Just another relaxing summer weekend at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River, with the option of a run down the Lower Mad on Sunday organized by Andrew Craig. 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.
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 Friday 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.
Andrew Craig tells us that nearby Madawaska River Shuttles makes a great homemade pizza on Fridays, and he will act as delivery man for those wanting to order pizzas. (Thanks, Andrew.). Check their website for menu.
For those looking for more sophisticated dining, there's the Wilno Tavern's well-known Polish buffet, as well as some good restaurants in Barry's Bay.