Whitewater

Upper Salmon River - This Trip is FULL

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 river is around is around 10 km long.

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

Note: My plan is to do the Moira River on April 15, 2023, which Bill Ness is organzing.  Once finished drive to Gull Creek put in and crown land back country camp in the woods near by.   On Sunday morning, meet everyone there.   If you want to join me shoot me an email.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Tamworth
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 16, 2023 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
4/12/2023
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See me after sign up

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 or wet suit

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See me after sign up

Carpool Info: 

See me after sign up

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Sign up if you at 100% sure you will attend
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

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.

Optimal water flow is around 40-60 CMS. If it gets much above 60 CMS, the river gets washed out and is not much fun. In that case, we can move the date to the following Saturday. The river does come down relatively quickly. You can check the online gauge to see how things are shaping up as our trip date approaches.

https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=02EC002

As this is one of the best sections of easy moving water for learning whitewater paddling skills that is convenient to the GTA, if people want to come back at a later date when it's warmer for a day of skills drills, we can arrange that.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River, south of Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
12 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.

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: 

Moira River-- This Trip is Full

On a spring day, the Moira River north of Belleville provides a fun paddling trip from Lost Channel to Latta.

The river provides a great opportunity for good novice moving water paddlers to move up to an intermediate level river. We'll meet at Chisholm's Mill at 9:30, do a car shuttle, and then warm up on the easier lower section down to Latta. The rapids are not difficult, just a fun rollercoaster ride, with some surfing waves along the way. We'll go back to Chisholm's for lunch at the cars, and then do a shuttle to run the more technical and challenging Lost Channel section. We should finish up around 4:00, and then we traditionally hit the nearby Maple Dale Cheese store along the highway for ice cream and cheese. (Real Canucks can buy cheese curds here for homemade poutine.)
 

All canoes must have full flotation, and you are required to have a full wetsuit or drysuit as the water will be cold. If you arrive without these, you will not be able to participate.

Please note that as at the time of posting the river levels and weather cannot be predicted, the date could be changed if levels are not suitable, or the weather is inclement. I like to play, and float along chatting with people. My idea of a fun outing isn't paddling in freezing rain muttering to each other "don't worry, we'll soon be finished if we hurry." So if you sign up, you needn't worry that you are committing to a survival exercise-just a fun day.

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Moira River, north of Belleville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 3, 2023
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We'll meet in the parking area by the river across the bridge from Chisholm's Mill at 9:30. Full day's itinerary is above.

Required Items to Bring: 

Full floatation for canoes as well as a wet suit or dry suit for all paddlers is required. If you show up without these, you cannot participate.
Lunch can stay in car. Just bring any snack or drink that you may want for the morning or afternoon runs.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Take Exit #544 north (HWY 39) from Hwy 401 at Belleville. Coming from the west, the exit is right after you go over the Moira River. Go north to the village of Roslin. Turn right onto Shannonville Rd. Go about 2 km and you will see the mill and the river. Go over the bridge and turn right into the parking area.

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

Lower Credit River--Trip Full

NOTE DATE CHANGE TO SUNDAY MARCH 26

 

Join me on this classic early spring favourite of Toronto area paddlers. We’ll catch the Credit in Streetsville and run down to the mouth at Port Credit. The river is a delightful continuous Class 1 to 2 with lots big bouncy wave trains and play spots.There are loads of opportunities to practice easy ferries and eddy turns as we work our way down the river. However, downed trees over the winter can create sweepers, and participants need to be able to manoeuvre a canoe in moving water to avoid them. As well, the water will be cold. You need solid basic moving water skills. A full wetsuit or a drysuit is required to participate (no exceptions). Boats should have air bags in them. We'll have lunch on the river at a park near Dundas Street, so bring something to eat. We usually finish the trip around 3 PM.

At this time of year, weather is unpredictable. As the weather is unfavourable on Saturday, we've re-schedule the trip for the Sunday. 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville to Port Credit
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, March 26, 2023 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
March 23, 2023
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Minimum Group Size: 
12 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We meet at the put-in at 9:00 am. Exit south from HWY 401 onto Mississauga Rd./Erin Mills Parkway. Follow Mississauga Rd. south into Streetsville, where it becomes called Queen St. Follow Queen to just south of Thomas St., then turn left onto Church St. (just past the church, of course). Follow Church around a curve & you'll see the river on the right. Vic Johnston Community Centre is on right, and just south of it is a park, which is where we put in. Washroom facilities in the community centre are open to the public. We do a shuttle with the objective of getting as many cars at the take-out as possible so we can car pool back to the start and no one has to sit around.
Consequently, roof racks capable of carrying more than one boat are appreciated. Lunch is on the river around Dundas St. We should reach the lake around 3 pm.
For the car shuttle, from the arena go back out to Queen St. Turn left (south). Queen changes into Mississauga Rd. Follow it south to Port Credit. Turn left just after going under the railway bridge, onto Front St. Park on Front across from Port Credit Canoe Club building or adjacent streets. At the end of our trip, take out at the canoe club dock, and do a short carry to the car.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater canoe or kayak. Wetsuit or drysuit. Airbags for canoe. Lunch.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

For lunch, a thermos is recommended as weather can be cool.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Please see itinerary.

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

Whitewater Rescue Training I & II with Boreal River ~$380

Build a solid foundation of skills and knowledge for paddling and traveling on rivers. Gain the confidence to perform rescues and make smart decisions.

Take this course and achieve international certification that’s valid for 3 years. During that time, you can upgrade to the ‘technician’ level with the 3-day Whitewater Rescue Technician Bridge course.

https://rescue.borealriver.com/scheduled-course/wwr-magnetawan-may-27-2023/

The Basics
Event Location: 
Ahmic Lake Resort, Robinson Rd, Ahmic Harbour, ON
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 27, 2023 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
When maximum group size achieved
Event Duration: 
2 long days plus 4-6 hours of on-line study beforehand
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
novice to intermediate paddlers,
Maximum Group Size: 
8 people
Minimum Group Size: 
3 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

https://rescue.borealriver.com/courses/whitewater-swiftwater/whitewater-...
Pre-course prep:
you’ll get a link to an online learning platform. Budget about 4-6 hours to complete the work. Video and text lessons, quizzes, Read and sign course waiver forms.

Daily schedule:
Typically class starts at 8:30am and may go until 6:30pm.

Assorted accommodation available.

Required Items to Bring: 
How to Get There
Carpool Info: 

TBD

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
https://rescue.borealriver.com/cancellation-policy/
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Isadora van Riemsdijk
Phone: 
use email

July Weekend at Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River

Please join us for our traditional WCA Canada Day summer weekend at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River. You can stay at Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is an enjoyable weekend for both novice and experienced white water paddlers and an opportunity to meet WCA members and plan trips. 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 1-3 rapids almost outside your tent door. Bill Ness and other seasoned WCA members will provide informal paddling pointers to new river runners.
This is a lovely trip for families. There's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. For those who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay.
Most will camp from Friday evening to Sunday but you can come & go at any time.
Bring canoes or kayak suitable for whitewater along with a helmet, PFD and paddle. Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby at Paddler Co-op (www.paddlerco-op.com), or from Madawaska River Rentals (www.MadRiverRentals.ca). If renting, tell them you want thigh straps in the canoe. If you do not have a canoe you can likely share with other members.
On Sunday, depending on the weather and water levels, those with some experience will likely take a run down the Lower Madawaska.
On Saturday evening for those wanting a break from camp cooking we’ll enjoy the Polish buffet at the famous Wilno Tavern: www.wilnotavern.com
Subsequent to June 14 send your email address directly to tb@beakbane.com so I can give you access to a Google spreadsheet to coordinate shared equipment and carpooling.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids https://goo.gl/maps/yt3CLnFEJKdCSL2GA
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 30, 2023 - 16:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 23, 2023
Event Duration: 
3 days - 2 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA Members
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Arrive on the Friday evening or Saturday morning. You can paddle both days at Palmer Rapids. On Sunday we'll likely organize a trip down the Lower Madawaska River which is scenic and has a series of class 2-3 rapids. Depending on water levels these can be handled by experienced flat water paddlers if paired with someone more experienced.

If you are an experienced moving water paddler please join us to help newcomers learn.

Camping rates are $20 per tent per night or $25 for 2 people and $10 for each extra person.

NB: Subsequent to June 14 send your email address directly to tb@beakbane.com

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoeing gear and clothes. Be prepared for beautiful warm weather as well as cold and wet.
Bring bug spray and protective clothing. Generally the bugs aren't bad at this location.
Toilet paper for the outhouse.
Gear for field/car camping. Clean water is available from a well.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Chair, beverages.
You can buy firewood at the camp ground.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://goo.gl/maps/yt3CLnFEJKdCSL2GA
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.
♣ 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.

Carpool Info: 

There will likely be individuals going from the GTA and Ottawa. Tom Beakbane will share a Google spreadsheet so that participants can share transport as you wish.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Cancel as you please.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Tom Beakbane
Phone: 
416-816-9665
Email: 

North French River - TRIP FULL

This is a solid white water river that tumbles off the Canadian Shield into the Hudson Bay Lowlands, and joins the Moose River about 20 km upstream of Moosonee/Moose Factory. I have excellent maps already prepared and all the logistics already worked out. This will NOT be an expensive trip; the trips costs will be driving up and back to Cochrane, probably two nights in modest hotel, shuttle costs (100$ each at most), the cost of the train returning to Cochrane ($150 each), and of course the food costs. We will be sharing all food and its preparation on the trip. The trip is fairly hard int the beginning as this is not a well traveled trip and the portages are NOT easy and frequently used. We have detailed information from people who have done it in the last few years though. The whitewater we will do is upwards of class 3 at times, and the portages will be challenging themselves. This will be a trip you will not forget easily. The group will need to be prepared to travel light and work together well. We already have 4 people/2 canoes for the trip. We are looking for at least 2 more people/one more boat.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Northern Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 1, 2023 - 07:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 1, 2023
Event Duration: 
13 days approx
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Experienced paddler/trippers
Maximum Group Size: 
3-4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Saturday July 1 drive to Cochrane from Southern Ontario and stay in a hotel. Meet our car shuttle people Sunday morning and travel to put in ... approx 90 km up the Detour Mine Road. Spend 2-3 days traveling up Wildlake River and Lakes to the headwaters of the North French River. We will take 8 or so days traveling down it, eventually meet the Moose River and paddle into Moosonee to catch the Polar Bear express back to Cochrane on or about July 13th.

Required Items to Bring: 

Full personal gear, I (me the organizer) will bring the 'kitchen' barrel.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

TBD

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See Itinerary

Carpool Info: 

TBD 2-3 cars

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
We will have a deposit required April 1st.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
iori miller
Phone: 
See email

West Montreal River - TRIP FULL

This is an beginner/ intermediate spring run. The sections we will be doing are the two that are best described in the youtube videos prepared by Explore the Backcountry. We will be doing both sections and it does look scenic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0_kjLznT4g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrpSyF0njPQ
We will arrange for lodging in Shining Tree for Friday night, paddle Saturday through Monday am, and then the drive home.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Start: Shining Tree, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, May 19, 2023 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
March 31, 2023
Event Duration: 
2 1/2 days on the water
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

One night cabin, Two nights camping.
As part of the organization for this trip, there will be a zoom call to sort out everything about the trip.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater boats and boat gear. PDF's, helmets and whistles. Group camping gear provided by organizer. ie pots, pans, grills, utensils, tarp, and so forth.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

A drysuit. Warm weather gear. Personal gear such as tent, sleeping bag, etc...

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

These will be determined closer to the event date.

Carpool Info: 

These will be determined closer to the event date. We will be doing the shuttle by ourselves.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
April 30, 2023
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Neil Campbell
Phone: 
705 957 5191

Upper Petawawa River - TRIP FULL

Dates: Sept 1 - 4, Labour Day Weekend.
This is a challenging stretch of white water and is more difficult than the Lower Petawawa section. But we will be doing it late in the season, so the water levels will be low and less pushy. There appear to be portages for most sets and we will be scouting any rapids above a class 2.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Upper Petawawa R
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 1, 2023 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 01, 2023
Event Duration: 
4 days [incl travel]
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The route is from Cedar Lake to Lake Traverse. We will do the car shuttle and probably camp the first night at the Brent Campground [put-in] The George Drought guide is a good reference. PDF's can be provided to those considering the trip.

Required Items to Bring: 

Boats and paddlers should be fully outfitted for whitewater

Recommended Items to Bring: 

White water equipment, helmet, whistle, throw rope, air bags, possibly spray skirts and personal camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, etc.... Group camping gear will be provided by organizer.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

To be forwarded to participants closer to date

Carpool Info: 

This will be organized closer to the date. And we will do our own group car shuttle.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Aug 01, 2023.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Neil Campbell
Phone: 
705 957 5191

Wind River, Yukon with Gary+Heather Ataman - TRIP FULL

Looking to do the Wind River late July 21 to  August 5.   You will need to arrive a few days before in Whitehorse (at least July 19, 23) .   Plan on exitting Whitehorse to home a few days later to allow for weather delays.

I did the Snake River years ago and really enjoyed hiking the mountains and paddling the crystal clear water.

The Wind River is one of northern Yukon's true jewels. Starting with a flight into McCluskey Lake, there is a short portage to the Wind.  We plan to exit at Taco Bar for our flight out.  The Wind River is typically described as a class 1 river.   So some basic class 1 whitewater skills are needed.  You will also need to be comfortable with remote camping and share the work load of group activities (setting up camp, cooking, etc.).

The hiking looks great, since the alpine ridges and peaks are close to the river. This is an excellent trip for novice to intermediate whitewater paddler. 

We plan on making the trip for around 16 days on the river.  You will need to arrive and depart Whitehorse with some buffer days on either end.

This will be a self guided trip. It will be a fairly easy going pace.  Expected shared cost will be ~$3500/person. not couting the commerical flight to Whitehorse which is typically ~$1000.  Once accepted on the trip you will have to provide a deposit to solidify your spot on the trip. Balance of trip rental/shuttle/float plane cost due ~6 weeks before trip.

If you have any questions give me a call.

Note; A typical guide trip usually runs around $8500/person plus commerical flights cost in/out of Whitehorse.

THE TRIP HAS 8 PEOPLE AND IS FULL.

You can submit your name if you want to be put on a waiting list if someone has to cancel off.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Wind River, Yukon
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 07:00
Registration Cut Off: 
05/01/2022
Event Duration: 
14 days + flight in and out + buffer days either end
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Folks with some whitewater skills (Class 1+)
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

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Required Items to Bring: 

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Recommended Items to Bring: 

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How to Get There
Event Directions: 

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Carpool Info: 

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