Fall Gathering

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2020 Fall Gathering
September 18 - 20, 2020

Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend filled with outdoor activities, educational events, entertaining presentations and good food. Meet new acquaintances and renew old friendships. If you are new to the WCA this event is for you. It’s the best way to get involved in the club activities. If you are a veteran it’s a great way to see old friends and share some past adventures.

This year’s fall gathering will take us into the heart of ruggedly beautiful Haliburton County. Our base camp will be just north of Minden on the Gull River at the Minden Whitewater Preserve campgrounds. The facility provides full campground services for a modest cost of $20 per person per night, with children up to age 16 free.

Location: The Minden Whitewater Preserve. 

The Preserve is located approx. 7 km north east of Minden on the Gull River via Horseshoe Lake Rd.


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Those who prefer not to camp can choose from many reasonably priced accommodations and eateries in town. We will be located at the hub of outdoor activities for the area, with numerous lake and easy river canoe routes, plus several hiking trails of different lengths and difficulty. And, of course, there is the renowned whitewater of the Gull River on our doorstep to challenge the expert as well as to provide a learning experience for new moving water paddlers. Boat rentals are available at Boatwerks in Minden and at the Frost Centre south of Dorset. And as you return from a vigorous day of paddling and tramping the woods, pull into the famous Kawartha Dairy down the road to recharge with their jumbo cones and shakes. But save room for supper. For Saturday we have arranged a delicious barbecue dinner at nearby Wintergreen Maple Restaurant.

The Saturday meal will be a buffet consisting of the following:

  • Meat: Pulled pork and chicken.
  • Salads: Ceaser and potato.
  • Grilled vegetables.
  • Maple baked beans.
  • Tea, coffee, and juice are included.
  • Sweet treats will be served later during the evening program at the training centre.
  • All taxes and gratuities are included in the fixed price.

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Friday 6 - 9 pm: Registration and meet & greet around the campfire in front of the training centre.

Saturday 9 - 4 pm:

1. Whitewater Skill Builder Clinic. Something for all skill levels. Relaxed play at the run-out doing ferries, eddy turns and surfing. For intermediates wanting to challenge themselves and practice precision paddling on an alpine style stream, we will help you become better paddlers. (Note: whitewater canoes with full flotation are required.)

2. Burnt River Tour. Join in on a paddle down the pretty Burnt River from Kinmount to above Burnt River village. This is a flatwater trip with a few riffles and several moderate, well-marked short portages around scenic chutes and rapids. Anyone with novice tripping skills will enjoy it. Suggest non plastic boat for portages.

3. A Mellow Haliburton Walk. This is a very flexible self-guided or group walk-about. Drive up Hwy 35 to the old Frost Centre. A network of wide, well-marked ski trails become a hiker’s haven in the fall. Choose routes from 2.2 km to 19.3 km through this beautiful, rugged area. Maps provided.

Saturday 4 - 6 pm: It all happens in front of the Training Centre. You won’t want to miss this event.

1. The WCA Camp Cooking Show. In front of the Training Centre. A smorgasbord of demos and discussions on camp cooking and baking techniques that you may not have tried. Outback ovens, reflector ovens, dehydrators, the high-tech Reactor and Jet Boil along with low-tech twig stoves and Kelly Kettles.

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Camping Gear. This is your big opportunity to praise the best piece of camping gear you’ve bought and complain about the over-priced lemons.. We’re inviting you to bring some items of “Best” or “Worst” along and join in this informal educational and entertaining show-and-tell.

3. Campers’ Kijiji. Got gear you don’t use and would like to sell or trade? Bring it along. Your unused item could be someone else’s gem.

Saturday 6:30 - 8 pm:

Buffet dinner at the famous Wintergreen Maple restaurant. Ample great food for hungry paddlers.

Saturday 8:30 - 10:30 pm: Our evening program.

1. WCA Woodland Caribou Park Journeys. Gary James will present on trips undertaken by 4 WCA groups across Woodland Caribou Park this past summer.

2. Alaskan Adventure. Isadora Van Riemsdijk will present on a rafting and hiking adventure down the Kongakut River in arctic Alaska. She’ll include a discussion of fly-in/fly-out and group meal logistics for these remote trips.

3. Social get-together around the group campfire. Chat with your friends new and old. Hear their stories and plan your future adventures. Perfect end to a great day.

Sunday 10 am - Noon:

1. Introduction to Wilderness Canoe Tripping. So you are new to canoe tripping, or maybe you’ve been doing it for years but always short trips in parks with developed routes. How do you break out to organizing longer and more remote paddling adventures? This workshop will teach you the basics on wilderness trip planning and navigation.

2. Gimme Shelter-Innovative Tents & Tarps. This hands-on clinic will present some unusual tent and tarp solutions to protect you from the elements.

Sunday 10 am - 2 pm:

Fun on the Gull. We will be back down on the river for more whitewater practice and play that will pump up your skill level.

Please contact Bill Ness at wness@rogers.com if you have any questions.


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