Whitewater

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: 

Spanish River West Branch

We are looking for people to join us on this 6 day canoe trip down the West Branch of the Spanish River. Basic whitewater skills are required to enjoy this trip. We have the group gear and will be looking to share meals as a group. The Spanish River is known as one of the best beginner/ intermediate level whitewater trips , with great scenery, and many runnable Class 1-2 rapids and the odd Class 3. Contact organizer as soon as possible.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Spanish River West Branch
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
7 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
6 participants
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will travel to Agnew Lake Lodge, stay one night and on the Saturday will be shuttled to the Sudbury train station where we load ourselves, canoes and gear on the train and travel 2 hours north to Lake Biscotasing. We then spend 6-7 enjoyable days making our way back to Agnew Lake Lodge.

AGNEW LAKE LODGE SATURDAY JUNE 25

SHUTTLE AND TRAIN SUNDAY JUNE 26

RIVER TRAVEL SUNDAY JUNE 26 - FRI/SAT JUNE 02

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Ray Laughlen
Phone: 
705-754-9479

Dumoine River--This trip is full.

The Dumoine is known as one of the best intermediate level whitewater trips in the Ottawa Valley, with outstanding scenery, and many runnable Class 1-3 rapids. It is runnable all season. We will do the classic 3-4 day Dumoine trip from the north end of Lac Benoit, travelling 62 km to its mouth near Rolphton on the Ottawa. We will access the river by pre-arranged hired shuttle on Sunday August 14, and should finish by Thursday the 18th at the latest. 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: 
Dumoine River
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
3-4 days on river
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Drive to Deep River Saturday August 13. Meet to do shuttle to north end of Lab Benoit Sunday morning. Finish Thursday at latest. Food arrangements to be made later depending on preferences of group.

Required Items to Bring: 

Whitewater tripping canoe, camping gear.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Suggested guide books & maps:
"The Rivers of Ontario and Quebec," Kevin Callan

"Riviere Dumoine: Paddlers Guide." Available on-line from Trailhead Ottawa. Highly recommended. Topo map with route description on waterproof paper. $9.99

"Rivers of the Upper Ottawa Valley," Hap Wilson Available from on-line sources.

"Riviere Dumoine Comprehensive Guide for the Adventuring Canoeist," Hap Wilson. Out of print. Essentially the same info as in the Upper Ottawa Valley guide.

"Last of the Wild Rivers: Past, Present, and Future of the Riviere Dumoine Watershed," Wallace Schaber. Just released. A history of the Dumoine by one of the founders of Trailhead & Blackfeather, who has guided on it and run it for 50 years. Interesting background reading. $30.00
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/last-wild-rivers-pastpresent-future-rivi%...

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

Black River

Please join me on a spring warm-up white-water trip on the Black River between #118 and #6.

Be ready for class 1 and 2 rapids, a few portages, no bugs. We camp on the river on Saturday night. We will need to shuttle - hopefully only on Sunday. The shuttle is 40km one-way.

Put in: Vancoughnet (south of #118 where Vancoughnet Rd turns into Lambert Rd and Old Victoria Rd) Saturday 9:30am.
Take out: where #6 Black River Rd and Chisholm Trail meet (east of Severn Bridge) - Sunday around 4pm.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River between #118 and #6.
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
April 20th
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
10 boats
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Iva Kinclova
Phone: 
416-461-6000

April 20th- The Mad River

The Mad River is small and has a nice but not overwhelming flow to it. You do need to be able to manoeuvre confidently mostly in tight turns and on a few occasions under a branch of an overhanging tree or a sweeper on a side of the river. You need the ability to paddle class 2 rapid though there are no class 2 rapids on the river.

We can meet at York Mills and Yonge - NW parking lot at 8am for carpooling and then at Riverside Dr at 9:30am (west of Creemore, just north of #9 where you can see the river). We will shuttle to concession 3 (via #9, Centre Line, Webster Rd). We will be finished around 3pm. Bring lunch.

The Basics
Event Location: 
The Mad River (near Creemore)
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
Monday April 18th
Event Duration: 
5hr
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Iva Kinclova
Phone: 
416-461-6000

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 at Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
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: 

Nahanni

Seeking a 4th to round out a crew of 3 to paddle the spectacular Nahanni this July. From the North Canol we'll cross the height of land to The Moose Ponds then paddle down to Nahanni Butte (roughly 4 weeks total), self-orged, very low cost -- a trip of a lifetime.

The Basics
Event Location: 
NWT
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, July 1, 2016 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
June 2016
Event Duration: 
The month of July.
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All
Maximum Group Size: 
4
Minimum Group Size: 
4
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Looking for a 4th to round out a crew of 3 to paddle the spectacular Nahanni this July. From the North Canol we'll cross the height of land to The Moose Ponds then paddle down to Nahanni Butte (roughly 4 weeks total), self-orged, very low cost -- a trip of a lifetime.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Frank de Jong
Phone: 
867-994-3201

Moira River--Re-scheduled

We are re-scheduling this trip again; to Saturday April 16 in the hope that Mother Nature will cut us some slack and turn up the heat.

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 16, 2016 - 09:30
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
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
Event Directions: 

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--Date Changed to Sat. March 26

The weather looks a lot better Saturday than Friday, so we are switching to Saturday the 26th.

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 Friday, we'll move the trip to the Saturday or Sunday. It's not much fun paddling in cold rain.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
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: 
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