Flatwater

Massasauga Provincial Park

This is a combined leisurely and exploration three day trip in Massasauga Provincial Park when the peak visiting time in the park is gone with fewer people and other boats around when ideal weather still holds on during most pastime years. The campsite reservation has been confirmed by contacting me if you would like to join in.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Oastler (Three Legged Lake) Access Point at south of Parry Sound
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 11:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Sunday, September 6th
Event Duration: 
Tuesday, September 8th at 11:00 AM to Friday, September 11th
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
familiar with interior camping and portaging
Maximum Group Size: 
8 people, 2 tents
Minimum Group Size: 
1 person
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

All participants will meet at the Oastler Lake Provincial Park permit office at 11:00 AM to register before departing to the access point. We will start by paddling out on Three Legged Lake for about 2 km to the first portage at 320m long. Then paddle for about 7 km on Spider Lake the next two short portages (30m and 270m) into Clear Lake to camp three nights on reserved campsite #30 on the north shore facing sunlight direction. One of two days will explore the islands of Georgian Bay by portaging nearby on one 320m long trail and the other at 475m long. One day will be a leisure time for relaxing or exploring the lake. Canoes will be preferable however a decent size kayak can handle these portage trails. On Friday we will return in the morning to the same access point. Each direction between campsite #30 and the access point could range from 4 to 6 hours.

Required Items to Bring: 

own sleeping bag, portable stove, matches, estimated amount of food for three days by possibly swapping food with other campers, drinking bottle, warm and water proof clothes, paddles, lifejacket, throwrope, bailer, etc.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

toilet articles, sunscreen, hat, bearspray if available, reliable footwear, etc. Arrange with anyone to bring canoes or kayaks so there will be enough boats for sure.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Highway 400 north from Toronto area to exit at exit 217 for Oastler Park Drive, continue for about 2 km. to stop at Oastler Lake Provincial Park permit office (on right side of the road). Then turn onto James Bay Junction Road.Turn left from James Bay Junction Road onto Blue Lake Road, finally turn right from Blue Lake road onto Three Legged Lake Road to the end at the access point.

Carpool Info: 

Anyone living in the GTA can arrange carpooling on their own arrangement.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
in advanced notice
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andrew Craig
Phone: 
613-754-2882
Email: 

May20-25 Restoule/E. French River Backcountry

Relaxing stay at one site. Daily paddling, exploring, relaxing, hiking etc. Pets welcome. B.Y.O. gear, food, etc. Put-in at Restoule P. P. Room for two tents. Bring a lot of bug repellent for youself and inside your tent. I do not have home internet and my husband works nights and sleeps days. CALL AFTER 4 PM!!!! 519 855. 9919

The Basics
Event Location: 
Restoule P.P. area
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00
Registration Cut Off: 
May 17
Event Duration: 
6 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone
Maximum Group Size: 
9
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

See above.

Required Items to Bring: 

B.Y.O. everything

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Hwy. 11 to Trout River. Exit 301. Left on 522. 522 to 524. Right on 524. 524 to 534. Left on 534. 534 to Restoule P.P.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sharon Hutton
Phone: 
519 855 9919

Grand River

This very popular annual trip seems to be a great draw for all levels of paddlers. We are now into the 11 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, Cambridge
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 13, 2015 (All day)
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Doug Ashton
Phone: 
519-620-8364

Week Day Warriors - Shark Lake - ONE MORE NEEDED

I have booked a slow four weekday canoe trip, from Monday June 8 to Thursday June 11, 2015
The goal is to relax, explore and photography.
Day 1 - early departure to Long Lake canoe to Vixen, camp and explore
Day 2 - canoe from Vixen to Shark lake, camp and explore
Day 3 - day trip to Coon and back to explore
Day 4 - return out and home.

However, I required an on-line registration. Registration requires information on the names and ages of paddlers and number of cars. Also the colour of tents and canoes. I am looking for seven more people to join me.
One time registration fee of $11 for the group and camp fees of $12.43 for an adult and 9.94 for a senior 65 and older per person per night. SEND ME THE INFORMATION ASAP.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Shark Lake - Kawartha Highland Signature Site Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 06:00
Registration Cut Off: 
asap first seven people with required information
Event Duration: 
4 days to Thursday June 11, 2015
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
seven more WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
8
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The goal is to relax, explore and photography.

Required Items to Bring: 

A good attitude and good food. The basic canoe / camping stuff.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

tba

How to Get There
Carpool Info: 

depends on who is coming and from where.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
once I pay, you pay unless we can replace you.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
gary james
Phone: 
416-512-6690

Minesing Swamp * Date Change* Now Sat. May 9

Day long flat water trip.
(only thunderstorm will stop us)
Please bring all your own equipment. Bring your lunch/snacks and water as there will be no where to get anything along the paddle! and it could be a long paddle - 3 to 5 hours depending on water levels and downed trees etc.
See you all at 10 am. Please call me if you are not going to make it - 647-983-0418
***BRING BUG SPRAY***

The Basics
Event Location: 
Minesing and Edenvale, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
04/28/2015
Event Duration: 
Day event 3 to 5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone!
Maximum Group Size: 
12 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
4 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the put-in (Willow Creek Parking Lot, along George Johnston Road) for 10am and shuttle to the take-out which is nearby. We should then be on the water by 10:30 am.

Required Items to Bring: 

Bag lunch.
Dry change of clothes. Might need bug spray.
Water shoes/boots, there is some wading.
Awareness that through the main section, there will be nowhere to land. Thus, nowhere to find a bathroom either! Please watch your coffee intake.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear just in case; it could be warm and sunny, it could be cold and raining. A compass!
If you have a gps it would be a good thing to bring. I do not have one.

***BRING BUG SPRAY***

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

From Hwy. #400, exit at #96 to Dunlop Street West toward Angus.
Turn Right at George Johnston Road / Regional Road 28 toward Minesing.
After approx. 8km, there is a small parking lot on the left side next to the creek.

The take out is at the Edenvale Conservation Area. Continue on George Johnston Road and turn Left at Hwy. #26 West.
At Edenvale, there is a small parking lot on the Right side.
See directions here:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/44.421875,-79.823358/44.453897,-79.902128/@44.443585,-79.862795,5335m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!4m4!1m1!4e1!1m1!4e1?hl=en.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Call to let me know you are not coming! 647-983-0418
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
M. Bernadette Farley
Phone: 
647-983-0418 after 5:30pm (not on Tues.)

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park - Explore with Gary Ataman Nov 1-2, 14

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER EXPLORE ADVENTURE? Join me in exploring the hidden waterways of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. We will be travelling through classic Canadian Shield territory. On this trip we will opening up a new route north of Victoria Lake.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park (North of Norland)
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Oct 23,14
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Experienced back country folks who are looking for an adventure off the beaten
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

If you are looking for a exploration cold weather challenge then this outing is for you.
We will be exploring, new and old canoe routes in Queen Elizabeth II Provincial Park.
We will be canoeing lakes, ponds, rivers and bushwhacking hiking to find our way around the park. The goal of the outing is to find new routes through the park.
Our plan is to paddle/hike ~15-20 km/5-6 hours a day. Participants should be prepared to perform one way portages across un-marked bushwhacking Canadian Shield terrain. So pack light.
We explored a good section of the park over the past few years. You can check out my Facebook page to see previous trips. This is what you can expect on my outings.

Required Items to Bring: 

One light weight canoe pack and wilderness camping gear to allow one carry portages.
Flat water canoe and camping gear
First Aid Kit
PFD, whistle, throw rope, bailer, etc.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Camera
Food
Car clothes for drive home

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See event organizer

Carpool Info: 

See event organizer

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you are sure you will make the event.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-683-3100 ext 1286 (work) or 905-922-1434 (cell)

Algonquin Flatwater Canoe Trip - Erables Lake Loop

Algonquin Flatwater Canoe Trip - Erables Lake Loop (Kioshkokowi Lake, Mink Lake, Mouse Lake, Erables Lake, Maple Lake).

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Provincial Park - North End
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, September 4, 2014 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
September 01, 2014
Event Duration: 
5 Days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
People who like canoe trips!
Maximum Group Size: 
2 Boats
Minimum Group Size: 
4 People
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

5 Days (Sept 4th to Sept 8th). Four days of paddling, One day to relax.
This loop is for experienced paddlers with several longer portages (Kevin Callan posted a portion of this trip as being novice.... See trip report in his book Paddling Guide to Algonquin Park).

Required Items to Bring: 

This list will be provide by Event Coordinator

Recommended Items to Bring: 

This list will be provide by Event Coordinator

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Directions to follow.

Carpool Info: 

Will discuss this as an option with participants.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Only inquire if you are serious about joining the trip
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Mark Totten
Phone: 
email only

Killarney August 25 to 29th (or 30th)

A very relaxed and easy trip with short flat portages.

Monday August 25 - Friday August 29th (have it booked till the 30th but am thinking of coming back on Friday the 29th)

An early morning Monday to drive up.

George Lake Monday night, Killarney Lake (two nights); OSA Lake (one/two nights)

And an optional hike up the Crack on Wednesday.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Killarney: George Lake to start
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
August 21, 2014
Event Duration: 
5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Up early Monday morning to make the 4-5 hr drive.

Monday 25th night on George. George Lake is our put-in so it will be a short paddle.

Tuesday 26/Wednesday 27 nights on Killarney. From George Lake to Freeland Lake (80m portage) from Freeland to Killarney (380m). 6 to 9 km depending. On the second day on Killarney I would like to hike The Crack: http://www.ontariohighpoints.com/the-crack/ We can leave our canoes just at the long portage into Kakakise and walk the 1440m portage and enter the trail at Kakakise. Think it will be about 1.8k to the top from Kakakise Creek.

Thursay 28 on OSA!!! This lake is BEAUTIFUL. I do have it booked till the Saturday but am thinking of coming back on the Friday unless I have more people interested that would like to stay that extra night. Only a 130m portage from Killarney. We could go explore Muriel! Suppose to be beautiful there as well. Swimming. Reading. Taking in the beauty of this lake. Paddle around it. Up early early on Friday (or Saturday) morning for a approx 10k paddle back to George Lake.

Required Items to Bring: 

We will be responsible for our own breakfast and lunches and each person I think will do one communal meal. Dinners will be communal and perhaps a breakfast depending.

Your camping gear.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Smile.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/George+Lake/@46.0448856,-81.3764313,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4d2e721af51d420b:0x786bd68b83f44741

Carpool Info: 

We will organize carpool via phone and other details as this is very short notice.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sue Robertson
Phone: 
647-861-8884 (home); 416-319-1116 (cell)

Chiniguchi Lake and River System

This is one of my favourite lake trips.
We will be travelling at a comfortable pace with two lay-over camp sites. Some planned activities include, climbing the Elephant, swim in Paradise Lagoon, explore Dougherty, and Frederick Lakes.
For meals, we plan for communal breakfasts and dinners. Lunches will be left to the individuals or partners. Although we are not on a provincial park, we would like to avoid disposable cans and bottles.
This is an ideal trip for intermediate lake water canoeists who are comfortable camping for this duration. Portages are easy to moderate. A few moderately steep climbs might be encountered.

Note: This trip is now Full.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Chiniguchi River System
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
July 25
Event Duration: 
8 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
3 canoes
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jeff Haymer
Phone: 
416 635 5801

Northern Killarney

As the guide book says, "Paddlers who choose this route will travel the entire west and central regions of the park. Recommended for experienced canoeists, this trip tours some of the most remote areas and spectacular landscapes that Killarney has to offer"

Note: This trip is now full.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Charlton--Great Mountain Lake Loop of Killarney
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:59
Registration Cut Off: 
July 18th, 2014
Event Duration: 
ten days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
fit canoists (many portages)
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We are planning for a ten-day trip which loops around the northern end of Killarney park from Charlton Lake through Great Mountain Lake, out to Georgian Bay and then back north through Nellie Lake before heading back to Charlton Lake. The trip starts from north of Willsville.

Required Items to Bring: 

to be discussed by the team

Recommended Items to Bring: 

to be discussed by the team

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Joan Heyding
Phone: 
H: 613-719-7762 cell: 613-322-6543
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