Whitewater

Mistassibi River, Quebec

The Mistassibi is a relatively remote northern Quebec The river offers great northern Canadian Shield and boreal forest landscapes with paddling that ranges from swifts to class 3's. Along this 120km route there are almost 80 rapids, with most rapids being runnable and there are only two short portages. It is said that almost 1/2 the river is rapids. We'll see. If you are interested there are maps available online at:
http://www.cartespleinair.org/Canot/06/MistassibiNordEstLeduc2017.pdf

The Basics
Event Location: 
Mistassibi River, Quebec
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, July 6, 2020 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
End of April
Event Duration: 
5 Days on the river
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Intermediate Paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats, 10 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats, 4 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We meet up Saturday night, do a bit of a food and gear sort and meet the shuttle Sunday morning at 10am. With five + days on the river. [approx 800km ea way-we'll sort out ride sharing]

SAT JULY 4 Drive to Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que
SUN JULY 5 Meet the shuttle the beginning of the forest road,
at Dolbeau-Mistassini, at the resto des Copains's parking.
MON JULY 6-FRIDAYJULY 10 Paddle the river
FRIDAY EVENING/ SATURDAY JULY 10/11 Drive Home

Required Items to Bring: 

Outfitted whitewater boats
All the group gear is taken care of.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

We will be meeting at a hotel in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que

Carpool Info: 

Carpooling will get sorted out at a later date. [approx 800km ea way-we'll sort out ride sharing]
River shuttle will be arranged through outfitter

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Neil Campbell
Phone: 
705 957 5191 evenings and wkends

Magnetawan River (Full)

The Magnetawan River is a river in Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. The river flows 175 km from its source of Magnetawan Lake inside Algonquin Provincial Park to empty into Georgian Bay at the community of Britt on Byng Inlet. At the end of the 19th century, the river was used to float white pine logs to sawmills downstream. The river gained recent renown when it was featured in Bill Mason's film Waterwalker. The River has numerous rapids, such as, "The Thirty Dollar Rapids", "The Fourteen", "The Ten", the "Potato Rapids", "Lovesick Rapids", . We plan to start some where upstream around Maple Island area and end 4 days later in Bing Inlet on Georgian Bay. This works out to be ~55 Km. Thursday=13km, Friday~15km, Saturday~15km, Sunday~12km.   I did this trip back in May 18-21, 2013, so will be more or less following the same plan.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Magnetawan River
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 08:00
Event Duration: 
4 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Experienced whitewater canoeist / campers
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Contact me for details.

Required Items to Bring: 

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Recommended Items to Bring: 

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How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact me for details.

Carpool Info: 

Contact me for details.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you are committed to go on the event.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Rouge River Run Down to Lake Ontario

Rouge National Urban Park and Lake Ontario shoreline explored by canoe.
You will be surprised what you will see on this urban adventure.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Rouge River/Lake Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
06/03/2020
Event Duration: 
5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members, families and guest
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet up river (tbd location) at 9 am
Unload canoes and gear and do car shuttle at 9:20 am to the take out.
Car shuttle 30-40 minutes
Start down the river at 10 am
Plastic boats recommended. Current is slow, but expect gravel bars that may scratch your Kevlar canoe a bit.
Lunch will be down the shore of Lake Ontario (if the lake is not rough)
Takeout is Rouge River/Lake Ontario parking lot
Then return to the parking lot between 1-2 pm.
Collect cars at putin and pack up.

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe and related safety gear

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Water, lunch, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See organizer for details

Carpool Info: 

See organizer for details

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you plan to attend
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Snake River, Yukon

The Snake River is part of the Yukon's gorgeous Peel River watershed. This is an intermediate trip, but experience in Class II-III whitewater and solid back-country tripping skills are essential. In addition to the paddling, we plan several days of hiking into the nearby mountains, including at Duo Lakes and Milk Creek/Mt. Macdonald.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Whitehorse, Yukon
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
March 31
Event Duration: 
17 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
3 tandem boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

July 11: Meet in Whitehorse
July 12: Van shuttle to Mayo (5 hours)
July 13. Float plane from Mayo to Duo Lakes, near the headwaters of the Snake
July 27: Float plane pickup from Taco Bar (confluence of Snake and Peel Rivers) back to Mayo
July 28: Van shuttle from Mayo to Whitehorse.
July 29: (or later) Return home from Whitehorse.

Required Items to Bring: 

Rentals of outfitted canoes have been arranged in Whitehorse.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Tarik Khan and Roland Paris
Phone: 
Please contact us by email first: tarik.khan@international.gc.ca; rparis@uottawa.ca

Mountain River

The Mountain River has been described as a 'guides river' as it is 300km of river with whitewater, six canyons, hiking opportunities and wildlife viewing. Whitewater experience is obviously required and also tripping experience.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Norman Wells NWT
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 31, 2020 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
31 March
Event Duration: 
13 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet in Norman Wells on the 30th July and fly to Dusty Lake the following day. At the end of the trip we will be having a boat shuttle back to Norman Wells. It is possible to fly out on the same day but normally people stay over another night in Norman Wells. Due to flight schedules it takes two days to fly to Norman Wells.

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe rentals are arranged and other items can be rented from the outfitter in Norman Wells.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

It is recommended to have done a Swiftwater Rescue Course.

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

Upper Credit River

We will be running the Credit River from Inglewood to Glen Williams, water levels permitting. This run is suitable for novices but some competence in moving water is helpful. There are two weirs we must pull over and two other obstacles which generally can be run. Some years, navigating around sweepers has caused problems for novices. A potluck dinner will follow....details to follow.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River...bridge at Inglewood...details will be emailed
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 14
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 partner or a boat 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

WCA Canada Day Weekend at Palmer Rapids on the 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. If you’re an angler, you’ll find the fishing here is pretty good. For those who aren't into paddling or fishing, 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 Tavern has a hearty Polish buffet every Saturday night that will fill the hungriest paddler. We book the restaurant for a group dinner for any who want to join in.

If you are new to the WCA, this is a highly recommended weekend for skills development and socializing.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 17:00
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Please 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.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Lots of energy for active days of paddling- and a big appetite if joining us for the buffet.

Though it's the end of June, the weather and water are not infrequently still cool, especially if it's rainy & windy. I recommend taking a light wetsuit or paddling top.

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.

There are other routes to the spot that your map software may recommend, and they are fine. I give this one because the roads are all good, and the route is straight-forward and easy to follow visually.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
4163213005
Email: 

Black River near Washago

 

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 many 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 dry suit or wet suit. 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, May 2, 2020 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Please 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 GTA 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 western 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.
For a signpost, look for Black River Wilderness Park on the west side of the highway. The park is just north of 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: 
4163213005
Email: 

Moira River

On a spring day, the Moira River north of Belleville provides a fun paddling trip from Lost Channel to Latta.

The river provides a great opportunity for good novice moving water paddlers to move up to an intermediate level river. We'll meet at Chisholm's Mill at 9:30, do a car shuttle, and then warm up the easier lower section down to Latta. The rapids are not difficult; just a fun rollercoaster ride, with some surfing waves along the way. We'll go back to Chisholm's for lunch at the cars, and then do a shuttle to run the more technical and challenging Lost Channel section. We should finish up around 4:00, and then we traditionally hit the nearby Maple Dale Cheese store along the highway for ice cream and cheese. (Real Canucks can buy cheese curds here for homemade poutine.)
 

All canoes must have full flotation, and you are required to have a wetsuit or drysuit as the water will be cold. If you arrive without these, you will not be able to participate.

Please note that as at the time of posting the river levels and weather cannot be predicted, the date could be changed if levels are not suitable or the weather is inclement. I like to play, and float along chatting with people. My idea of a fun outing isn't paddling in freezing rain muttering to each other "don't worry, we'll soon be finished if we hurry." So if you sign up, you needn't worry that you are committing to a survival exercise-just a fun day.


 

 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Moira River, north of Belleville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 09:30
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We'll meet in the parking area by the river across the bridge from Chisholm's Mill at 9:30. Full day's itinerary is above.

Required Items to Bring: 

Full floatation for canoes as well as a wet suit or dry suit for all paddlers is required. If you show up without these, you cannot participate.
Lunch can stay in car. Just bring any snack or drink that you may want for the morning or afternoon runs.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Take Exit #544 north (HWY 39) from Hwy 401 at Belleville. Coming from the west, the exit is right after you go over the Moira River. Go north to the village of Roslin. Turn right onto Shannonville Rd. Go about 2 km and you will see the mill and the river. Go over the bridge and turn right into the parking area.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
4163213005
Email: 

Lower Credit River

Join me on this classic early spring favourite of Toronto area paddlers. We’ll catch the Credit in Streetsville and run down to the mouth at Port Credit. The river is a delightful continuous class 1 to 2 with lots big bouncy wave trains and play spots. There are loads of opportunities to practice easy ferries and eddy turns as we work our way down the river. However, downed trees over the winter can create sweepers, and participants need to be able to manoeuvre a canoe in moving water to avoid them. As well, the water will be cold. You should have solid basic moving water skills, and wear a wetsuit or drysuit. Boats should have air bags in them. We'll have lunch on the river at a park near Dundas Street, so bring something to eat. We usually finish the trip around 3 PM.

If the weather is unfavourable on the Saturday, we'll re-schedule the trip for the Sunday.


 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville to Port Credit
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We meet at the put-in at 9:00 am. Exit south from HWY 401 onto Mississauga Rd./Erin Mills Parkway. Follow Mississauga Rd. south into Streetsville, where it becomes called Queen St. Follow Queen to just south of Thomas St., then turn left onto Church St. (just past the church, of course). Follow Church around a curve & you'll see the river on the right. Vic Johnston Community Centre is on right, and just south of it is a park, which is where we put in. Washroom facilities in the community centre are open to the public. We do a shuttle with the objective of getting as many cars at the take-out as possible so we can car pool back to the start and no one has to sit around.
Consequently, roof racks capable of carrying more than one boat are appreciated. Lunch is on the river around Dundas St. We should reach the lake around 3 pm.
For the car shuttle, from the arena go back out to Queen St. Turn left (south). Queen changes into Mississauga Rd. Follow it south to Port Credit. Turn left just after going under the railway bridge, onto Front St. Park on Front across from Port Credit Canoe Club building or adjacent streets. At the end of our trip, take out at the canoe club dock, and do a short carry to the car.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater canoe or kayak. Wetsuit or drysuit. Airbags for canoe.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

For lunch, a thermos is recommended as weather can be cool.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Please see itinerary.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness
Phone: 
4163213005
Email: 
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