Wilderness Canoe Association

The Wilderness Canoe Association is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in the outdoor pursuits and in wilderness travel, mainly by canoe, kayak, backpacking, and by skis and snowshoes.

 Sharing the Wilderness Experience: 


Join us for a weekend of flatwater and whitewater paddling, hiking and friendship at our Annual Fall Meeting, to be held at Cedar Ridge Camp, located on 150 acres just south of McArthurs Mills. You can access the Mazinaw trail system for hiking from the camp. There will be flatwater and whitewater trips planned for Saturday. 

Canoe Trips and Other Outings

Flatwater and whitewater canoe trips and other outings are organized by members for members, including day trips to local rivers, multi-day canoeing & camping and wilderness expeditions. They represent one of our core values. Love to paddle but need company? Not sure about going down that river by yourself? Never been wilderness camping? You've come to the right place!
See the list of scheduled trips on the Outings page.

The Quarterly Journal of the WCA

Members share their experiences from canoe trips or extended expeditions by publishing their stories in the renowned quarterly journal of the WCA, the best canoeing journal worldwide!

Learn more about Nastawgan by viewing the Journal page. Also, see the provided sample article.

Membership in the WCA grants you access to both printed and online journals. Click here to download current issue.

32nd Wilderness and Canoe Symposium

The first Wilderness and Canoeing Symposium was a small gathering of friends who came together to view each other’s slides in founder George Luste’s living room in 1986. Today, the Wilderness and Canoe Symposium draws over 500 participants from across Canada and the U.S., who come together in February to get informed and inspired for their next adventure.

Come and enjoy this unique event!


Teaching our members new skills is another core value: paddling improvement, whitewater clinics, river safety & rescue, wilderness first aid all enhance safety, competence and enjoyment.

Wine and Cheese

Meet other members, enjoy presentations by members and guests.

The Wilderness Canoe Association acknowledges the financial support of Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The Wilderness Canoe Association acknowledges the financial support of Mountain Equipment Co-Op.