Whitewater

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 (FULL)

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
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
30
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-Re-scheduled

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 dry suit or wet suit.

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, May 4, 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: 

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 6, 2019 - 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: 
416-321-3005
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. It's not much fun paddling in cold rain.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville to Port Credit
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
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. Lunch-thermos recommended as weather can be cool.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See Itinerary.

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

BONAVENTURE RIVER - GASPE PENINSULE QUEBEC (FULL)

With a length of 125 km, this spectacular river is filled with breathtaking views, wildlife and classic class 2 and 3 rapids with NO portages. The Bonaventure River is a river located in Gaspesie National Park Quebec and flows into the Baie the Chaleurs.The river is relatively small and low the terrain alternates between Mountains and Valleys. We will be paddling during 5 days following the current trough swifts and rapids, salmon pools and beaches where will be camping every night.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Bonaventure, Québec
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, June 17, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April
Event Duration: 
2 days driving / 5 days River / 2 days 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 June 15 in the morning and driving 2 days to Bonaventure Quebec where we will stay at the Cimes Aventure sunday night June 16.
June 17 we will have a 2 hours shuttle to Bonaventure Lake where we will be dropped off and from there we will paddle south during 5 days in direction back to Cime Aventure where our cars are parked
In total, this is a 129 Km trip and we will be paddling around 25km per day.

june 22 and 23 drive to 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: 

Cimes Aventure
200 Chemin Athanase Arsenault
Bonaventure, QC G0C 1E0

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

Bloodvein River, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park - Need ONE more participant!

One member of our team of three canoes had to drop out due to a family illness issue. We would like to keep three complete tandem canoes. Otherwise, we will have one solo boat. Contact me, iori miller, if you wish more details.

This is to be 'Part III' of the Northwest Wilderness Challenge by Ontario Parks for myself and some participants on this trip. The majority of our group will be traveling to Red Lake by train (with our own canoes) and shuttle from Washago. We will be traveling east to west, beginning at the Lund Lake access point of the Woodland Caribou Park (WCPP), then we will take 5 days to paddle to Artery Lake on the west side of the park. At that point we will leave WCPP (and Ontario!) and enter Atikaki Provincial Park (APP) and travel the Bloodvein River for 7 to 9 days (a Canadian Heritage River) all the way west to Lake Winnipeg. The entire trip is about 300 km. Participants on this trip need to be experienced in Wilderness canoeing, be fit, and be willing to participate in all aspects of the organization and preparation of the trip. You do not need to be an expert white water paddler, but you need to better than a 'beginner'.
We will be returning from Winnipeg afterwards, also by Train.
A lot of the planning is complete.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Woodland Caribou and Atikaki Provincial Parks
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, August 4, 2019 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
July 1st, 2019
Event Duration: 
August 4th to the 23rd. (inc. travel there and back)
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
4 canoes, 8 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2 canoes, 4 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

2-3 days travel to Red Lake
5 days in Woodland Caribou Park
7-9 days days on the Bloodvein River in Atikaki Park
2-3 days travel back to Toronto
*Presently we are considering traveling by train, with the help of outfitters to shuttle us where needed.

Required Items to Bring: 

We will be using our own canoes

Recommended Items to Bring: 

To be determined.

How to Get There
Carpool Info: 

Will not be necessary.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Committment is expected
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
iori miller
Phone: 
Do not wish to provide this.
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