Whitewater

Petawawa; Canada Day weekend

A leasurely run of the Petawawa River from Lake Traverse to Lake McManus over 4 days, 3 nights.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park; Petawawa River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 13:00
Registration Cut Off: 
06/26/14
Event Duration: 
4 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
anybody interested
Maximum Group Size: 
9 people by park regulation
Minimum Group Size: 
n/a
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at Sand Lake gate to register and pay and finalize shuttle arrangement. Then proceed to Lake Traverse, put in and go as far as the Thompson Rapids area where we'll camp for the night. On the second day we are planning to reach the Natch Rapids, and camp there. The last night would be somewhere on Whitson Lake or that area, and we'd reach the take out sometime early in the afternoon on Canada Day (July 1st)

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe with all the safety equipment, spare paddles, camping gear, food, etc.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear, mosquito netting,

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Depending on where you are coming from, check on Google maps or similar how to get to Sand Lake Gate.

Carpool Info: 

We could coordinate once the participants are known

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Attila Barbacsy
Phone: 
613 - 969 65 83

Lower Madawaska River near Quadeville, ON (trip #2)

For those who are unable to participate in the posted trip dated on Sunday, June 30th, here is another opportunity to paddle the Lower Madawaska River or anyone wishing to do it again. This day trip normally lasts between 6 and 9 hours with a total of 8 rapids.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Quadeville, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Friday,July 18th by 10:00 PM
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
anyone familiar with whitewater paddling
Maximum Group Size: 
no limit
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meeting location will be at the chip stand corner where there is a T-intersection on Saturday, July 19th. Meeting time is 9:00 AM and expect to leave shortly for arrangements to depart to Almond`s Bay put-in. Expected to complete the day trip by late afternoon.

Required Items to Bring: 

reliable PFD to wear, helmet, paddles, air bags and bailers for canoes, throwrope, skirts for enclosed kayaks, your own lunch, water bottle, good footwear, drybags

Recommended Items to Bring: 

comfortable wearing for local temperatures, sunscreen, waterproof camera, change of clothes after trip

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

From Toronto area take Hwy 115 from 401 to Peterborough, east on Hwy 7, turn left onto Hwy 28 to Bancroft, Hwy 28 east of Bancroft becomes as Cty Rd 514 after Hardwood Lake intersection, turn right at stop sign on Cty Rd 515 to Quadeville. For those wishing to camp overnight turn left to Palmer Rapids to camp at Jessop`s Campground or Paddler co-Op.

Carpool Info: 

Depart chip stand intersection in Quadeville to Almond`s Bay put-in, then shuttle vehicles to Buck Bay take-out before returning to put-in for our launching.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andrew Craig
Phone: 
613-754-2882
Email: 

Credit River, Norval-Brampton; corrected email contact

New email contact listed below . A nice introduction to moving water on the edge of urban sprawl. The Credit river should still be high enough to paddle from Norval to Meadowvale. No rapids, but plenty of ripples. Lots of bends in the river, ann a shute over the old damn in Huttonville. One dead tree across the entire river below Churchville requires ability to eddy out in advance. Good introduction to moving water, practice eddy turns, or just a lazy day letting the river take you past Greenbelt valley lands in NW Brampton, camp Naivelt, and wildlife in the City.

The Basics
Event Location: 
McNab Park, Norval
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
as soon as possible, or see you there
Event Duration: 
6 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
none
Minimum Group Size: 
one boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at McNab Park, Noble St & Hwy #7 in Norval Ont. 9:00 am.
Shuttle to Meadowvale Park, 2nd line north of Old Derry Rd., Mississauga.
Launch into River by 10 AM. End at Meadowvale Pk by 3pm
Day can be shortened by taking out at Eldorado Park where we will have lunch (Creditview Rd between Queen St & Steeles Av., Brampton). An easy lazy drifting pace takes three hours, so there will be lots of time.

Required Items to Bring: 

Canoe or kayak, lunch, water. PFD & paddle. Helmet or sunhat, sunscreen. Change of clothes in a dry bag if temperatures are cool.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Recommend that canoes have floatation bags, and participants wear helmet (beware of golfers).

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Meet at McNab Park, Noble St & Hwy #7 in Norval Ont. 9:00 am.
Shuttle to Meadowvale Park, 2nd line north of Old Derry Rd., Mississauga.
Launch into River in Norval by 10 AM.
End at Meadowvale Pk by 3pm
Day can be shortened by taking out at Eldorado Park where we will lunch (Creditview Rd between Queen St & Steeles Av., Brampton)

Carpool Info: 

Parking at McNab park, where we meet. Extra parking at nearby Norval Convenience Store. Shuttle to parking lot at Meadowvale Park.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Janet Kuzniar
Phone: 
905 840-6015

Intermediate Whitewater Clinic May 31 - June 1

The purpose of this clinic is to help paddlers who have had introductory whitewater training to improve their paddling skills. On Saturday we will paddle the Lower Madawaska where we will take an aggressive line on all the rapids doing eddy turns and jet ferries. On Sunday morning we will go to Palmers and practice basic skills. We will critique your forward and correction strokes. Tandem and solo paddlers can benefit from this clinic. We will camp at my cottage in the area.
There is no charge. I can be contacted via email . Helmets are required. . Tandem canoes must have a centre airbag properly installed. This trip is conditional on decent water levels and decent weather. The water will be cold that weekend so wetsuits or drysuits are needed as it is very unlikely that participants will remain dry all day.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Madawaska/Palmer's Rapids
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 08:00
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
see above
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above.

Required Items to Bring: 

See above re boats, plus camping gear and food.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Change of clothes, lunch, snacks, water. Dress for the weather.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact organizer.

Carpool Info: 

N/A Arrange own transportation. There will be a car shuttle on Saturday.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John Hackert
Phone: 
000-000-0000

Black River at 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 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. As the water will still be cold, you will need a wetsuit or drysuit. As this is a fun play & practice day, and I don't find paddling in cold rain much fun, the outing is weather dependent. Email me as soon as possible if you want to join us.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River at Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

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. We put in on the northwest side of the bridge. Then, we do a 5 minute car shuttle to the bridge at the first concession road to the west.
Hint: Buy cheap gas ("cheap" being a relative term) at the service centre on HWY 12 just north of Beaverton.

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

Lower Madawaska River near Quadevlle, ON

This day trip depending on participants will take about 6 to 9 hours for the complete shuttle routine. There are 8 rapids to tackle after about an hour flatwater paddling from the put-in.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Quadeville, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 26, 2014 (72 hours before departure time)
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
anyone familiar with whitewater paddling
Maximum Group Size: 
no limit
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meeting location will be at the chip stand corner in Quadeville at a T-intersection on Sunday, June 29th. Meeting time is at 9:00 AM and will be leaving shortly for arrangements to depart to Almond`s Bay put-in. Expected to complete day trip by late afternoon.

Required Items to Bring: 

reliable PFD to wear, helmet, paddles, air bags for canoes, throwrope, skirts for kayakers, your own lunch, water bottle, good footwear, drybag

Recommended Items to Bring: 

comfortable wearing for local temperature settings, sunscreen, waterproof camera, change of clothes at end of trip

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

From Toronto and surrounding GTA take Hwy 115 from 401 to Peterborough, then Hwy 28 to Bancroft, Hwy 28 east of Bancroft becomes Cty Rd 514 after Hardwood Lake, turn right at stop sign on Cty Rd 515 to Quadeville or turn left to Palmer Rapids to camp at Jessop`s Campground or at Paddler Co-Op.

Carpool Info: 

Depart at chip stand in Quadeville to Almond`s Bay put-in, then shuttle vehicles to Buck Bay take-out before returning to put-in for our launching.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andrew Craig
Phone: 
613-754-2882
Email: 

Saugeen River - long weekend May - STILL OPEN SPACE

DUE TO SEVERAL LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS -THERE IS STILL SPACE !!!
DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF RAIN EXPECTED THIS WEEK - THE WATER LEVEL WILL BE HIGHER AND LOTS OF FUN OF EASY PADDLING AS CURRENT WILL BE FASTER AND THERE WILL BE LESS ROCKS
NO BIG RAPIDS HERE
Yes we are doing it again.
It's under white water, but it is actually moving water, a river that has a enough current to have fun.
It's definitely for BEGINNERS. Walkerton to South Hampton
It's fun and we will have a great time.
It is a rural river, with lots of access points.
It is about 90 km and we'll do it in 3 days.
Day 1 we meet in Walkerton, where we unload, do the shuttle, have lunch, there is one rapid level 1,
Day 2 we have lunch in Paisley, the best ice cream ever there
we camp at Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area.
Day 3 is fun as the river meanders in a lot of side arms.
We will also hope that day to see the Bald Eagle's nest again.
We share food, everybody decides upon a meal.
More information closer to the date.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Saugeen River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
May 10, 2014
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone, it's really fun for families
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

PARTICIPANTS -EQUIPMENT
Eugene will be canoeing solo
James wants to be in the bow/stern in someone else canoe - won't bring a canoe
Fiona doesn't have a canoe and car and needs to be picked up in downtown Toronto /cabbage town and needs a partner to go canoeing with
Fred has a canoe but needs a partner
Mary has a canoe but needs a partner
Emmy has a canoe but needs a partner - small 14 ft canoe - as someone else is using my longer tripping canoe - could use space in case not everything fits

DIRECTIONS
So the goal is we meet in Walkerton in Lobies Park on Saturday May 17 between 8.30 and 9.00 am
you can join later - around 11-00-12.00 but we'll leave your car then at the starting point. and shuttle at the end
There is an option of camping at lobbies park on Friday night.
once we unload our canoes and gear - we will drive to Southhampton - Dennies Dam - to park our cars
As we have enough people, we probably can do our own shuttle - preferably a driver that doesn't have a canoe.
It will take about 2 hours to do the shuttle - so the people that stay behind in Walkerton bring a good book to read - as there will be a lot of people loading and unloading canoes and we don't want our equipment to be lost.

MENU
So far I only know that we have one person who is vegetarian - Are there any other diet or food restrictions?
in the past year to save space, food and have more fun together we set up a menu plan and share the meals
Saturday LUNCH - we bring our own sandwiches as we will be back in Walkerton just before lunch - we eat either before we launch or we paddle a bit and then paddle
Saturday DINNER - Emmy will make Chili - a portion without meat and a portion with hamburger meat
Sunday Breakfast -
Sunday Lunch - surprise a la Jim
Sunday Dinner - Garden pie and desert a la Fred
Monday Breakfast - pancakes a la Eugene
Monday Lunch
Monday Dinner - on our way home

Also remember to bring lots of water with you, enough for 2 days and any cooking we need.
What I do is I freeze my water bottles and use them for cooling of food. Which I then can use as drinking water during the first 2 days. We can refill water in Paisley on Sunday Lunch
Water filtering in the Saugeen is not advisable - so we have to carry it.
Don't forget toilet paper and sanitizer as there will be no toilets /outhouses until Sunday afternoon

Coffee /Tea - Stoves can we share - ? please send me feedback regarding this
I'm a tea drinker myself - I do have a camp - coffee percolator but no guarantee it will be good? - I mean the coffee

Also note that around Sunday Lunch we will go to Paisley to eat ice cream - Jim and Eugene can verify how good and delicious those were.

CAMPING
as all of us are individuals - please consider to share tents as a possibility to save space
TRIP
DAY 1
Leave Walkerton around 12.00
There is a level 1 rapid within the first hour after leaving near the bluffs - depending on water level pretty easy - but we will scout it for novice
Camp between 3rd and 4th bridge - There is McBeath Conservation area - but because it is long weekend - it is very noisy - loud - and messy and a lot of raccoons - so I prefer to go to crown land just before mcbeath either on right or left side.
It will be a short day paddling - but a lot of us maybe had a long day due to packing /loading and driving

DAY 2
This will be a boring day as there are less water ripples as some people say
But I find it nice and relaxing - time to catch up with fellow paddlers and enjoy nature and the outdoors
Lunch and Icecream will be in Paisley
Camp at Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area - there is a nice hike to the look out point
For the 'not so wilderness' people there are flushies and showers here

DAY 3
Can be fun as on Sunday there is an event where people build floats and float down the river just past Saugeen to Port Elgin
We will probably still see some on Monday
Lunch under Port Elgin bridge
and then the big event of the weekend - find the Bald Eagle nest
enjoy the currents and the exploring the small creeks of the Delta of the river
NOTE: this can be a long day
We probably will be finished around 5.00 pm depending on how things are going, current/speed on the river, wind.

The bugs are bad, so don't forget bug spray, please remember that any product with deet in it is not good for your clothing or camping gear,
as the weather is getting warmer for the weekend around the 16-20C, please bring sun tan lotion.

Bring a smile and lots of fun.
Im looking forward in sharing this adventure for you all

I hope I didn't forget any thing
otherwise please email me back

Required Items to Bring: 

more to follow
camp equipment, food
lots of water as water is drinkable from river - suggestion freeze water bottles - keep things cool and you have drinking water - we can refill water bottles in Paisley

Toilet paper - sanitizer no outhouses until Sunday
coffee/tea
money for ice cream and in case of emergency - eg bad weather and we need to leave the river early
bug spray
tarp in case of rain

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Bring a smile and lots of fun.
Im looking forward in sharing this adventure for you all

little chair

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Walkerton
Hw 9 - turns into Hw 109 to Walkerton.

Carpool Info: 

leaving Aurora at about 6.00 am on Saturday morning

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
please notify immediately - if you sign up this week starting May 12 i assume you are committed
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy
Phone: 
9057270369

Moira River

Meeting at Chisholms mills at 10 am Saturday . Centre airbags in tandem canoes and wetsuits or drysuits absolutely required. The level is extremely high this week, near record so if you flip you could go a long way. We'll do the lost channel section in the afternoon. Contact via email to confirm
John Hackert [johnhackert@scarboroughskiclub.org]

The Basics
Event Location: 
Moira River north of Belleville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above. Shuttle will be organized.

Required Items to Bring: 

See above - plus manadatory boating equipment, helmets

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Change of clothes, lunch, water

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Hwy 37 north from 401 at Belleville, to Roslink, right to Chisholm Mills--see last Saturday's notice if require more detail.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John Hackert
Phone: 
000-000-0000

Moira River----Re-scheduled

Due to flooding on the Moira, which is predicted to remain for the next week, we are re-scheduling our trip to Saturday April 26.
The Moira River north of Belleville provides a fun day of paddling from Lost Channel to Latta on a spring day.
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 can hit the nearby dairy along the highway. Boats should have full flotation, and you will need a wetsuit or drysuit.
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
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 09:30
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Take Exit #544 north from Hwy 401 at Belleville. 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: 

Grand River

This very popular annual trip seems to be a great draw for all levels of paddlers. We are now into the 10 year doing this and we’ve enjoyed perfect weather (most times), portage free paddling, and a social barbeque that has followed our outing. This 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, 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: 
Grand River, Campbridge to Paris
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 (All day)
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Doug Ashton
Phone: 
519-620-8364
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