General Interest

See this announcement of April 9, 2020 for Ontario


Prohibiting recreational camping on Crown land as of April 9, 2020. Under the emergency order, no individual can camp on Crown land, including the placement of tents or other camping structures, while the order is in effect. The government will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate if further actions are required.


Gary Ataman

WCA Chair

Update as of July 2020 the Ontario Government has lifted the restriction, but still recommend social distancing and small social circle.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 13:32
Gary Ataman

I have two Iridium 9555 satellite phones for rent. $125 - first week $100 - each additional week Also, an InReach Explorer which is strictly for two-way email/text messages. $75 - first week $50 - each additional week. Each comes with a Pelican case and charger

I also have several Royalex tandem (Canyon, Starburst) and solo (Vertige - X and Super Nova) canoes, outfitted for moving water and all paddling gear (safety, helmets, PFD's, paddles). Prices negotiable, depending upon length and location of trip. In addition, I have a Chestnut Pal (yes, this was the canoe model used by Bill Mason - maybe more so than his famous red prospector) as well as a Birchbark canoe (Golden Lake First Nation). Both are available for short term rentals by special request.
An assortment of camping gear is available for rent. Private lessons and trip consultations are also available, if requested.
Canoes and other equipment are conveniently available at my outlets in Fergus and Palmerston, north of Kitchener-Waterloo.
I have been wilderness tripping for more than 40 years and I can also help you with your preparation and planning.

Basic Canoeing and Canoe Tripping Instructor (ORCKA) and Moving Water Instructor (Paddle Canada)

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 13:34
Prices in ad.
Jack Frimeth

Introduction to Moving Water Solo and Tandem (Paddle Canada) - Guelph/Elora area,
Weekends on July 6/7 and July 13/14.
These are two day course.Each day will be approximately eight hours.
Weekdays are open and arrangements can be made for private or small classes.

The moving water course will empower you to expand your flat water tripping skills to having more choices for your tripping adventures!!!
You will also become better paddlers, with a greater confidence!

You will require a tandem canoe outfitted for moving water (ie. knee pads, air bags), a PFD, helmet, paddle and lunch for both days.
I have canoes and all gear for rent, if needed.
More specific information will be sent to those who register.
Successful candidates will be certified by ORCKA (flat water - basic canoeing) or Paddle Canada (Moving water).
The Elora Gorge Park has camping available on site:

7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Box 356
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 519-846-9742

There are also a variety of motels and B and B's in the area.

Flat water classes (ORCKA) are available at any time by arrangement.**
(**Location may also be negotiated to satisfy you and/or your group.)

Cost is $120 per person per course, plus rental fees (if applicable).
Contact Jack Frimeth
Phone: 519-212-3817 (after June 1- I am teaching in Salluit QC until then)
Email: (anytime)

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 13:11
$120 per person per course
Jack Frimeth
5192123817 (after June 1- I am teaching in Salluit QC until

Paddle the Don is an annual paddling event organized by the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA). This event helps to promote paddling, raises money for river restoration and increases awareness of conservation and issues affecting the Don River Watershed.

WCA members have been supporting Paddle the Don for many years and it benefits the club to be associated with this significant paddling event. For 2019 we are looking for a total of 4-5 canoes (8-10 paddlers) to oversee the three weirs along the river (two of which are mandatory portages and one which is an optional portage) and the take-out near the mouth of the Don River. Time commitment is from about 7 am – 2 pm. Each WCA canoe will be stationed at one of the weirs to manage the overall operation of the weir on land (river rescues will generally be performed by another safety group).

What’s in it for you? An opportunity to paddle the Don River at no cost (cost to public is $100 per canoe), free snacks and lunch, a cool appreciation gift and the satisfaction of giving back to the paddling community and supporting the WCA.

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please email Geri James at Additional details on the event are at:

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 19:51
Geri James

I've just launched a new website, Hodnett Canoe Guides, which I hope will be of interest to WCA members. The site currently has guides for the Lower Petawawa River, Gwaii Haanas, and Philip Edward Island, along with some other fun stuff.
You can check out the site at:

You can follow Hodnett Canoe Guides on Facebook to keep up with anything new.
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 13:14
Brett Hodnett

 It is with great sadness that I want to pass on news of the passing of Harold Jessup. All who spent any time at his campground at Palmer Rapids have fond memories of Harold. While not a canoeist himself, Harold is probably the single most widely-known figure in the whitewater paddling community of southern Ontario. Almost all of us in the club who paddle moving water got our first taste of it on the Madawaska in front of his campsite.

Please take a moment to read the lovely obituary that has been posted:

A great send-off for a great guy.

Harold, we'll miss you a lot.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 08:02
Bill Ness

The TRCA (Toronto Region Conservation Authority) is hosting a day of paddling on the Humber River in Toronto on September 9 and is looking for WCA volunteers to help with basic instruction and act as a resource to paddlers. The target audience for Humber by Canoe is new paddlers, but everyone is welcome. TRCA provides the boats and equipment for 30 minute paddles. .

TRCA is also organizing family activities, live entertainment, nature and heritage hikes and much more as part of this event so it should be a fun day. A few WCA members volunteered for a similar event hosted by TRCA on the Rouge River last year and we really enjoyed it.

This event takes place at the boat launch at Kingsmill Park on the Humber River.

More information about this event can be found at:

If you are interested in volunteering, please email me at before September 7 and i will provide your contact information to TRCA.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:33
Geri James
please correspond by email

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Wilderness Canoe Association (WCA). Your purchase of a WCA membership ensures the ongoing success of the WCA, your access to paddling and social events, production of our Nastawgan journal and the continuing support of MyCCR Canoe Routes.

WCA is changing all future memberships to expire on March 31
Currently all memberships expire 1 year from the date they are purchased. To ease the administrative burden on the volunteers who support the WCA, and especially our membership secretary, and to make it easier for you to remember when to renew your membership, the WCA Board has decided to change all future memberships so that they expire on a single date - March 31. We picked March 31 because it is the start of paddling season and it will allow members who prefer to renew their membership in person to do so at events such as our AGM, the WCA Symposium and other venues like the Outdoor Adventure Show which are typically held before March 31.

What does this change mean for you?
We want to make this change as easy as possible to implement, but also to have minimal financial impact on the club. For the majority of WCA members (about 65%) this change will mean a one-time bonus of additional membership time. However, for a minority of members (about 35%) this change will shorten their membership period for this year. For these members we offer the opportunity to request a one-time partial refund of their membership dues. To be eligible for this refund, members must renew by their current membership expiry date, must be entitled to a refund of more than $10, and must send a request for refund in writing to our WCA treasurer ( We will do our best to process these requests as quickly as possible, but it is a manual process so may take some time.
Following are more details about this change based on your current expiry date.

If your membership currently expires from January 1 to March 31 (about 65% of our membership)
Your new expiry will be March 31 of the same year. This means you’ll get a one-time bonus of up to 3 extra months of membership at no additional cost. You do not have to take any action.
Example: If your membership currently expires January 31, 2019, we will change your expiry date to March 31, 2019 and you have a one-time bonus of 2 months of membership at no additional cost. Your renewal after that will always be for the period April 1 to March 31.

If your membership currently expires from April 1 to December 31 (about 35% of our membership)
Your new expiry will be March 31 of the following year. This means that for this year only, your membership will be shorter than a full year. You may request a one-time partial refund of your membership dues if:
1) You renew by your current membership expiry date;
2) You will be entitled to a refund of more than $10 based on the fraction of your
shortened annual membership; and
3) You send a request for refund in writing to

Example: If your membership currently expires September 30, 2018 and you renew for one more year, we will change your expiry date to March 31, 2019, which will shorten your membership period to about 6 months instead of 12 months. You will be entitled to request a one-time partial refund of your membership dues of about $17 based on a single membership. Your renewal after that will always be for the period April 1 to March 31.

Please send us an email at or write us a letter if you have any questions or comments. You can also contact any of the WCA Board members (contact information is in Nastawgan and on our website).

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I figure out my membership expiry date?
A1: Login on Go to My account>View Tab>Expiring WCA Membership date will be posted.
A2: Mail a expiry date request to P.O. Box 91068, 2901 Bayview Ave.Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2K 2Y6.
A3: Contact and request current expiry date.

Q: Why don’t you just give all members additional months of membership to move everyone to a future March 31 expiry date.
A: We looked at this option, but the cost from loss of membership dues was over $3000 and the Board did not think this was in the best fiscal interests of the WCA and all members.

Q: How will you refund partial memberships?
A: If the original membership was paid for by credit card, we believe we can process a partial repayment. If the original payment was not by credit card, we will work with the member to determine how to best process the refund.

Q: Will I still receive a reminder that my membership is due for renewal?
A: Yes. Once all memberships expire on March 31 we will be able to provide plenty of reminders of your upcoming renewal.

Q: Can I pay extra to move my expiry date forward to March 31 (instead of requesting a refund)?
A: Yes but please contact us prior to your expiry date and we will help you do this as it may not be possible to do through the website.

Q: Can I get a partial refund if I don’t plan to renew my membership?
A: No – partial refunds are only offered to members meeting the noted conditions, one of which is to renew your membership before your expiry date.

Q: What if I signed up for multiple years already?
A: We will follow the same refund policy as above but of course adjust your expire date for how many years you signed up for.

Emmy Hendrickx Membership
Gary Ataman WCA Chairman

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:06
Gary Ataman

Esquif Detonator, yellow, outfitted with saddle and double thigh straps (so called “rodeo straps”) and two float bags (outfitting by Mike Y.), interior looks almost new; exterior blemishes consistent with hard use; used in rivers maybe 50 days. Royalex.

The Detonator surfs superbly for all levels of paddler and plays in competent hands, very easy to hit tiny eddies high and surprisingly easy to roll - not as easy as a ww kayak but easier than my old Ocoee.

These boats live on a lake north of Kingston on the way to Ottawa. Pictures available upon request.

My contacts:; 613-353-5060, 343-989-1224 (cell) or 250-260-6179 (other cell and the preferred phone number after July 8.)

Top View of Detonator
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 22:14
Asking $1500
Barry Hodgins