Educational Workshops

Ultra-lightweight Canoeing/Camping 101 WEBINAR

Are you heading out for your first canoe or camping trip and confused about what you really need to bring? Are you worried about how you are going to carry all that gear? Or, are you a seasoned veteran who is serious about lightening the load? Then this course is for you!

We will be exploring the basics of ultra-lightweight canoeing/camping techniques, where to start, how to be mindful with gear selection/purchasing and introduction to food dehydrating. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just beginning your camping journeys, this course has something for everyone.

The Basics
Event Location: 
WEBINAR
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
10 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Zoom Link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81704030349

Meeting ID: 817 0403 0349

Required Items to Bring: 

An open mind

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

N/A

Carpool Info: 

N/A

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Luigi Salerno
Phone: 
6476696904

River Flow Data for the Science Nerd - making your next river trip a bit more fun

Topic: WCA River Flow Data for the Science Nerd
Time: Jul 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89072048911

Meeting ID: 890 7204 8911

Environment Canada maintains a network of hydrometric data collection equipment on streams, creeks and rivers across Canada. The data collection stations measure the depth of the river and record flow measurement.

Many of our WCA trip leaders are already using this information by saving photos and noting the flow and water levels for the paddling day in their post trip notes. There are also a number of easy links on the Boatwerks website.

In my presentation, I am going to take you back to the source at Environment Canada and walk you through how to search for your favorite river or stream, how to search historical flow levels. Streams like Willow Creek that runs into the Minesing Wetlands west of Barrie. The Moira, Beaver, Credit , and Humber rivers. My favorite, the Mad river at Creemore Ont. The Nith and Grand Rivers.

We will examine river depth and river flow, what the numbers mean from Environment Canada's site. We will look at how ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers ) (underwater radar) is used to map and calculate stream and river flow data in hundreds of Canadian Rivers. All of this data is online and available to you the paddler.

How is this relevant to us as paddlers? Instead of calling up your buddy the night before to go over to your favorite paddling river to check flow and depth, how about doing it online and in real time. Maybe you planned a spring paddling excursion weeks ago and want to know if the levels still look good the night before. . Check your local flow station on wateroffice.ec.gc.ca to find out that local rains made the river too high to make a spring water water trip safe that day, and save yourself the three hour drive to discover this on the banks of a raging river.

Your presenter this evening, Andy Hueton, is an admitted Science Nerd and a current resident of Stayner Ontario.. An experienced paddler, lover of the outdoors, and a computer geek, he stumbled on Weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca a few years ago and now uses it to monitor his ,favorite paddling river, the Mad, which has good spring whitewater from Creemore to Concession Road 3 below Glencairn Ont for only a few weeks every spring, and sometimes after a big summer rainstorm.. In preparing this presentation I became aware that many WCA trip leaders are already using this site and some good links are already on Boatwerks..com So lets share the knowledge.

Give Andy ninety minutes of your time and lets explore how Environment Canada ADCP collected hydrometric data can help make your next river paddling trip a whole lot better.

The Basics
Event Location: 
your home computer
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, July 19, 2021 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
one hour before
Event Duration: 
two hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

A ninety minute run through of the Environment Canada's stream and river flow data collection system. How to find a stream flow monitoring station of the river near you ( or the one you are going to travel half way across Canada to spend your two week holiday on) so you can have accurate real time data of river depth (measured in meters) and flow measurement ( in cubic meters per second) . Correlate this new knowledge over several paddling seasons to make your paddling adventures a bit more predicable and perhaps more enjoyable. I want touse the word safer, but safety and good judgement are the paddlers responsibility and no online data presentation system should substitute for final judgements made by individual paddlers as they load their boats and prepare for a day's adventure.

Required Items to Bring: 

None. Must be fully clothed. Please turn off video and microphone if you need to get up and use the washroom. (no kidding, Was on a municipal government council meeting zoom call when someone signed on, left the room and did #2 next door. We heard everything) . Don't do this. Please.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

your own popcorn and drinks. however noticeably drunk people who disrupt the presentation may be cut off. (kidding have a laugh people, It's Covid, We all need interaction. that's why this presentation is being done. New subject. New people. Share a conversation with strangers and make new friends.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Your home computer. come sign on. Let's learn together

Carpool Info: 

None

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only if a power outage happens the night of the presentation. If it does we will reschedule
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andy Hueton
Phone: 
705-481-7521

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

The Basics
Event Location: 
Your place
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1 hr
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Click on Zoom Link a few minutes before 7 pm on Tuesday July 6, 2021

Join us for a Doug Webster presentation on his travels in Alaska with his daugther.

My 22-year old daughter had just graduated from college and I asked if she would be interested in a trip to Alaska....to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.

We flew from the East Coast to Seattle, Anchorage, Fairbanks and then the native village of Bettles on the Koyokuk River, then by bush plane to our starting point on the Continental Divided at a tiny lake. From there we hiked 10 days south, then using a canoe left by our bush pilot at a small pond, traveled another three days back to Bettles.

WCA Zoom Presentation
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87259429518
Meeting ID: 872 5942 9518

Required Items to Bring: 

Your choice

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Your choice

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Its your house

Carpool Info: 

None

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
None
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Ray Goodwin WCA Presentation

Please join us for another WCA Zoom presentation.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83759340074

Meeting ID: 837 5934 0074

Ray Goodwin is the UK’s best known and (many would go so far as to say) foremost canoe coach.

For more than 30 years Ray has been introducing people to, and developing people’s skills in, the great outdoors.

Ray has paddled all over the UK, as well as extensively in Europe. His ground-breaking British canoe journeys include the first circumnavigation of Wales and the first unsupported canoe crossing of the Irish Sea, as well as grueling journeys across Scotland.

Ray’s experience extends far and wide, with his paddling career having taken him to four continents.

Ray’s North American canoe expeditions have taken him south to the Rio Grande and as far north as the Arctic Circle. Ray’s North American exploits been have not been limited to open boats either; in kayak he has made two descents of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

A British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach in Canoe, Inland Kayak, and Sea, Ray was the first coach to be assessed to Level 5 in three disciplines.

As if Ray’s skill and achievements in paddling weren’t enough, he is also holds the Mountaineering Instructor’s Certificate (MIC).

Ray is a ‘technical expert’ under the UK’s Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 1996 and as such he advises outdoor training centres on safety and good practice in the outdoors.

He is an active writer in the field of canoeing with his articles appearing in various publications. Ray wrote two chapters of the BCU Canoe and Kayak Handbook as well as sections in the standard UK textbook on White Water Safety and Rescue.

Ray’s own book, ‘Canoeing’, was first published in 2011 (see below for more details) with the second edition being published in 2016.

In the 2019 New Year’s Honours List, Ray was awarded an MBE for his services to canoeing.

Ray brings his experience and expertise to all of Frontier Bushcraft’s canoeing activities, including the Expedition Canoeing Skills Course in the Lake District, River Spey Expedition in Scotland, and The French River and Bloodvein River expeditions in Canada.

Check out his YouTube clips also.

Ray Goodwin canoeing Bloodvein River

The Basics
Event Location: 
Zoom in your own home
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone with Zoom
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Ray will do a Zoom presentation on some of his adventures.

Required Items to Bring: 

Leave that up to you

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Bring a friend, or tell a friend.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

You know the way

Carpool Info: 

None

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
None
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Meal Planning for Canoe Trips

This one-long workshop will go over meal planning and backcountry cooking for canoe trips, with a focus on long canoe trips where you can't rely on fresh food.
We'll cover topics like:
- Building a meal plan & nutrition on trip
- Prepping and packaging food (including dehydration)
- Finding and testing recipes
- Keep your food safe from bears and leave no trace
- and much more!

The Basics
Event Location: 
Virtual
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Mikaela Ferguson
Phone: 
416-566-7636

Sciencing in the wilderness: using iNaturalist and eBird to document your wildlife sightings

Have you ever wondered what that plant is? Noticed some cool mushrooms? Heard a weird bird call? Do you care about the places you canoe through and want to contribute data to help conserve them? Join Dr Mhairi McFarlane to learn about iNaturalist and eBird. These community science platforms are a great learning tool for amateurs and experts alike, and support research and conservation globally. Mhairi will introduce these tools, and provide valuable tips about how to use them in the wilderness to improve your knowledge of the natural world, drawing on her experiences canoeing throughout Ontario. Zoom Meeting details: Time: Mar 23, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84525836972 Meeting ID: 845 2583 6972

The Basics
Event Location: 
online
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
60 minutes
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Mhairi McFarlane
Phone: 
1234567890

RIVER TALKS WORKSHOP - DUMOINE

Hi Paddlers 

We are offering another River Talk in February this time we going to talk about the Dumoine River, a great white water river in Ontario. 

workshop topics:

- Rapids,

- Outfitters, 

- Maps,

- Location

- Campsites

Reserve your Seat February 24, 7PM

The Basics
Event Location: 
Zoom Call
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1.5 Hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with Computer
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Topic: WCA - RIVER TALKS WORKSHOP - DUMOINE RIVER

Time: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82021333168

Meeting ID: 820 2133 3168

If you want to call in on a phone only

647 374 4685

647 558 0588

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sandro Weiner
Phone: 
6474073410

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION - TRIP PLANNING MODULE 3 CALTOPO

WEBINER WILDERNESS NAVIGATION - TRIP PLANNING MODULE 3 CALTOPO

 
WE ARE PRESENTING CALTOPO WORKSHOP SOFTWARE!
 
- REVIEW CALTOPO
- CREATE CUSTOM MAPS WITH CALTOPO
- CUSTOM MAPS INTO GARMIN GPS
- CALTOPO TRACKS AND LAYERS
- DISTANCES AND RIVERS
 
AT END WORKSHOP YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GAIN EXTRA SKILLS IN CALTOPO AND PREPARE
A CANOE TRIP!
 
SANDRO WEINER
 
 
The Basics
Event Location: 
Webinar
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
1.5 Hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with Computer and Internet connection
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Topic: WCA - Trip Planning, Module 3, Caltopo

Time: Feb 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83306783491

Meeting ID: 833 0678 3491

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
SANDRO WEINER
Phone: 
647-407-3410

RIVER TALKS WORKSHOP - SPANISH RIVER - WEDNESDAY 13

Quick Remenber workshop is coming this wednesday!

Hi Paddlers 

We are offering another River Talk in January this time we going to talk about the Spanish River, a great white water river in Ontario where you can access by train. workshop topics: - Train logistic - Rapids, - Outfitters, - Maps, - location Reserve your Seat January 13, 7PM

The Basics
Event Location: 
Zoom Call
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 19:00
Event Duration: 
2 Hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with Computer and Internet connection
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Topic: WCA RIVER TALKS WORKSHOP - SPANISH RIVER

Time: Jan 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89754091756

Meeting ID: 897 5409 1756

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sandro Weiner
Phone: 
6474073410

Collecting the WCA History - Virtual Meeting

Purpose;  To write down the history of the Wilderness Canoe Association club for future generations.   With all clubs, some members join and some members leave and the clubs history sometimes is lost forever.   This effort will attempt to capture some of our clubs history.

Objective;   The club was founded in 1973.   The 50th year Gold anniversary will be in 2023.    It is hoped to put together a proper History of the WCA paper/book/videos that members can access.   

The plan;  We plan to seek out veteran WCA members who can put together short stories based on their club experiences.   These short stories would be placed in a chronological order which would tell the story of the club from early beginnings to the present.  

One idea is to capture video short stories from veteran WCA members and post them on the WCA YouTube Channel.

We also would like to hear from younger members about what they are looking for? Advise on trips, maps, equipment, etc.

We hope this virtual meeting will inspire some ideas and volunteers to put some ideas to paper or volunteer to be interviewed to tell their story.

We also are looking for people to help with editing some of the video footage

If you have some raw video footage or photos of days gone bye let us know.

Zoom Call: Dec 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 835 4910 4034
 

 

 

 

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Virtual
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 19:00
Registration Cut Off: 
12/16/2020
Event Duration: 
1 hour
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
100
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above

Required Items to Bring: 

n/a

Recommended Items to Bring: 

n/a

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Click on Zoom link above

Carpool Info: 

n/a

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434 cell
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