Winter Activities

Winter Camping - Long Lake - Severn Bridge Area

Join me for a weekend of winter camping.

We will be snowshoeing hiking across classic Canadian Shield territory which will include bushwhacking, frozen lakes, ponds and marshes.

We will be going places that are not accessible in the summer months.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Long Lake - Severn Bridge Area
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
3/3/2012
Event Duration: 
2 days, 1 night
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Intermediate/advance winter camping club members and friends
Maximum Group Size: 
9
Minimum Group Size: 
3
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

This trip is an intermediate to advanced winter camping trip. It is 2 full days and 1 night trip. The plan is to cover about 10-15 km or about 5 hours of actual hiking per day.
Some people find it easier to bring a light weight sled. The sleds help a lot on the flat lakes and ponds. The sled can be converted from SLED MODE to BACKPACK MODE when we are traversing rougher terrain.

If you want to learn how to build your own winter camping sled I have a Winter Camping - Sled Design 101 guide on the subject..

Cooking will be done on an open fire. This may seem to be a challenging adventure, and it is; but, if you have decent winter clothing and equipment, you could find yourself being pleasantly comfortable throughout.

Planning will be coordinated via emails (spreadsheet), winter camping 101 guides and phone calls. A planning spreadsheet will be sent out and needs to be filled in and returned to the coordinator in a tImely manner to solidify your spot on the trip.

In additon, if you are new to the coordinator a series of questions will be asked to determine your experience and fitness level. This will allow the coordinator to create balanced shelter teams and keep everyone safe and happy.

Everyone will need to have a pair of safety ice picks and a whistle, and a small first aid kit.

Required Items to Bring: 

Winter camping clothing and equipment (eg. sleeping bag or bags rated to -20C, sleeping pad, small tarp or retangular tent fly or tent, insulated winter boots with removable felt liners, dress in layers, snowshoes + poles, backpack, insulated sleeve & water bottle, food, cooking gear, etc.

Maniditory Safety ice picks (Buy or make your own. See me for design powerpoint)

1/4"" x 50' rope for food tie up and rescue (a few in the group)

Whistle

Your own food or team up with others

Cash for share of carpool and parking cost

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Camera, sun glasses, lipseal, sun tan lotion

NO cotton clothes.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Contact event coordinator

Carpool Info: 

$66.70/car shared equally with all participants.

Other
Cancellation Policy: 
Carpool and shelter teammates are counting on your commitment to the event
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman
Phone: 
905-922-1434

Winter Camping - Algonquin Park

Join us for warm winter camping on one of the February weekends and see a bug free Algonquin Park covered in a snow blanket! We have a 9' x 12' wall tent with a wood burning stove which we use for heat as well as cooking. The tent actually gets hot enough to dry clothes and allows us to sit around and enjoy nice meals while discussing the events of the day, future plans, etc. etc. You'll still need a good warm sleeping bag for the overnight hours after we let the fire burn down. We use rigged up toboggans to slide things in and out to the campsite. For further info call 905-840-4566 or email brian.corcoran@rogers.com

The Basics
Event Location: 
Algonquin Park
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, February 3, 2012 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
January 14, 2012
Event Duration: 
3 day weekends in February 2012
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Maximum Group Size: 
4 people
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

We drive up and hike in on a Friday usually and spend the rest of the day around the tent site.

Saturday is a local day hike, eating lunch somewhere along the way.

Sunday morning is again spent around the campsite area.

Required Items to Bring: 

Wood or plastic tobaggan, snowshoes, sleeping bag & personal gear

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

January 15, 2011 - Cross Country Ski Day Followed by Pot Luck and Sauna

Sign up on line for Cross country ski day Saturday January 15 at Mansfield. Meet at 10:30 at Mansfield Outdoor Centre on Airport Road http://www.mansfieldoutdoorcentre.ca/skiing.html)
The trails are track set for traditional and skate skiing. (Rentals available.) There are trails suitable for all levels of skiers. (Trail fee of $17.50.)
Lunch available at the snack bar or you can bring your own.
Pot luck dinner and sauna at Rick Sabourin's in Erin afterward.
Diane Lucas will be in touch with those who sign up about the menu.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Mansfield Cross-Country Ski Centre, East Side of Airport Road (North of Hwy 9)--across from Mansfield downhill resort
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 10:30
Event Duration: 
Day
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Itinerary
Required Items to Bring: 

Appropriate clothing for a winter outdoor activity and don't forget to bring water.
Extra clothes to change into if you get too hot and damp.
Dish for pot luck dinner after (arrange with Diane).
Cross-country or skating skis and related gear if you have it; otherwise gear can be rented.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Diane Lucas
Phone: 
905-826-0875

Mary Perkins

A snowshoe day in the Durham Forest.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Durham Forest
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Feb. 27/10
Difficulty Rating: 
Beginner
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members and friends
Maximum Group Size: 
15
Minimum Group Size: 
2
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Meet at main entrance and snowshoe trails thorugh the forest.

Required Items to Bring: 

Snowshoes or icers; drink, dress in layers

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Snack/lunch

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Regional Road 21 (Goodwood Road) runs E and W south of Uxbridge. Then south on Concesssion 7. Entrance to forest is on the east side.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Mary Perkins
Phone: 
905-725-2874

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
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, January 29, 2010 - 16:19
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
John & Sharon Hackert
Phone: 
416-438-7672

BIG EAST LAKE WINTER CAMPING WEEKEND

Book before February 6. We will snowshoe in Saturday and set up camp. Sunday is for relaxing or a day trip. Then Monday, we will break camp and snowshoe out to the parking lot.

The Basics
Event Location: 
BIG EAST LAKE
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 16:10
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Ray Laughlen
Phone: 
705-754-9479

WINTER IN HALIBURTON COUNTY

I live in Haliburton and like to get out whenever I can- weekdays or weekends. If you want to ski or snowshoe in my neck of the woods, I may be able to help you with guidance, logistics, organization, or just as a trail partner. I prefer bushwhacking to manicured trails. Winter camping is a possibility. Contact me and we can talk.

The Basics
Event Location: 
HALIBURTON COUNTY
Date(s) & Time: 
Monday, February 1, 2010 - 16:05
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Ray Laughlen
Phone: 
705-754-9479

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI DAY

Book by January 21. Join us (Diane Lucas, Rick Sabourin, Bruce & Beth Bellaire, Barb & Dave Young) for a day of cross-country skiing, followed by a potluck dinner at the home of Rick Sabourin (near Erin). Sauna will seat up to 8 people. The ski location may be as close as Albion Hills or as far away as the Duntroon Highlands, depending on the snow conditions.

The Basics
Date(s) & Time: 
Friday, January 29, 2010 - 09:10
Difficulty Rating: 
Intermediate
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Diane Lucas
Phone: 
905-826-0875
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