Social Events

2018 - turkey trip, an elegant dinner party in the wilderness - Full

2018.06.22 - no updates, other than I now have control of my posting again.  Thank you Matthew.

2018.04.12 - Update - Trip closed and full - PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER OR SEND MONEY. Hello, since yesterdays update, I went from 28 to 45 interested members and non-members signing up. Regretfully this is just to many and I will have to decline some of you. Thank you very much for your interest and support. If anyone knows a site that would hold 50 let me know for next year. 2018.04.11 - Update The main site is full, but not everyone has signed-up and paid yet? A second site has opened and is now full. I have 28 interested members to date. I am looking for someone to open a third site, please and thank you. This year, we have a two piece band to entertain us. If anyone want to add to the ambiance, let me know? Original posting: Hello my fine feathered friends. It is time once again to enjoy the fall colours and have an elegant dinner in the wilderness. This is a social event with gourmet food and a little canoeing thrown in. We had an excellent time last year and several people requested we return to Sherborne Lake in the Leslie Frost Centre area. We have the group campsite #18 booked. The permit allows for 16 people and many tents. For several year we have had overflow sites too. So all are welcome to the canoe tables. The permit cost me $282.50/16=17.66 each. E-transfers, cheques, cash accepted. Paying in advance will confirm your reservation. Please sign-up on the website to prove you are a WCA member. Please email me too and let me know the number in your group or with questions. More details to follow to those who sign-up and pay.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Sherborne Lake in the Leslie Frost Centre area
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
first 16 people on the main site.
Event Duration: 
3 days - Friday to Sunday
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
16 WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
16 WCA members on the main sit
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The same as previous years. A trash can turkey group dinner on Saturday. Please bring a gourmet appetizer, side dish and or desert. The rest of the meals and drinks you provide.

Required Items to Bring: 

This year if you would like to join in the early morning group morning coffee, please add some $ for the coffee and gas, thank you.

Regular canoe camping gear for a standing luxury camp site weekend.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

see above.

Coolers, ice and Tupperware to safely secure your food. Hand Sanitizer for the groups health.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Driving Directions to the Sherborne Lake Access Point - #3508 Sherborne Lake Access Road
Please be advised that this is an unmaintained forest access road that is to be used at your own discretion. We recommend that only vehicles with four wheel drive and higher clearance use this road. Call the Trails Office in advance for conditions of the road.
From Toronto
• Take Hwy 400/11 north to Hwy 118, exit onto Hwy 118 east. Take Hwy 118 east to Hwy 35. Follow Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
• Alternatively take Hwy 401 east to Hwy 115/35 north, exit and proceed north on Hwy 35 through Lindsay. Follow Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
From Barrie
• Take Hwy 400/11 north to Hwy 118. Take Hwy 118 east until Hwy 35. Follow Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
From Peterborough
• Take Hwy 7 West to Pigeon Lake Road County Road 10 north. Take Peace Road/ County Road 14 to Centreline Road/ County Road 10. Merge onto Pigeon Lake Road/ County Road 17 toward Bobcaygeon follow until the end. At the stop sign, turn right onto Hwy 36. Follow Hwy 36 and merge onto Hwy 121 north to Minden. Take Hwy 35 north to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.
From Huntsville
• Take Hwy 60 east to Dwight then take Hwy 35 south to the Sherborne Lake Road and follow it until the end #3508.
From Ottawa
• Take Hwy 417/17 west to Renfrew. Follow Hwy 132 west thru Renfrew to Hwy 41 (signs for Napanee). Continue on Hwy 41 to Hwy 28 (signs for Denbigh/ Bancroft). Continue on Hwy 28 to Bancroft. Follow Hwy 28 thru Bancroft to Hwy 118. Follow Hwy 118 west (signs for Haliburton).Continue on Hwy 118 west thru Haliburton to Hwy 35/ Hwy 118 intersection. Turn onto Highway 35 north, and follow to Sherborne Lake Access Road and continue until the end #3508.

Carpool Info: 

I will send out group emails and if you would like to carpool it is up to you to arrange.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
If you book you pay unless replaced.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
gary james
Phone: 
416-512-6690

2018 Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the Wilderness Canoe Association’s 2018 Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 3rd, 2018. We will be meeting in the Community room of the new MEC store in north Toronto. Activities include: · Hike the East Don Trail (8:30 am) · Annual General Meeting (10:00 am) · Paddling Gear presentation - Lunch at local restaurant (12:15 pm) Pre-Registration is required: Please register online through the WCA website before March 1. Cost: there is no cost for the AGM and hike; lunch is at your own cost Who can attend: All WCA members and their guests as well as new members are welcome to attend the AGM to review 2017 and provide input on the WCA's future direction. All AGM attendees are welcome to join us for the hike and to socialize over lunch. Dress: Please dress appropriately for the weather if you are hiking or walking. Questions: Please email Arthur McLuhan at arthurmcluhan@hotmail.com with any questions.

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC (North York); 784 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2K 1C3
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
March 1
Event Duration: 
3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
None
Minimum Group Size: 
None
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots recommended for dirt paths and hiking trails.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Sheppard Avenue East between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue. MEC underground parking. Nearest TTC stop is Bessarion.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Arthur McLuhan
Phone: 
Email

2017 Turkey trip - Sherborne Lake - STUFFED FULL LIKE A TURKEY

2017.08.18 - the 3rd site is now booked and full. We now have 26 people attending. Thank you everyone.

2017.08.16 - 3rd site might be opening. This would make 26 people to date.

2017.06.27 - 2nd Site # 19 has now been booked by Doug and Daniela and NOW FULL.

2017.06.26 - Hi, the main site is now full. You are still welcome if you are interested in opening a second site. You just need to make the reservation and sleep on the site. The rest of the time you can spend with us on the main site and enjoy the company and food. I can help you fill the remaining spots on the site if you wish.

I have mention - NO dogs are allow at this food event. We have tried in the past and it did not work out.

Once again, we will return to the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, Sherborne Lake group campsite # 18. We had a great time last year, if you missed it, read about it in the Nastawgan Winter 2016 issue. Cindy Atsma-Powell wrote a great article about the weekend social event.

This is a SOCIAL - FOODIE event with a little canoeing on the side.

There is a long winding rough logging road to get there. Lots of parking and a sandy beach to unload and launch. A very short paddle to the site. More details to follow as the plan comes together.

I have purchased the permit for the site. It can only hold 16 people in "many tents". This has been a very popular event and fills up fast. To confirm your spot(s) 1) sign-up on the WCA website to prove you are a WCA member. 2) email me to confirm your interest. 3) forward your share of the permit fee to me to confirm your spot(s). 14 spots are now available.

We have had overflow sites the last few years. You will have to book and manage that site.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, Frost Centre Area - Sherborne Lake group campsite # 18.
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:00
Registration Cut Off: 
the first 14 to pay
Event Duration: 
weekend to Sunday September 10, 2017
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
14 more then overflow sites
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

SOCIAL - FOODIE EVENT - request to bring some gorment food for the Saturday group meal. I will cook the Trash Can Turkey, unless you want to try it this year.

Required Items to Bring: 

The usual standing luxury camp items. Gorment food to share. Saturday is the only group meal, the rest is up to you to bring.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

standing luxury camp items and gorment food. More to follow when the trip fills

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://secure.camis.com/HHWT/FrostCentreArea
Sherborne Lake Access Road.
https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/visitors/fees-reservations-online-maps...
NOTICE - Be advised, crown land logging operations are planned in various areas around the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails for the 2017 season. Operations are expected to occur in the vicinity of Cinder, Poker, Orley, Raven, Little Margaret, South Jean and Margaret Lakes. Forest Access Roads including the Cinder Lake Access Road, Margaret Lake Access Road and Sherborne Lake Access Road will be utilized as haul routes for these operations. Use caution while travelling these roads and pay attention to posted signage. Call the Trails Office for more information at 705-766-9033..

Carpool Info: 

Please feel free to arrange yourself.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
If I can replace you, you will get a refund.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
gary james
Phone: 
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2017 Annual General Meeting

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS EVENT (need to be logged in)

Please join us for the Wilderness Canoe Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 4th, 2017. We will be meeting in the Community room of the new MEC store in north Toronto.

Activities include:
·        Hike the East Don Trail (8:30 am)
·        Annual General Meeting (10:00 am)
·        Paddling Gear presentation
-        Lunch at local restaurant (12:15 pm) 

 

 Pre-Registration is required: Please register online through the WCA website before March 2.  
 
Cost: there is no cost for the AGM and hike; lunch is at your own cost
 
Who can attend: All WCA members and their guests as well as new members are welcome to attend the AGM to review 2016 and provide input on the WCA's future direction. All AGM attendees are welcome to join us for the hike and to socialize over lunch. 

Dress: Please dress appropriately for the weather if you are hiking or walking.  
 
Questions: Please email Geri James at geri.james@bell.net with any questions. 

The Basics
Event Location: 
MEC (North York); 784 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2K 1C3
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 08:30
Registration Cut Off: 
March 2, 2017
Event Duration: 
3 - 4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
None
Minimum Group Size: 
None
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots recommended for Village dirt paths and hiking trails.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Sheppard Avenue East between Leslie Street and Bayview Avenue. Free underground parking. Nearest TTC stop is Bessarion.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Geri James
Phone: 
please contact Geri by email

Luste Lecture 30 Oct

 Hold the date ( Sunday, 30th October) for the 4th annual Luste Lecture at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. Speaker Gwyneth Hoyle. 

Two significant bookish events that occurred this past summer are cascading together in this year’s George Luste Lecture at the Canadian Canoe Museum.  As George Luste’s incredible donation of rare and historic books about canoes, north and adventure was being boxed up for shipment to the Museum, the CCM’s own Gwyneth Hoyle—author, librarian, adventurer—was in Uummannaq, Greenland chasing yet another touchstone place for Isobel Wylie Hutchison, subject of her critically acclaimed biography of the 19th Century explorer maven, called Flowers in the Snow
 
In the 2016 George Luste Lecture, produced by the Museum in partnership with the Wilderness Canoe Symposium and the Wilderness Canoeing Association, Gwyneth will talk about her own travails in search of historic heroines, framing these in the context of the Luste Rare Book Donation and why this is a significant milestone for the Canadian Canoe Museum’s library and archival collection.  The lecture is set for 2 pm on Sunday, October 30th, with a behind-the-scenes Museum tour at 1 with refreshments and book-signing to follow.  Free for members.  Please join us for a stimulating afternoon of adventure and fellowship.
 
As librarian at Peter Robinson College Gwyneth Hoyle was among the early Trent University supporters of the establishment of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.  Over the years, has written and edited a number of significant books and contributions to the canoeing and adventure literature including Canoeing North into the Unknown: A record of river travel 1874-1974, Flowers in the Snow: The life of Isobel Wylie Hutchison and The Northern Horizons of Guy Blanchet: Intrepid Surveyor, 1884 – 1966.  The Pacific Northwest Quarterly called Flowers in the Snow,  “meticulously researched and highly readable.”  A long time friend of both the Museum and the WCA, Gwyneth is the perfect voice to celebrate George Luste’s passions as an adventurer and bibliophile.
The Basics
Event Location: 
Canadian Canoe Museum
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 14:00
Event Duration: 
4-5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Aleks Gusev
Phone: 
416-433-8413

2016 Wine & Cheese

2016 Wine & Cheese & Mike Wevrick Lecture
Featuring: Janet Sumner on Paddling with VIPs: Tales from paddling northern rivers with movers and shapers

Janet brings to life the environmental challenges facing our planet with examples and experiences from her travels across Canada. Whether it is facing down a polar bear or being shot at in a herd of caribou, Janet has tales to tell.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club: 1391 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
11/17/2016
Event Duration: 
3 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA members and guests
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Geri James
Phone: 
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Fall Meeting

Join us for a weekend of flatwater and whitewater paddling, hiking and friendship at our Annual Fall Meeting (September 30 to October 2, 2016) 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. The lodge has 10 rooms with 8 beds in each. It also has 4 heated cottages available. There are a number of unheated cottages as well, with indoor washrooms and showers. Camping is permitted, for those who prefer the whole outdoor experience. Food will be provided from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch. Vegetarian options are available at each meal. The cost for the weekend is $120.00 plus HST per person. Children under 16 years will be $60.00. You will need to bring sleeping bags and pillows, and perhaps a tent. You can arrive anytime Friday afternoon. There will be some flatwater canoes available for our use. Don’t delay, or you could miss out. If you have gone on a wilderness canoe trip and you would like to present it at the Fall Meeting please contact me directly at lucasde@yahoo.com.

Make your reservation here:
http://www.wildernesscanoe.ca/content/2016-fall-gathering-registration?

The Basics
Event Location: 
Cedar Ridge Camp
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 15:00
Registration Cut Off: 
September 20, 2016
Event Duration: 
Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2016
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
none
Minimum Group Size: 
30
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Diane Lucas
Phone: 
905-826-0875

Turkey Time Canoe & Social - updated

WE NOW HAVE THREE SPOTS AVAILABLE, LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
October 16 to 18 2015. Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park - Bottle Lake - Site 106 and second site 105 are now booked. We have a few spaces left on the second site. Emmy Hendrickx has volunteered to manage the second site with me, thank you. We are trying a new location this year. Entry at access point # 7 - Bottle Lake off of Beaver Lake Road. There is a short 181 m portage to the lake. Canoe across the lake to the sites and that is all the canoeing required. These sites have been recommended with nice beaches. Once again the focus of the trip with be on gourmet food and the Turkey.
If you are interested please contact me by e-mail or phone. To add you to the permit, we need the number of people, your age, (child, adult, senior for fees) AND (canoe colour, tent colour, license plate number). ONCE ADDED YOU ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR SHARE OF THE PERMIT FEE.
More details will be sent to the participants.
You cannot sign-up on the website, you must contact us directly.
Thanks Emmy and Gary

The Basics
Event Location: 
Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park - Bottle Lake - Site 106 & 105
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:01
Registration Cut Off: 
when each site is full - nine people each site
Event Duration: 
2.5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members and family
Maximum Group Size: 
9 on each site. More on other
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Once again the focus of the trip with be on gourmet food and Turkey.
Optional parking & entry point at # 6 - Cold lake for a longer paddle.
Canoe around Bottle Lake
Optional 80 m portage to Sucker Lake (east) and 60 m portage to Catchacoma Lake (west)

Required Items to Bring: 

Gourmet food for the group Turkey dinner to be organized.
Standard standing camp and canoe gear. It is a luxury social gathering to relax.
All other meals for yourself.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

see above. Let me know if you need a list.
BRIGHT ORANGE AND YELLOW SAFETY COLOUR CLOTHING. IT IS HUNTING SEASON AND FOR SOME REASON THEY ALLOW HUNTING IN THE PARK. NO CAMO CLOTHING.
UNRELATED: BRING YOUR I.C.E. INFORMATION TOO! ASK IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THIS IS (A TEST TO SEE IF YOU ARE READING ALL OF THIS.)

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/KawarthaHighlands?Map
Kawartha Area. North of Buckhorn. Hwy 507 north to Beaver Lake Road.
I can send a map if you need it.

Carpool Info: 

You are on your own to arrange.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
If we add you to the permit, we have paid for you and you pay us.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James
Phone: 
416-512-6690

Fall Turkey trip on Bentshoe Lakes September 19 to 21 2014

A social event with some flat water canoeing required. Join us once again for this Fall Festival weekend canoe trip. This year I have booked a group campsite on Bentshoe Lakes near Haliburton off of hwy 118. As usual the socializing and the gourmet feast will be the themes for this trip. Canoeing will be secondary making the one short portage to the lake easy. The lake is small but big enough to explore for the day with adjoining lakes if interested. The permit fee and some other fees will be split equally among the participants. Saturday’s turkey feast with all the trimmings will be a group effort. The permit limits us to 8 tents and 16 people; I ask that you share a tent on this trip. As in previous years if we have enough interest, you can book another site on the lake and join us.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Bentshoe Lakes near Haliburton off of hwy 118.
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
The first 8 tents or 16 people
Event Duration: 
Friday to Sunday, Sept 19 to 21
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
8 tents or 16 people on the
Minimum Group Size: 
main site and more on the othe
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

As usual the socializing and the gourmet feast will be the themes for this trip.

In previous years overflow members have reserved other sites on the same lake and joined us for the day and feast.

Required Items to Bring: 

conversation and gourmet food. You must be willing to share a tent. You need a ride and canoe and normal canoe / camp gear for a weekend trip.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

gourmet food

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Poker Lake canoe system. Bentshoe Lakes near Haliburton off of hwy 118. Group campsite # 53.
More to follow as the event approaches.

Carpool Info: 

Please make your own arrangements.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
I have paid in advance for the permit. If you are a no show, you still need to pay me.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James
Phone: 
416-512-6690

Reel Paddling Film Festival

The Basics
Event Location: 
The Royal Cinema. 608 College St Toronto, ON M6G 1B4
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
n/a
Event Duration: 
3 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
n/a
Minimum Group Size: 
n/a
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Just letting people know about the event, I am not involved with organizing. I go every year and love it!

http://www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com/about-rpff.html

Rapid Media's 8th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is produced by Rapid Media. Rapid Media also publishes four leading paddlesports magazines: Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines. Your ticket to a Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour stop includes a free one-year digital edition subscription to one of the above magazines. Special offer details are available in your evening program.

Enjoy the show.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Daniel Aufgang
Phone: 
416-897-7996
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