Wilderness Canoe Association

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The Wilderness Canoe Association is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in the outdoor pursuits and in wilderness travel by canoe.

 Mission Statement: 
The Wilderness Canoe Association is the best place to find friends who share your passion for the outdoors. With first-class camping content to enjoy, dozens of trips to participate in, and hundreds of experienced members to help you take tripping to the next level, you’ll be living your paddling dreams in no time.

 Sharing the Wilderness Experience: 


This year's fall gathering will be at the Minden Wildwater Preserve. The new location is a shorter drive for many of our members. Here's what you can expect:

World-class whitewater paddling on a Pan-Am course.
Outstanding flatwater options in Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands PP and Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.
A catered BBQ dinner.
Campfires and camping  

September 13 - 15, 2019.

 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 Journal of the WCA

Members share their experiences from canoe trips or extended expeditions by publishing their stories in the renowned 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.

 Mentorship and Training

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. Younger members have a great opportunity to learn new skills from our seasoned members in addition to their vast knowledge of so many wilderness trips.

 The 2020 Wilderness and Canoe Symposium

The first "Wilderness & Canoeing Symposium" was a small gathering of kindred spirits who first came together to look at each other's slides in George Luste's living room on Albany Ave. This was in 1986. Space was quite limited there, so when other friends heard about this gathering & wanted to participate, space was rented at George Brown College.
After a couple of years they outgrew this space and Councillor Joan King arranged space for them at the North York Council chambers. The next space they rented was at York University for a couple of years.
At that point Sandy Richardson suggested Monarch Park Collegiate, where he taught. The teachers and students at the school were a great help and the Symposium has returned to Monarch park every year since then.

Date: Feb. 22-23(tbc) , 2020
At: Monarch Park Collegiate Institute Auditorium
1 Hanson St., Toronto

Click here to purchase your ticket and watch out for details of next year's WCS!

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.