
 
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The Basics
Event Location: 
A virtual online space will be provided via a Zoom meeting.
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
20 November 2020
Event Duration: 
2.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members only please.
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Please feel free to provide your own preferred selection of wine and cheese, but no sharing!

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Enthusiasm and tough questions.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

The technical details of a Zoom meeting will be provided as it is arranged.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Sorry to miss you.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

2020 Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the Wilderness Canoe Association’s 2020 Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 7th, 2020. We will be meeting in the Community room of the North York MEC store in north Toronto.

Activities include:
· Hike the East Don Trail (8:30 am)
· Annual General Meeting (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
· Lunch at Windfields Restaurant (12:15 pm)

Pre-Registration is required: Please register online through the WCA website before February 28.

Cost: there is no cost for the AGM and hike; lunch is at your own cost.

Who can attend: All WCA members and their guests as well as new members are welcome to attend the AGM to review 2019 and provide input on the WCA's future direction. All AGM attendees are welcome to join us for the hike and to socialize over lunch.

Dress: Please dress appropriately for the weather if you are hiking or walking.

Questions: Please email Pete Norton at pt.nrtn@gmail.com with any questions.

Minutes from each of the last two years' AGMs have been placed in this forum for your review:

https://www.wildernesscanoe.ca/forum/183

MEC will distribute 10% discount coupons (valid March 7 only) to our AGM attendees.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC (North York); 784 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2K 1C3
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
February 28
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
None
Minimum Group Size: 
None
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots recommended for dirt paths and hiking trails.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

784 Sheppard Avenue East between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue. MEC underground parking. Nearest TTC stop is Bessarion.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Pete Norton
Phone: 
Email

2019 Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the Wilderness Canoe Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 2nd, 2019. We will be meeting in the Community room of the North York MEC store in north Toronto.

Activities include:
· Hike the East Don Trail (8:30 am)
· Annual General Meeting (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
· Lunch at a local restaurant (12:15 pm)

Pre-Registration is required: Please register online through the WCA website before February 27.

Cost: there is no cost for the AGM and hike; lunch is at your own cost.

Who can attend: All WCA members and their guests as well as new members are welcome to attend the AGM to review 2018 and provide input on the WCA's future direction. All AGM attendees are welcome to join us for the hike and to socialize over lunch.

Dress: Please dress appropriately for the weather if you are hiking or walking.

Questions: Please email Pete Norton at pt.nrtn@gmail.com with any questions.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC (North York); 784 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2K 1C3
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
February 27
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
None
Minimum Group Size: 
None
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots recommended for dirt paths and hiking trails.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

784 Sheppard Avenue East between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue. MEC underground parking. Nearest TTC stop is Bessarion.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Pete Norton
Phone: 
Email

2018 - turkey trip, an elegant dinner party in the wilderness - Full

2018.06.22 & 08.30 - no updates, other than I now have control of my posting again.  Thank you Matthew.

2018.04.12 - Update - Trip closed and full - PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER OR SEND MONEY. Hello, since yesterdays update, I went from 28 to 45 interested members and non-members signing up. Regretfully this is just to many and I will have to decline some of you. Thank you very much for your interest and support. If anyone knows a site that would hold 50 let me know for next year. 2018.04.11 - Update The main site is full, but not everyone has signed-up and paid yet? A second site has opened and is now full. I have 28 interested members to date. I am looking for someone to open a third site, please and thank you. This year, we have a two piece band to entertain us. If anyone want to add to the ambiance, let me know? Original posting: Hello my fine feathered friends. It is time once again to enjoy the fall colours and have an elegant dinner in the wilderness. This is a social event with gourmet food and a little canoeing thrown in. We had an excellent time last year and several people requested we return to Sherborne Lake in the Leslie Frost Centre area. We have the group campsite #18 booked. The permit allows for 16 people and many tents. For several year we have had overflow sites too. So all are welcome to the canoe tables. The permit cost me $282.50/16=17.66 each. E-transfers, cheques, cash accepted. Paying in advance will confirm your reservation. Please sign-up on the website to prove you are a WCA member. Please email me too and let me know the number in your group or with questions. More details to follow to those who sign-up and pay.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Sherborne Lake in the Leslie Frost Centre area
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
first 16 people on the main site.
Event Duration: 
3 days - Friday to Sunday
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
16 WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
16 WCA members on the main sit
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The same as previous years. A trash can turkey group dinner on Saturday. Please bring a gourmet appetizer, side dish and or desert. The rest of the meals and drinks you provide.

Required Items to Bring: 

This year if you would like to join in the early morning group morning coffee, please add some $ for the coffee and gas, thank you.

Regular canoe camping gear for a standing luxury camp site weekend.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

see above.

Coolers, ice and Tupperware to safely secure your food. Hand Sanitizer for the groups health.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Driving Directions to the Sherborne Lake Access Point - #3508 Sherborne Lake Access Road
Please be advised that this is an unmaintained forest access road that is to be used at your own discretion. We recommend that only vehicles with four wheel drive and higher clearance use this road. Call the Trails Office in advance for conditions of the road.
From Toronto
• Take Hwy 400/11 north to Hwy 118, exit onto Hwy 118 east. Take Hwy 118 east to Hwy 35. Follow Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
• Alternatively take Hwy 401 east to Hwy 115/35 north, exit and proceed north on Hwy 35 through Lindsay. Follow Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
From Barrie
• Take Hwy 400/11 north to Hwy 118. Take Hwy 118 east until Hwy 35. Follow Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
From Peterborough
• Take Hwy 7 West to Pigeon Lake Road County Road 10 north. Take Peace Road/ County Road 14 to Centreline Road/ County Road 10. Merge onto Pigeon Lake Road/ County Road 17 toward Bobcaygeon follow until the end. At the stop sign, turn right onto Hwy 36. Follow Hwy 36 and merge onto Hwy 121 north to Minden. Take Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
From Huntsville
• Take Hwy 60 east to Dwight then take Hwy 35 south to the Sherborne Lake Road and follow it until the end #3508.
From Ottawa
• Take Hwy 417/17 west to Renfrew. Follow Hwy 132 west thru Renfrew to Hwy 41 (signs for Napanee). Continue on Hwy 41 to Hwy 28 (signs for Denbigh/ Bancroft). Continue on Hwy 28 to Bancroft. Follow Hwy 28 thru Bancroft to Hwy 118. Follow Hwy 118 west (signs for Haliburton).Continue on Hwy 118 west thru Haliburton to Hwy 35/ Hwy 118 intersection. Turn onto Highway 35 north, and follow to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.

Carpool Info: 

I will send out group emails and if you would like to carpool it is up to you to arrange.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
If you book you pay unless replaced.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
gary james
Phone: 
416-512-6690

2017 Turkey trip - Sherborne Lake - STUFFED FULL LIKE A TURKEY

2017.08.18 - the 3rd site is now booked and full. We now have 26 people attending. Thank you everyone.

2017.08.16 - 3rd site might be opening. This would make 26 people to date.

2017.06.27 - 2nd Site # 19 has now been booked by Doug and Daniela and NOW FULL.

2017.06.26 - Hi, the main site is now full. You are still welcome if you are interested in opening a second site. You just need to make the reservation and sleep on the site. The rest of the time you can spend with us on the main site and enjoy the company and food. I can help you fill the remaining spots on the site if you wish.

I have mention - NO dogs are allow at this food event. We have tried in the past and it did not work out.

Once again, we will return to the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, Sherborne Lake group campsite # 18. We had a great time last year, if you missed it, read about it in the Nastawgan Winter 2016 issue. Cindy Atsma-Powell wrote a great article about the weekend social event.

This is a SOCIAL - FOODIE event with a little canoeing on the side.

There is a long winding rough logging road to get there. Lots of parking and a sandy beach to unload and launch. A very short paddle to the site. More details to follow as the plan comes together.

I have purchased the permit for the site. It can only hold 16 people in "many tents". This has been a very popular event and fills up fast. To confirm your spot(s) 1) sign-up on the WCA website to prove you are a WCA member. 2) email me to confirm your interest. 3) forward your share of the permit fee to me to confirm your spot(s). 14 spots are now available.

We have had overflow sites the last few years. You will have to book and manage that site.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, Frost Centre Area - Sherborne Lake group campsite # 18.
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:00
Registration Cut Off: 
the first 14 to pay
Event Duration: 
weekend to Sunday September 10, 2017
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
14 more then overflow sites
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

SOCIAL - FOODIE EVENT - request to bring some gorment food for the Saturday group meal. I will cook the Trash Can Turkey, unless you want to try it this year.

Required Items to Bring: 

The usual standing luxury camp items. Gorment food to share. Saturday is the only group meal, the rest is up to you to bring.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

standing luxury camp items and gorment food. More to follow when the trip fills

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://secure.camis.com/HHWT/FrostCentreArea
Sherborne Lake Access Road.
https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/visitors/fees-reservations-online-maps...
NOTICE - Be advised, crown land logging operations are planned in various areas around the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails for the 2017 season. Operations are expected to occur in the vicinity of Cinder, Poker, Orley, Raven, Little Margaret, South Jean and Margaret Lakes. Forest Access Roads including the Cinder Lake Access Road, Margaret Lake Access Road and Sherborne Lake Access Road will be utilized as haul routes for these operations. Use caution while travelling these roads and pay attention to posted signage. Call the Trails Office for more information at 705-766-9033..

Carpool Info: 

Please feel free to arrange yourself.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
If I can replace you, you will get a refund.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
gary james
Phone: 
decline

2017 Annual General Meeting

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS EVENT (need to be logged in)

Please join us for the Wilderness Canoe Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 4th, 2017. We will be meeting in the Community room of the new MEC store in north Toronto.

Activities include:
·        Hike the East Don Trail (8:30 am)
·        Annual General Meeting (10:00 am)
·        Paddling Gear presentation
-        Lunch at local restaurant (12:15 pm) 

 

 Pre-Registration is required: Please register online through the WCA website before March 2.  
 
Cost: there is no cost for the AGM and hike; lunch is at your own cost
 
Who can attend: All WCA members and their guests as well as new members are welcome to attend the AGM to review 2016 and provide input on the WCA's future direction. All AGM attendees are welcome to join us for the hike and to socialize over lunch. 

Dress: Please dress appropriately for the weather if you are hiking or walking.  
 
Questions: Please email Geri James at geri.james@bell.net with any questions. 

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC (North York); 784 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2K 1C3
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
March 2, 2017
Event Duration: 
3 - 4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
None
Minimum Group Size: 
None
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots recommended for Village dirt paths and hiking trails.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Sheppard Avenue East between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue. Free underground parking. Nearest TTC stop is Bessarion.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Geri James
Phone: 
please contact Geri by email

Luste Lecture 30 Oct

 Hold the date ( Sunday, 30th October) for the 4th annual Luste Lecture at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. Speaker Gwyneth Hoyle. 

Two significant bookish events that occurred this past summer are cascading together in this year’s George Luste Lecture at the Canadian Canoe Museum.  As George Luste’s incredible donation of rare and historic books about canoes, north and adventure was being boxed up for shipment to the Museum, the CCM’s own Gwyneth Hoyle—author, librarian, adventurer—was in Uummannaq, Greenland chasing yet another touchstone place for Isobel Wylie Hutchison, subject of her critically acclaimed biography of the 19th Century explorer maven, called Flowers in the Snow
 
In the 2016 George Luste Lecture, produced by the Museum in partnership with the Wilderness Canoe Symposium and the Wilderness Canoeing Association, Gwyneth will talk about her own travails in search of historic heroines, framing these in the context of the Luste Rare Book Donation and why this is a significant milestone for the Canadian Canoe Museum’s library and archival collection.  The lecture is set for 2 pm on Sunday, October 30th, with a behind-the-scenes Museum tour at 1 with refreshments and book-signing to follow.  Free for members.  Please join us for a stimulating afternoon of adventure and fellowship.
 
As librarian at Peter Robinson College Gwyneth Hoyle was among the early Trent University supporters of the establishment of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.  Over the years, has written and edited a number of significant books and contributions to the canoeing and adventure literature including Canoeing North into the Unknown: A record of river travel 1874-1974, Flowers in the Snow: The life of Isobel Wylie Hutchison and The Northern Horizons of Guy Blanchet: Intrepid Surveyor, 1884 – 1966.  The Pacific Northwest Quarterly called Flowers in the Snow,  “meticulously researched and highly readable.”  A long time friend of both the Museum and the WCA, Gwyneth is the perfect voice to celebrate George Luste’s passions as an adventurer and bibliophile.
The Basics
Event Location: 
Canadian Canoe Museum
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 14:00
Event Duration: 
4-5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Aleks Gusev
Phone: 
416-433-8413

2016 Wine & Cheese

2016 Wine & Cheese & Mike Wevrick Lecture
Featuring: Janet Sumner on Paddling with VIPs: Tales from paddling northern rivers with movers and shapers

Janet brings to life the environmental challenges facing our planet with examples and experiences from her travels across Canada. Whether it is facing down a polar bear or being shot at in a herd of caribou, Janet has tales to tell.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club: 1391 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
11/17/2016
Event Duration: 
3 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA members and guests
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Geri James
Phone: 
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