Whitewater

Anderson River

The Anderson River originates in lakes northwest of Great Bear Lake, NWT and travels for 1000km to the Beaufort Sea. It empties into the ocean in a well-know bird sanctuary. It is a remote river, with lots of wild-life and some easy to moderate white-water.

You can join the trip for all 7 weeks starting on Great Bear Lake or for 4 weeks starting in Colville Lk.

The 7-weeks option includes upstream travel on a small river and portaging between small lakes south of the source of the Anderson. The 4-week option out of Colville Lake is physically less demanding.

The trip ends by paddling through coastal lakes all the way to Inuvik.

Cost will be depending on number of participants, which part of the trip you will be doing and if you can fly on points between $2000-3000.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Anderson River, NWT
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 30th, 2019
Event Duration: 
4 or 7 weeks
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6
Minimum Group Size: 
4
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Part 1
June 30
fly out of Norman Wells, NWT

July 1 -July 5
Great Bear Lake- 125km

July 6-21 upstream on Ketseyedie River 50km and via another small creek with small lakes leading to the source of the Anderson-75km

July 22-30 Upper Anderson (plateau river, small flow) 250km

Part 2
July 23-30
Colville Lk to where Ross River joins the Anderson (lakes and small river) 210km

July 31-Aug10 Lower Anderson- the delta with bird sanctuary -450km

Aug 11-22
Husky(Eskimo) Lakes to Stidigi Lake; small creek to Inuvik-350km

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Iva Kinclova
Phone: 
4164616000

Upper Credit River Reminder

Join us for an early spring run (water levels permitting) on the Credit from Inglewood to Glen Williams. Suitable for novices but some competence in moving water is helpful.There are two weirs we must pull over, two other obstacles which generally can be run and possible sweepers to be navigated. A potluck dinner will follow at the home of Rick Sabourin in Erin.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River....bridge at Inglewood....details will be emailed
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 2
Event Duration: 
full day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
all WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
none
Minimum Group Size: 
none
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

all boats unloaded and cars ready to shuttle by 9:30 a.m. Begin paddle by 11 a.m. There will be a lunch stop on the river, so bring your lunch with you. We should be finished between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then we will head to a home in the area for a post paddle potluck. Further info will be emailed to all participants.

Required Items to Bring: 

boat, paddles, PFD, lunch, change of clothes in waterproof bag. If you don't have a boat or a partner we may be able to find one for you.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Inglewood is close to Hwy 10 and Olde Baseline Road north of Brampton. We will provide more detail by email.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Barb & Dave Young
Phone: 
905-457-7937

Madawaska Wine & Cheese Float

We paddle from Aumond bay to Griffith with 2 nights of camping
A leisure pace with lots of time to play and socialize
The water is big and cold and the weather can be challenging so intermediate paddlers should have outfitted ww boats and appropriate paddling/camping gear.
Most rapids can however be portaged and 1 at least must.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Madawaska
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (All day)
Event Duration: 
Saturday to Monday afternoon of the long weekend holiday
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA Members and a guest
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Typically I provide two dinners and breakfasts. Participants provide their own 2 lunches, plus snacks and desert to share for the dinners. We all share in the costs including shuttle services.

Participants also provide their own plates utensils etc.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Larry Durst
Phone: 
647-502-1152

Kattawagami River 30 June to 10 July

The Kattawagami River is a medium sized river of 200km with numerous rapids. There are several portages, all short and several rapids can be lined. We will arrange a shuttle out of Cochrane to the starting point. At the bottom we will get a boat shuttle to Moosonee where we can catch the Polar Bear Express back to Cochrane. This is a trip that I did 18 years ago and am repeating. It has been described as the best wilderness canoe trip in Ontario because of its isolation and number of runnable rapids.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Start and finish in Cochrane
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
14 June 2019
Event Duration: 
Eleven days on the river. Cochrane is a days drive.
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
People with tripping experience and intermediate whitewater skills.
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet in Cochrane in the afternoon of 29 June. The next morning the shuttle will take us up the Detour Lake Mine Rd to the river. At the end of 11 days on the river we will get a boat shuttle to Moosonee. Participants can catch the train back to Cochrane that day or take some time to look around and catch the train the next day. The train gets into Cochrane around 11pm.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater canoe and appropriate camping equipment for self sufficient travel.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Bug jackets.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Robin Rivison
Phone: 
705 742-0367

Grand River

Date: June 17th, 2017 This very popular annual trip seems to be a great draw for all levels of paddlers. We are now into the 13th year doing this and we’ve enjoyed perfect weather (most times), portage free paddling, and a social barbeque that has followed our outing. This annual event is a wonderful day to enjoy an easy moving water river and to socialize with other WCA’ers. The trip will start in south Cambridge where we will put in and then paddle to Paris. We will pass through scenic farm country, stop at a haunted mill, negotiate some easy grade one water, and stop for lunch along the way. Those interested are welcome to join us back at our house in Cambridge for some food, beverage, and social time.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Cambridge
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
01June19
Event Duration: 
One Day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
12 Boats
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Doug Ashton
Phone: 
519-620-8364

Grand River day trip (novice swift water)

An easy day drifting down stream on the historic and readily accessible Grand River from Glen Morris to Brantford.. Canoes, kayaks, SUPs.. just about anything that floats high will work well.
Light and shallow rapids in places.
A short but steep-ish portage at the dam in Paris. There is a dock, stairs at the start and a rough ramp at the end

The Basics
Event Location: 
Grand River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
none
Event Duration: 
9 - 5 pm with option for cook-out
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
members and friends with club waivers
Maximum Group Size: 
none
Minimum Group Size: 
3 canoes
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Put-in: Glen Morris, Eric Thomlinson Access Ramp 9:00 am. Unload. Sort out car shuttling to campground. Estimated launch time: 11:00 am
Take out: Outfitter Launch, Brant Conservation campground ~ 5 pm
Riverside campsite 198 reserved, close to the Outfitters Launch. Park brochure online identifies it well. There is a limit to the number of people permitted so plan to gather for a meal and book your own for a sleepover.

Required Items to Bring: 

Bring at least 1 L water, lunch, sun protection (a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is pretty much mandatory on the water), a change of clothing. Shoes you can carry a canoe with. Canoes should arrive with enough lifejackets and paddles and necessary legal boating safety kit. River can be shallow so don't bring your precious boats.
Rentals available from Grand River Experiences

Recommended Items to Bring: 

BYOB & camp chairs, potluck dinner at campsite

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Put-in: Glen Morris, Eric Thomlinson Access Ramp at the end of Forbes St (you can type in 18 Forbes St on your Garmin). Just past the United Church, two blocks south of the Glen View General Store. There is a Rail-Trail parking lot at the end of Forbes Street. Access is gained by crossing the Rail-Trail and taking the path to the river.
Take out: Outfitters Launch, Brant Conservation campground. See park brochure.

Carpool Info: 

up to you. shuttling to be sorted at 9 am at the put in.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Isadora van Riemsdijk
Phone: 
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Coulonge River - Quebec

With a length of 125 km, this spectacular whitewater canoe route is filled with breathtaking views, wildlife and classic class 2 and 3 rapids with portage options. The Coulonge is a remote river located in Western Quebec and flows into the Ottawa River.The river is relatively small and the terrain alternates between Canadian Shield rock and sand. The navigatable rapids are long and the portages are short. (The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association) We will be paddling during 5 days following the current trough swifts and rapids and amazing sand beaches where we will be camping every night

The Basics
Event Location: 
Waltham, Quebec
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, October 13, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
August 15
Event Duration: 
1 day driving / 5 days River / 1 day driving
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with River tripping experience
Maximum Group Size: 
8 People / 4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats / 6 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will be leaving on Sunday October 13th in the morning and driving all day to Walthan Quebec where we will stay at the Black River Inn.
October 14th Monday we will have a 3 hours shuttle where we will be dropped off and from there we will paddle south during 5 Days and 1/2 day (14 Thanks Giving,15,16,17,18,19) we will be paddling around 25km per day.
We are leaving the river October 19 Saturday and driving south ontario.

Required Items to Bring: 

-Personal clothing/layering
-Rain Gear
-Wetsuit or Drysuite
-Helmet
-Extra paddles
-Painters
-Throw bag
-Rescue Equipment

Recommended Items to Bring: 

-Because it is a river tripping boots or runners are the best to wear during the day
-3 season tent,
-3 season sleeping bag

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Black Inn River
Chemin de la Rivière Noire, Waltham, Quebec J0X 3H0

Carpool Info: 

I will provide more details

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
No refund in case of cancellation
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
SANDRO WEINER
Phone: 
6474073410

Paddle at Gibson / McCrae Loop

This is a 50km loop and we are going to finish in two days with one-night camping by the river. It's a combination of small / big lake water and river travels. There are five rapids on Gibson River and each of them you can choose whether to run or portage through. There are 9 portages on the route. This is a crown land, so the cost is free (you need to bring your own food of course). We will start at the McCrae parking lot, paddle under Hwy 400, up the McDonald River to 6 Mile Lake, then to Gibson Lake. Paddle through the lake to the Gibson River and follow the river to Georgian Bay, and paddle back to our cars along the east shore of Bone Island and into McCrae Lake. To get to the McCrae parking lot, drive up Hwy 400 past Barry, keep on the 400 past Port Severn, look for Exit 168 to Crocked Bay. Take that off ramp and go "under" the 400, turn right onto the south bound on-ramp, look for the "left" down to the parking lot. There is no boat rental at the put in. So you need to bring a boat or find a paddle partner before coming. Please keep in mind the water will be cold. Please wear a wetsuit or drysuit.

The Basics
Event Location: 
McCrae Parking Lot
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
When the group is full
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See trip description

Required Items to Bring: 

Regular backcountry gears. A canoe, wet suit or dry suit.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See trip description

Carpool Info: 

TBA

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Steven Mou
Phone: 
n/a

Summer Weekend at Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River

 Please join us for our traditional WCA Canada Day summer weekend at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River. We stay at Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is an enjoyable weekend for novice or better moving water paddlers. Probably more people have had their first taste of moving water here than in any other spot in Ontario. There are a couple of sets of Class 1-2 rapids almost outside your tent door. I'm happy to give some informal paddling pointers to new river runners. If the water levels are good, more adventurous types might want to get together to take a run down the Lower Madawaska on Sunday.

This is a great family getaway for the whole family. There's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. Plus the fishing here is pretty good. For those who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and interesting shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay. 

We're going to be there from Friday afternoon to Monday, but you can come & camp or go at any time.

You will need a whitewater canoe with flotation, and a helmet, along with the usual PFD and paddle. Canoes can be rented nearby at Paddler Co-op (see their website www.paddlerco-op.com), or from Madawaska River Rentals (see their website www.MadRiverRentals.ca ), or from Don Adams in Griffith, who will even deliver to Jessup's for a fee (613-333-2240). If renting, tell them you want thigh straps in the canoe. It will make a huge amount of difference to your control.

For those looking to escape camp cookery, try the famous Wilno Tavern: http://www.wilnotavern.com/index.php

The Wilno has a Polish buffet Saturday nights that will fill any hungry paddler. There are also some other good restaurants in Barry's Bay.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 17:00
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above

Required Items to Bring: 

You need a whitewater canoe with flotation bags, etc.-as described above.
The campsite provides basic facilities of some picnic tables, outhouses, and water pump. It's car camping. We prefer to bring our Toronto water, but many prefer the well water. There is a general store and a small restaurant nearby in Palmer Rapids. Camp fees are in the range of $20-$25/tent/night.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Direction to Palmers Rapids& Jessup’s Camp Ground:
 From Peterborough - go north up Hwy 28 to Bancroft.
 In Bancroft, turn left on Hwy 62 thought Maynooth and Combermere.
 In Combermere, just over the bridge turn right on Hwy 515.
 Just after you cross over the river again on your right you will see a local road (River Bend Road) turn right here --the river is on your immediate right.
 The road goes more or less straight.
 When it makes a sharp turn to the left, there should be a one lane dirt driveway straight in front of you. You will see a wooden sign with a teepee and canoe in orange paint.
 Go up the low hill and drive along until you come to the campground.
 Look for my red Mazda CX-5 with double roof racks.
 If you actually get into the village of Palmer Rapids, you've gone too far along 515, so just turn around, go back..
 The address of the campground is 266 River Bend Road.
 I believe the fee is $20-$25 / tent / night.
Google maps Palmer Rapids
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=266+River+Bend+Drive,+P...
Palmer Rapids Village is just to the right, off the map.
The road showing in the upper right is Jewellville Road.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 

Black River at Washago-New Date

 The Black River empties into Lake Simcoe south of Washago. There is a fun short section from the HWY 169 bridge crossing to the next concession road crossing to the west where the river loops around through a number of small rapids separated by flat sections. The section ends with an optional more challenging technical chute, followed by a Class 2 rollercoaster ride. This is an ideal spot for budding moving water paddlers to get some experience, and practice ferries and eddy turns. I'm happy do give informal pointers, and we're in no rush. The section of river is short enough that if you get cold or wet, you can quickly paddle out. However, if you want to work the section, you can play all afternoon. As a bonus, we meet at 11:00 so you don't have to haul yourself out of bed early to get there. We'll also finish around 3:00, so plenty of time to get back to the family dinner. Bring a lunch and we'll eat on the river. As the water will still be cold, 
you will need a wetsuit or drysuit. This is a relaxed day of paddling play & practice on a fun, forgiving stretch of river.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River, south of Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater boat with air bag flotation. Drysuit or wetsuit. Bring a lunch in your boat as we will stop to eat on the river.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Those coming from the eastern GAT will take HWY 48 north to HWY 12. Then north on 12 to just past the village of Brechin, where you exit right onto HWY 169. Follow HWY 169 north for about 10 minutes to where the Black River goes under the highway.

Those coming from the west GTA will go north on HWY 400 to Barrie, and then continue north on HWY 11 to the exit for Washago at the north end of Lake Couchiching. Exit right onto HWY 169 and follow it south to the river.

We put in on the northwest side of the bridge. Then, we do a quick 5 minute car shuttle to the bridge at the first concession road to the west.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
416-321-3005
Email: 
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