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***SPECIAL NOTICE FOR WWCKC MEMBERS***

The WWCKC Board of Directors has been monitoring the situation with the recent Covid-19 pandemic.  The recommendation by the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health is to discontinue any large gatherings, to keep our community safe and stop the spread of the virus.

As such, we are suspending all WWCKC programs and activities until further notice.  This includes clinics, the General Meetings, Board meetings, the Emergency First Aid Course and all April and May Trips.

Please note that any Member activities, including those arranged through Google Groups, will not be sanctioned nor approved by the WWCKC and therefore will not be covered by the Club's insurance policy.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  We will be in touch when the situation changes and we are ready to resume our scheduled events.  In the meantime, we wish you all well.   Stay healthy.

The WWCKC Board of Directors

Here are a few places you can paddle locally where no shuttle is required, in order to maximize social distancing, yet still get on the water:

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

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

Nith River, New Hamburg 

Flat water.

Put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return.  The water level will be good.


Paddling is more fun with friends!

Featured Events    


Click here to see a CALENDAR VIEW of ACTIVITIES.
Efforts are made to keep the two in sync, but the below list is always most up to date.

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



*** CANCELLED due to school work actions ***
WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:00 - 8:15pm
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 6:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 7-8:15pm. 
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

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:00 - 8:15pm
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 6:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 7-8:15pm. 
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 due to COVID19 Virus ***
Emergency First Aid with CPR A + AED (Adult),  Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:30 - 4:30
We have booked a one-day course at St. John Ambulance, 250 Gage Ave., Kitchener for our Club to have this valuable training.  Topics to be covered include:  Roles and responsibilities, Casualty management, Adult resuscitation (AED), Severe bleeding, Medical conditions, Wound care and Burns. 
Cost is $95.00 per person and WWCKC will reimburse $50 to you.   To register, please call Maggie at St. John at 519-579-6285.  You will pay St. John directly, then be reimbursed by the Club.  Please note that a minimum of 10 people is needed in order for the course to be run, so please sign up as soon as possible.
Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com if you have questions.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm  Canoepoler - Stephen Coutts
Our April presentation will be by Stephen Coutts on Canoe Poling.  Stephen is an accomplished paddler and poler.  Through his presentations, courses and YouTube channel Canoepoler he is working to advance and spread the love of poling your canoe.  We shall have popcorn as Stephen walks us through some of his videos and shares his love of poling.
The club is working with Stephen to arrange two clinics this season.  Introductory poling and advanced.
Fantastic opportunity to find out more about this re-emerging art and have the opportunity to see the rivers from a different point of view.
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, April 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact: Tim Grant, tim.e.grant@gmail.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location to be determined.
Contact:  Jeri-Lynn Catton,  jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Full Moon Paddle, Thursday, May 7, 2020
8:00 pm
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC "Introduction to in Current Manoeuvres", Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location is in Elora.
The Club is partnering with instructor Beth Jones for this course. WWCKC will subsidize the cost at 50%, as a way to increase our overall paddling skills.
Course has a cap of eight (8) participants.
"This course will assume strong flatwater paddling ability and experience and bring those skills to paddling in current.
We will talk about the basics of reading water and how to choose routes through it. We will Practice O turns, S turn and Ferries
Students should note that boats not designed for this purpose have a greater risk of damage in current.
This course will involve a lot of time in the water so please dress for staying warm while swimming
Participants will need a boat with Transport Canada compliant safety equipment as well as well fitting shoes, PFD, and a packed lunch
Helmets are strongly recommended." - Beth Jones
Will be updated soon with complete information.
Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Full Moon Paddle, Friday, June 5, 2020
In combination with Speed River Paddling and the 2 Rivers Festival.
Speed and Eramosa Rivers, Guelph
Meet at the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard in Guelph at 8:00 pm. (Click to see map.)
Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats. 
Moonrise:    8:33 pm
Sunset:       8:42 pm
Contact: Tim Grant, tim.e.grant@gmail.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC "Paddling Safety and Risk Management", Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location is in Elora.
The Club is partnering with instructor Beth Jones for this course. WWCKC will subsidize the cost at 50%, as a way to increase our overall safety knowledge, which benefits everyone in the Club.
Course has a cap of eight (8) participants.
"Paddling Safety and Risk Management - This Safety Course will cover self, and assisted rescue in flat, and moving water as well as paddling safety in various conditions.
Participants will gain practice in these techniques, and comfort in helping themselves and others on the water.
This course will involve a lot of time in the water so please dress for staying warm while swimming
Some portions of this course will be done in current but will not cover swift water rescue course equivalency.
Participants will need a boat with Transport Canada compliant safety equipment as well as well fitting shoes, PFD, and a packed lunch
Helmets are recommended but not necessary." - Beth Jones
Will be updated soon with complete information.
Contact Tim Grant tim.e.grant@gmail.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Full Moon Paddle, Saturday, July 4, 2020
8:00 pm
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Full Moon Paddle, Monday, August 3, 2020
8:00 pm
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle.
Location and contact to be determined.

WWCKC Full Moon Paddle, Tuesday, September 1, 2020
7:30 pm
Location and contact to be determined.

Pizza Paddle Party
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Regular Tuesday evening paddle and Pizza Party for members
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.

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, September 13, 2020 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 15.  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
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, September 26, 2020, 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


Previous activities this year


WWCKC Annual New Years Day Paddle, Wednesday, January 1, 2020 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 or 519-246-1861

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm   Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Tripping Timbits” Anecdotes & stories from tripping experiences.  What worked for me and what I may do differently next time.  Primarily experiences from a 2019 Petawawa River trip as an example.  Aspects of this are applicable to anything from day trips to epic adventures. – Tim Grant
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. 

CANCELLED:  Cross-Country Skiing at Shade's Mill   Sunday February 2, 2020 1:00pm
Come join us for some winter fun at Shade's Mill in Cambridge.  You can rent skis there if you don't have your own. 
There are also snowshoe trails, for those that prefer.  There is a fee to enter the park, but many of our members have season passes and may be willing to carpool.  If there is no snow, we might hike instead, but will change the location to a "free-to-enter" area. Please contact Jessica at jessicafleet@outlook.com to sign up.

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing at Shade's Mill: Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:00 am 
Come join us for some winter fun at Shade's Mill in Cambridge. The forecast is looking very favourable for snow next weekend so there should be some fun available for those that enjoy skiing or snowshoeing. You can rent skis and snowshoes at the park if you don't have your own. There is a fee to enter the park, but many of our members have season passes and may be willing to carpool. Please contact Jessica at jessicafleet@outlook.com to sign up.

Snowshoe Outing in Columbia Forest:  Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day)  10:00 am - Noon, followed by lunch at Wild Wings.  Parking on Grey Alder Ct., see the map for directions.  This is a beautiful wooded area, with lots of trails to explore and hopefully lots of snow!
Please contact Brenda at davislb62@gmail.com to sign up.

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:00 - 8:15pm (postponed, new date to be determined)
Bring your kayak or canoe to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The patio will be open at 6:45pm for boat drop off. The pool time will be 7-8:15pm. 
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

Cross-County Skiing....1:00pm Sunday March 1, 2020.... Local (KW) Location TBD
Let's take advantage of all the snow coming our way and get out for some skiing.  I will decide on a location once we know what the conditions will be like, but it will probably be Schneider's Bush. 
Email jessicafleet@outlook.com to sign up.

Snowshoe Outing in Columbia Forest:  Sunday, March 1 2020  9:30 am - Noonish.   Parking on Grey Alder Ct., see the map for directions.  This is a beautiful wooded area, with lots of trails to explore and should be lots of snow!
Email jlcatton.01@hotmail.com to sign up

WWCKC Annual Chili Social & Trip Planning, Thursday, March 12, 2020 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 desserts 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



Paddling is more fun with friends!
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!

Track our Geocaching Travel Bug to commemorate our National Canoe Day event:
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