Whitewater

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: 

GATFEST - Aug 25-26

GatFest is a challenging C3+ Festival for WhitewATer Fanatics. There is always lotza huge water in the Gatineau and there will be hundreds of paddlers having tons of fun.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Near Maniwaki
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 09:00
Event Duration: 
1-2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Advanced
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

GatFest website now has videos of all the wonderful rapids at www.gatineau.org/en
We will camp at Bonnet Rouge at the GatFest Take-out to avoid waiting for shuttle buses and to avoid crushing in with hundreds of tents enjoying the all night band at Maniwaki high school. GatFest does not provide rescue so itz nice to paddle with friends! There are portages for most of the rapids.

Camping at Bonnet Rouge is $20. We can enjoy our own campfire, visit the Festival at Maniwaki, and sleep in a quiet scenic location, instead of paying the GatFest Fees for shuttle and dinner ($70). We plan to RAFT the Gatineau on Friday for only $60, a real fun rafting day. Rafting is also available during GatFest - but book early.

Required Items to Bring: 

Fully air-bagged boat

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Directions and Info: www.bonnetrougerafting.com

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

Ottawa River Center Channel - Jly 29

Enjoy big waves, surfing and ferrying where there is always lotza water. McCoy's Rapid at level -2.5 is awesome. Swimming the Ottawa River Center Channel Chutes is also big water fun, even for 6 year olds. Recovery pools and chutes are fun to swim in during hot summer weather.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Ottawa River Center Channel
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 10:30
Event Duration: 
1 day until 4:30 p.m.
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at Owl Put-In on McCoy's Rd at 10:30 a.m.
We recommend rafting with River Run on Saturday.

Required Items to Bring: 

Full airbags and a helmet

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Personal First Aid and Lunch. We carry lotza first aid in our barrel.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

McCoy Road at the Owl Put-In

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
jneilson
Phone: 
613-687-6037

Ottawa River - Jly 22 - Center Channel

The Ottawa River Center Channel is a great day of whitewater paddling with plenty of big wave action and tons of water. The level Owl Guage is at about -1.75

The Basics
Event Location: 
Ottawa River Center Channel
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We are currently 2 boats, join us by signing up below. We will ferry play below Little Picky and McCoy's and anybody wanting to run McCoy's is welcome, we will setup below to rescue their canoe(s). The rest of the river has a few surfing waves to dump at and some big fun rock and roll, all with good recovery pools. On the Saturday (we cannot paddle on the Saturday) you could raft, or bike, or camp at River Run or Wilderness Tours and sit in their hot tub and enjoy bungee humping ?? OR you could enjoy relaxing at Black Bay near Petawawa (On the Petawawa River) at our waterfront palace complete with fine wine and dining, La Dolce Vita!

Required Items to Bring: 

Fully outfitted whitewater canoe, and helmet.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Lunch, personal first aid

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Meet at the public parking provided by OWL. It is on McCoy's Road
We meet at 10 a.m.

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

Ottawa River - Jly 15 Center Channel

Looking for whitewater ??? There is lotza water in the Ottawa River. We are currently 2 boats paddling the center channel on Sunday. To join us, sign up below.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Ottawa River Center Channel
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 10:00
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We will meet at the usual parking area provided by Owl Rafting at 10 a.m. and be off the river by about 3 p.m. The Ottawa does have portages around a couple of more difficult spots otherwise itz all fun runnable big action waves, starting with ferrying practice below Little Picky, some rock and roll below McCoy's (if ur not actually brave enough to run McCoy's), a couple of great surfing waves... All the rapids have good recovery areas! Activities for Saturday could include rafting or biking ... unfortunately Frank is only available on the Sunday.

Required Items to Bring: 

Lunch, drinking water, personal first aid.
Fully outfitted whitewater boat with air bags.
Helmet, neoprene is not necessary as the water is warm now.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Meet at the public put in parking provided by Owl at 10 a.m., it is on McCoy's Road.

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

Palmer Rapids Canada Day Weekend Camp & Play

Please join us for our traditional camping weekend at Palmer Rapids. We stay at Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is a fun, relaxed Canada Day weekend suitable for novice or better moving water paddlers. Probably more people had 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.There's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. For family members who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and interesting shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay. Running down the Lower Madawaska for the day is also a possibility.

We're there Friday to Monday, but you can come & go at any time.

You will need a Royalex 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), or from Don Adams in Griffith, who will deliver to Jessups 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.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Palmer Rapids, Madawaska River
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, June 29, 2012 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
Book immediately.
Event Duration: 
4 Days
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We'll reserve a spot and we will arrive at the campsite on Friday afternoon. From then on, it's an open weekend to just have fun.

Required Items to Bring: 

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
Jessup’s Camp Ground & Dam Road access through park

 From Peterborough - go north up Hwy 28 to Bancroft.
 In Bancroft, turn left on Hwy 62 thought Manooth 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.
 Harold is usually there, ask him where the WCA people are.
 Failing that we will probably be in the area straight ahead of you.
 Hopefully down to the right under some big pines which is the prime group camping spot, or, in that general area.
 If you actually get into the village of Palmer Rapids, you've gone too far along 515.
 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.

Dam Road gives access to bottom of rapids below Jessup’s through park (no camping, day use only)

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

Harricana River

Trip down the Harricana River to James Bay over an eight day period.
Experienced paddling skiills

The Basics
Event Location: 
Harricana River in eastern Quebec
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, July 2, 2012 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
June 15, 2012
Event Duration: 
From door to door about 12 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Experienced white water paddlers
Maximum Group Size: 
3 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Arrive in Cochrane evening of July 1. Shuttled to put-in July 2. Paddle for the next eight days to mouth of the river at James Bay. Overnight at the First Nation's Ecolodge. Shuttled across James Bay by freighter canoe to Moosonee. Return to Cochrane by train- Polar Bear Express.

Required Items to Bring: 

White water boat outfitted for the trip

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Don Crosby
Phone: 
519-369-2850

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 Beginner Whitewater Training Day (June 3), this would be an opportunity to practise your new skills. Please note: kevlar boats not recommended.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
June 20
Event Duration: 
1 full day.
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone with some experience in current and Class 1 rapids.
Maximum Group Size: 
8 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats, car shuttle
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Standard safety gear. Helmet and water shoes.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Lunch, water, change of clothes.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Will be sent separately.

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

Beginner whitewater training day

Here’s your chance to try out a little whitewater before committing to a certification course. ORCKA instructor Garry Almond will teach the basic moves on an uncomplicated section of the Credit River. No fear, just fun and learning. Please familiarize yourself with the club’s canoeing safety guidelines in advance. Let me know if you need a partner, or help with boat rental. This is a non-certification instructional day.
Cost: $20 instruction fee for Garry. Karonne strictly volunteer.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Credit River
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
May 30
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone wanting to start learning whitewater maneouvers in a low-key, non-intimidating setting.
Maximum Group Size: 
8 participants, tandem or solo
Minimum Group Size: 
4
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Safety training, Strokes training, Downriver run.

Required Items to Bring: 

Participants must make their own arrangements for canoe (Royalex), gear and transportation. Helmet, PFD and water shoes mandatory. Wear quick-dry clothing. Bring lunch, water, and a complete change of clothes.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Will be sent separately.

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