Whitewater

Sun., Apr. 6 - Paddle the WW section of the Moira

Meeting at 10 am at Chisholm's Mills.
the level of difficulty is about intermediate but the swims are fairly safe.
Participants must have a wetsuit or drysuit and tandem canoes must have a centre airbag. I can be contacted via email. We will be able to eat lunch in our cars.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Moira River south of Tweed
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Intermediate WW paddlers --see above
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Paddle Chisholm''s to Lata --shuttle required.

Required Items to Bring: 

See above, plus safety items for boat, helmets, change of clothes, lunch, water.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Exit 544 north off 401 at Belleville (Hwy 37 north) to village of Roslin, Turn right on Shannonville Rd. about 2 Km and will see mill and river on your right; follow road to right over the bridge and turn right into parking lot immediately over bridge.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John Hackert
Phone: 
000-000-00000

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 of play spots. However, note that this year sweepers and other debris may be a greater than usual hazard, with the December ice storm taking down a lot of trees & branches. 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 Old Man Winter continues to hold his grip on us, the trip will be moved back to April 13.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

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. 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.

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

Upper Credit River - Note Date has been changed to April 13th

Join us for an early spring run (water levels permitting) on the Credit from Inglewood to Glen Williams. Some competence in moving water is helpful. Suitable for novices. A potluck dinner will follow at the home of Barb & Dave Young in Brampton.

The Basics
Event Location: 
launching canoes at Inglewood
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
full day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

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

Recommended Items to Bring: 

food item to share if joining us for the potluck dinner

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.793363,-79.92896,15z/data=!4m2!6m1!4s206358577183535685066.0004d6333a14e8f8e3835

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

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Palmer Rapids Canada Day Play Weekend

Note: Lower Madawaska Trip Option for Sunday added.

Please join us for our traditional camping weekend at Palmer Rapids. We stay at Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is a fun, relaxed Canada Day weekend suitable for novice or better moving water paddlers. Probably more people had 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.There's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. For family members who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and interesting shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay.

For those who want more of a challenge, we can join Andrew Craig on his trip down the Lower Madawaska on Sunday.

We're going to be there from Saturday morning to Tuesday, but you can come & go at any time.
You will need a Royalex 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), or from Don Adams in Griffith, who will deliver to Jessups 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.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River Option
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 29, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
Book Immediately
Event Duration: 
4 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We'll reserve a spot and we will arrive at the campsite on Saturday morning. Others, who are lucky enough to have the day off, will arrive Friday afternoon. From then on, it's an open weekend to just have fun.

On Sunday, those who want more of a challenge can join Andrew Craig to run down the Lower Mad. I will coordinate this, so no need to additionally register with Andrew.

Required Items to Bring: 

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.
 Harold is usually there, ask him where the WCA people are.
 Failing that we will probably be in the area straight ahead of you.
 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: 

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Black River Washago- One Last Time

A bunch of us did the Black last Sunday and it was a great day of playing around and practicing in very easy rapids, and doing lots of socializing. It's one of the best places around to get started in moving water.

The water levels on the Black are slowly falling. It’s around 35 CMS right now. Showers are forecast Thursday & Friday, which should slow the drop. Saturday’s forecast is sunny & 17. On Sunday it drops to a very chilly 7. So Saturday would definitely be the day to go. This will probably be it for the spring for the Black. If you would like to join me, please let me know. We’ll meet again at 11:00. See previous week's listing for this trip for driving instructions, etc.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River at Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See previous entry for this trip.

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

2014 Paddle the Don River

**** The WEIR WATCHER team is complete - thank you ****
Now confirmed - Paddle the Don will take place on Sunday May 4th, 2014!

If you are just interested in canoeing the river, mark your calendar for March 12th at 10:00am. when the event will open on the Paddle the Don website (www,paddlethedon.ca).

Further details will be posted here and at http://paddlethedon.ca.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Paddle the Don River
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 4, 2014 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
just after the on-line registration opens, Wednesday March 12th at 10:00am. This event fill's up fast.
Event Duration: 
very early to early evening
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members for the weir watchers. Public to canoe the event.
Maximum Group Size: 
300 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
Mary and I
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Also see http://paddlethedon.ca for details.

Required Items to Bring: 

Also see http://paddlethedon.ca for details.
Fully outfitted canoe. No air bags or wet / dry suit required.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain or shine we go. Dress for the occassion. Food and water.

Also see http://paddlethedon.ca for details.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

TBA and see website http://paddlethedon.ca/ for complete details

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
$100 regirstration fee for the public. Weir watchers are free so far.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James
Phone: 
416-512-6690

Lower madawaska River Wine & Cheese paddle

yes this is a reminder of the Wine and Cheese paddle

We are not booked up as there have been a couple of cancellations and as a bonus it looks to be warmer than some years and water levels are currently high. Maybe too high but a couple of weeks should remedy that.

This could be an ideal year to try that Spring canoe trip...good food good company and a great river run

The Basics
Event Location: 
see previous posting
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 03:33
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

see previous posting

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Larry Durst
Phone: 
905-415-1152

Kid-friendly Petawawa

A leisurely 4-night descent of the Petawawa River from Lake Traverse to Lake MacManus. Plan to go with kids so the intension is to allow sufficient time for them to enjoy themselves outside of the canoe as well. If this interests you, get in touch ... kenuzas@gmail.com

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park, Petawawa River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 28, 2013 (All day)
Event Duration: 
4 nights - 5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
4 more bodies
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Plan to camp somewhere on Lake Traverse on the first day .... then at the Crooked Chute area ..... then Schooner Rapids ... then Smith Lake ... then take out and go home

Required Items to Bring: 

canoe outfitted for whitewater and all personal safety equipment.
camping equipment, food, rain gear, etc.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

bug tent

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Attila Barbacsy
Phone: 
613 827 77 88
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