Flatwater

Temagami P.P. - South to North - OPENING FOR 2 PEOPLE

Flatwater canoe trip in Temagami Provincial Park for intermediate level paddlers. (Lake Temagami – Diamond Lake – Maple Mountain Hike - Lady Evelyn Lake)

The Basics
Event Location: 
Temagami
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 14:16
Registration Cut Off: 
June 24, 2014
Event Duration: 
11 days, 10 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
People who want to explore and are looking for a great time.
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats (6 people)
Minimum Group Size: 
4 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet and stay at a cottage just north of Parry Sound on Friday evening, July 11th and drive north early Saturday morning (Alternative carpooling locations can be discussed later if necessary). The first day includes the drive to Temagami, carpooling vehicles to Mowat Landing, and a short paddle to Temagami Island where we will set up camp. There will be plenty of time to take a hike through the old growth forest on the island. For the next couple days, we will canoe north on Lake Temagami to the Sharp Rock Inlet and onto Diamond Lake where we will take a day off to relax or optional trip to Wakimika Triangle. After our day off, we will continue canoeing north into Lady Evelyn Lake via Diamond Lake. Another day off is planned to make an optional hike up Maple Mountain. The last leg of the trip includes paddling east for three more days where the trip will end at Mowat Landing.
Trip Highlights:
• Hike parts of the Temagami Island old growth forest trails (maximum 9 km’s of trail for hiking)
• Optional hike up to Maple Mountain for a great view of Temagami; (4.3 km long one way, 350m elevation gain)
• Optional canoe / hike to Wakimika Triangle; (14.5 km long canoe (round trip), up to 15.5 km hiking (include portage distance))
• Due to the amount of open water and potential wind, all paddle days will be kept to under 16 km’s per day (roughly 3 to 4 hour days)

Required Items to Bring: 

A required list of items will be sent out to the trip participants by the trip organizer.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

A recommended list of items will be sent out to the trip participants by the trip organizer.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact event organizer

Carpool Info: 

Contact event organizer, 1100 km's round trip (max) starting from location north of Toronto, Approximately $.025/km split per person per car.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please only sign up if you plan to go on the trip.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Mark Totten
Phone: 
email only

Killarney Provincial Park - Killarney Lake - Fall Colours (opening for 1 more paddler)

Flatwater canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park (George Lake, Killarney Lake, plus a hike to 'The Crack') (opening for 1 more paddler)

The Basics
Event Location: 
Killarney P.P.
Date(s) & Time: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Sept 6, 2014
Event Duration: 
3 1/2 days, 3 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
People who want to relax and take in the amazing fall colours that Killarney has to offer!
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats (8 people)
Minimum Group Size: 
4 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Why not celebrate Killarney Provincial Park 50th birthday with a combination canoe / hiking trip to take in the fall colours. On Thursday afternoon; we will carpool north to George Lake Campground in Killarney Provincial Park. First thing Friday morning; we will canoe into Killarney Lake and to set up base camp. There will be opportunities on Saturday to hike up to 'The Crack' and/or take a short canoe trip into OSA Lake to take in all the fall colours. Note that there are several options to getting up to 'The Crack'. A couple of options include complete loops with either more canoeing or more hiking depending on what the group decides. On Sunday we will make our way back out to the George Lake access point.
Total Canoeing Distance: 22 km’s plus any distance done for the optional excursions
Number of Portages: 4 (80m, 380m, and same two portages on way back out). Notes: This trip involves group meals for both breakfast and dinner. Lunches and snacks will be by individual participants. Canoeing Experience: Novice -interested participants should be confident paddlers. Portaging Experience: Easy - Bring more luxury items!

Required Items to Bring: 

A required list of items will be sent out to the trip participants by the trip organizer.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

A recommended list of items will be sent out to the trip participants by the trip organizer.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact event organizer

Carpool Info: 

Approximately 750 km's round trip. Departure time is 12:00 p.m. from a location north of Toronto (possibly the carpool lot at intersection highway 9 & 400 ). Approximately $.025/km per person.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please only sign up if you plan to go on the trip.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Mark totten
Phone: 
email only

Big Chute Marine Railway paddle

Canoe the area around Big Chute Marine Railway.

*Still room left*

This is how all Portages should be! Canoe onto a "railway" car, and get taken up and over a hill, and down to the lower area. It is the only marine railway of its kind in North America.

Will paddle 5-8 km (round trip) along the Trent-Severn waterway, starting and ending at Big Chute. Very pretty area.

Big Chute Marine Railway. is a boat lift at lock 44 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario, Canada. It works on an inclined plane to carry boats in individual cradles over a change of height of about 60 feet (18 m). It is the only marine railway (or canal inclined plane) of its kind in North America still in use.

Join in on the Lift Lock paddle (earlier date) and paddle all three lock types - lift lock, railway lock & standard lock

The Basics
Event Location: 
Big Chute Marine Railway (Lock 44) Upper Big Chute Rd ON L0K 1E0 Canada
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 13:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Just show up :-)
Event Duration: 
approx 4 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone.
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at the top of the lock at 1:00p and take if from there. Will paddle a few km and then turn around, so the put-in and take-out are the same. More of a social paddle. Feel free to paddle much longer, but check when the locks close. I will paddle around once we get to the top of locks, both upper and lower are very pretty

https://goo.gl/maps/CcmqX

Required Items to Bring: 

Standard canoe safety gear

*Money for lock fee*

$0.90 per foot

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Big Chute Marine Railway (Lock 44)‎
Upper Big Chute Road
ON L0K 1E0

(44.885089,-79.675406)

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Daniel Aufgang
Phone: 
416-897-79996

Peterborough Lift Lock (Trent-Severn Waterway) Paddle & Visit to The Canadian Canoe Museum

Great for experts and beginners alike.

Feel free to come to just the canoe museum, paddle, or both. (please let me know which)

Start the day off with a tour of the Canadian Canoe Museum (https://www.canoemuseum.ca) @ 10:30.

Paddle in the afternoon - Go up and down two regular locks, and one Lift Lock. Tour the visitor's center and learn about the entire Trent-Severn waterway and the history and mechanics of the lift lock

“The Peterborough Lift Lock is a boat lift located on the Trent Canal in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and is Lock 21 on the Trent-Severn Waterway. The dual lifts are the highest hydraulic boat lifts in the world, with a lift of 19.8 m (65 ft). This was a considerable accomplishment at the time when conventional locks usually only had a 2 m (7 ft) rise. The lock has two identical ship caissons (like bathtubs) in which vessels ascend and descend. Both caissons are enclosed at each end by pivoting gates, and there are pivoting gates at the upper and lower reaches of the canal at the junctions with the caissons. The gates on the caissons fit into slots on the gates on the reaches, so that they open in unison. No external power is needed: the lift lock functions by gravity alone using the counterweight principle. One caisson always ascends and the other always descends during each locking cycle.”

Join in on the Big Chute paddle (http://www.wildernesscanoe.ca/calendar/2014-08-16) and paddle all three lock types - lift lock, railway lock & standard lock

The Basics
Event Location: 
Peterborough
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 10:30
Event Duration: 
4.5 hours
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Map: http://tinyurl.com/LiftLockCanoe

10:30 - 12:00: Canadian Canoe Museum Tour

12:45–4:30: Paddle
-Canoe through Lock #20 Ashburnham lock (12 feet) and up Lock #21 Peterborough Lift Lock (65 feet). Canoe along canal for a while, and then go back down the Lift Lock

-Break & Tour Lift Lock Visitor Center (base of Lift Lock)

-Canoe around Little Lake and up & down lock #19 Scott Mills Lock (8 foot drop)

Please read http://www.whitewaterontario.ca/rivers/index.php/Lock_19 for those into white water canoeing.

Required Items to Bring: 

Cost: $1.60 per foot multi-lock one day pass (i.e. $25.60 for a 16 foot canoe). Pay in cash or credit card at the first lock

Cost is $7.25 (tax inc) for the Canadian Canoe Museum. All WCA members get a free one time, one year membership. Email Christina Skuce christina.skuce@canoemuseum.ca BEFORE this event to get your membership set up.

Standard canoe gear

Recommended Items to Bring: 

NOTE: You can rent a canoe in Peterborough.
It is possible to portage from the store to the water, and paddle over to the meeting point.

Wild Rock Outfitters
169 Charlotte Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 2T7

t 705-745-9133
http://www.wildrock.net/

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Canadian Canoe Musuem: 10 Monaghan Road Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4.
Paddle: Beavermead Park (Peterborough) boat ramp (44.296414, -78.301822)

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Daniel Aufgang
Phone: 
416-897-7996

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park - Explore with Gary Ataman May 9-11, 14

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER EXPLORE ADVENTURE? Join me, explore the hidden waterways of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. We will be travelling through classic Canadian Shield territory.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park (North of Norland)
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
4/15/2014
Event Duration: 
3 full days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Experienced back country folks who are looking for an adventure off the beaten track
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

If you are looking for a exploration 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 ~15-20 km/5-6 hours a day. Participants should be prepared to perform one way portages across un-marked bushwhacking Canadian Shield terrain.
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.
Trip 1
Trip 2
Trip 3
Trip 4
Trip 5

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: 

Approximately $0.22/km split per carpool folks. Total $63.80/car

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

Queen Elizabeth Wildlands Pro. Park April 26 - May 2, 2014

MY annual spring trip (pre-blackfly) to QEWII Prov. Park. This year going to clear some trails to 2 small lakes that are not plant covered all year. Not a great distance to be covered; there use to be a trail marked in in the 70's. Distance tothe lakes is approx. 7 ks and several short portages that will need to be cleared and marked. Will be a base camp setup on one of the lakes and take some time to mark the hiking trails up the various ridges in the area. Depending on weather may delay the start by a day.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Queen Elizabeth Wild Lands Prov. Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
6 to 7 days depending on wether black flies come out.
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
10 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

1 day paddle in/out
Other days will be spent of clearing/marking portages to these small lakes and hiking trails that will take you up the various ridges.

Required Items to Bring: 

Depends on weather,
Typical wilderness gear for this time of year.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

will advise

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jeff McColl
Phone: 
905-878-2565

Minesing Swamp

Day long flat water trip.
Reminder, trip still on this coming Saturday Rain or Shine (only thunderstorm will stop us)
Please bring all your own equipment - and rain gear as they are calling for showers off and on but it still should be a nice day. 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 9:30 am. Please call me if you are not going to make it - 647-983-0418

The Basics
Event Location: 
Minesing and Edenvale, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 6th, 2014
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
10 Boats
Minimum Group Size: 
4 Boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

The Minesing Swamp

The Minesing Swamp, centrally located between Barrie and Wasaga Beach, has been identified as the largest and best example of fen bog in southern Ontario. The confluence of the Nottawasaga River with three tributaries provide for an interconnected network of swamps, fens, bogs and marshes. The swamp is an important staging area for thousands of migratory waterfowl, and contains a large heron rookery.

We will enter from Willow Creek, cross the central flood area before joining the Nottawasaga, and follow the river down to Edenvale. A pleasant day’s paddle for canoeists of all skill levels.
Kayaks are also welcome.

Required Items to Bring: 

Bag lunch.
Dry change of clothes.
Water shoes, there is some wading. High cut rubber boots might be good. Something to sit on if we do find a place to get out for lunch.
Awareness that through the main section, there will be nowhere to land. Thus, nowhere to find a bathroom either! Please watch your coffee/tea intake.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear just in case; it could be warm and sunny, it could be cold and raining.

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.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
M. Bernadette Farley
Phone: 
647-983-0418

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park - Explore with Gary Ataman Part 2

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER EXPLORE ADVENTURE?
Let's explore the hidden waterways of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. We will be travelling through classic Canadian Shield territory. I have traversed the park in summer and winter. Fall is always special, with the leaves falling and the crisp cold nights with the hint of winter coming.

Due to an over flow of people on the waiting list for the Nov 2/3, 2013 event, I decided to launch another event to explore another area of the park.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
10/28/13
Event Duration: 
2 full days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone who has wilderness camping and canoeing experience and can do one shot portages with your partner
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

If you are looking for a bit of exploration 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.
I plan on doing a new route for this trip. I hiked it last fall. So let see if we can canoe it this time!
Our plan is to paddle ~10-15 km (5 hours) a day. The full loop will be 20-25 km. Participants should be prepared to perform one shot portages across un-marked bushwhacking Canadian Shield terrain.

We explored a good section of the park last fall and this spring. Check it out. This is what you can expect on my outings.
https://www.facebook.com/gary.ataman/media_set?set=a.10151409181692335.1...

https://www.facebook.com/gary.ataman/media_set?set=a.10151109084727335.4...

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 (per canoe), etc.
ORANGE hunting vest

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Camera
Food
Car clothes for drive home

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See event organizer. I will distribute maps and direction a few days before the event

Carpool Info: 

Approximately $0.22/km split per carpool folks. Total $63.80/car

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

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park - Explore with Gary Ataman "EVENT FULL"

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER EXPLORE ADVENTURE?
Let's explore the hidden waterways of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. We will be travelling through classic Canadian Shield territory. I have traversed the park in summer and winter. Fall is always special, with the leaves falling and the crisp cold nights with the hint of winter coming.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
10/24/13
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone who has wilderness camping and canoeing experience
Maximum Group Size: 
5 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

If you are looking for a bit of exploration 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.
I plan on doing a bit easier route for this trip.
Our plan is to paddle ~10-15 km (5-6 hours) a day. The full loop will be ~20 km. Participants should be prepared to perform one shot portages across un-marked bushwhacking Canadian Shield terrain.

We explored a good section of the park last fall and this spring. Check it out. This is what you can expect on my outings.
https://www.facebook.com/gary.ataman/media_set?set=a.10151409181692335.1...

https://www.facebook.com/gary.ataman/media_set?set=a.10151109084727335.4...

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.
ORANGE hunting vest

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Camera
Food
Car clothes for drive home

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See event organizer

Carpool Info: 

Approximately $0.22/km split per carpool folks. Total $63.80/car

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

Paddle Killarney from September 3rd to September 8th with a hike up to Silver Peak

There are 4 of us already going but would love to have more join us!

We will leave early morning Tuesday September 3rd coming back Sunday September 8

Tues and Wed, 3rd and 4th on Johnnie with a hike up to Silver Peak
Thurs, 5th on Kakakise
Fri and Saturday on Killarney; Saturday is either a rest day or explore OSA Lake and maybe Muriel.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Killarney (Johnnie Lake put in)
Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Saturday, September 1, 2013
Event Duration: 
5 nights; 6 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats; 8 people
Minimum Group Size: 
4 people; 2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Tuesday: We will leave early in Tuesday morning. Drive to George Lake to grab our permits(not everyone need go there) and leave a car for our car shuttle. Put in on Johnnie and camp there for the first two nights.

Wednesday: Leave early morning and canoe to the portage to Clearsilver. 830m portage. Canoe across Clearsilver, 1.5km to the hiking trail. It is 4km hike each way to Silver Peak. Things to note...

Difficulty The beginning of the hike is fairly flat and well traversed, then a steep one-hour climb to the top of the Peak. Hikers should be in good physical condition and be prepared for a strenuous hike.
Caution Exposed rock can be slippery.
Sturdy footwear is recommended.

Thursday: We have an 8km or more canoe to the Kakakise portage which is 940m, depending on where we end up on Johnnie. Be nice if we can leave in the morning so we can relax a bit here.

Friday: We have two really long portages this day! 1470m to Norway and then 1390 to Killarney where we will stay our last two nights.

Saturday: We have the option of either hanging out here or exploring OSA and even Muriel if we wish. It's only a 450m (or 130m if accessible) portage to OSA Lake and another 595 if we wish to Muriel lake.

Sunday: We have short paddle to the portage, 380m to George Lake. Still be nice to head out early so we can hit the road, get what canoe(s) we've rented back and head home.

Meals:
All dinners will be made by one of our group. Do our own breakfast and lunches, 5 each, though we will do a communal Saturday breakfast (optional) also put together by our group. Tuesday lunch on the way up.

Required Items to Bring: 

Gear: Backpack, clothes, rainwear, hiking boots, lunches and breakfasts and snacks, sleeping back, thermarest, dishes for own use, toiletries, headlamp,

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Will coordinate other gear such as water filters, saw, tarps, pots/pans, etc...

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

We will coordinate carpool depending on where you live. Could be King Rd carpool on the 400, Downsview for non-drivers or maybe even the George Lake Access(shuttle car) or Johnnie Access Point if you would prefer to meet in Killarney.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=killarney+provincial+park&client=safari&oe...

Carpool Info: 

Approximately $176.51/car will be divided by number of passengers.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
N/A
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Sue Robertson
Phone: 
416-516-3272
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