Whitewater

Moira River

John & Sharon Hackert, jhackert@sympatico.ca ----- Book as soon as possible. This is our season opener and a chance to recover our skills after a long winter. We will start at Chisholm’s Mill and finish at Latta in the morning, eat lunch in our vehicles and run Lost Channel in the afternoon. This is a good opportunity for new spring paddlers to introduce themselves and demonstrate their competence. The river is not particularly technical and we will only be about an hour from our cars. This trip is open to anyone who doesn’t mind swimming in ice-cold water. Tandem canoes must have a centre airbag. Wetsuits or drysuits are required. If winter is later and weather/water conditions are unsuitable, we will postpone the trip. Limit of six boats.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Belleville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 26, 2011 (All day)
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Beaver Creek, Lower Black River, Upper Black River

Paddle Beaver Creek on Friday, Lower Black on Saturday and Upper Black on Sunday. Join us on any of these beautiful scenic Kawarthas whitewater rivers. We take our time at the put-in, and allow extra time for scouting, dragging or portaging, as well as time-out for spotting wildlife. Hopefully the weather will co-operate. Suitable for strong intermediate WW paddlers. Phone only to book - Jay or Frank Knaapen 613-687-6037

The Basics
Event Location: 
Kawarthas
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, April 22, 2011 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1-3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Whitewater Paddlers - C3+
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat (Ours)
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We do take time for scouting or portaging the more difficult rapids. These rivers require competent river maneouvring in C2-3 rapids in a couple of locations, though water levels should be easing off by April 22-24. There will be some portaging, and scouting can be difficult.

Required Items to Bring: 

Fully outfitted WW boat with airbags including a center bag, throw ropes, long grab loops, whistles. Full body wet/dry suits & Helmets. Lunches. A barrel with extra warm clothes.
We carry a SATPhone, WFA kit, survival gear.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Personal first aid, CELL phones work in the Kawarthas

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Check MACKFest Online for Directions, and confirm by phone.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jay Neilson and Frank Knaapen
Phone: 
613-687-6037

Creeking on the Humber River

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. Successful passage requires the highest water levels, but this means several hours of nearly uninterrupted swifts and rock gardens with no actual classified rapids.

There are a couple of short portages around the old mill dam, cataract, and diversion project in the original Bolton village. After this there are no other man made obstacles for the duration, and it is 27 kilometres to Kleinburg.

Last years run took 6 hours including an hour on shore for lunch. The GPS track looks like a set of mountain switchbacks, so this will be a great opportunity to practice your turns.

If you don't mind, I would like to try the website functionality for this outing. Please sign up electronically.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Bolton to Kleinburg
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
N/A
Event Duration: 
Roughly 6 hours on the river.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone!
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
Just Ginger and I
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the put-in (Dicks Dam Park, Bolton) for 9am and shuttle to the take-out which is nearby. 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, there is some wading.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear just in case; it could be warm and sunny, it could be cold and raining.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Bolton is North on #50 past the end of #427, or at the junction of #50 & King Road.
The put in is from Dicks Dam Park. In Bolton, drive down into the Humber River valley and turn West at King St.
Turn Right at Deer Valley Drive. At the tennis courts, turn right onto Glasgow Road, cross the one lane bridge and park in the big lot on the right side. There is a second lot at the intersection of Glasgow and Hickman where the river access may be better.

The take out is at the end of Humber Bridge Trail outside of Kleinburg.
On the East side of #27 at Major Mackenzie Drive.

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

See directions here.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Matthew Eberly
Phone: 
905-951-9386

SPENCE’S CELEBRATED SALMON-MOIRA WEEKEND

Glenn Spence, 613-475-4176, book after March 19. ----- Just north of Belleville, these two rivers offer exciting whitewater and fine scenery. The Salmon is the more gentle run, with some small rapids for you to practice your skills. The Moira has larger rapids possibly up to class 3. You can bivouac at my house and enjoy a potluck dinner. These are two of Southern Ontario's finest spring rivers. Intermediate paddlers welcome. Limit six boats.

Please phone me to register. No on-line or email registrations can be accepted. Thanks.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Salmon & Moira Rivers, north of Belleville.
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 23, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
Please do not call before March 20.
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We'll paddle the easier Salmon on Saturday. Dinner is pot-luck at my place with everyone bringing a dish. Participants can stay overnight at my house- bring a sleeping bag. On Sunday, we'll paddle the more challenging Moira.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Glenn Spence
Phone: 
613-475-4176
Email: 

Ottawa River

Water levels on the Ottawa are always high enough for a fun time on the river.
We will paddle the Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday, and for intrepid paddlers
Monday is available for rafting the monster channel; or do some hiking or biking.
Camping at River Run which also has a pub restaurant, or cook your own.
Camping cost is $16.50 per person per night. Book immediately

The Basics
Event Location: 
Ottawa River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 3, 2010 (All day)
Event Duration: 
3 Days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jay Neilson
Phone: 
613-687-6037

Palmer Rapids Camp & Play Civic Holiday Weekend

We're going to go to Palmer for the weekend- unless someone turns the river off or the weather is unexpectedly bad. Just a relaxed summer weekend of car camping at a lovely spot. The water won't be that high, but it's still playable. Great location for the family. If you want some informal instruction or help with your roll, I'm happy to oblige you, but basically, it's an informal get-away. We plan to arrive Saturday morning.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 31, 2010 (All day)
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

We will be camping at a campground owned by a local Palmer Rapids farmer named Harold Jessup. We're right on the rive at the rapids, so this is an ideal location. It's car camping, so bring your tent, stove, food, etc. There's a general store in the village if you forget the Kraft Dinner. The faciliites are limited- some picnic tables, outhouses & a pump for water (if you don't bring your own). Harold will charge you $15 per tent per night.

Driving Instructions:
1. North from Bancroft. Take HWY 62 north out of Bancroft. Just past Combermere, you go over a bridge over the Madawaska. Just past that, turn right onto HWY 515. Follow this until it goes back over to the west side of the Mad, over a bridge. SLOW DOWN ON THE BRIDGE! Immediately after crossing, turn right onto River Rd. W. You're following the river, which is on your left. Continue about a km till the road makes a sharp turn to the left. Don't follow it! Go straight ahead onto a dirt road. You will see a crude wooden sign with an outline of a canoe & teepee in orange paint at the entrance. Follow the road to the end, where it opens onto a field. I'm not reserving a specific site as it should not be crowded and this is an impromptu event. There should be no problem with camp sites at this time of year. I have a silver Honda Pilot, AMDT246. Boat is a red Mad River Caption.

2. From the south- HWY 28 east out of Bancroft.to Hardwood Lake, & left onto HWY 514 to where it joins 515 just south of Palmer Rapids. Continue through the village. Continue till 515 hits the river, then just before it, turn left onto River Rd. W., and follow it just as in instructions above.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3004
Email: 

INTRODUCTION TO THE MINDEN WILDWATER PRESERVE

Book as soon as possible.

A whitewater skill building weekend for solid intermediate tandem or solo canoeists. We held this for the first time last summer, and it proved to be a great way for intermediates to gain experience on more challenging water. So let’s do it again! Limit of 5 boats. The Minden Wildwater Preserve features a man-modified 800 meter section of the Gull River that ranges in Class II to Class IV in difficulty.

It is a narrow, fast, technical piece of water that resemble an alpine stream. Fully outfitted whitewater boats are required. By Preserve regulations, all paddlers must wear helmet. We will start at the bottom, familiarizing participants with the river, and working with them a step at a time to gain the skills and confidence necessary to run this type of water. To safely enjoy this weekend, participants will need to be able to confidently and consistently control a boat in quickly moving water with ferries and eddy turns.

With the volume cranked up high, this is a formidable run for the world's most skilled paddlers. It has hosted World Cup Slaloms and will be the site of the whitewater events for the upcoming Pan Am Games. Needless to say, we'll be paddling it at more modest levels. Anticipate the lower section we will paddled to be a technical Class II to Class III. If you are currently a solid Class II paddler, you should learn a lot on this weekend.

The Preserve also conatains an attractive campground and training centre. We will camp here for the weekend. Going up Friday would make things more relaxing, but is not necessary.

NOTE: AUTOMATIC REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. CONTACT ORGANIZER DIRECTLY BY EMAIL WITH DETAILS OF YOUR WHITEWATER EXPERIENCE AND EQUIPMENT.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MINDEN WILDWATER PRESERVE
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 14, 2010 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
NOTE: AUTOMATIC REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. CONTACT ORGANIZER DIRECTLY BY EMAIL WITH DETAILS OF YOUR WHITEWATER EXPERIENCE AND EQUIPMENT.
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will be car camping at the Minden Wildwater Preserve. See driving instructions on the Whitewater Ontario website http://www.whitewaterontario.ca/about-minden-wild-water-preserve.html. Driving time from Toronto is approximately 2.5 hours.
You should bring your own water as the water there is untested. For meals, you have the choice of camp fare or dining at the local restaurants.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

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SPANISH RIVER (WEST BRANCH) - This trip is full

Book as soon as possible. We are interested in exploring the West Branch of this beautiful wilderness whitewater river. Details to be determined.

Basic whitewater skills are required to enjoy this trip. Some rapids on the West Branch are not runable, so efficient portaging skills are needed. Limit of 4 boats.

The Basics
Event Location: 
North West of Sudbury
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 28, 2010 (All day)
Event Duration: 
9 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James
Phone: 
416-512-6690
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