Fall Gathering

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2019 Fall Gathering
September 13 - 15, 2019

Circle this weekend on your calendar. This year’s fall gathering will take us into the heart of ruggedly beautiful Haliburton County. Our base camp will be just north of Minden on the Gull River at the Minden Whitewater Preserve campgrounds. The facility provides full campground services for a modest cost of $20 per person per night, with children up to age 16 free.

Location: The Minden Whitewater Preserve. 

The Preserve is located approx. 7 km north east of Minden on the Gull River via Horseshoe Lake Rd.

https://www.whitewaterontario.ca/recreation/facilities/minden-whitewater-preserve/

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Those who prefer not to camp can choose from many reasonably priced accommodations and eateries in town. We will be located at the hub of outdoor activities for the area, with numerous lake and easy river canoe routes, plus several hiking trails of different lengths and difficulty. And, of course, there is the renowned whitewater of the Gull River on our doorstep to challenge the expert as well as to provide a learning experience for new moving water paddlers. Boat rentals are available at Boatwerks in Minden and at the Frost Centre south of Dorset. And as you return from a vigorous day of paddling and tramping the woods, pull into the famous Kawartha Dairy down the road to recharge with their jumbo cones and shakes. But save room for supper. For Saturday we have arranged a delicious barbecue dinner at nearby Wintergreen Maple Restaurant.

We are planning a selection of outings, workshops and presentations that will make this a memorable event. We invite you to become part of our program team that will make this a success. We need people to organize canoeing and hiking trips, as well as workshops and presentations of all kinds. We are also looking for some experienced whitewater paddlers who will help with a moving water canoeing clinic.

Proposed activities so far include the following:

Gull River; Minden Wildwater Preserve

Good opportunities for everything from challenging full course slalom runs to introductory clinics at the run-out. When they reconstructed the river last year, they added in additional features at the bottom for novices to practice in. Boatwerks in Minden has some whitewater and lake canoes for rent. Reserve in advance.

Gull River Minden to Norland

30 km. Easy flatwater river trip. Two short portages around dams.

Drag River Gelert to Kinmount

Easy flatwater river trip. Only portage is near end; 330 m around scenic Three Brothers Falls.

Irondale from Irondale to Kinmount

Another smooth water river day trip. Easy portages of 80, 105 & 330 around Furnace Falls, Jacob’s Ladder and Three Brothers Falls.

Burnt River Kinmount to Burnt River

16 km. Flatwater. Several scenic rapids that are carried around over good portage trails. Carries are 40, 375, 60, 60, 430 & 240 m. The portages make this trip suitable for those with at least good novice tripping skills. As the location is south of Minden and easily accessed, it makes an excellent Sunday trip on the way home.

Frost Centre Based Lake Trips

There are several lake day trips possible out of the old Frost Centre. See the Adventure Map Frost Centre Area or Haliburton Highlands Water Trails maps. Or here. Canoes can be rented at the access point.

Hiking

The Frost Centre ski trails make excellent hiking or trail running routes in the warmer seasons. There are several other hiking trails in the area.

Further program details and registration will appear as available.

Get involved. We need your support. Contact Bill Ness at wness@rogers.com to talk about how you can become an active part of this event.

Click here to register