Whitewater

Spanish River West Branch

Last minute trip opportunity! I'm doing the West branch of the Spanish River (Bisco to Agnew Lake) Sept 8 -16/17th. I'll be in a solo boat. Looking for another solo paddler(s) or a tandem pair to run with me. Need to be reasonably comfortable in moving water and self sufficient. Costs would be the train ticket, park fees and part of any shuttle costs (TBD). I'll be leaving from the Orangeville area on the afternoon of the 7th and have room in the vehicle for up to two people and one boat if needed.
If you're interested email me.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Spanish River
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
September 1, 2022
Event Duration: 
8-9 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Looking for another boat or two, either solo or tandem
Maximum Group Size: 
6 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Getting on the Budd Car Sept 8th to Bisco, running out to Agnew Lake 8-9 days later.

Required Items to Bring: 

Personal camping gear, boat and paddling gear. Participants should be self sefficient.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

See above

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

We will work out shuttle options when we know how many participants we have.

Carpool Info: 

I'll have room for up to two people and one boat in my vehicle coming from the Orangeville area or up the 400 corridor.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Dave Tyler
Phone: 
Contact me by email

Canoe Tripping on the Humber River - Bolton to the Lake

Since Hurricane Hazel washed away 14 homes in October 1954, the Humber River has been carefully flood controlled by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. There are a number of man-made obstacles which have successfully reduced the river to mainly a fast flowing stream, therefore passage requires the highest water levels. In each April of 2010, 2011, 2017, & 2018 the WCA navigated the 27 kilometre section between Bolton and Kleinburg. In 2015 & 2016 we tackled the 29 kilometre section between Kleinburg and the 401 at Dee Avenue in Weston. Mainly motivated by personal ambition and the frustration of 2020, then 2021, then 2022, for 2023 we are going to make a weekend of it and run the entire length from Bolton to Lake Ontario.

Though I doubt this will be the first time ever tripping down the river, there are no known records of anyone doing this as a trip previously (in modern times). I would like to be explicitly clear that we intend to stealth camp in the vicinity of Islington Avenue and #407. The weirs South of the 401 are seriously dangerous, and therefore this invitation is extended to appropriately motivated and prepared adults.

The upper section to Kleinburg is quite fun. There are often log jams near town, and then several hours of nearly uninterrupted swifts and rock gardens with no actual classified rapids. Immediately before The Country Club there is a weir, and near the end of the golf course, there is a mandatory portage around a dam. This section tends to be slower and less exciting. On the second day there are 8 weirs to deal with between #401 and the Old Mill. Regardless, Whitewater Ontario used to have two named waves listed in the River Wiki that I believe are located near Scarlett Mills Park.

I have arranged to collaborate with the YouTube channel cjhoyle. In 2021 Christopher kayaked the 15 km section from Rexdale to just south of Dundas St. We will be recording the trip on video for YouTube.

The Basics
Event Location: 
The Humber River – from Bolton to Lake Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
When I decide.
Event Duration: 
Friday evening to Sunday evening.
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
3 tandems, maybe 4 tandems
Minimum Group Size: 
2 tandem canoes
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The plan is to effect a shuttle by dropping cars at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park ahead of time on Friday evening, and paying appropriately to park there for the weekend. Then everyone will meet at the parking lot in Dicks Dam Park (146 Sackville Street, Bolton) for 8am on Saturday morning. It should take until early evening to descend to near the 407. On Sunday we will complete the remainder of the river down to Lake Ontario.

There are a number of decisions that can be made once we know who and how many people will be participating.

Otherwise I am trying to put as much useful information in here as possible. For example; this is the gauge: HUMBER RIVER AT ELDER MILLS (02HC025)
We need a minimum of 4 cubic metres per second.

Obstacles can be seen in the satellite photos at the following locations:
43.797423, -79.606239
43.792403, -79.596068
43.702927, -79.528695
43.692776, -79.513062
43.674873, -79.511731
43.672257, -79.512144
43.662240, -79.504306
43.660732, -79.502115
43.658465, -79.499099
43.656467, -79.501515
43.653477, -79.502627
43.652383, -79.495579

Required Items to Bring: 

It is likely that all meals and the preparation of them will be planned independently by each canoe.
A complete outfit for whitewater tripping is suggested including flotation bags for your canoe, helmets, dry suits if you own one, barrels, throw ropes, rain gear, tents, sleeping bags, kitchen, cool heads, and sober thoughts.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

An open mind.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please don't.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Matthew Eberly
Phone: 
4167008815

Petawawa - 4 day whitewater - FULL

The crowds and bugs are gone from Algonquin Park with shorter days and the possibility of frosty nights.

Sara Gartlan and Tom Beakbane will be paddling down the prettiest and most challenging section on the Petawawa River.

This trip is for intermediate + whitewater paddlers. We will paddle the class 1 & 2 rapids, portaging only where necessary.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Petawawa River from Travers Lake to McManus Lake
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 13:30
Registration Cut Off: 
August 30,2022
Event Duration: 
4 days - 3 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
4 paddlers - two boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at McManus Lake take-out near Petawawa, Ontario at 1.30pm on October 14th. Drive to put in at Travers Lake in Algonquin Park. Put in at 3pm and paddle to camp site at Big Thompson Rapid, before sundown which is 6.30pm.

Campsites for the following nights TBD. Note they cost $54 for 3 nights per person.

We'll aim to take out by midday on Monday for those that need to drive to Toronto or similar distances.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater canoe with floatation & knee straps. PFDs, helmets, paddles. Tent, sleeping bag and one meal for the group.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

We'll do an inventory of required items and nice-to-haves (like chairs).

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Put in on Lake Travers - accessible from the south: 45.957707309133006, -78.05606620075513

Carpool Info: 

At least two vehicles will need to meet at McManus Lake. Drive to put in is about 1 hour.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Aug 30 we'll book camp sites - non-refundable.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Tom Beakbane
Phone: 
14168169665
Email: 

Back to the Black

Last Saturday's trip on the Black was fun but we had such cold, wet weather. If anyone wants to try it in warm, sunnny weather-with even higher water levels-here's your chance. I'm going back this Saturday for anyone wanting a fun, relaxed day out in a boat.

 

The Black River empties into Lake Simcoe south of Washago. There is a fun short section from the HWY 169 bridge crossing to the next concession road crossing to the west where the river loops around through many small rapids separated by flat sections. The section ends with an optional more challenging technical chute, followed by a Class 2 rollercoaster ride. This is an ideal spot for budding moving water paddlers to get some experience, and practice ferries and eddy turns. I'm happy do give informal pointers, and we're in no rush. The section of river is short enough that if you get cold or wet, you can quickly paddle out. However, if you want to work the section, you can play all afternoon. As a bonus, we meet at 11:00 so you don't have to haul yourself out of bed early to get there. We'll also finish around 3:00, so plenty of time to get back to the family dinner. Bring a lunch and we'll eat on the river. As the water will still be cold, you will need a dry suit or wet suit. This is a relaxed day of paddling play & practice on a fun, forgiving stretch of river.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River at Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 11:00
Registration Cut Off: 
10:59 on Saturday.
Event Duration: 
1 day.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at the southern bridge crossing of HWY 169 and the Black River. We do a short shuttle and take off down the river. We'll finish around 3:00

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater boat with air bag flotation. Drysuit or wetsuit. Bring a lunch in your boat as we will stop to eat on the river.
Face mask for car shuttle.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Those coming from the eastern GTA will take HWY 48 north to HWY 12. Then north on 12 to just past the village of Brechin, where you exit right onto HWY 169. Follow HWY 169 north for about 10 minutes to where the Black River goes under the highway.
Those coming from the western GTA will go north on HWY 400 to Barrie, and then continue north on HWY 11 to the exit for Washago at the north end of Lake Couchiching. Exit right onto HWY 169 and follow it south to the river.
For a signpost, look for Black River Wilderness Park on the west side of the highway. The park is just north of the river.
We put in on the northwest side of the bridge. Then, we do a quick 5 minute car shuttle to the bridge at the first concession road to the west.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
123-456-7890
Email: 

Upper Salmon River

We will doing the Upper Salmon River water levels permitting.

Starting at Gull Creek and running this spring whitewater river down to Beaver Lake Area.  I last did this river in 2019 and it was a lot of fun.  Ranging from class 1 to 3.   There are a few Class 4/5 water falls we will portage around.  This is a wilderness river and fairly tight.  The takeout is about 10 km paddle.

 Participants should meet in Tamworth on Sunday, at 10:00 am

The Basics
Event Location: 
Tamworth, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
04/28/2022
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Whitewater people
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Contact Organizer

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater boat and relative equipment or team up with someone. I will try to coordinate this if you sign up early.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Dry suit / wetsuit
Lunch

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact Organizer

Carpool Info: 

Contact Organizer

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

Sixteen Mile Creek ON - CANCELLED LOW WATER

Spring Run on the Sixteen Mile Creek located in Oakville Ontario
 
From Side Neyagawa Blvd to Parking lote Cross Ave, depending water levels.
 
Open to river runners and whitewater paddlers with experience in moving water.
 
Paddlers should have experience in spotting sweepers and Strainers and avoid it.
 
All paddlers should follow WCA & Gov. Covid protocols
 
We are waiting for some rain this week to get the right water levels, 
 
Run should be around 20km and will be all day.
 
The Basics
Event Location: 
Oakville ON
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 10, 2022 (All day)
Event Duration: 
Full Day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with white water experience / River tripping
Maximum Group Size: 
8 persons
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet 10 AM at Put In at end Neyageya BLVD:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Oakville/@43.482465,-79.7744262,597m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x882b67e5e16a4359:0x75a1af92526bf606!2sNeyagawa+Blvd,+Oakville,+ON!3b1!8m2!3d43.4854163!4d-79.7681459!3m4!1s0x882b67d9c9d7ad69:0x2cc15caba2685189!8m2!3d43.482465!4d-79.7722375

Take out, Parking lote Cross Ave & Lions Ln, Oakville, Ontario, Oakville

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+Oakville,+ON+L6J+2Y1/@43.4530113,-79.6869623,149m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x882b5ce8a94d0ec7:0x3e4c259419af42a5!2sCross+Ave,+Oakville,+ON!3b1!8m2!3d43.4547013!4d-79.6856751!3m4!1s0x882b5ce5cebcce8b:0xb8dc3afb81e94634!8m2!3d43.452637!4d-79.6865178

Required Items to Bring: 

-Personal clothing/layering
-Rain Gear
-Wetsuit or Drysuit
-Helmet
-Extra paddles
-Painters
-Throw bag
-Rescue Equipment

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Bring Food and water
Neoprene gloves

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Neyagawa Blvd, Oakville

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sandro Weiner
Phone: 
6474073410

Bonaventure River 2022 - FULL

This trip is now full. Thanks everyone for your interest; sorry we couldn't accommodate everybody.

The Bonaventure River is located in the Gaspe region of eastern Quebec. With a length of 125 km, this spectacular crystal clear river is filled with breathtaking views, wildlife and classic class 2 and a few class 3 rapids with NO portages. We will be paddling south from Lac Bonaventure towards the Baie des Chaleurs. The river is relatively narrow with a fast current; the terrain alternates between mountains and valleys; we’ll be camping on beaches alongside the river. I understand the river can be done in 5 days, but I’m inclined take 6, and have the extra day for a day hike at some point of spectacular beauty (or have it available as a weather day if that becomes necessary/appropriate). I don't want to push the pace - focus will be on enjoying the beauty of the environment and enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded friends. I see this as a fun active outdoor vacation rather than a strenuous push to the bottom of the river.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Bonaventure, Quebec
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 11, 2022 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 1, 2022
Event Duration: 
1-2 days driving / 6 days River / 1-2 days driving
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with river tripping experience
Maximum Group Size: 
max 4 boats (8 people)
Minimum Group Size: 
min 3 boats (6 people)
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Exact dates are still tentative, waiting for confirmation of availability of shuttle. However, the tentative plan is as follows.

We will arrange carpooling among the participants and drive to Bonaventure, Quebec on Friday/Saturday, Jun 10/11, arriving at Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon/evening. Note that it’s a 15 hr drive from Toronto to Bonaventure. The next day (e.g. Sunday morning (June 12)), we'd get the shuttle to the put-in (~3.5 hrs) and start paddling. We would then spend 6 days on the river (probably 5 days paddling plus one rest day). That schedule would mean coming off the river around 17 June. At that point, I would propose staying in the area for the evening for a last meal and a drink or two. Then we are all on our own to stay or drive back, starting on Saturday 18 June. Note that there will be lots of festivities in Quebec the following week in the lead up to Quebec's fete nationale (St Jean Baptiste day) on June 24.

Required Items to Bring: 

- Personal clothing/layering
- Rain Gear
- Wetsuit or Drysuit
- Helmet
- Extra paddles
- Painters
- Throw bag
- Rescue Equipment
- Participants should arrange to bring or share a canoe (rentals are available in Bonaventure but they aren't generally considered overly suitable)

Recommended Items to Bring: 

- Good water shoes
- 3 season tent,
- 3 season sleeping bag

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Our meeting point will be at Bonaventure: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Bonaventure,+QC/@46.929646,-72.8151079,7z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4c9900e49b13daf5:0x847c9f950e5f2faf!8m2!3d48.0714344!4d-65.4528954

Carpool Info: 

This will be figured out depending on where participants are coming from

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
No refunds in case of cancellation
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Robert James
Phone: 
819-230-4286

One tandem paddler needed for Spanish River East Branch

July 3rd motel July 4th to 9th on river
Duke Lake to Agnew Lake
6 Days

Shuttle is $196.00 each

The Basics
Event Location: 
Spanish River East Branch
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 17:00
Event Duration: 
6 Days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet July 3rd at Alta Vista motel
Shuttle July 4th to Duke Lake.
Arrive Agnew Lake on the 9th. Drive home.

Required Items to Bring: 

Royalex or T-Formex boats

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Brendan Elliott
Phone: 
7057680335

Canada Day Weekend at Palmer Rapids

Please join us for our traditional WCA Canada Day summer weekend at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River. We stay at Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is an enjoyable weekend for novice or better moving water paddlers. Probably more people have had their first taste of moving water here than in any other spot in Ontario. There are a couple of sets of Class 1-2 rapids almost outside your tent door. I'm happy to give some informal paddling pointers to new river runners. If the water levels are good, more adventurous types might want to get together to take a run down the Lower Madawaska on Sunday.
This is a great family getaway for the whole family. There's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. Plus the fishing here is pretty good. For those who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and interesting shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay. 
We're going to be there from Friday afternoon to Monday, but you can come & camp or go at any time.
You will need a whitewater canoe with flotation, and a helmet, along with the usual PFD and paddle. Canoes can be rented nearby at Paddler Co-op (see their website www.paddlerco-op.com), or from Madawaska River Rentals (see their website www.MadRiverRentals.ca ), or from Don Adams in Griffith, who will even deliver to Jessup's for a fee (613-333-2240). If renting, tell them you want thigh straps in the canoe. It will make a huge amount of difference to your control.
For those looking to escape camp cookery, try the famous Wilno Tavern: http://www.wilnotavern.com/index.php
The Wilno has a Polish buffet Saturday nights that will fill any hungry paddler. There are also some other good restaurants in Barry's Bay.
 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 1, 2022 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
30 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Please see above.

Required Items to Bring: 

You need a whitewater canoe with flotation bags, etc.-as described above.
The campsite provides basic facilities of some picnic tables, outhouses, and water pump. It's car camping. We prefer to bring our Toronto water, but many prefer the well water. There is a general store and a small restaurant nearby in Palmer Rapids. Camp fees are in the range of $20-$25/tent/night.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Direction to Palmers Rapids& Jessup’s Camp Ground:
 From Peterborough - go north up Hwy 28 to Bancroft.
 In Bancroft, turn left on Hwy 62 thought Maynooth and Combermere.
 In Combermere, just over the bridge turn right on Hwy 515.
 Just after you cross over the river again on your right you will see a local road (River Bend Road) turn right here --the river is on your immediate right.
 The road goes more or less straight.
 When it makes a sharp turn to the left, there should be a one lane dirt driveway straight in front of you. You will see a wooden sign with a teepee and canoe in orange paint.
 Go up the low hill and drive along until you come to the campground.
 Look for my red Mazda CX-5 with double roof racks.
 If you actually get into the village of Palmer Rapids, you've gone too far along 515, so just turn around, go back..
 The address of the campground is 266 River Bend Road.
 I believe the fee is $20-$25 / tent / night.
Google maps Palmer Rapids
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=266+River+Bend+Drive,+P...
Palmer Rapids Village is just to the right, off the map.
The road showing in the upper right is Jewellville Road.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
1234567
Email: 

Black River at Washago

The Black River empties into Lake Simcoe south of Washago. There is a fun short section from the HWY 169 bridge crossing to the next concession road crossing to the west where the river loops around through many small rapids separated by flat sections. The section ends with an optional more challenging technical chute, followed by a Class 2 rollercoaster ride. This is an ideal spot for budding moving water paddlers to get some experience, and practice ferries and eddy turns. I'm happy do give informal pointers, and we're in no rush. The section of river is short enough that if you get cold or wet, you can quickly paddle out. However, if you want to work the section, you can play all afternoon. As a bonus, we meet at 11:00 so you don't have to haul yourself out of bed early to get there. We'll also finish around 3:00, so plenty of time to get back to the family dinner. Bring a lunch and we'll eat on the river. As the water will still be cold, you will need a dry suit or wet suit. This is a relaxed day of paddling play & practice on a fun, forgiving stretch of river.
 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River south of Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
10 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Please see above.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater boat with air bag flotation. Drysuit or wetsuit. Bring a lunch in your boat as we will stop to eat on the river.

You will also need a face mask for the car shuttles. These days best practice for group paddlers would be to keep a mask in a baggie in the pocket of your PFD so it's always on hand. There will be a limit of 4 occupants to a vehicle on shuttles.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Those coming from the eastern GTA will take HWY 48 north to HWY 12. Then north on 12 to just past the village of Brechin, where you exit right onto HWY 169. Follow HWY 169 north for about 10 minutes to where the Black River goes under the highway.
Those coming from the western GTA will go north on HWY 400 to Barrie, and then continue north on HWY 11 to the exit for Washago at the north end of Lake Couchiching. Exit right onto HWY 169 and follow it south to the river.
For a signpost, look for Black River Wilderness Park on the west side of the highway. The park is just north of the river.
We put in on the northwest side of the bridge. Then, we do a quick 5 minute car shuttle to the bridge at the first concession road to the west.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
1234567
Email: 
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