Whitewater

Upper Credit River

Join us for an early spring run (water levels permitting) on the Credit from Inglewood to Glen Williams. Suitable for novices but some competence in moving water is helpful.There are two weirs we must pull over, two other obstacles which generally can be run and possible sweepers to be navigated. A potluck dinner will follow - location to be determined.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River....bridge at Inglewood...details will be emailed
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 5
Event Duration: 
one day event
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
all WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
none
Minimum Group Size: 
none
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

all boats unloaded and cars ready to shuttle by 9:30 a.m. Begin paddle by 11 a.m. There will be a lunch stop on the river, so bring your lunch with you. We should be finished between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then we will head to a home in the area for a post paddle potluck. Further info will be emailed to all participants.

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.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Inglewood is close to Hwy 10 and Olde Baseline Road north of Brampton. We will provide more detail by email.

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

May 24 Wine and Cheese Float now full...long wait list as well

Join us for the annual spring paddle/wine and cheese party and find out first hand why reasonably intelligent and somewhat mature persons subject themselves to the vicissitudes of spring canoe camping.
We paddle from above Aumonds Bay to the take out at Griffith, a distance of only 28 km. The pace is leisurely with only the Sunday being a full day of paddling and most of that spent on the Snake Rapids section of the river. Lots of time to play, chat and nibble! Rapids will range from Grade 1 to 4 and there are a couple of short portages around water falls. Water levels are likely to be quite high and cold. In the past we have had sun, rain, hail and snow…all on the same day, so participants will need to dress and pack appropriately. Suitable for intermediate level paddlers. Limit six boats. Book early as this trip usually “sells out”.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
when full
Event Duration: 
2.5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
intermediate paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
n/a
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

details to follow

Required Items to Bring: 

cold and wet weather canoe camping

Recommended Items to Bring: 

wine and cheese

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

details to follow

Carpool Info: 

details to follow

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
n/a
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Larry Durst
Phone: 
905-415-1152

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. Bring a lunch and we'll eat on the river. As the water will still be cold, you will need a wetsuit or drysuit. This is a relaxed day of paddling play & practice on a fun, forgiving stretch of river.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River south of Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017 (All day)
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater boat with air bag flotation. Drysuit or wetsuit. Lunch.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Take 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.

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

Moira River

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 north of Belleville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 09:30
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We'll meet at Chisholm's Mill at 9:30. Full day's itinerary is above.

Required Items to Bring: 

Full floatation for canoes. Wetsuit or drysuit. Lunch can stay in car. Just bring any snack or drink that you may want for the morning or afternoon runs

How to Get There
Carpool Info: 

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: 

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, downed trees over the winter can create sweepers, and participants need to be able to manoeuvre a canoe in moving water to avoid them. 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 the weather is unfavourable on the Saturday, we'll move the trip to the Sunday. It's not much fun paddling in cold rain.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (All day)
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Wetsuit or drysuit. Airbags for canoe. Lunch-thermos recommended as weather can be cool.

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.
For the car shuttle, from the arena go back out to Queen St. Turn left (south). Queen changes into Mississauga Rd. Follow it south to Port Credit. Turn left just after going under the railway bridge, onto Front St. Park on Front across from Port Credit Canoe Club building or adjacent streets. At the end of our trip, take out at the canoe club dock, and do a short carry to the car.

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

Creeking on the Humber River - Bolton to Kleinburg

Between Bolton and Weston, where rains brought by Hurricane Hazel washed away 14 homes in October 1954, the Humber River is now carefully flood controlled by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Though this stretch is completely open and accessible, the two dam projects along its length have successfully reduced the river to mainly a fast flowing stream. Passage requires the highest water levels, but this means several hours of nearly uninterrupted swifts and rock gardens with no actual classified rapids.

The past two Aprils we tackled the section between Kleinburg and Weston. This year we are starting farther upstream at Bolton, Dick's Dam Park, and the intersection of Sackville St. with Hickman St. The takeout is at Humber Bridge Trail (road) off of Highway 27, north of Major Mackenzie Drive.

Directions here.

There are a couple of short portages/mandatory wading around the McFall dam, cataract, and diversion project in the original Bolton village. After this there are no other man made obstacles for the duration, and it is 27 kilometres to Kleinburg. The last occasion took 6 hours including an hour on shore for lunch.

Bring some lunch and water, hot thermos works well too as we stop along the bank for breaks and photos. Bring foul weather gear, we wore drysuits, gloves, hats, helmets, & PFD. We had sun, rain, wind, and snow in past years. Bring some warm dry clothing just in case. Leave some extras in your car too.

By signing up for this trip you also agree to the conditions in the WCA liability waiver. Please locate it on the WCA website or I can send you one.

Canoes and Kayaks are welcome.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Bolton to Kleinburg, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Today!
Event Duration: 
Roughly 6 hours on the river.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone!
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
The Eberly's and James's
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the put-in (Dicks Dam Park, Bolton) for 9am and shuttle to the take-out which is nearby. The boats should be back on the cars and headed home for dinner by 4:30pm.

For convenience I am posting the TRCA link for the McFall Dam gauge (C) Here.
Actually this one is more useful.

Required Items to Bring: 

Bag lunch. Dry change of clothes. Water shoes or tall rubber boots, there is some wading

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Rain gear just in case. It's April, it could be warm and sunny, it could be cold and raining.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Directions here.

There is a parking lot at the intersection of Sackville St. with Hickman St. near Dick's Dam Park in Bolton. The takeout is at Humber Bridge Trail (road) off of Highway 27, just north of Major Mackenzie Drive.

Cross between Highways #50 and #27 using Nashville Road.

Carpool Info: 

None provided.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Please don't.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Matthew Eberly
Phone: 
416-700-8815

Upper Missinaibi River July 1 - 16... NOW FILLED

The Missinaibi River is a heritage river used to access Hudson's Bay. Voyageur canoes would travel from the St Lawrence to North Bay via the Mattawa and then down the French to Georgian Bay and then through the Sault to Lake Superior where you portaged up the Michipicoten to Missinaibi Lake and its river that drains into James Bay. This is a leisurely long northbound river trip of about 260 km from just below Missinaibi lake to Mattice with sections of challenging rapids (mostly CI-CII Tech) and portages (most <360m, one is 1.4 km). Start and finish times are from Hamilton. A tandem canoe is looking for two more boats for fun and safety.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Upper Missinaibi River - Missanabie to Mattice
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
when party size reaches 3 boats
Event Duration: 
2 weeks
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
experienced whitewater paddlers and campers
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

I propose starting at the hamlet of Missanabie so we could do the 300m portage over the height of land between the Lake Superior watershed and the Arctic watershed. The trip would go like this..
Drive 9 hrs from Hamilton to the Chapleau train station in time to catch the Saturday 13:30 train with all our gear and boats. Cost approx. $20+tx pp +$25/canoe. Get the cars shuttled to Mattice for approx. $550 + tx /car. (5.5 hrs away). Get off the train 90 min. later in Missanaibie. We can also just drive there (11hr from Hamilton) and pay $700+tx /car for a shuttle.

Paddle downhill leisurely for about 260 km. Provincial Park fees apply. Arrive in Mattice two weeks later, on Fri or a Sat and drive home. We could add some serious white water by getting off a train stop early at the Shumka whistle-stop and paddle the little Missinaibi river into Missinaibi lake but that would involve 3 or 4 non-negotiable 1 km portages when the barrels are still rather weighty. Upside.. we could camp on Trump island and tell whoppers! My tandem canoe is looking to do this journey for the first time and aims to recruit two more canoes for extra fun and safety.

Required Items to Bring: 

Tough canoe, extra paddle, camping gear, food.. Self-contained!

Recommended Items to Bring: 

bug repellent / mesh clothing
wine :)

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

to be sorted out with participants

Carpool Info: 

Try to get six people into two cars with gear.. Shuttlling is expensive.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Committed paddlers only.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Isadora van Riemsdijk (new member)
Phone: 
(email is best)

Saugeen River - Walkerton to SouthHampton

It's definitely for BEGINNERS.- You can think of it as a flatwater trip with a current

Walkerton to South Hampton - it is river - it has a current, but very low, depending on the amount of rain that falls days before the trip - there are 2 very small rapids -
It's fun and we will have a great time.
The goal is to relax and enjoy the trip and the surroundings,
It is not meant as a race or how fast we can do it.
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.

if you need a canoe - let me know - so that we can book those or share a canoe with a fellow paddler

The Basics
Event Location: 
Walkerton - South Hampton
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May1, 2017
Event Duration: 
3 days, 2 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Everyone who wants to canoe and wants to learn about simple river reading
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

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,
I ran into some poison ivy 2 years ago - so make sure you wear long pants and shoes and socks at all times
Bring a smile and lots of fun.
Im looking forward in sharing this adventure for you all

Required Items to Bring: 

life jacket - closed toe shoes for if we need to walk in the river - if level is low

Recommended Items to Bring: 

canoe - tent - sleeping and cooking gear - smile - good humour - camera
more to follow
Canoes can be rented, and i have extra tents you can borrow for a small fee

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

walkerton - follow Hw 9- 109 to Walkerton
Directions to Lobies Park once in town
more detailed directions follow once I know who all is coming

Carpool Info: 

depending who is coming
we can meet at Hw 9 and hw 400 at about 6.00 am
So the goal is we meet in Walkerton in Lobies Park on Saturday May 20, 2017 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 - we follow each other - so we won't be searching who is where
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.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Emmy
Phone: 
don't give out my phone number on here

Summer wind down

Leisurely three night - four day trip on the Petawawa from Lake traverse to McManus Lake.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Petawawa River; Algonquin Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, September 2, 2016 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
09/31/2016
Event Duration: 
4 days - 3 nights
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
ideally not more than about 6
Minimum Group Size: 
n/a
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at the Park gate, leave as many cars at take-out as possible, go to Lake Traverse pack the canoes and start

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Attila Barbacsy
Phone: 
6138277788

Summer Weekend at Palmer Rapids, Lower Madawaska River

Just another relaxing summer weekend at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River. We stay at local farmer Harold Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is an enjoyable weekend for novice or better moving water paddlers. Probably more people have 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. If people are interested in something a little different, we can do short basic river safety and rescue clinic- moving water swimming, rope work, recovering pinned canoes, etc. If the water levels are good, more adventurous types might want to get together to take a run down the Lower Madawaska on Saturday.

For families, there's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. For those who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and interesting shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay.

We're going to be there from Thursday afternoon to Sunday, but you can come & camp or go at any time.

You will need a whitewater 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 www.paddlerco-op.com), or from Madawaska River Rentals (see their website www.MadRiverRentals.ca ), or from Don Adams in Griffith, who will even deliver to Jessup's 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.

For those looking to escape camp cookery, try the famous Wilno Tavern: http://www.wilnotavern.com/index.php

 The Wilno has a Polish buffet Saturday nights that will fill any hungry paddler. There are also some other good restaurants in Barry's Bay.



Please register as soon as possible so I can reserve a group camping area.



By signing up for this trip you also agree to the conditions in the WCA liability waiver. Please locate it on the WCA website under the Outings tab. 

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 17:00
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

You need a Royalex whitewater canoe with flotation bags, etc.-as described above.

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
& Harold 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.
 Look for my silver Honda Pilot with double roof racks.
 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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