Home‎ > ‎

Activities Calendar

See the WWCKC Google Group page for any last-minute activities being planned, or for changes to put-in locations because of water levels or weather conditions.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St (click to see map)
Moving water
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport (click to see map)
Moving water
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC PaddleSunday, July 30, 2017
Saugeen River – Paisley to Burgoyne. Class 1 braided channels and scenic valley views. 7-8 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

Two Row on the Grand, Friday, July 21 to Friday, July 28, 2017
Haudenosaunee healing paddle down the Grand River to re-polish the chain of friendship with non-aboriginal neighbours offers a unique opportunity to not only paddle with the Haudenosaunee… but to partake in educational events, cultural teachings, interactive dancing, storytelling, environmental concerns, treaties and sharing circles.
You can choose to paddle for one day or numerous days. Or choose not to paddle at all, and just attend the night dancing & drumming festivities. There are 180 paddling spots available each day… and another 200 tickets for each evening program.
The 112 kilometer paddle to the mouth of the Grand River, starts on Friday July 21, 2017 leaving from Five Oaks near Paris, Ontario and ending July 28th at Port Maitland on Lake Erie.
For the “Two Row on the Grand” paddle, you can bring your own canoe or kayak… or you can rent a canoe, kayak or raft.
Reservations for this event are a must...to book or ask questions email Tworow2017@gmail.com

Proposed WWCKC Canoe Trip, a weekend in August 2017, from a Thursday to a Sunday
Mattawa River, that runs East from the North Bay area to Mattawa on the Ottawa River. 
Moving water / back country
You need to be able to carry your gear and canoe (NOT KAYAK!) over rough ground.
Contact Roger Suffling rcsuffli@uwaterloo.ca or 519-742-4577, and Hugh Carey

Canoe City Walking Tour, every Saturday from July 22 through Aug. 26, 2017 at 2 pm
Celebrate Canada's 150th by joining our tour guides on the sites of Canada's most iconic canoe manufacturers. Tours are available every Saturday from July 22 through Aug. 26, 2017 at 2 pm. See the birthplace of the board canoe and reimagine downtown Peterborough in the mid to late 1800's on this outdoor tour. Learn interesting, little known facts about Peterborough's canoe manufacturing history, and enjoy a beer tasting at Publican House.
Register for this free event by emailing walkingtours@canoemuseum.ca or calling 866-342-2663, ext. 206

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday,
August
 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing), 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 PaddleSaturday, 
August
 5 or Monday, 
August
 7, 2017
Hamilton Creek – above Williamsford. Constricted swamp paddling with tight channels and great fishing. 4 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Monday, August 7, 2017
Speed and Eramosa Rivers, Guelph
Meet at the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard in Guelph at 7:30. Enter from Gordon St and park along the road. (Click to see map.)
Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats. 
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm
TBA
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm
TBA
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC PaddleSaturday, 
August
 19 or Sunday, 
August
 20, 2017
North Saugeen River – McCullough Lake to Grey Road 3. Tight channels, pristine swimming and swamp paddling. The prettiest little river in SW Ontario! 6 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm
TBA
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm
TBA
Contact Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm
TBA
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Thursday, September 7, 2017
TBA
Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats. 
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, September 10, 2017 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 10.  No shuttle required. The last time we paddled there 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, Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00am
Beaver River
Moving Water
Paddle the Beaver River from near Kimberley (234) to Heathcote (228 m), Ont. It is a beautiful fall day outing down the Beaver Valley to enjoy the colours. Easy moving water, takes about 4 hours to complete. Family friendly paddle.
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.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC PaddleSunday, October 1, 2017
South Saugeen River – Mount Forest to Ayton. Class 2 with tight channels and numerous sweepers. 6-7 hours
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

Map & Compass Reading Course (scroll down the link page for details), Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30am - 4:30pm
This comprehensive course focuses on land navigation, using a topographical map and compass. Theory items will be enhanced with practical exercises. Students will participate in a multi-function orienteering exercise to find 'targets' in the bush using map and compass skills learned in the course.
The course is taught by Joe Bourgeois, owner of Akuni Adventures, and Kevin Morning of the Canadian Armed Forces.
For more information, see the External Events page. Register at http://www.akuni.com/courses/navigation-courses/map-and-compass.html
Cost is $125.
Location: St. George Ontario. West of Hamilton.

Previous activities this year

Back to top

WWCKC Annual New Years Day Paddle, Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 11:00am
Grand River, Petro Canada (250 m) (formerly the GTO) on Hwy 24 just south of Cambridge to Glen Morris (242 m)
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 (formerly the GTO) on Hwy 24 just south of Cambridge at 11am (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 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
Beth Jones will speak about “River Safety” and will analyze incidents that paddlers may encounter.
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 The Pool!, Sunday, January 15, 2017, 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

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday, January 15, 7:00pm, and Monday, January 16, 2017,  7:00pm
University of Waterloo, Humanities Theater
The two evenings will showcase different films!
Tickets are are available at Adventure Guide, information 519-886-3121, or info@advguide.com

WWCKC Bondi Weekend, Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, 2017
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.
Cost is $181 per person for Friday and Saturday night lodgings. Friday dinner at cost ($8) is available at 6 pm, or you can arrange your own Friday meal.
Please sign up by Monday, November 7, 2016
Questions: Jeri-Lynn at:  jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, or Andrea auntrooby@gmail.com.
See attachment for registration form (required).
For more information and the option to register online and pay using PayPal see the Bondi page.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:00pm
Steffen Roller will share his July 2016 kayaking adventure in Greenland.
Come and meet a modern day European Explorer!
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 The Pool!, Sunday, February 12, 2017, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for canoe 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

Wilderness and Canoe Symposium, Friday, February 24 and Saturday, Feb 25, 2017
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 24 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
Explore Canada's largest adventure show offering pre-season deals on the newest outdoor gear and amazing travel destinations!
Special December 16 and 17, 2016: 2 tickets $20
The International Centre, Hall 5, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Adventure on the Natashquan!
Come along with Adventurer Jim Baird, his girlfriend Tori, and their dog Buck as they paddle a wild and seldom traveled river of Quebec’s breathtaking Côte-Nord region! Hear an amazing story of adventure unfold as they use and learn a variety of wilderness travel skills, including everything from whitewater paddling maneuvers to axemanship and, when unwanted visitors show up, operating a bear banger.
Call 519-455-6252 to register. No charge for admission.  Donations to the London Food Bank are welcome.
London's Paddle Shop - 471 Nightingale Avenue - London, Ont

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Food Planning for Extended Back Country Trips
Bruce & Caroline Herchenrader will discuss food planning for an extended back country trip. Back country treks don't have to have a bland menu. You can make just about anything in a frying pan. They'll discuss gear and why they grunt over the portages. This particular trip was for a three week Quetico adventure where they traversed the park from west to east and ventured deepest into this pristine jewel to Lake Sturgeon.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. 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 9, 2017 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

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 12, 2017, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for canoe 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 21, 2017 7:00 pm
Exploring Nepal
Join Lana Vanderlee for an evening exploring the sights and sounds of Nepal. Lana has a passion for the region, having travelled to Nepal six times and spent almost nine months living in and around Kathmandu. She will share stories about the Kathmandu valley, treks to Everest Basecamp and the Annapurna Circuit, and some of the lesser explored areas in Nepal.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

World Water Day, March 22, 2017
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 2017 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.

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Thursday, March 23, 2017, 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: $16.00 advance / $18.00 at door. Order tickets online from Eventbrite.
Princess Twin Cinema
46 King Street North, Waterloo, 519-884-5112

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
An Evening on the Thames
A trio of talks about the Thames river! We’re trying something new and asking three different groups to speak on the same evening, each addressing different topics. Speakers will include Tara Tchir from The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Chris Johnston and Andrew Farrants of Thames River Paddling Routes and finally Mark Drewe of Traverse the Thames.
Part I. The Thames River Clearwater Revival: Finding Credence in a Watershed Strategy for the Thames River.
Part II. Thames River Paddling Routes http://thamesriverpaddlingroutes.webs.comhttp://thamesriverpaddlingroutes.webs.com
Part III. A Beginner’s Guide to Paddling the Entire Thames River
Call 519-455-6252 to register. No charge for admission.  Donations to the London Food Bank are welcome.
London's Paddle Shop - 471 Nightingale Avenue - London, Ont

Earth Hour! Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm
The 11th annual Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 25, 2017. 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!

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 2, 2017, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 7:45pm for canoe 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 the hour, 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 Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00pm
Ellie Joseph & Jay Bailey from Two Row on the Grand will talk about the paddling festival hosted by the Six Nations on the Grand River. The purpose of this Haudenosaunee healing paddle down the Grand River is to re-polish the chain of friendship with non-aboriginal neighbours.
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.

Kitchener - Waterloo Canoe Symposium, Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
The sixth annual K-W Canoe 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.
Lobby displays by Handcrafted Canoes, See Sawyer Run, Canadian Canoe Museum and others!
Tickets: $15.00. Order tickets online from Eventbrite.
Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King St N  Waterloo, 519-885-2950

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Ontario’s Top Paddling Routes with Kevin Callan!
Kevin Callan is back and this time he’s going to share some of his absolute favourite paddling routes that Ontario has to offer. The trips range from weekend outings in the Kawarthas and Haliburton area, to week-long adventures into Algonquin and Killarney parks, and longer expeditions into Temagami, Quetico and Woodland Caribou parks. He’ll even share a few secret routes recently discovered. Kevin is an enthusiastic public speaker, always entertaining, humourous and informative. You won’t want to miss this one!
Book sale and signing after the show.
No charge, general admission.
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas London, Ont

Good Friday Paddle, Friday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 am
The annual Good Friday Paddle has been going on for well over 30 years now.
Meet at the Gordon & Wellington Plaza in Guelph at 10:00 am (same plaza as Kisaro Sushi). Depending on the weather and water levels we'll decide on a local river the day before.
Please dress for the weather (dry-suits if you have them) and be sure to have a change of clothes in waterproof bags in the event of a wet exit. Of course you'll also need all of the appropriate water safety gear required. Be sure to bring food and water (we suggest saving the alcohol for the Wooly afterwards).
Contact Evan Ferrari, evanferrari@hotmail.com, or 519-836-8068
Regardless of conditions, we plan on meeting at 3:00 pm at the Wooly (Woolwich Arms) for 'apres-paddle de-briefing' (even non-paddlers are welcome to join us).

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 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, and Andrea Chappell

Map & Compass Reading Course (scroll down the link page for details), Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30am - 4:30pm
This comprehensive course focuses on land navigation, using a topographical map and compass. Theory items will be enhanced with practical exercises. Students will participate in a multi-function orienteering exercise to find 'targets' in the bush using map and compass skills learned in the course.
The course is taught by Joe Bourgeois, owner of Akuni Adventures, and Kevin Morning of the Canadian Armed Forces.
For more information, see the External Events page. Register at http://www.akuni.com/courses/navigation-courses/map-and-compass.html
Cost is $125.
Location: St. George Ontario. West of Hamilton.

Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Earth Day is a time to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, sustainable living and earth awareness. Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.
Many people take part in activities to aid the environment by cleaning up company property at work, the surrounding park areas, or areas near their homes, and many other activities.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Riverbend Drive (295 m) to Good Family Trailway (288 m), Kitchener (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Andrea Chappell, auntrooby@gmail.com, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

WWCKC Shirt Logo Design Contest, Deadline is Tuesday, April 25, 2017
To add to the occasion of the Canada 150! Special Paddling Event on June 27, we want to offer shirts (at a low price), with a special logo, to be worn at the event. Get your creative thinking cap on. Don’t worry if your artwork is shaky, maybe your design idea is great. We can complete the final touches.
Send Gary your shirt logo design with the Canada 150! theme. We expect a 2 colour scheme: one colour for the shirt, and one colour for the logo. The Board members will pick a winner. There will be a token prize for the winner, and the runner-up.
Contact Gary Johnson gary2johnston@gmail.com

Annual Dam Hespeler Paddling Race, Sunday, April 30, 2017
Don Stoneman organizes the annual Dam Hespeler Paddling Race. It has an easy 5km recreational category, as well as more challenging 10, 15 and 20km distances -- all on the same course at the same time with canoes and kayaks.
For more information, email damhespeler@gmail.com or phone 519-654-9106

2Rivers Festival, May and June 2017
A 2-month series of fun FREE events along the Speed and Eramosa Rivers in May and June 2017. Click to see the Calendar of events.
Come celebrate the Speed and Eramosa Rivers which join together in Guelph, Ontario. The festival celebrates the uniqueness of the rivers and the inspiration they provide.

Cancelled due to high water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada (250 m) on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (242 m) (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Allan Bunn, asb34elm@gmail.com 519-771-1633
Flow was over 180 m3/s at Galt

Cancelled due to high water levels
Manulife Paddle the Don, Sunday, May 7, 2017
A unique opportunity to paddle the Don River through the heart of Canada’s largest urban region.  Attracting hundreds of participants each spring, Toronto and Region Conservation through The Living City Foundation raises money to support environmental regeneration projects and other initiatives that are of environmental benefit to the watershed and the people who live, work and visit the Don.
There are great fundraising prizes and incentives to be won for both public and corporate challengers!
You must be registered to participate as space is limited.

Location changed due to high water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Puslinch Lake (303 m)
Flat water, but check for wind speed on day of paddle.

Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina restaurant. Bring sunglasses.
Grand River, Freeport (275 m) to Blair (Moyers Landing) (265 m), Cambridge
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com
Flow was over 350 m3/s at Galt on Sunday. Flow was 99 m3/s at Galt on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

CANWARN Spring 2017 Training, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00pm
With the possible return of severe thunderstorms for Ontario as the warm weather returns, Environment Canada is again offering Canwarn training on storm spotting.
There is no cost to attend the training, and each session lasts between 2 to 2.5 hours. Many other locations are available.
RIM Park 2001 University Ave East, Waterloo

To register, RSVP to ec.canalerteontario-canwarnontario.ec@canada.ca

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Conestogo River from Wellington Road 12 north of Macton (east of Glen Allan) to Hwy 86 (Line 86) near Wallenstein (click to see map).
Moving water
Both the put-in and take-out have a small parking lot beside the river.
Start at 6:00, shuttle at 5:30.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com, cell 226-747-2891

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada (250 m) on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (242 m) (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Allan Bunn, asb34elm@gmail.com, 519-771-1633

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Nith River from 2900 Wilby Road to 2000 Nafziger Road south of Philipsburg. This is west of St Agatha (click to see map).
Moving water. About 1 hours paddle.
Both the put-in and take-out have a high bank that is hard to climb. There is no parking lot.
Start at 6:00, shuttle at 5:30.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com, cell 226-747-2891

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing), 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, Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Nith River from 2000 Nafziger Road, south of Phillipsburg to 1374 Christner Road. This is west of St Agatha (click to see map).
Moving water. About 1 hours paddle.
Both the put-in and take-out have a high bank that is hard to climb. There is no parking lot. There are 2 culverts to portage around.
Start at 6:00, shuttle at 5:30.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com, cell 226-747-2891

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 28, 2017
Teeswater River - County Road 6 to Salem Road. Easy swamp paddle with plentiful wildlife sightings. 4-5 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456 or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

Cancelled due to Severe Thunderstorm Watch
WWCKC PaddleTuesday, May 30, 2017 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.
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Rescheduled from Tuesday, May 30
WWCKC PaddleThursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand RiverWest 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 Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, June 3, 2017
Maitland River – Wingham to Auburn. Class 1 with high banks and nice scenery. 5-6 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 am
Come at 11:00 am to experience John Luther Adams' epic work for piccolo and percussion, where musicians will be floating in canoes on Victoria Park Lake or traversing the shoreline while performing this beautiful work. See if you can recognize some of the calls of local birds, and perhaps witness wildlife calling back.
Free to the public.
Volunteers needed to paddle 20 canoes on the lake to carry musicians and instruments.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Boat Tie-down Workshop, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 6:30 pm
This session is intended to help you become knowledgeable and comfortable when transporting a boat to any location, either locally, or when travelling long distances on 400-series highways.
You do not need to bring a boat or any gear to participate, however please bring your boat if you have specific issues or questions to resolve. A kayak, foam blocks, and straps and ropes will be available for you to practice with, and there is no charge.
Meet at the north parking lot of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 450 East Ave, Kitchener, near the Stirling Ave N entrance (click to see map).
Contact Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Nith River from 3450 Nafziger Road south of Wellesley to 2900 Wilby Road. This is west of St Agatha (click to see map).
Moving water. About 2 hours paddle.
Both the put-in and take-out have a high bank that is hard to climb. There is no parking lot.
Start at 6:00, shuttle at 5:30.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com, cell 226-747-2891

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg
Flat water
Sunset and Moonrise are within a couple minutes of 9:00 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.
Remember to bring glow sticks or lanterns to illuminate your boat.
It will get dark, so play safe.
If it looks like there will be constant cloud cover, we may postpone for a month.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Water Safety Course, Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 9:00am
The Club is partnering with instructor Beth Jones for a Water Safety course. WWCKC will subsidize the cost at 50%, as a way to increase our overall safety knowledge, which benefits everyone in the Club. Each course has a cap of eight (8) participants. (Click for complete details.)
Location is in Elora in the Gorge, Sunday, June 11th, 9am – 4 or 5pm.
NOTE: Other dates will be opened if there are enough people to fill them!
The cost per participant is $25 (plus PayPal charge of ~$1.20), and you can use the PayPal link on the Courses page to submit your payment.
Contact Andrea Chappell, auntrooby@gmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 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 Paddle, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Puslinch Lake
Flat water, but check for wind speed on day of paddle.

Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina restaurant. Bring sunglasses.
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC 'Race or Relax' Paddle, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)
Still water. Easy access from parking lot.
Race:
For those who want a challenge, you can race from the put-in to the concrete blocks (5 ft x 7 ft) in the water just before the creek gets narrow. 14 minutes is a good time for one-way trip. 2 round trips in a hour? Some could do 3 round trips in an hour. Bring your own watch.
Relax:
Paddle around the lake. The irregularly shaped reservoir has a long shoreline. A little more than an hour's paddle. Visit the waterfalls over the dam at Floradale. Bring your sunglasses.
Start at 6:00, no shuttle.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com, cell 226-747-2891

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 25, 2017
Nottawasaga River – Nicholston to Angus. Class 2 with high sand bluffs, some rapids and deep holes. 6-7 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Canada 150! Special Paddling Event, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm
In recognition of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, WWCKC is holding our own Special Paddling Event. We know that canoes helped make Canada. We want to do the same.
Using 50 to 80 canoes and kayaks, we want to spell Canada 150! 1867-2017 on the water. We will use drone cameras to capture a bird’s eye view of the event. We might even make the national news. Bring your friends, and bring your extra boat.
The spelling design is shown on page 10 of the Spring 2017 newsletter.
Practise your boat control, and your spelling; this will be a memorable event!
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 pm at Paradise Lake, just south of St. Clements YMCA Camp, 3738 Hessen Strasse, St Clements. Drive down the long gravel lane (click to see map).
To participate please fill out the form (click on the link and fill out the form). Free T-Shirt to the first 30 WWCKC members to register & participate.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Cancelled due to high water levels
WWCKC PaddleThursday, June 29, 2017 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 Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 2, 2017
Saugeen River – Mulock Road to Hanover. Class 2 with occasional sweepers, great swimming holes and gravel bars. 5-6 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.

Take-out location changed because Kaufman access closed since trail is washed out
*Northfield Dr is completely closed at Sawmill Rd*
WWCKC PaddleTuesdayJuly 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand RiverWest Montrose to Conestogo Kaufman Flats
Go through Bridgeport and take Sawmill Rd to Golf Course Rd, just before the bridge
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, Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Conestogo River from 3400 Broadway St., Hawkesville, to the Dam above St. Jacobs, 1500 Three Bridges Road.
Moving water. There are 2 low buggy bridges to portage over. About 2 hours long.
The put-in is at the side of the road, down the river bank. The take-out has a parking lot 100m away. (Click to see map.)
Start at 6:00, shuttle at 5:30.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com, cell 226-747-2891

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Woolwich Reservoir 7224 Reid Woods Dr, Woolwich, about 2 km north of Elmira (click to see map)
Flat water. Easy access from parking lot, no shuttle.
Sunset and moonrise are within a couple minutes of 9:00 pm.
Remember to bring glow sticks or lanterns to illuminate your boat.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 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
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Cancelled due to risk of severe weather
WWCKC Paddle, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Puslinch Lake
Flat water, but check for wind speed on day of paddle.

Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina restaurant. Bring sunglasses.
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

North American Indigenous Games, Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 22, 2017
Canoe/Kayak events at the Welland Flatwater Centre, Tuesday, July 18 to Thursday, July 20
This event is expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes from across North America. Other sports being offered in other venues at Six Nations of the Grand River (lacrosse), Hamilton, Toronto and the GTA.

WWCKC PaddleTuesday, July 18 at 8:30 am Sunday, July 16, 2017
Saugeen River – from Lobies Park in Walkerton to the second bridge (Brant Concession 10). Class 2 with fun rapids, swimming holes and scenic lookout bluffs. 6 hours.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, phone 519-656-3456, or 519-498-0630 for meeting time and location.
Postponed from Sunday due to thunderstorms in the forecast

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge)
Moving water
Put-in parking will be in the lot on Morningside Drive, Cambridge (click to see map).
After Riverbluffs Park, there is a portage with metal stairs going down around the Park Hill Dam, then a short paddle through scenic downtown Galt. 
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Volunteers needed, Tuesday, July 18 to Thursday, July 20, for Canoe/Kayak events at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games at Welland Flatwater Centre.
Volunteers are needed to ensure that the athletes, participants and spectators have an enjoyable and memorable experience. Needed are sport specialists, protocol, medical volunteers, IT specialists and photographers, to name a few!
For more info, go to http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/volunteers/

Ontario Parks Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration, Friday, July 21, 2017
Ontario Parks invites you to join the Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry* to any provincial park in Ontario.
* Charges in addition to regular day use fees still apply for facilities such as swimming pools and equipment rentals.

WWCKC Water Safety Course, SaturdayJuly 22, 2017 at 9:00am
The Club is partnering with instructor Beth Jones for a Water Safety course. WWCKC will subsidize the cost at 50%, as a way to increase our overall safety knowledge, which benefits everyone in the Club. Each course has a cap of eight (8) participants. (Click for complete details.)
Location is in Elora in the Gorge, Saturday, July 22nd, 9am – 4 or 5pm.
The cost per participant is $25 (plus PayPal charge of ~$1.20), and you can use the PayPal link on the Courses page to submit your payment.
Contact Andrea Chappell, auntrooby@gmail.com

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, 2017
The Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site.
WWCKC member Steffen Roller (steffen.roller@gmail.com) paddled the Kingston to Smith Falls section last year, and he will do the entire distance to Ottawa this year. Steffen is looking for other interested paddlers to participate in this event, and there is a 25% discount off the registration fee for clubs or organizations that have 2 or more teams entered.
Contact info@kingston2ottawa.ca for more information, and to get the 25% discount code.

Canada 150! Special Paddling Event pictures

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.

(### m) = metres above sea level

TBA = to be announced

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!

Track our Geocaching Travel Bug to commemorate our National Canoe Day event:
https://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=674156&page=1
The Tracking Code is:  TB15D9X