Whitewater

Moira River

Book as soon as possible. This is our season opener and a chance to recover our skills after a long winter. We will start at Chisholm’s Mill and finish at Latta in the morning, eat lunch in our vehicles and run Lost Channel in the afternoon. This is a good opportunity for new spring paddlers to introduce themselves and demonstrate their competence. The river is not particularly technical and we will only be about an hour from our cars. This trip is open to anyone who doesn’t mind swimming in ice-cold water. Tandem canoes must have a centre airbag. Wetsuits or drysuits are required. If winter is later and weather/water conditions are unsuitable, we will postpone the trip. Limit of six boats.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Belleville
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, March 29, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
March 22, 2013
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Tandem canoes must have a centre airbag. Wetsuits or drysuits are required.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Beaver Creek

This will be a challenging whitewater run suitable for advanced-level paddlers with fully outfitted canoes (centre bags for tandem boats) and proper cold-weather attire. If the river isn’t open yet we could switch to the Moira. Limit five boats

The Basics
Event Location: 
Beaver Creek, Tweed/Belleville area
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 6, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
March 30, 2013
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Drysuit/wetsuit. Canoes must have full flotation.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Beaver Creek

This will be a challenging whitewater run suitable for advanced-level paddlers with fully outfitted canoes (centre bags for tandem boats) and proper cold-weather attire. Limit five boats

The Basics
Event Location: 
Beaver Creek, Tweed/Belleville area
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 6, 2013
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Drysuit/wetsuit. Canoes must have full flotation.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Upper Madawaska River

A day of whitewater excitement for advanced paddlers. The upper Madawaska is a fast-flowing pool-and-drop river with quiet stretches interspersed with some very serious rapids. All rapids can, and some must, be portaged. Wetsuits or drysuits, helmets, and fully outfitted whitewater boats with full flotation are a must. Limit six boats.

Note: Access road can be in poor condition, and not suitable for regular automobiles.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Upper Madawaska River, Whitney
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 27, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 13, 2013
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Drysuit/Wetsuit and full boat flotation are required.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

Upper Madawaska River

A day of whitewater excitement for advanced paddlers. The upper Madawaska is a fast-flowing pool-and-drop river with quiet stretches interspersed with some very serious rapids. All rapids can, and some must, be portaged. Wetsuits or drysuits, helmets, and fully outfitted whitewater boats with full flotation are a must. Limit six boats.

Note: Access road can be in poor condition, and not suitable for regular automobiles.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Upper Madawaska River, Whitney
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, April 20, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
April 6, 2013
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Drysuit/Wetsuit and full boat flotation are required.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

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, as sweepers can present a hazard and the water will be cold, you should have solid basic moving water skills, and wear a wetsuit or drysuit. If we get one of those early springs that we have been experiencing over the last few years, March 24 might work out better. So if you're interested in coming along, I suggest you let me know early, in case we do have to move the date forward.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Credit River, Streetsville
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
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. Lunch is on the river around Dundas St. We should reach the lake around 3 pm.

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

Chapleau and Nemegosenda Rivers loop trip - TRIP IS FULL AT THIS TIME

July 1 to 14 2013
This is a wilderness canoe trip in northern Ontario. We will travel down the Chapleau River to Elsas and then back upriver on the slower Nemegosenda River.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Chapleau and Nemegosenda Rivers loop trip
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, July 1, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
This trip is full at the present time
Event Duration: 
two weeks to July 14, 2013
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
total of six to eight WCA members
Maximum Group Size: 
eight WCA members
Minimum Group Size: 
four WCA members
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Reference Nastawgan Journals - Winter 2008 & Spring 2010 vol 37 no 1 and Kevin Callan's - Ontario's Lost Canoe Routes trip.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James
Phone: 
416-512-6690

Lower Madawaska River Wine & Cheese paddle

Join us for the 11th annual spring paddle and find out why reasonably intelligent and mature adults would subject themselves to the vicissitudes of early spring paddling and camping.
We paddle from above Aumonds Bay to the take out at Griffiths a distance of only 28 km. The pace is leisurely with only the Sunday being a full day of paddling.
Lots of time is available for playing in the rapids or just chatting and nibbling. Rapids range from class 1 to 4, all are portageble and there are two falls to portage around.
Hopefully water levels will be high and in the past we have experienced rain, hail, snow and sunshine all in the same day so participants must be suitably experienced and prepared.

Book early as this outing typically is "sold out"

The Basics
Event Location: 
Lower Madawaska
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
when full
Event Duration: 
3 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
intermediate paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
6 Boats
Minimum Group Size: 
n/a
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

meet saturday morning

see above

off the river by Monday noon

Required Items to Bring: 

stay warm and dry
a gourmet treat to share with group

Recommended Items to Bring: 

see above

boats can be conveniently rented

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

supplied later

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Larry Durst
Phone: 
905-415-1152

Black River at Washago

We've had to postpone this trip a week from its original date due to flood level river conditions in central Ontario.

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. As the water will still be cold, you will need a wetsuit or drysuit. As this is a fun play & practice day, and I don't find paddling in cold rain much fun, the outing is weather dependent. Email me as soon as possible if you want to join us.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River at Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 11:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

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.
Hint: Buy cheap gas ("cheap" being a relative term) at the service centre on HWY 12 just north of Beaverton.

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 pushing boats through shallows in freezing rain.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Moira River
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 09:30
Registration Cut Off: 
March 29
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
How to Get There
Event Directions: 

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: 
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