Whitewater

The Upper Credit River - Inglewood to Glen Williams

We will be running the Credit River from Inglewood to Glen Williams, water levels permitting. This run is suitable for novices but some competence in moving water is helpful. There are two weirs we must pull over and two other obstacles which generally can be run. Some years, navigating around sweepers has caused problems for novices. A potluck dinner will follow....details will be provided later.

The Basics
Event Location: 
The Upper Credit River - Inglewood to Glen Williams
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
6 April 2021
Event Duration: 
All day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA Members and Guests
Maximum Group Size: 
None
Minimum Group Size: 
None
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Please have all your boats unloaded and cars ready to shuttle by 9:30 a.m. We start paddling by 11 a.m. There will be a lunch stop on the river, so bring your lunch with you. We should be finished between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then we will head to a home in the area for a post paddle potluck. Further info will be emailed to all participants.

Required Items to Bring: 

A boat style of your choice, paddles, PFD, lunch, and change of clothes in a waterproof bag. Wet and cold weather outerwear is strongly suggested.
If you don't have a partner or a boat we may be able to help find one for you.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Inglewood is close to Hwy 10 and Olde Baseline Road north of Brampton. We will provide more detail by email.

Get Directions Here.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Barb & Dave Young
Phone: 
905-457-7937

Magnetawan River (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

The Magnetawan River is a river in Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. The river flows 175 km from its source of Magnetawan Lake inside Algonquin Provincial Park to empty into Georgian Bay at the community of Britt on Byng Inlet. At the end of the 19th century, the river was used to float white pine logs to sawmills downstream. The river gained recent renown when it was featured in Bill Mason's film Waterwalker. The River has numerous rapids, such as, "The Thirty Dollar Rapids", "The Fourteen", "The Ten", the "Potato Rapids", "Lovesick Rapids", . We plan to start some where upstream around Maple Island area and end 4 days later in Bing Inlet on Georgian Bay. This works out to be ~55 Km. Thursday=13km, Friday~15km, Saturday~15km, Sunday~12km.   I did this trip back in May 18-21, 2013, so will be more or less following the same plan.

 

THE TRIP WILL BE MOVED TO 2021

The Basics
Event Location: 
Magnetawan River
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 08:00
Event Duration: 
4 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Experienced whitewater canoeist / campers
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Contact me for details.

Required Items to Bring: 

Contact me for details.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Contact me for details.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact me for details.

Carpool Info: 

Contact me for details.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you are committed to go on the event.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Creeking 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, for 2021 we are going to make a weekend of it and run the entire length from Bolton to Lake Ontario.

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 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 Basics
Event Location: 
The Humber River – from Bolton to Lake Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 19:00
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: 
416-700-8815

Cancelled :( Creeking on the Humber River - Bolton to Kleinburg

Between Bolton and Weston, where rains brought by Hurricane Hazel washed away 14 homes in October 1954, the Humber River is now carefully flood controlled by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Though this stretch is completely open and accessible, the two dam projects along its length have successfully reduced the river to mainly a fast flowing stream. Passage requires the highest water levels, but this means several hours of nearly uninterrupted swifts and rock gardens with no actual classified rapids.

In each April of 2010, 2011, 2017, & 2018 the WCA navigated the 27 kilometre section between Bolton and Kleinburg. An experience we had in 2017 was blamed on the ice storm at Christmas of 2013. That occasion required an additional 2 hours over the planned 6, to deal with an accumulation of log jams and sweepers. We called it the canoe obstacle course. However, there was a severe flooding event in February of 2018 which resulted in the death of a toddler on the Grand River, and subsequent to this, the count was only 3 liftovers and 3 canoe limbos.

Again in March of 2019 an ice jam shortly downstream of the diversion project caused minor flooding in Bolton, such that the heavy machinery and dynamite was brought in to break it up. The expectation is that after several large flows like these, most of the tree litter has been washed away. Shortly downstream of the Bolton proper the river is open and unobstructed with nearly continuous, shallow, fast flowing swifts and rock gardens, and no actual classified rapids.

This outing is suitable for anyone interested in introductory level moving water experience in a relatively safe environment, where the only response needed in the case of a capsize, is to stand up and walk to shore.

Beginners and guests are welcome, however, small children are not recommended due to the length of the outing and the lack of any escape routes.

Get Directions here.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Bolton to Kleinburg, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Saturday 4 April 2020.
Event Duration: 
Approximately 6 hours on the river.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone. Guests are welcome.
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats.
Minimum Group Size: 
Myself and a volunteer.
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the parking lot in Dicks Dam Park (146 Sackville Street, Bolton) for 9am and shuttle to the take-out which is nearby. Starting from this location involves a mandatory portage around the McFall dam, cataract, and diversion project in the original Bolton village. Therefore we can avoid this by dropping our boats and equipment one at a time near the intersection of Humber Lea Road with King Road and then returning to Dicks Dam Park for the shuttle to Humber Bridge Trail. There is no parking at Humber Lea Road and limited parking at Humber Bridge Trail. The boats should be back on the cars and headed home for dinner by 4:30pm.

Required Items to Bring: 

Bag lunch. Dry change of clothes. Water shoes or tall rubber boots, as there may be some wading.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear just in case. It's April, it could be warm and sunny, it could be cold and raining. If you own one a dry suit will work great. Wet suits are not necessary as the probability of capsizing is quite low. Please bring a hand saw if you have one; it is in everyone's best interest if we expect to do this route again.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Directions Here.

There is a parking lot at the intersection of Sackville St. with Hickman St. near Dick's Dam Park in Bolton. The takeout is at Humber Bridge Trail (road) off of Highway 27, just north of Major Mackenzie Drive.

Cross between Highways #50 and #27 using Nashville Road.

Carpool Info: 

None provided.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please don't.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Matthew Eberly
Phone: 
416-700-8815

Upper Credit River - CANCELLED

We will be running the Credit River from Inglewood to Glen Williams, water levels permitting. This run is suitable for novices but some competence in moving water is helpful. There are two weirs we must pull over and two other obstacles which generally can be run. Some years, navigating around sweepers has caused problems for novices. A potluck dinner will follow....details to follow.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River...bridge at Inglewood...details will be emailed
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 14
Event Duration: 
full day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
all WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
none
Minimum Group Size: 
none
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

all boats unloaded and cars ready to shuttle by 9:30 a.m. Begin paddle by 11 a.m. There will be a lunch stop on the river, so bring your lunch with you. We should be finished between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then we will head to a home in the area for a post paddle potluck. Further info will be emailed to all participants.

Required Items to Bring: 

boat, paddles, PFD, lunch, change of clothes in waterproof bag. If you don't have a partner or a boat we may be able to find one for you.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Inglewood is close to Hwy 10 and Olde Baseline Road north of Brampton. We will provide more detail by email

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Barb & Dave Young
Phone: 
905-457-7937

May 24 Wine & Cheese Float..."Cancelled"

Join us for a run down the Lower Madawaska on the May long weekend
Intermediate skills required and preparation for fast cold water and big rapids and variable weather
If it is warm there will be black flies.

The Basics
Event Location: 
NE of Bancroft..Lower Madawaska
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
May1
Event Duration: 
2.5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
friendly people with moving water canoe skills
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

From Aumonds Bay to Griffith...lunch time to lunch time

Required Items to Bring: 

snacks and deserts for the group meals and personal lunches

I will provide the dinners and breakfast...we all share in costs and prep

Recommended Items to Bring: 

if you have to ask...please contact me

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

directions will be sent out to participants

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Larry Durst
Phone: 
647 502 1152

Mistassibi River, Quebec

The Mistassibi is a relatively remote northern Quebec The river offers great northern Canadian Shield and boreal forest landscapes with paddling that ranges from swifts to class 3's. Along this 120km route there are almost 80 rapids, with most rapids being runnable and there are only two short portages. It is said that almost 1/2 the river is rapids. We'll see. If you are interested there are maps available online at:
http://www.cartespleinair.org/Canot/06/MistassibiNordEstLeduc2017.pdf

The Basics
Event Location: 
Mistassibi River, Quebec
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, July 6, 2020 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
End of April
Event Duration: 
5 Days on the river
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Intermediate Paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats, 10 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats, 4 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We meet up Saturday night, do a bit of a food and gear sort and meet the shuttle Sunday morning at 10am. With five + days on the river. [approx 800km ea way-we'll sort out ride sharing]

SAT JULY 4 Drive to Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que
SUN JULY 5 Meet the shuttle the beginning of the forest road,
at Dolbeau-Mistassini, at the resto des Copains's parking.
MON JULY 6-FRIDAYJULY 10 Paddle the river
FRIDAY EVENING/ SATURDAY JULY 10/11 Drive Home

Required Items to Bring: 

Outfitted whitewater boats
All the group gear is taken care of.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

We will be meeting at a hotel in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que

Carpool Info: 

Carpooling will get sorted out at a later date. [approx 800km ea way-we'll sort out ride sharing]
River shuttle will be arranged through outfitter

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Neil Campbell
Phone: 
705 957 5191 evenings and wkends

Mountain River (Cancelled due to NWT travel restrictions)

The Mountain River has been described as a 'guides river' as it is 300km of river with whitewater, six canyons, hiking opportunities and wildlife viewing. Whitewater experience is obviously required and also tripping experience.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Norman Wells NWT
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 31, 2020 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
31 March
Event Duration: 
13 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet in Norman Wells on the 30th July and fly to Dusty Lake the following day. At the end of the trip we will be having a boat shuttle back to Norman Wells. It is possible to fly out on the same day but normally people stay over another night in Norman Wells. Due to flight schedules it takes two days to fly to Norman Wells.

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe rentals are arranged and other items can be rented from the outfitter in Norman Wells.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

It is recommended to have done a Swiftwater Rescue Course.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Robin Rivison
Phone: 
705 742-0367

WCA Canada Day Weekend at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River-- CANCELLED

Sorry, but we have had to cancel this weekend due to COVID-19 concerns. It is simply not possible to conduct this event safely at this time.

 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. If you’re an angler, you’ll find the fishing here is pretty good. For those who aren't into paddling or fishing, 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 Tavern has a hearty Polish buffet every Saturday night that will fill the hungriest paddler. We book the restaurant for a group dinner for any who want to join in.

If you are new to the WCA, this is a highly recommended weekend for skills development and socializing.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 17:00
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
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.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Lots of energy for active days of paddling- and a big appetite if joining us for the buffet.

Though it's the end of June, the weather and water are not infrequently still cool, especially if it's rainy & windy. I recommend taking a light wetsuit or paddling top.

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.

There are other routes to the spot that your map software may recommend, and they are fine. I give this one because the roads are all good, and the route is straight-forward and easy to follow visually.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
4163213005
Email: 

Black River near Washago-- Cancelled

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, May 2, 2020 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
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.

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: 
4163213005
Email: 
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