Whitewater

Petawawa River - Lake Travers to McManus

We'll be heading to Algonquin Park to run the Petawawa River from Lake Travers to McManus
The campsites have been booked (Travers, Crooked Chute, Schooner Raps,McManus)
The sites have been selected to provide lots of time to play in the rapids and do some fishing.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park - Petawawa River - Lake Travers to McManus
Date(s) & Time: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 14:00
Registration Cut Off: 
8/1/2011
Event Duration: 
5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Members with whitewater and back country camping skills and equipment
Maximum Group Size: 
9 people
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Aug 17 Drive up and meet at East side of Algonquin Park at the Algonquin Portage store at 1352 Barron Canyon Road at 2 pm.
Aug18-20 run the river
Aug 21 car shuttle and drive home.

Required Items to Bring: 

White water gear + canoe
Back country gear
Personnel Food
PFD, helmet, throw rope, bailer

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Camera, fishing gear, suntan lotion, bug spray

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

See me.

Carpool Info: 

none

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Sign up only if you are 100% sure you will attend.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

GatFest - Gatineau Wildwater Festival

GatFest offers a 'co-ordinated' opportunity to paddle Gatineau wildwater rapids with the backup of rafts and many other paddlers. We have reserved early, a beach site on the Gatineau River at Bonnet Rouge Rafting/Camping which also offers meals, (instead of camping at the high school in Maniwaki). Information on the GatFest website www.gatineau.org includes registration options, so book early!

There will be a ton of people, and, as a bonus, rafting is only $60. The Gatineau rapids are powerful big river rapids so C3 skills and fully outfitted WW boats is mandatory, though water levels are reasonable at the moment. This is a great venue for connecting with awesome paddlers. If you want to join us as a mini-team - Email J&Frank at jneilson@nrtco.net or tel. 613-687-6037

The Basics
Event Location: 
Gatineau River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 27, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
n.a.
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
n.a.
Minimum Group Size: 
n.a.
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the Gatfest Camping area, Friday night, or early Sat morning.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Refer to GatFest website

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jay Neilson & Frank Knaapen
Phone: 
613-687-6037

Black River-Washago

The Black River at HWY 169 just south of Washago has an intersting section that packs half a dozen Class 1-2 rapids into the distance of only a couple of km. It's an ideal spot for budding moving water paddlers to learn to ferry, eddy turn and surf in a non-threatening environment. For more experienced paddlers, it provides a good practice work-out, and if the water is high enough, there are some gnarlier bits on some of the side-channels. This trip is always a low-key, relaxed day for practicing, learning and socializing. A pleasant way to get to meet some other WCA members if you're new to the club. The water should be warming up by then, but you'll at least want to have a wetsuit.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River- Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 8, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 5, 2011
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at put-in at 11:00. We'll have a lunch on the river, and finish around 3 or 4, depending on how much play you want to do. Buy cheap gas on way home.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Empty gas tank. There are a couple of cheap gas stations on HWY 48 north of Bloomington Rd., plus a cheap outlet on HWY 12 at Beaverton.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

HWY 48 north to HWY 12 north. Just north of the village of Brechin, take the Y junction to the right to continue north on HWY 169. Keep going till you reach the bridge over the Black where we put-in.
Meet 11:00. We'll do the very short car shuttle. For the car shuttle, just go north to the first side road & turn left. Then left at the next road, and you'll hit the next bridge. Alternate shuttle route is to go south from put-in, take first right, and follow side road around to the bridge. It's easy- i'ts just a 5 minute loop trip. We'll probably finish up around 3 or 4 pm, depending on how much people want to play. The trip is about 2 hours from Toronto.

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

Moira River Playday

Due to our rainy spring the Moira has remained at high spring levels, and we will get a chance for a May Day paddle on it. Hopefully, the weather and water will have warmed up a bit by then, making it an excellent opportunity to get out and do mellow some river play. We'll meet at Chisholm's Mill at 9:00 and do a run down the easier lower section, which is mainly long sections of Class 1-2 with lots of rollercoaster waves to go for a ride on. After lunch, we'll drive up to Lost Channel to run this shorter but more intense section, which has an interesting long Class 2-3 rapid. For first time Moira paddlers, we can have a look at it on the car shuttle to the put-in, and you can easily walk it if you don't like what you see. This trip is a great one for those with good novice skills who want to move up to an intermediate level river.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Moira River
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 1, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 28
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Chisholm's Mill to Latta in the morning. Then lunch at the cars and a drive up to Lost Channel. We should be finished between 3 & 4, depending on how much people want to play. Afterwards, we hit the dairy in Latta for some excellent local cheese, maple syrup, and ice cream.

Required Items to Bring: 

You need a river boat with air bags. Some of the rapids are long, and if the boat does go over, we want to be able to recover it easily. As the water is still going to be chilly, you should have a full wetsuit or a drysuit. We'll have lunch after the morning section at our cars, so you don't have to carry one with you. However, you'll want to bring a snack & drink.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Meet 9 am at Chisholm's Mills. Exit HWY 401 in Belleville onto HWY 37 north (Exit # 544). Go north on 37 to the village of Shannonville. Turn right onto Shannonville Rd. This goes east for a km or two, and then makes a right angle turn to go south. You'll hit Chisholm's Mills and the river. Parking is in a little parkette on the south side of the river. We shuttle and paddle down to Latta.
For the curious who want to eyeball the upper section on a map, for the put in, follow 37 north to Chapman & Bethel Rd. Go right on Bethel, over the west branch of the river, and then turn right to go down Carss Rd. for about a km & you'll hit the river. We paddle down to where Esker Rd. comes along the north side of the river.
Driving time from central Toronto is about 2.5 hr. if you don't have a lead foot.

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

Petawawa Wildwater - Lake Travers to McManus

The Petawawa will be HUGE on the long weekend, and the ice will be going out late this year. There are portage for all of the C3 rapids. This is an awesome opportunity to watch some of Ontario's best paddlers tackle some really tough runs. Rollway is the longest toughest wildwater ride in the Near North. If your one of those best we will support you at the bottom! At high water there are miles of C2 rapids that provide some challenging maneouvring. Suitable for advanced C2 paddlers who are comfortable maneouvring in big waves, and experts of course. Do not use auto-signup as we do not have internet at our home. Phone or email us to confirm participation.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park - Achray Rd Gate - Lake Travers Access
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 21, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 17
Event Duration: 
3 days, Saturday to Monday
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Advanced C2 paddlers.
Maximum Group Size: 
4 tents
Minimum Group Size: 
1 tent 'ours'
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Stay at our place on Friday night if you want to arrive late, or on Lake Travers if you want to arrive early. We have a large waterfront home nearby. Enjoy docktails and a BBQ. Arrive anytime late. We will leave early 7:30 a.m. on Saturday after a hearty breakfast. We will organize group dinners. You bring your own breakfast and lunches.

Required Items to Bring: 

Fully outfitted WW boats, ABS recommended ... can be rented at Algonquin Portage Store on Achray Road. Helmets and Full Body Wet/dry suits are mandatory for rapids as water is hypothermic this weekend. Neoprene gloves and booties.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Bug Shirt. Personal First Aid. We carry First Aid and Z-drag.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Phone us for directions.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jay Neilson and Frank Knaapen
Phone: 
613-687-6037

Petawawa River - Lake Travers to McManus

A glorious river on the east side of Algonquin Park. There are portages for the 5 big monsters which will hopefully be mostly runnable C3, miles of C2 rapids, including 5-Mile, Schooner, and swifts. The portages can be shortened by partial runs at most of the big 5. This is a scenic river for hands-on C2 intermediate skills. There are 'safe' opportunities for C3 challenges, such as Little Thompson and lower Crooked Chute, both ending in safe pools for intrepid C2 paddlers. Do NOT use online sign-up, phone or email us for information and to confirm participation as we do not have internet at our rural home.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park - Achray Road - Lake Travers Access
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 3, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
Book by June 1st
Event Duration: 
3 days - Friday to Sunday
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Intermediate C2 Paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
4 tents
Minimum Group Size: 
1 tent (ours)
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

To accommodate late Thursday night arrivals, stay at our waterfront palace nearby - enjoy docktails and a BBQ ... arrive any time ... We will leave for the gate by about 7:30 a.m. to get an early start across Lake Travers.

Required Items to Bring: 

Fully outfitted WW boats - ABS - recommended. Can be rented at Algonquin Portage Store on Achray Road. Helmet and Full Body Wet or Dry suits are mandatory at the rapids (not on the lakes). The water is still cold, and any complicated boat rescue could mean standing a long time in very cold water. We will organize group dinners. U provide your breakfast and lunches. Personal First Aid. We carry First Aid and Z-Drag steel cable to rip the seat outa your boat.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

BUG Shirt. Bug Spray. If you plan to run Rollway, bring a center airbag as it may save your bacon and make it a lot easier to rescue your boat before it ends up at the Natch. You will be portaging your packs as we do not want to chase gear on this river.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Phone us for directions.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jay Neilson and Frank Knaapen
Phone: 
613-687-6037

Lower Madawaska River

Book ASAP. Join us for the continuation of this annual spring paddle / wine and cheese party. We paddle from above Aumonds Bay to Griffith. The short 28 km distance allows for a leisurely pace with lots of time to play, chat and eat! Rapids will range from grade 1 to 4 and there are a couple of short portages around falls. We meet on Saturday morning near Quadeville and are finished by Monday noon.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Contact the event co-ordinator for further details.
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 21, 2011 (All day)
Event Duration: 
2 .5 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
Limit 6 boats
Itinerary
Recommended Items to Bring: 

Wet and /or dry suits

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Brian Corcoran
Phone: 
905-840-4566

Credit River - Terra Cotta to Norval

We will paddle an easy and scenic section of the Credit River from Terra Cotta to Norval, approx 15 km, stopping to play in the mainly Class 1 features along the way. For those who participated in the Whitewater Training Day (June 5), this would be an opportunity to practise your skills.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 14
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats, tandem or solo
Minimum Group Size: 
3 boats
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

All legally required safety gear + helmet and water shoes. Lunch and water.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

TBA

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Karonne Lansel
Phone: 
416-777-9459

WHITEWATER TRAINING DAY

Here’s your chance to try out a little whitewater before committing to a full course. ORCKA instructor Garry Almond and I will demonstrate the basic moves on an uncomplicated section of the Credit River. Participants must make their own arrangements for canoe (Royalex), gear and transportation. Helmet, PFD and water shoes mandatory. Wear quick-dry clothing or a wetsuit. Bring lunch, water, and a complete change of clothes. Please familiarize yourself with the club’s canoeing safety guidelines in advance. Limit 8 participants, tandem or solo. Let me know if you need a partner. Registration deadline June 1. This is a non-certification instructional day. $20/person instruction fee for Garry. Karonne strictly volunteer.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River - directions TBA
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 1
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
8 participants, tandem or solo
Minimum Group Size: 
4
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Karonne Lansel
Phone: 
416-777-9459

Opeongo & Madawaska Rivers

The Opeongo River and the Madawaska River (Whitney to Madawaska) will still be running high, with volumes anywhere from C2 to C3 with some optional C4, hopefully featuring hot spring weather (we enjoyed a snow blizzard last year!) Camp at a beautiful spot to enjoy spring peepers and cherry blossoms, or stay overnight at Whitney.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Whitney & Madawaska on Hwy 60 in Algonquin Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
n.a.
Event Duration: 
1 or 2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Whitewater paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
4 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat (ours)
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will run the Opeongo River from the Algonquin Park Shall Lake put-in, to the first take-out on Aylen Lake Rd. On Sunday we run the Madawaska from the Adventure Lodge put-in to the take out bridge on the Shall Lake Access Rd. We camp overnight at a beautiful location and provide bug shelter.

The Opeongo River is a fun C2-3 whitewater run with no waterfalls. The most difficult rapid, where scouting is not possible (run tight right) occurs at the end of the whitewater section. There are short optional drags at a couple of ledges. We leave early to paddle across Victoria Lake before any wind starts. There is an ATV trail along the river below Victoria Lake to the take-out. We will scout the C2 canyon for sweepers which Frank may tackle with the chain-saw.

The Madawaska River features more technical C2-3 rapids which can all be scouted, portaged or lined. There are 2 waterfalls with longer portages, which should not present any problems. There is an ATV trail the full length of the river.

We have run both these rivers annually for 15 years.

Required Items to Bring: 

Fully outfitted WW canoe with center bag, full body wet/drysuit, helmet etc. Barrel with warm up clothes, personal first aid, cell phones usually function in this area.

We carry emergency overnight shelter, WFA Kit, Globalstar SATPhone, 100 ft steel Z-drag cable with cum-a-long and a chain saw to clean up any sweepers on the Opeongo. Frank is a certified Chainsaw Instructor responsible for 35 Forestry Technician Students in the bush!

Recommended Items to Bring: 

BYO food, beer etc.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Hwy 60 to Madawaska, then north on Shall Lake Access Rd.
Phone to confirm rendez-vous.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Jay and Frank Knaapen
Phone: 
613-687-6037
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