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Summer evenings are drawing short, but there is still lots of good paddling weather ahead.
Consider contacting friends you have made on the water and have your own excursion.  Either as part of the club activities or as your own.
Our area has a few great "no-shuttle" locations such as the park in New Hamburg, Woolrich Reservoir, Puslinch Lake, Laurel Creek, Shades Mills, Guelph Lake . . .
Team up with a friend or friends and do a section of the river.  Even when the water is low, some sections of the Grand are still very good to paddle :-)

. . . featured event . . .
WWCKC Weekend at Bondi, Friday - January 25 - 27, 2019
Cross-country ski, snowshoe, toboggan, build igloo while enjoying the winter wonders at Bondi Village Resort!
https://www.bondi-cottage-resort.com/. Cost is $175 +HST per person. 
Payment via Paypal.  <<Link to be updated soon.>>  Payment due by November 2, 2018.  Contact Andrea Chappell (auntrooby@gmail.com) or Jeri-Lynn Catton (jlcatton.01@hotmail.com) for additional info.

I have been on this trip for the past two years.  The landscape is textured with mild hills, frozen lake, hill-top look out, trees trees trees, and deer :-) .  The cross-country ski trails are very nice.  Snowshoeing up the small mountain among the hardwoods to the look-off was amazing.  The food is great (yep, you need to contribute, but it is so great)!  Last year we built a small igloo and had some fun hanging out in it during an evening.  Playing cards.  Hanging out with friends, new and old.  Sharing stories.  It is a great winter escape. - Tim Grant
The WWCKC Google Group may have last minute paddling invites.  Members can also make use of the group email to let each other know of additional paddles.

Activities


WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00 am

Beaver River
Moving Water
Paddle the Beaver River from near Kimberley to Heathcote, Ont. It is a beautiful fall day outing down the Beaver Valley to enjoy the colours. Slow moving water, takes about 4 hours to complete.
Meet at the Kimberley General Store at 10:00am, 235304 Grey Rd, Kimberley, Ontario (click to see map).
Click to see a video about the store.
You can read Nick's informative and entertaining trip report of an earlier paddle in the Fall 2010 newsletter on page 5.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Stephanie Shifflett, Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)
"Reservoirs / Water Management / Floods"
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

WWCKC Weekend at Bondi, Friday - Sunday October 12-14
Paddle (or hike, fish etc.) while enjoying the fall colours at Bondi Village Resort!
https://www.bondi-cottage-resort.com/. Cost is $175 +HST per person if 14 people rent the lodge. 
Please email Andrea by Wednesday September 12, 2018 at andreahoba@gmail.com if you are interested.  

WWCKC Annual General Meeting and Presentation night, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Your 2019 membership must be renewed in order to vote at the AGM.
Presentations: 
Cambridge Surf - info on the Cambrige Surf Wave project.  - Andrea Hoba.
Photographs!  wwccphotos.smugmug.com  Browse through our photo sharing site with memories past and recent.  Participants from the audience can share anecdotal stories - Tim Grant
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
- details coming soon -
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

WWCKC Bondi Weekend, Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, 2017
<details coming very soon>

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
- details coming soon -
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Presentation: Knot tying & securing your boat(s) to your car interactive demonstrations.  We can show you what to do and perhaps what not to do :-)
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.


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Cancelled due to cold and dangerous conditions on the water
WWCKC Annual New Years Day Paddle, Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:00 am
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris
Moving water
To participate you must be moderately experienced and must wear either a wet suit or a dry suit.
Dress warmly and bring extra socks and mitts. The persons with a wetsuit must bring extra clothes in case of a submersion. 
Cold water paddling can be very dangerous if you end up in the water. Cold water can kill by:
  1) Cold shock - possible heart attack due to sudden submersion and exposure to cold water
  2) Gasp - Sudden immersion in cold water results in an involuntary gasp. This means you cannot stop the gasp, which is followed by 1 to 3 minutes of involuntary hyperventilation. Hyperventilation can cause cardiac arrest, cramping, disorientation and confusion.
All paddlers must be aware of the risks, and must be prepared for submersion, cold weather, wind, and rain.
Meet at the parking lot beside the Petro Canada at 11:00 am (click to see map).
Let Tom Harman know who will be attending, or if you need more information, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, 519-246-1861

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm
John Gregory is a journalist for the International Canoe Federation @PlanetCanoe. He manages to do some of this remotely from home in Kitchener. Read more here. https://medium.com/@OpencityInc/taking-remote-working-to-extremes-98b9e9671416 
On Thursday, January 11, John will share some of the stunning photos from the 2017 season. He will talk about the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic and Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France.
You can find him permanently on Twitter @gregiej and @opencityinc
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday, January 14, 7:00pm, and Monday, January 15, 2018,  7:00pm
University of Waterloo, Humanities Theater
The two evenings will showcase different films!
Tickets are $21.80 per night (tax incl.) and are available now in the store and through Eventbrite online:
Monday, January 15th
Tickets are also available at Adventure Guide, information 519-886-3121, or info@advguide.com

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, MondayJanuary 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm
An evening with explorer Adam Shoalts!
The first event of Nova Craft Canoe Winter Speaker Series!
Come and enjoy a presentation by explorer Adam Shoalts as he shares pictures and stories from his latest adventure, an epic 4000km solo crossing of Canada’s Arctic! Adam will also be promoting his newest book, A History of Canada in Ten Maps, and there will be a book sale and signing after the show.
Named one of the greatest living explorers and called “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by the Toronto Star, Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer and adventurer. He is a regular guest on Canadian television and radio, and has been featured in media around the world, including the BBC, CNN, CTV, CBC, and The Guardian.
No charge, general admission.
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas London, Ont

Rebirth! of WWCKC Annual New Years Day PaddleSaturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:30 am
We were cheated out of the New Years Day paddle this year but Tom would like to give it a try again this weekend. Forecast is looking good but he is not sure of the river conditions. Can someone please give Tom an update, and let him know if you are interested. Tom will decide later whether it's Saturday or Sunday but he is leaning towards Saturday.
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris
Moving water
To participate you must be moderately experienced and must wear either a wet suit or a dry suit.
Dress warmly and bring extra socks and mitts. The persons with a wetsuit must bring extra clothes in case of a submersion. 
Cold water paddling can be very dangerous if you end up in the water. Cold water can kill by:
  1) Cold shock - possible heart attack due to sudden submersion and exposure to cold water
  2) Gasp - Sudden immersion in cold water results in an involuntary gasp. This means you cannot stop the gasp, which is followed by 1 to 3 minutes of involuntary hyperventilation. Hyperventilation can cause cardiac arrest, cramping, disorientation and confusion.
All paddlers must be aware of the risks, and must be prepared for submersion, cold weather, wind, and rain.
Meet at the parking lot beside the Petro Canada at 9:30 am (click to see map).
Let Tom Harman know who will be attending, or if you need more information, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, 519-246-1861

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 21, 2018, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 8-9:15pm. We will have access to the sauna until 9:15pm for anyone to use. We will need to be out of the building by 9:30 so they can close up for the evening.
The cost is covered by the club.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Bondi Weekend, Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
Plan to join us for our always-memorable winter weekend at Bondi Village Resort
Comfortable and spacious accommodations located in the beautiful Lake of Bays area, on a lake and with extensive hiking/skiing/snowshoeing trails on site.
Half an hour's drive from Algonquin Park, Arrowhead Park and the Frost Centre. Guaranteed great hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and company.
For more information and to register online and pay using PayPal see the Bondi page.
Latecomers: waiting list for cancellations only.
Questions: Jeri-Lynn at:  jlcatton.01@hotmail.com.
See attachment for registration form (required).

WWCKC paddle the pool!, Sunday, February 4, 2018, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 8-9:15pm. We will have access to the sauna until 9:15pm for anyone to use. We will need to be out of the building by 9:30 so they can close up for the evening.
The cost is covered by the club.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
An Evening with Adventurer Jim Baird!
Join Jim Baird, winner of the History Channel's ALONE, Season 4, for a talk about how his incredible experiences as a wilderness adventurer helped prepare him for a huge win on a survival reality TV show.
Jim is a professional adventurer who grew up exploring the Crown lands of Southern Ontario, Canada alongside his brother Ted. He turned the confidence he built from exploring the outdoors at a young age into a passion for wilderness travel in Canada’s far north. Jim is an avid canoeist, and has several impressive whitewater trips to his credit, many of them with his brother Ted. He’s also the first person on record to complete a self-propelled trek across the northern Ungava Peninsula in winter -- a 230 mile Arctic trip he completed with his dog, Buck. The accumulation of skills he gained from his adventures helped him win season 4 of Alone on History Channel, where he survived on northern Vancouver Island for 75 days. Aside from adventuring in Canada’s northern regions, Jim’s also worked as a mineral prospector, a wilderness guide, and with a mapmaking company.
No charge, general admission.
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas London, Ont

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Explore the Hydrocut Trails – with Brent Ellis
The HydroCut Mountain Bike Trails are considered to be one of the best mountain bike trail networks in Ontario, drawing 39,000 riders in 2017. With 27 single track bicycle trails totalling 30km of riding, there are trails that can accommodate everyone, from beginners to the most advanced riders.
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please register for a free ticket with Eventbrite. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Deb Lehman will be our presenter at our February 22 meeting.  I had great opportunity to meet Deb at my volunteering at Freeport Hospital.  She is an extremely kind and giving person.  Unbeknownst to me she shared also the love of nature.  Over the autumn and holidays, I ran into Deb outside of the hospital setting 3 times.  Once she was at a show where she was working to raise awareness of local species and habitat.  I didn't realize at the time that one of her photographs was hanging in the house of one of my best friends.  Here is an abstract from Deb:
"I am a volunteer wildlife photographer in my tenth year photographing wildlife for the protection of the environment. Roughly half of my work has been with the protection of the Laurel Creek Headwaters Environmentally Sensitive Landscape in the Region of Waterloo. The remainder has been a combination of wildlife rehabilitation, Ontario parks, bird migration and ocean conservation. I am looking at working with Great Lakes protection in the future. I am planning to retire from my Grand River Hospital workplace the end of this year to volunteer full time with conservation efforts.

I sell my photography to bring my love of nature and environmental awareness to other people. 

The photography sales proceeds have supported local conservation efforts in Ontario, wildlife rehab and ocean conservation.

(I personally frame my own work and only use second-hand materials so as to be kind to the environment.)" - Deb Lehman

Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

Wilderness and Canoe Symposium, Friday, February 23 and Saturday, Feb 24, 2018
Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson St. Toronto
Friday, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm, followed by reception. Saturday, 9:00am - 9:00pm.
Use WWCKC Google Groups to coordinate with other members who may be attending to arrange carpooling, meeting for lunch, etc.

Outdoor Adventure Show, Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
Explore Canada's largest adventure show offering pre-season deals on the newest outdoor gear and amazing travel destinations!
Sign up for pre-show and ticket dicount information:
http://outdooradventureshow.ca/toronto/newsletter-signup/
For information phone 905-477-2677 or 1-800-891-4859
The International Centre, Hall 5, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Bruce Herchenrader & Caroline White – Food Planning and Gear for Extended Back Country Trips
Caroline and Bruce will be discussing food planning and gear for an extended back country trip. Whether you back pack or paddle (as Caroline and Bruce do) the food prep will be of interest. Back country treks don't have to have a bland menu. You can make just about anything in a frying pan!
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please register for a free ticket with Eventbrite. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCKC paddle the pool!, Sunday, March 4, 2018, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 8-9:15pm. We will have access to the sauna until 9:15pm for anyone to use. We will need to be out of the building by 9:30 so they can close up for the evening.
The cost is covered by the club.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Connecting with Nature with Rob Klea
Those who climb the peaks, travel the trails, paddle the waterways, or wander and gaze upon nature’s beauty experience the restorative powers of being in nature. Learn about the health benefits of connecting with nature and how to achieve wellness even when you can’t be outdoors.
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please register for a free ticket with Eventbrite. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCKC Annual Chili Social & Trip Planning, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Please be sure to mark this date on your calendar as a ‘must attend’! Bring your ideas of places you would like to paddle this coming year! Maybe you would like to co-ordinate a trip on a favourite river or waterway…
Chili (including vegetarian) and buns are supplied, but you can bring a snack, finger food or a plate of veggies or deserts to share. Don’t forget your plate, cup and utensils.
Please note: all beverages, alcoholic or not, must be purchased at Wing 404.
RCAF Wing 404 (click to see map).
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Malta: History and Hikes – with Charles Whitlock
Malta, a tiny island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is abundant in history and heritage of the various cultures that lived there. The island offers walkers some of the most stunning views anywhere in the Mediterranean. To appreciate this land, one has to walk it. If you are not able to visit Malta, come and join me for this pictorial presentation on Malta, my birth place.
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please register for a free ticket with Eventbrite. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

World Water DayThursday, March 22, 2018
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater and in 2018 the focus is wastewater. Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.

2018 Paddling Film Festival World Tour, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00pm
Showcases the world's best paddling films, and inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.
Tickets: $17.00, available from Princess Cinema, or order tickets online from Eventbrite.
Original Princess Cinema
6 Princess St. West, Waterloo, 519-884-5112

Earth Hour! Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm
The 12th annual Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Six continents, over 170 countries, and 24 time zones will be united as a global community, making our voices heard through individual action.
Show your support for our planet and turn off your lights at home, unplug any non-essential electronic items, such as your TV, stereo, game system - even items such as your phone charger, kettle and toaster can be unplugged!

Adventure Guide Armchair SeriesThursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Kevin Callan – Favourite Canoe Routes Across Ontario
Tickets for Kevin Callan will be available soon and must be purchased at the store in advance.
General admission tickets for Kevin Callan’s presentation are $5 each.
This money goes directly to KidsAbility.
Please contact the store to purchase tickets. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

Ontario Backcountry Canoe Symposium, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Theatre of the Arts, ​University of Waterloo
Formerly The KW Canoe Symposium, this seventh annual Symposium is a celebration of the canoe, and its central place in the culture and history of Canada. It’s about the feel of a canvas-covered canoe as it glides through a remote lake. It’s about wet summer afternoons spent under a tarp, and crisp fall mornings warming your hands on a mug of tea. It is a chance to gather with others who value a life lived at a different speed, and off the beaten path.
WWCKC will have a table with information about our club as a non-profit group that promotes traditional canoe tripping and kayaking in Ontario!
Our own Stephen Coutts will be conducting one of this years presentations.
To purchase tickets online ($16.68 adult) click here.

WWCKC paddle the pool!, Sunday, April 8, 2018, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 8-9:15pm. We will have access to the sauna until 9:15pm for anyone to use. We will need to be out of the building by 9:30 so they can close up for the evening.
To take full advantage of our time, you should arrive 15-30 minutes early so you can wash any road dirt off your boat, and change into clothes appropriate for the pool. Attire is very casual so you can wear a T-shirt and a PFD over your bathing suit, or anything else you are comfortable in. Helmets are optional.
There is a gated patio off the pool parking lot that we will use as the entrance to the pool deck with the boats. The staff will have the gate open before so the boats can be dropped off and cleaned if needed. Participants can then get changed into bathing suits, PFDs and shoes, etc.
The cost is covered by the club.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Tim Grant, tim.e.grant@gmail.com, 519-404-7402

CANCELLED - WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm - CANCELLED

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

- - - Here it is 4 pm on April 17,  2018.  The temperature is -1.  The river is high (7 times the summer low).  The water is too high and the water & air too cold.  Our first Tuesday paddle will be next week instead.  We are cancelling this Tuesday paddle for safety reasons. - Tim Grant, April 17, 2018 at 4:00pm - - -


>>> MOVED TO PUSLINCH LAKE DUE TO DANGEROUSLY HIGH WATER LEVELS ON THE RIVERS <<<

WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Puslinch Lake
Flat water.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina Restaurant.

After the paddle, we often socialize over sweet-potato fries at the Old Marina Restaurant.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Dave Kasha & Susan Lapp  "Our trip on the Missinaibi" featuring stories and artwork by Susan & Dave.

Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)

Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Blair (265 m) to Riverbluffs Park (251 m). Put-in parking will be in the lot on Morningside Drive, Cambridge (click to see map).
Moving water

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Nith River, New Hamburg
Flat water

We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.

If the gate to the park is closed, then we will put in at the small park across the river on Wilmont Street (here)

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Puslinch Lake
Flat water.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina Restaurant.

After the paddle, we often socialize over sweet-potato fries at the Old Marina Restaurant.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving water
If water is low please be prepared to get out of your boat in a few places and walk through the water for a short distance.
This section is 15 km long (click to see map), and usually takes about 3 hours to paddle.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

 

WWCKC / GRCA Shoreline cleanup at Guelph Lake Park, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Guelph Lake Park

Free entry to those who are participating in this cleanup and have emailed Janet jbaine@sentex.net to let her know in advance.

Come to the gatehouse at 6 p.m. Garbage bags and latex gloves will be provided, but cleanups can sometimes be mucky, so be prepared.

Canoes and kayaks welcome, as long as you have room to collect garbage in your kayak.

Tim will provide some Rubbermaid containers and bungee chords to enable kayaks to collect more debris.

Email jbaine@sentex.net in advance for free entry.

Secondary contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Morningside Drive), Cambridge (click to see map)
A short distance after the put-in there is an easy portage around the weir at the water treatment facility. At the take-out, parking will be in the lot on Morningside Drive.
Note that Fountain St is closed east of the Grand River, so from Freeport take Hwy 401 W, exit at Homer Watson, then go south to Morningside Dr.
Contact Jessica Fleet jessicafleet@outlook.com 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 20, 2018
South Saugeen River (Neustadt to Hanover OR Ayton to Hanover if water level permits): Class 1 with occasional sweepers and swifts; optional upper section Class 2 with rocky rapids
Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Allan Bunn, asb34elm@gmail.com 519-771-1633

 

WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Puslinch Lake
Flat water.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina Restaurant.

After the paddle, we often socialize over sweet-potato fries at the Old Marina Restaurant.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.


WWCKC “Full Moon” Paddle, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Speed and Eramosa Rivers, Guelph

Meet at the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard in Guelph at 7:30 pm. Enter from Gordon St and park along the road. (Click to see map.)
Moonrise:   8:56 pm
Sunset:      8:53 pm
Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats. 
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402
Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.

WWCKC PaddleTuesday, June 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Riverbluffs Park, Cambridge (Galt) to Glen Morris.  (Click to see map.)

After Riverbluffs Park, there is a portage with stairs going down around the Park Hill Dam (we help each other through), and paddle through scenic downtown Galt. 

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Nith River, New Hamburg
Flat water

We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.

 

Epic Paddle on the Grand, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at dawn

Grand River, Elora Gorge to Paris, 94 km, 12 to 16 hours (greatly affected by waterlevel).

Due to the unusually long nature of this paddle; participation will be notably screened / restricted.

Working on thoughts for how others could be spectators or perhaps paddle short sections with the participants.  However need to very conscious of meeting the milestones through-out the day to achieve the goal.  Additional details to follow.

And yes, Steffen and Tim have done this before.

Sponsored by Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com and Steffen Roller steffen.roller@gmail.com


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm

This is an awesome paddle so decided to do this two weeks in a row!

Grand River, Riverbluffs Park, Cambridge (Galt) to Glen Morris.  (Click to see map.)

After Riverbluffs Park, there is a portage with stairs going down around the Park Hill Dam (we help each other through), and paddle through scenic downtown Galt. 

We may stop for ice cream at "Indulge"

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Puslinch Lake
Flat water.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina Restaurant.

After the paddle, we often socialize over sweet-potato fries at the Old Marina Restaurant.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.


WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saugeen River (Walkerton to Conc. 10): Class 1 with rapids and nice swimming holes

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456

 

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water.
Contact Allan Bunn, asb34elm@gmail.com 519-771-1633

WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)

Flat water.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

 

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 24, 2018 <<< POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - ALTERNATE DATE PENDING >>>

Pinery Provincial Park (paddling, biking and beaching): flat water paddling on spring-fed Old Ausable channel, trail biking through rare oak savannah forest, dunes and swimming at Lake Huron beach

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456


WWCKC Summer Ballet at Rockwood, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Come join us in our summer event in Rockwood on June 26 @ 6 pm  (click to see map)

Our event will have boats performing choreographed movements in various configurations. Essentially, we will play follow the leader in our boats on the water.  Very fun.

We will have clifftop photography of our event.

You don’t have to be part of the water ballet to participate.  Come along and paddle your boat and watch the event.  But I am sure once on the water you will be temped to join in the activity.

Current members will have their access to the park paid for by the club.

If you haven’t yet signed up this year, now is a great time to do so.

5:30 arrival

6:00 – 7:00 practice and organisation

7:00 event

Post event – enjoy paddling or hiking around the lake

Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com or Tim Grant,  tim.e.grant@gmail.com


WWCKC “Full Moon” Paddle, Thursday, June 28, 2018

Nith River, New Hamburg at 7:30 pm.

Flat water.

Moonrise: 9:29 pm

Sunset: 9:06 pm

We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


WWCKC “Fireworks” Paddle, Sunday, July 1, 2018, @ 7:30 pm

New Hamburg at 7:30 pm.

We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream an hour and downstream an hour; so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.

On July 1, 2017 I was paddling on the Nith in New Hamburg.  I was accidentally fortunate enough to end my paddle as the town’s fireworks started.  It was beautiful to be sitting in my boat and watching the fireworks reflected on the water.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 1 OR Monday, July 2, 2018

Saugeen River (Mulock Road to Hanover): Class 1 with some sweepers, rapids and nice swimming holes

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving water
If water is low, please be prepared to get out of your boat in a few places and walk through the water for a short distance.
This section is 15 km long (click to see map), and usually takes about 3 hours to paddle.
Contact Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Till Segler, tillsegler@aim.com


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)

Flat water.

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 15, 2018

Maitland River (Wingham to Auburn): Class 1 with swifts and great bass fishing

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Allan Bunn, asb34elm@gmail.com or 519-771-1633


The Grand River Run, Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9am - 4pm

Surf Cambridge is holding a slalom course, a Boatercross Race, and a roll clinic at the Mill Race Park in Cambridge. Come out and join the fun!  Prizes to be won!  Come out and improve your skills while keeping cool in the sun!  More information can be found at www.surfcambridge.ca or email info@surfcambridge.ca.


CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)

Moving water

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


Two Row on the Grand, July 18 to 28, 2018
Two Row on the Grand (Cambridge to Port Maitland on Lake Erie)
June 1 or soon after was the application deadline, but can still check to see if still accepting last minute applications.
Everyone is invited to join and participate or volunteer. 
Several club members participated last year and there are photos here https://wwccphotos.smugmug.com/Canoeing-2017/Two-Row-on-the-Grand/ 
For more information, including an itinerary and application, visit www.tworowonthegrand.com.
The application offers three options for the number of days to participate and organizers would like club members to volunteer/ participate as individuals, so please complete the form. 
This canoe and kayak trip is in its third year and is an opportunity for Canadians of all ethnic backgrounds to mix with Haudenosaunee people and build new connections. Educational events, traditional teachings, interactive dancing, storytelling and sharing circles will all be included as we camp along the river each night. You can come for a few days or the entire trip.

Picnic and “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Lake Victoria, Stratford  https://goo.gl/maps/ZQDidCZMfMn
Flat water
Bring your favorite picnic dish to share and bring the entire family to join in the fun! Paddle around the lake and photograph and feed the swans, ducks and geese.  There is a park for children nearby and walking trails.  Extra boats will be available (provided by Andrea and by Tim Grant).

Contact Andrea Hoba andreahoba@gmail.com

  Secondary contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Note this is not an official club paddle as we would like to open this to a wider audience.  If attending, let Andrea know if you are in need of a boat or if can bring an extra boat.



WWCKC “Full Moon” Paddle, Friday, July 27, 2018

Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)

Flat water.

Launch at 8:15 pm

Moonrise: 8:51 pm

Sunset: 8:49 pm

Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats.

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, 2018

Saugeen River
Moving water
A 2-day river trip from Walkerton to Paisley. Camping Saturday overnight at the McBeath Conservation Area.
Warren Brandes at warrenbrandes@yahoo.ca


WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 29, 2018

North Saugeen River (McCullough Lake to County Road 3): Class 1 with swifts and gorgeous swimming in pristine water; one short portage around a dam

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)

Flat water.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.


ICF Canoe Polo World Championships, Tuesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 5, 2018

Canoe polo is a dynamic team sport contested on open water or in a swimming pool with two teams of five. Matches are played over two halves of 10 minutes with the aim to outscore your opponents.

Location: Welland Flatwater Centre, Welland, Ontario

Contact: canoepolowelland2018@canalcorp.ca


WWCKC Paddle, August 6-13, 2018

Magnetawan River (Wawashkesh loop around north and south channels): Class 1-3 with several portages and wilderness camping

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456

 
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water

Contact Allan Bunn, asb34elm@gmail.com 519-771-1633

 

WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Nith River, New Hamburg
Flat water

We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.


WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, August 11, 2018

Grand River, Paris to Brantford. (click to see map)

Moving Water.

Changed from the Thames River to Grand River due to water levels.  The last time we paddled this section we saw a lot of turtles and several bald eagles.

Contact Jessica Fleet jessicafleet@outlook.com 519-616-8098


WWCKC Paddle, August 12, 2018

Saugeen River from Mulock Road near Allan Park to Hanover.

We meet at the junction of County Roads 3 & 4 at 8 a.m.

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456

 

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Riverbluffs Park, Cambridge (Galt) to Glen Morris.  (Click to see map.)

After Riverbluffs Park, there is a portage with stairs going down around the Park Hill Dam (we help each other through), and paddle through scenic downtown Galt. 

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402

Tim may be able to loan boats/gear for people to try, based on availability.

 

WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Puslinch Lake
Flat water.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina Restaurant.

After the paddle, we often socialize over sweet-potato fries at the Old Marina Restaurant.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Morningside Drive), Cambridge (click to see map)
A short distance after the put-in there is an easy portage around the weir at the water treatment facility. At the take-out, parking will be in the lot on Morningside Drive.
Note that Fountain St is closed east of the Grand River, so from Freeport take Hwy 401 W, exit at Homer Watson, then go south to Morningside Dr.

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

 

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, August 26, 2018

Beaver River (Kimberley to Slabtown): Class 1 swamp and swifts through deep forest and pasture land

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456

 

WWCKC “Full Moon” Paddle, Sunday, August 26, 2018

Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)

Flat water.

Launch at 8:00 pm

Moonrise: 8:31 pm

Sunset: 8:07 pm

Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats.

Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Morningside Drive), Cambridge (click to see map)
A short distance after the put-in there is an easy portage around the weir at the water treatment facility. At the take-out, parking will be in the lot on Morningside Drive.
Note that Fountain St is closed east of the Grand River, so from Freeport take Hwy 401 W, exit at Homer Watson, then go south to Morningside Dr.

Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)

Flat water.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


Tuesday Paddle Celebration

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water

Start time: 6pm (please have boats unloaded and ready to shuttle by 5:20)

We will be having a post paddle event for current members.

Please sign up by Sept 2 to participate.  Details to follow.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC “no shuttle” Paddle, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Puslinch Lake
Flat water.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina Restaurant.

After the paddle, we often socialize over sweet-potato fries at the Old Marina Restaurant.

Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com 519-404-7402


WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

Maitland River (Auburn to Benmiller): Class 1 with swifts and good bass fishing

Contact Peter Hafemann bluewater@kw.igs.net 519-656-3456


CANCELLED DUE TO wind and waves

Waves expected to be 1 m (3.5 ft) during the period of time we would be paddling.  So we will not paddle this today.

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 10:30 am
Toronto Islands
Moving and flat water
Come and explore the Toronto Islands by canoe or kayak. This outing is well suited to kayaks and tandem canoes. Solo canoes may find the open water and wind a real challenge. You can expect open water as we cross to the islands from Cherry Beach as well as some boat traffic. If the weather co-operates we will circumnavigate the islands; if the wind is strong, we will stay on the sheltered side. There are lagoons to explore and the Toronto skyline to see from a completely different angle. Bring a picnic lunch and a bicycle-type lock so we can do some exploring on foot while leaving the boats securely locked together.
Meet at Cherry Beach (click to see map) in time to be on the water at 10:30 AM Sunday September 9.  No shuttle required. In the past, when we paddled there, the parking was free ... no guarantee that is still the case. The islands have public washrooms, restaurants, and beaches. Maybe a swim??? Who knows!
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
Moving water
Note the bridge on Fountain Street is open.  We will be launching from the Moyer's Landing park just east of the Fountain Street Bridge.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com
 

WWCKC membership renewal
Club membership is for one year, beginning on October 1 and ending on September 30 of the following year. For more information see the Membership Application/Renewal page.

See the Safety, maps & river levels page for important safety information.

TBD = to be decided

The Day Tripping Guide page has information about equipment needed for a paddle, and also the Club liability waiver for trip organisers to print.

The External Events page has information from other clubs or organizations.

Paddling partners
If you have a tandem canoe and would like to come out but don't have a partner let the trip leader know, and we can probably match you up, and you'll have an opportunity to meet new members.

If you don't have a canoe and want to paddle let the trip leader know, but don't be discouraged if you can't be matched up right away. As the summer begins more people will start coming out and you will get opportunities.

WWCKC water classes
Quiet water – perfect for all levels of paddling.
Moving water - rivers and streams with no significant white water.
White water & Class # - some white water training and experience necessary.
Exploratory – never done it, want to see it.

Visit the WWCKC photo sharing site for pictures of recent and previous activities, or trips by WWCKC members.

For more information about previous activities, see the WWCanoeClub Channel at http://www.youtube.com/WWCanoeClub. The 10 videos have been viewed more than 9,000 times!

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