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WWCC Presentation night, Thursday January 12, 2012 at 7 pm
Dave Schultz, Manager of Communications, Grand River Conservation Authority, will speak about the River Management Study.
Liz Hendricks, of the WWF will speak about Freshwater River Conservation.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

GRCAWinter Stories Campfire Program, Saturday, January 14, 2012
Guelph Lake Nature Centre, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Winter nights, there's nothing like them! Come out and enjoy a pleasant winter evening. We will do some star gazing (if the weather permits) while we sit around the campfire and share winter stories. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot chocolate.
Cost is $5 per person.

Introduction to Winter Camping, January 14, 2012
This workshop provides the novice and experienced tripper with the opportunity to share ideas/learn about low-impact winter camping and trip planning.
Frontenac Provincial Park

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday, January 15, at 7:30 pm, and Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm
University of Waterloo, Humanities Theatre
Both evenings will showcase different films, so be sure to catch them both!
Tickets are $16 (tax included) per evening, and are available now at Adventure Guide and the Humanities Theatre box office.

WWCC Hiking or snow shoeing, Saturday, Jan 21, 2012
Hockley Valley on the Bruce Trail
Meet at 1:00 pm at Tim Horton's in Orangeville, at the east end of town on Broadway, the main street. We'll work up an appetite which we can address at some pub afterwards.
If the weather is terrible, we'll cancel, but it'll have to be really bad to cancel.
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com or 519 595-3989

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7 pm
Becky Mason, Paddling - Roots
471 Nightingale Avenue,
London, Ont
Please call 519-455-6252 to register

GRCA Bigfoot Lives!, Sunday, January 29, 2012, 2:00 - 4: 00 pm
Come to the Guelph Lake Nature Centre for an afternoon of snowshoe fun. Snowshoes and a quick lesson are provided before a group hike. Cost: $10/adult.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Wednesday, February 1, 2012 7:00 pm
The Wabakimi Project - “Uncle” Phil Cotton
Adventure Guide
225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email us at info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.

Completely full
Bondi Ski Snowshoeing Weekend, Friday February 3rd to Sunday February 5th, 2012
It’s time again to book our winter weekend at Bondi Village Resort, located in the midst of great skiing and snowshoeing country in the Lake of Bays, east of Hunstville, close to Algonquin Park. Good company, great trails, beautiful surroundings and comfortable accommodations.  If you haven’t been before, plan to join us for this great getaway to beat the February blahs.
More information on the Bondi page, or click winter information and Registration form.
We need to book by December 7th. Cost $155.00 each plus $5 if you want the Friday evening meal.
Petra Suffling 519 742-4577 or petrasuffling@mail.com

Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, February 3-5, 2012
Rescue Associates Canada
This 20-hour course will provide the essential knowledge to manage first aid emergencies when help will be delayed in arriving, but will arrive in less than 24 hours.

WWCC Presentation night, Thursday February 9, 2012 at 7 pm
A variety of club members will speak about interesting locations of paddles they have done, to give us ideas to start planning for our own adventures this summer.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

WWCC Hike, Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm
We'll hike up the Grand River into Elora Gorge Park. Probably a three to four hour hike, but more if we want. There isn't any snow, so snowshoeing is out, and the trail likely will be bare. Meet at the ball diamond across the street from the community centre. It's at the corner of County Road 7 and Middlebrook Road.
We'll tailor the hike to how folks are feeling. Sustenance later at The Gorge restaurant or some local pub.
E-mail or phone to let Hugh Carey know you're coming, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com, or 519-595-3989

Paddle Carving Workshop, Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Carve your own canoe paddle from cherry, maple, ash or walnut wood blanks.
HandCrafted Canoes
2067 Victoria St N
Breslau, Ontario
519-648-9808
519-590-BOAT

GRCA, Hoot and Howl, Saturday, February 11, 2012
Guelph Lake Nature Centre 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
This is a great way to spend an evening with your family. We will be going out on a night hike to look for owls and coyotes. There will be a short introductory slide show before we head out on the prowl. Bring your flashlight and dress warmly.
Cost is $5 per person. Call 519-836-7860 to pre-register.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:00 pm
Gaia's Gifts - Peter Rasberry
Adventure Guide
225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email us at info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday February 16, 2012 at 7 pm
Garth Pottruff, A Paddlers Insight on the Grand River Watershed
471 Nightingale Avenue,
London, Ont
Please call 519-455-6252 to register

GRCA, Heritage Day Workshop, Friday, February 17, 2012
St. George, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The 2012 Heritage Day Workshop will explore the influence of the Grand River in shaping the military strategies during the War of 1812-14. "Crosswinds of Conflict, Pathways to Peace: Divided Loyalties" is the theme. It is part of a series of bicentennial commemorations which will take place during the next two years in Ontario. Visit the Heritage Day Workshop section for full program and registration information.

Wilderness Canoe Symposium, Friday, February 17 and Saturday, Feb 18, 2012
Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson St. Toronto

Festival du Voyageur, February 17-26, 2012
St-Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter, Manitoba
Festival du Voyageur celebrates the joie de vivre of the fur traders, who established the Red River Colony and the ever-growing French-Canadian community in Western Canada. In honor of the Voyageur spirit, the Festival du Voyageur’s emphasis is on the beauty of winter, with numerous historical, educational and entertaining activities – truly something for every age and every taste!

WWCC Cross-country skiing, Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kolapore Uplands
A two hour drive to just east of the Beaver Valley at a large 'self-groomed' area with a 50 km network of cross-country ski trails. We will meet before and after at Kimberley General Store in Kimberley, which is about 5 min from Kolapore. Kathy will coordinate carpooling from Fairview and/or Conestoga Malls, depending on who is going. Trail conditions can be found out at the Kolapore Link above.
Kathy Dueck, kcorks@gmail.com

GRCA, Return of Bigfoot, Sunday, February 19, 2012
Guelph Lake Nature Centre, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This is your last chance to strap on snowshoes and join us for an afternoon of great family fun. Remember that snowshoes are limited, so please call the Nature Centre at 519-836-7860 to reserve space.
Cost is $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family of 4.

Outdoor Adventure Show, Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26, 2012
Explore Canada's largest adventure show offering pre-season deals on the newest outdoor gear and amazing travel destinations!
Print your 2 for 1 Admission Coupon!
The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario

Canoe Outfitting Class – almost full, Saturday, March 3, 2012
HandCrafted Canoes
2067 Victoria Street North, Breslau
The 3 hour class (provided for free) will explain how and why you might want to add some after-market extras to your canoe or kayak.
Topics will include:
- how to install some padding to make kneeling in your canoe more comfortable and stable
- adding contoured foam so you have a better fit in your kayak
- why different adhesives work on some plastic boats and not on others
- how to replace or install flotation bags
Contact James Gjesing (james@handcraftedcanoes.com) to reserve space.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:00 pm
Great Britain & Ireland - Jenny Truong
Adventure Guide
225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email us at info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.

WWCC Annual Chili Social & trip planning, Thursday March 8, 2012 at 7 pm
RCAF Wing 404 (click to see map)
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday March 15, 2012 at 7 pm
Tom Harman, 28 Days on the Horton River
471 Nightingale Avenue,
London, Ont
Please call 519-455-6252 to register

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Friday, March 16 at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 pm, 2012
Different two-hour programs will be offered each night, so be sure to catch them both!
Princess Cinemas
6 Princess St W, Waterloo

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:00 pm
A Sea Kayaker’s Perspective - Dr. Scott Cunningham
Adventure Guide
225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email us at info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday March 29, 2012 at 7 pm
Kevin Callan, Quietico Provincial Park Film - Wilderness Quest
471 Nightingale Avenue,
London, Ont
Please call 519-455-6252 to register

Earth Hour! Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm
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!

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Mad River or headwaters of South Saugeen River
Class 1-2 rapids, with numerous timber hazards.
Cold water gear required.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Presentation night, Thursday April 12, 2012 at 7 pm
Gerry O'Farrell, of the Flour Barrel in Guelph, will speak about "All Those Canoe Trips  - The Unanswered Questions." What I'm still learning, after 30 years of wilderness canoeing.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday April 12, 2012 7:00 pm
Geocaching 101 - Ted Spieker
Adventure Guide
225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email us at info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.

Kitchener - Waterloo Canoe Symposium, April 14, 2012, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Princess Twin Cinema
The first ever KW Canoe Symposium! We have an exciting line-up of speakers who will be sharing their experiences with you, just in time for the start of the 2012 canoeing season.
46 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs
WWCC members can rent canoes or kayaks for Tuesday paddles at a very reasonable cost from Canoeing the Grand. See the Canoe Rental page for details.
Moving Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Aboriginal Heritage Festival Community Day, April 21, 2012, 11 am to 6:30 pm
Wellington Country Museum & Archives, Fergus, Ontario
Upper Grand District School Board in partnership with the Wellington County Museum & Archives and the CWAboriginal Club is proud to announce the second annual AHF, honouring First Nations, Inuit and Metis Cultures. This celebration blends the quiet beauty of Native Art with the sounds of the drum and the power of indigenous voice.
Knowledgeable Guest Speakers and Educators honour the old ways through a variety of discussions, workshops and displays. The Festival Artisan market will be open both days.
This year we are pleased to have Narcisse Blood (filmmaker and educator from the Blood Reserve Alberta) as our esteemed guest speaker. Back by popular demand is our Native Caterer, Carolyn Henry, who will supply a tasty menu of Traditional Foods.
Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to support the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiatives (SOADI). SOADI will have an informational booth near the entrance for everyone to learn more about Aboriginal Diabetes.
Festival co-organizer Jack Frimeth, 519-843-2500 ext 522, j_frimeth@hotmail.com

WWCC Paddle,  Sunday, April 22, 2012
Please note this change of day and also of venue
Uppermost Eramosa River - Ospringe to Everton area - wild, narrow, swampy section of the river, beautiful but seldom paddled, as some sections obstructed by log jams and overhanging alders. Also, two portages(60 and 175 metres.) Bring rubber boots (for getting in and out and a small amount of wading.) "This adventure may NOT be for everyone." On the plus side, a good chance to get in this run as part of the Speed/Eramosa end-to-end, as no bugs, forecast sunny weather, and a fillip of extra flow from Saturday's rains.
For more info: Shuttle Co-ordinator: Bill Mungall

THIS PADDLE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 21, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Little Maitland River, Middle Maitland River
Class 1 rapids, through pastures and woodlands.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Cancelled due to high winds and weather
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday April 24, 2012
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday April 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Quest for Wilderness - Kevin Callan
Kevin's film on paddling Quetico Provincial Park - Quest for Wilderness - is finally out and he'll be here to show scenes and bloopers from it.
Tickets are $5 each (this money goes directly to KidsAbility) and are available at Adventure Guide or Princess Twin Cinema.
This presentation is first come, first served. There is no reserved seating.
Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King St N  Waterloo, 519-885-2950

WWCC Boat Tie-down Workshop, Saturday April 28, 2012, at 10:00 am
This 2-hour session is intended to make you knowledgeable and comfortable when transporting a boat to any location on a river or lake.
You do not need to bring a boat or any gear to participate.
North parking lot of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 450 East Ave, Kitchener, near the Stirling Ave N entrance.
Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, and May 5-6, 2012    (4 days)
Instruction by Wilderness Medical Associates International
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, Cambridge
The course will start at 8 am and run till 5 pm each day. Participants should bring a packed lunch for each day, old clothing they do not mind getting stained and possibly cut, a water bottle, and note taking material. A text book and course notes will be provided on the first day of the course.
*Participants must be 18 years or older.*
Jeff Kittmer, Wolf Den Expeditions
519-622-2661, cell 519-716-0185, www.wolfdenexpeditions.ca 

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, April 29, 2012
Minesing Swamp, Nottawasaga River
Quiet Water
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

Cancelled due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Sunday, April 29, 2012
Eramosa River, Everton to Eden Mills
Bill Mungall mungall0809@rogers.com

Put-in location changed due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Moving Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com
20 people, in 6 kayaks and 7 canoes, Flow: about 9, enough water, pleasant weather, bugs were a bit thick at times, saw 2 deer, some new goose and duck families and a heron.

Swift Canoe Spring Sale, Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2012
Guelph Lake Conservation Area
Swift Canoe and Kayak will bring canoes and kayaks to demonstrate and sell at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Customers can try out boats before purchasing. Park admission is $5.50 adults, $2.75 children.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 5, or Sunday, May 6, 2012
South Saugeen River (Ayton to Hanover)
Class 2-3 rapids, with some timber hazards and whirlpools.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Canoe Trip, starting Saturday, May 5, 2012
A 4-5 day loop through the lakes around Elliott Lake.
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

Lake Erie North Shore weekend paddle May 5th and 6th, 2012
The plan is to set up camp at Byng Island Conservation Area on Saturday to camp until Sunday. We will paddle Port Colborne to Port Abino either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather conditions. The opposite day we will go to the Southcoast Paddlesports Symposium.
Info on the symposium: http://www.grandriverkayak.ca/news-2/southcoast-paddlesports-symposium-may-5th-and-6th-2012/

Contact Katherine:             519 222 1178        kicsi_kat@yahoo.ca


19th Annual Manulife Paddle the Don, Sunday, May 6, 2012.
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.
Public launch times are available between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Corporate Canoe Challenge teams will begin launching at 10:00 a.m.
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.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St
Moving Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com
17 people, in 10 kayaks and 4 canoes. Flow: about 30, water was comfortably high, excellent weather, no bugs, saw many new goose and duck families, a heron, and a hawk (possibly red-tailed).

Canoe Extravaganza, Saturday, May 12, 2012
Laurel Creek Conservation Area
Adventure Guide will bring canoes and kayaks for sale so purchasers can try out a boat before they buy it. Park admission is $5.50 adults, $2.75 children.

Put-in location changed
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro-Canada* (Cambridge) to Glen Morris
* the former GTO gas station on Hwy 24 is now Petro-Canada
Moving Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com
22 people, in 8 canoes (2 solo, one threesome and 5 tandem) and 7 kayaks. Flow: about 20, better than average, excellent weather, swarms of bugs at the beginning (mayflies and other kinds), but at the end the sky was filled with a dense cloud, saw more new goose and duck families, a heron, and two large snapping turtles mating in the water.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 19, 2012
Location:  Woolwich Reservoir, 7224 Reid Woods Drive, near Floradale
Directions:  From Waterloo, go north on 85 along Arthur Street, thru Elmira.
1 km north of Elmira city limits, turn left (west) on to Reid Woods Drive.
Drive 1 km and turn right (north) into the lane for the Park
Drive 750 m and meet in paved parking lot near the dam.  No shuttle required.
Start:  10:00 am    Duration:  2 hours
Route:  Circular paddle, counter-clockwise around the reservoir.  Still water.
This is GRCA land, but there is no admission fee.
Gary Johnston, gajohnston@golden.net

Palmer River Festival, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, (Victoria Day Weekend) 2012
The tradition continues! Palmer River Fest is a unique and accessible paddling festival at Palmer Rapids, hosted by Paddler Co-op. This is an event for all paddlers—canoe and kayak, new paddlers, experienced boaters and everyone in between.
Click here for more information.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 19, or Sunday, May 20, or Monday, May 21, 2012
Headwaters of main Saugeen River (above Hwy 10 to Road 14).
Tight channels and open swamp sections.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving Water
Paul Kostiuk 519-579-3564 or pkostiuk@gmail.com

Nova Craft Canoe Demo Day, Saturday, May 26, 2012
Fanshawe Lake, 1424 Clarke Road, London, Ont.
Entry fees apply to the Fanshawe Conservation Area

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River
Glen Morris to Paris
Ruth Hendricks and Paul Kostiuk, contact Paul 519-579-3564 or pkostiuk@gmail.com

Canoe Peer Help Paddling Night (1 of 4), Thursday, May 31, 2012
With Bill Mungall wmungall0809@rogers.com at Royal City Park, Guelph
General canoe questions will be answered at the beginning. Basic canoe strokes will be reviewed and practised (j stroke, power stroke, pry, draw (both of the latter with sculls and in-water recoveries), bow cuts and cross bow draw, and sweeps.
WWCC membership required.

Handcraftedcanoes Open House, June 2, 2012, 9 am till 2 pm
Demo paddling, deals on kayaks and canoes, save up to $500.00.
Madawaska Coffee for everyone to try
BBQ
Private Canoe Lessons with ORCKA Instructor Erla McCaig
See how we make canoes
Paddle Carving Demos
Kayak Rolling show
Learn Dog safety around the water (bring you dog out too!)
2067 Victoria St N, Breslau, Ontario 519-648-9808

Cancelled due to low water level. If we do get some rain we can relocate downstream on the Conestoga River to near St. Jacob's.
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 2, 2012
Conestogo River, from Riverbank to Drayton
Gary Johnston gajohnston@golden.net

Cancelled due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Sunday, June 3, 2012
Teeswater River
Swamp paddling or rapids, depending on water levels.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Cancelled due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Sunday, June 3, 2012
Fairchild Creek, Highway #5 to Harrisburg Rd.
Approximately 5 hour paddle
Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com

Black Out Speak Out Day, Monday, June 4, 2012
The Waterloo Wellington Canoe Club is joining the Black Out Speak Out campaign in speaking out on behalf of nature. Speak out to protect YOUR right, and that of all Canadians, to express your views about our country’s future.
Read more at http://www.blackoutspeakout.ca/about.php, and see our Black Out Speak Out page for more information.

Course is full
WWCC Solo Kayak Course, Monday, June 4, 2012
Grand River, Cambridge
Instructor is Michel Lessard. Introduction to moving water for kayakers. Three hour evening course. Learn the basics of reading moving water.
Price: $70.
Don McMurtry, Heather Landells, wwccactivities@hotmail.com

WWCC Paddle, Monday, June 4, 2012
Full moon paddle on Grand River
Victoria St. to Freeport
Moving Water
Arrive at Victoria St  (Shirley Dr) put in between 7:30 and 7:50 pm.
Off load gear and get ready for shuttle. Shuttle will be at 8pm sharp following the route listed here (click to see map).
While shuttle is going on all those not on shuttle will take all canoes kayaks and gear to the waters edge to prepare for paddle.
There will be a lead canoe and a sweeper canoe on this trip and all paddlers will be asked to stay together.
We will have glow stick to attach to paddlers, paddles and boats for the trip.
After paddle all participants are welcome to come back to Jame's place (click to see map) for a full moon campfire and after paddle drink. Please BYOB and drink responsibly.
You may want to bring a headlamp or flashlight for the trip.
James Geijsing, james@handcraftedcanoes.com

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing), (click to see map)
Paul Kostiuk, 519-579-3564 or pkostiuk@gmail.com

Canoe/Kayak Peer Help Paddling Night (2 of 4), Thursday, June 7, 2012
We will practice maneuvering the canoe or kayak in lake or gentle-moving-water conditions.
Make a solo or tandem canoe or kayak go where you want it -- forwards / backwards / sideways / into the wind / solo / in the bow or in the stern.
Meet at Canoeing the Grand so anyone who wants to rent a canoe or kayak can do so easily.
WWCC membership required, and all participants must register before taking the course.
Contact donmcmurtry@gmail.com for details, questions, requests and boat details if you don't have one.

World Oceans Day (Sister Day to Earth Day)!, Friday, June 8, 2012
A shoreline is considered to be any place where land meets water. This means that rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, marshes and all other types of waterways are suitable for a shoreline cleanup.
WWCC members are encouraged to participate in OPIRG’s Speed River Cleanup, on Saturday, June 16, 2012 (see details below).

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 9, 2012
Saugeen River (Mulock Road to Hanover)
Class 1-2 rapids, with some timber hazards and great swimming.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Put-in location changed due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 9, 2012
Cootes Paradise / Hamilton Harbour
All flatwater, 3 very short portages...west wind at our backs, hopefully. Suitable for either canoes or kayaks. Lunch on scenic Caroll's Point sand spit. All day trip, weather permitting.
Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 9, 2012
An easy paddling trip for everyone.
The group will meet at Tim Hortons on the corner of Lackner and Victoria, in Kitchener, at 9:30. We should then decide where to go. We can choose one of the following (Nick is open to suggestions). People from Guelph can call Nick on his cell and can arrange a convenient meeting place: 519-721-6740.
1. Rockwood Park - small lake ON THE ERAMOSA RIVER, but has very scenic rock formations, MILL RUINS AND MILL POND ABOVE THE FALLS, no powerboats, no cottages.
2. Belwood Lake - bigger, with cottages and some powerboats
3. Conestogo Lake - big, with cottages and powerboats
4. The Speed in the City of Guelph - up the Speed River, back down, up the Eramosa and back to the put-in.
(THE USABLE SPEED IS ONLY ABOUT 1/2 KM. FRONTING ROYAL CITY PARK. YOU CAN'T GET BEYOND THE WIER TO THE WEST AND THE COVERED BRIDGE ON THE EAST. BUT YOU CAN GO ABOUT 4 1/2KM ON THE ERAMOSA TO STONE RD. E. AND PERHAPS BEYOND. THERE IS A GATED SLALOM COURSE ON A SIDE ARM OF THE ERAMOSA THAT IS FUN TO DO.)
5. Laurel Reservoir - small and local (LAUREL RESERVOIR IN THE LAUREL CREEK CONSERVATION AREA.)
Most of these places have GRCA entrance fees, except the Speed in Guelph,
Nick Wagner, nickwagner@rogers.com

MEC Paddlefest, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2012
Boats or boards, if they're propelled by paddles, they're in. Join us for a celebration of all things paddling. You can take a workshop on the water or on dry land, meet fellow paddlers, or demo a boat. There are activities for everyone from novices to experts. See you at the shore.
Sunnyside Park

Cancelled due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Sunday, June 10, 2012
Upper Credit River
Nick Wagner, nickwagner@rogers.com

Canadian Rivers Day, Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) is Canada's national river conservation program. It promotes, protects and enhances Canada's river heritage, and ensures that Canada's leading rivers are sustainably managed.

Two Rivers Festival, June 10 to 17, 2012
Various Locations in Guelph
Celebrate the Speed and Eramosa Rivers that meet in the city of Guelph. Partner organizations are holding river-related events in Guelph. These include hikes, canoeing the rivers, water-related talks, performance, river heritage and arts events.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Eramosa River
Meet at 6 p.m. at Royal City Park and we will put in at Gow’s Bridge and head upstream past the Boathouse towards Victoria Road. This is part of the Two Rivers Festival (www.2riversfestival.org) which takes place June 10-17, and we are hoping club members can help out novice paddlers.
Don't have a boat? There may be a seat for you in someone else's boat or you can rent one at the BOATHOUSE (speedriverpaddling@hotmail.com) near the corner of the park road and Gordon St.
Janet Baine, jbaine@sentex.net

Postponed to June 28, 2012
Canoe/Kayak Peer Help Paddling Night (3 of 4), Thursday, June 14, 2012
WWCC membership required, and all participants must register before taking the course.
TBA

Two Rivers Concert & 20th Anniversary Celebration of Guelph's Covered Bridge, Friday, June 15, 2012, 7:30 - 11:00 pm
Part of the Two Rivers Festival, featuring singers and dancers performing in canoes. This is a licensed, all ages event.
The Boathouse, 116 Gordon St, Guelph

OPIRG’s 31st Annual Speed River Cleanup, (Rain or Shine) Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 8:30 am
Meet at Royal City Park and we will put in at Gow’s Bridge and head upstream in our canoes past the Boathouse towards Victoria Road. At the same time, volunteers will scour the shoreline for debris.
After the clean up, there will be a pot luck and celebration with speakers and prizes, so bring some food to share and your own plates, cups and utensils.
Janet Baine, jbaine@sentex.net

Location and boat type changed to reflect member interest
WWCC Kayak Courses
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Introduction to moving water kayaking. A 4-hour kayak class on Saturday morning.

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Moving water kayak skill development. Another 4-hour moving water course that requires at a minimum some previous moving water instruction such as the June 16th class.
If you have taken a moving water course with our instructor Michel Lessard, this course would be appropriate, and you might also consider using the 16th as a refresher.
Both courses will be on the Grand between Cambridge and Paris. If you have paddled that section before and found yourself running up onto rocks in the shallow parts, then Michel can help develop your water reading skills. Water reading makes going down the Grand far more interesting and far more enjoyable at summer low-water level or at higher / after-rain levels.
If you are interested, please contact donmcmurtry@gmail.com as quickly as possible.

Adventures with Bruce, Monday, June 18, 2012
Join Steve Hainsworth, who took 30 days and 10 rest days to hike the entire 885 km of the Bruce Trail, and wrote a book about his experiences, give a presentation about the Trail.
Bookshelf Cinema, in the eBar, 41 Quebec St, Guelph, Ont

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Riverbend Drive to Good Family Trailway, Kitchener (click to see map)
Paul Kostiuk, 519-579-3564 or pkostiuk@gmail.com

Due to the heat, high winds and potential for strong thunderstorms, tonight's Peer Learning in Guelph has been cancelled.
Canoe/Kayak Peer Help Paddling Night (4 of 4), Thursday, June 21, 2012
Meet at 6:00 pm at Royal City Park, at the end of the access road (across from Boathouse Restaurant), near Gow’s Bridge.
Program will be dependent on requests of registrants.
Jack will do his best to meet everyone's needs and find that happy medium.
WWCC membership required, and all participants must register before taking the course.

Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com
PLEASE NOTE:  In case of imminent thunderstorms, Jack will decide whether the course should be cancelled.  You can call his cell at 519-222-3817, if the weather seems questionable.
 
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 23, 2012
Conestoga River, starting at Conestoga Lake Conservation Area
There's an entry fee to the park of $5.50.
Note that motorized boats are allowed on the Lake so there could be some wake.
Contact Heather Landells, hjlandells@hotmail.com by Friday evening.

MEC Burlington Paddlefest, Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kelso Lake, Milton

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 National Canoe Day
Celebrate National Canoe Day on the Speed and Eramosa Rivers. Bring your canoe or kayak to the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard at 5:30, or rent a boat at the Boathouse kiosk off of Gordon Street and join the group. The group will paddle to Victoria Road and return by about 9 p.m.
We'll go for ice cream afterwards.
Guelph contact: Joanne Gale, jgale400@hotmail.com
Kitchener contact: Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Postponed from June 14, 2012
Kayak Peer Help Paddling Night (3 of 4), Thursday, June 28, 2012
WWCC membership required, and all participants must register before taking the course.
Ruth Hendricks, wwccactivities@hotmail.com  Meet at the Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) in Cambridge at 5:30 PM.

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, July 1, or Monday, July 2, 2012
North Saugeen River (McCullough Lake to Grey Rd 3)
“The prettiest little river in Southern Ontario”
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Moving Water
Grand River, Blair to Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) in Cambridge
After Riverbluffs Park, there is an easy portage around the Park Hill Dam, then a short paddle through scenic downtown Galt. (Click to see map.)
Paul Kostiuk 519-579-3564, or pkostiuk@gmail.com

Cancelled
Sailing in Burlington Bay, Saturday, July 7, 2012
Nick Wagner, nickwagner@rogers.com

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, July 7, 2012
Upper Saugeen River (Mulock Road to Hanover)
Class 1-2 rapids, with some sweepers and GREAT swimming holes to beat the heat!
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg.
We'll put in at William Scott Park, above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Jan Carol Phillips.
20 people in 8 kayaks, 2 solo canoes and 5 tandem canoes, total distance was 13.1 km, lots of water, nice scenery and no current.

Cancelled due to family matters
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, July 14, 2012
Nottawasaga River (Edenvale to Wasaga Beach)
Class 1 rapids, with scenic dunes and wetlands.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro-Canada* (Cambridge) to Glen Morris
* the former GTO gas station on Hwy 24 is now Petro-Canada
Moving Water
The plan for Tuesday, July 17th, at 6:00 pm Meeting at GTO (now Petro Canada) in Cambridge on Hwy 24. We will paddle to Glen Morris and hopefully, will not walk in a dry riverbed. Estimated time to paddle is 2 hrs. I will be at the meeting place at 5:30 to start the shuttle and I would appreciate someone else to help me drop off the car.
If anybody needs a spot in a canoe, I have spare boats. Just let me know before 4:00 pm, when I load up my car. Karin will need a seat and she has her PFD. So for now I will provide the boat for her, unless someone else needs a partner. I can always paddle solo.
See you there and we will have fun!
Nick Wagner, nickwagner@rogers.com

WWCC Canoe Trip, Thursday, July 19 to Monday, July 23, 2012
Barron River, Algonquin Park canoe trip
12 people maximum, first come, first served as cheques for camping fees arrive!   The Barron River trip is quiet water but  there is a possibility of moving water.  If this route was not doable (Unlikely) we could head across Grand Lake and into one of the watersheds to the west.
Roger Suffling, rcsuffli@uwaterloo.ca

Greens on the Grand!!!, Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am
Grand River, 2-hr canoe trip from Breslau to Freeport
Moving Water
Canoe rental, gear and shuttle service are available from Canoeing the Grand, and after there is a lunch at Bingemans.
Take a leisurely paddle down the Grand River, followed by a BBQ and optional camping at Bingemans with fellow Green minded people.
Contact Matthew Peloza, 519-204-2345, or matthew.peloza@rogers.com

Paddle Against Diabetes, Display Love for Earth, Sunday, July 22, 2012
Grand River, Chiefswood Park Boat Ramp, Six Nations
Moving Water
9:30am Registration.  Canoe from 10:00am -12:00pm
Healthy snacks and a guest speaker will follow!
Contact: Jack Frimeth at 519-823-5709 or j_frimeth@hotmail.com for more information.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Shade's Mills Conservation Area
Flat Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, July 28, 2012
Saugeen River (Walkerton to second bridge)
Class 1 rapids, with fun rapids and great swimming holes.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving Water
Paul Kostiuk 519-579-3564 or pkostiuk@gmail.com

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St
Moving Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Paddle the Grand to Stop the Mega Quarry, Sunday, August 12, 2012
Paddle the Grand River along Kaufman’s Flats to Freeport in Kitchener, Ontario, a 20 km 4 hour scenic route suitable for all skill levels.
Join us as we highlight the value of Ontario’s fresh water and support the campaign to Stop the Mega Quarry! A portion of the proceeds will go to NDACT.
You must register to participate in this event at www.canoeingthegrand.com/groupexpeditionStopTheQuarry.htm.
Register by or before event day; participants will not be accepted on date of event if they have not registered online. Please only register if you fully intend to participate in this event.

Put-in location changed due to low water level
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg.
We'll put in at William Scott Park, above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.
Heather Landells, wwccactivities@hotmail.com
16 people in 6 kayaks, 4 tandem and 1 solo canoes, total distance was 12.5 km, lots of water, lovely scenery and no current. We saw a beaver, an otter or muskrat?, many herons (one holding a fish), a tree with at least 6 turkey vultures, and more nearby, a bass jumped into a canoe, possibly an osprey, and a turtle on a rock.

Fish Quill Poetry Boat, Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11 a.m.
Grand River, Newport Bridge to Chiefswood National Historic Site
Moving Water
Meet at 11 a.m. at Chiefswood National Historic Site and/or noon at Newport Bridge south of Brantford. This is Paddle with the Poets Day and a chance to join Montreal poets and a musician who are paddling most of the Grand River for the third year. Their Grand River adventure is called www.fishquill.weebly.com.
The river paddle will be followed by a BBQ and poetry reading at 7 p.m.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris
Moving Water
Paddle starts at 6:00. Be in Glen Morris at 5:20 in time for car shuttle.
Emily Hunsberger, ejhunsberger@sympatico.ca
6 canoes and 8 kayaks, with 19 paddlers, plenty of water to make it interesting, and a few herons.

WWCC Canoe Trip, Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, September 3, 2012
Mississagi Park at Elliot Lake
We've taken two sites directly on the water. Guaranteed quiet. No close neighbours, and a short walk from the parking area. It's only a couple of hours further than Achray, and there's lots to do close by. Trails, sand beach, stores in town, and restaurants as well. If we're lucky, the local wolf-pack will sing us to sleep! The reservations are made for the week of August 25.
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCC (nearly) Full Moon Paddle, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Eramosa River in Guelph, starting at Royal City Park. Meet at the Park at 7:00, to be on the water by 7:30, and please bring glow-sticks for your boat.
Jeri-Lynn Catton jlcatton.01@hotmail.com
24 people in 8 kayaks and 8 canoes, and good water level. An owl flew across the river. And the moon was beautiful!

WWCC Canoe Trip, Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2012
Lower Madawaska River
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing), (click to see map)
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Riverbank Luna Canua, Saturday, September 8, 9:00 pm, 2012
Part of Nuit Blanche during the Guelph Jazz Festival (September 5 to 9)
Speed River, behind the River Run Centre in Guelph
Dancers in canoes with their skilled paddlers at the stern, move to an instrumental and choral soundscape. The canoes and performers will be lit from within, transforming what are usually thought of as recreational watercraft into art, and a ritual for honouring the spirit and life-giving energies of the river. Free admission.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing), (click to see map)
Bill Spitzig, BSpitzig@guenzler.com

WWCC River Cleanup (Rain or Shine), Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 am
Part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Speed River, (click to see map)
Meet at Silvercreek Park in Guelph, just south of the Wellington/Edinburgh intersection, on the west side of Edinburgh and the north side of the Speed River. The entrance is off Edinburgh between the bridge and Wellington Rd.
Paul Kostiuk 519-579-3564, or pkostiuk@gmail.com
15 people in 8 canoes had a fun day, and hauled out a wheelbarrow, several tires, 2 chairs, traffic pylons, a manhole cover, many chunks of wood and metal, and many many garbage bags filled with empty bottles, rugs, cans, styrofoam, etc.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport, (click to see map)
WWCC members can rent canoes or kayaks for Tuesday paddles at a very reasonable cost from Canoeing the Grand. See the Canoe Rental page for details.
Moving Water
Bill Spitzig, wspitzig@golden.net
9 people in 5 kayaks and 2 canoes, and very good water level. We travelled 12 km in 1.5 hr, for an average speed of 8 km/hr. Saw two otters in a very noisy fight on shore. After we came close to watch, one scooted off along the shore, while the other one dove in the water and swam away. Also saw a deer, and many herons.

The British are Coming, Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7pm
Mountain Equipment Coop and French River Adventures invite you to an evening of paddling stories and wilderness bushcraft skills.
For information contact nicola@frenchriver.com or call 705-898-2500.
MEC, 400 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, 416-340-2667

Bondi Weekend Friday September 21st to Sunday 23rd, 2012
Plan to join us for our annual fall weekend at Bondi Village Resort, located in beautiful canoeing and hiking country in the Lake of Bays area, near Algonquin Park, Arrowhead Park and the Frost Centre. Good company, beautiful surroundings, great canoeing and hiking, and comfortable accommodations for $155 pp. See attachments for details and registration. Questions: petrasuffling@mail.com or call Petra at 519 742 4577.

For more information, see BONDI INFO.doc, and BONDI REG.doc.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
WWCC members can rent canoes or kayaks for Tuesday paddles at a very reasonable cost from Canoeing the Grand. See the Canoe Rental page for details.
Moving Water
Bill Spitzig, wspitzig@golden.net

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, September 29, 2012
Beaver River, (click to see map)
The Beaver is a slow river meandering through a maple forest. Autumn colours will be great with lots to photograph. The trip should take four hours of paddling time from just outside Kimberley to near Heathcote. Grey Road 13 follows the river. Put-in is at Access Point 1 on Grey Rd. 13, take-out is at Side road 22. Meeting is at 9:30 at the Kimberley General Store, Kimberley, ON. (middle of town.)  It takes two hours from Kitchener when the cops aren't looking. At the end of the run, we will stop at the General Store for a soup, or soup and sandwich and very friendly reception.
Nick Wagner, nickwagner@rogers.com

World Rivers Day, September 29, 2012
A global celebration of the world's waterways, an opportunity to promote river stewardship, highlight the many values of rivers, and increase public awareness.

WWCC Annual General Meeting and Presentation night, Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7 pm
Come out for the AGM, hear stories about trips club members took this summer, and socialise with friends you may not have seen recently.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click link to view map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

Date and location changed
WWCC Paddle, Sunday, October 21, 2012
Hamilton Harbour
After weather consideration, it would seem that Sunday is going to be a much nicer day for a fall paddle. So we will be paddling Hamilton Harbour this Sunday, meeting at 10 am at Bayfront Park, on Bay St. North, Hamilton. There is plenty of free parking and a boat ramp. Due to low water levels, Cootes is not an option to paddle, at this time. Also, be mindful that we are not as protected on the Bay, and the winds may pick up.
Please bring a lunch.
See the attached map: http://goo.gl/maps/aaqSz
Judi Thompson, judi.thompson353@gmail.com, and Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com

Soupstock, Sunday, October 21, 2012
Save the land that feeds us and stop the Highland Mega-Quarry.
Join the effort to stop the mega-quarry, the movement to protect the Melancthon region’s prized farmland and precious headwaters. Support the growing movement of citizens fighting to protect Ontario’s farms, food and water, and the local rivers we paddle.

Cancelled, may be rescheduled for later
WWCC Paddle, late October, 2012
Big Creek
Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com

WWCC Presentation night, Thursday Nov 1, 2012 at 7 pm
Following the Group of Seven Painters: From Killarney to Kluane to Qikiqtaaluk
Sue & Jim Waddington
Sue and Jim have located many of the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. The talk will compare photographs of some of the more than 300 painting sites they have found with the corresponding artwork. They will discuss how they find the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters and their choice of painting sites. Their travels have taken them to beautiful places throughout Canada from Georgian Bay to the Yukon to the Arctic. They particularly like to search for sites that they may only visit by canoe and on foot. Their talk will begin at 7:30.
The meeting will start at 7:00 with a brief election to fill the two remaining Executive positions, Publicity and Social.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

Hike it, You'll like it, November 2 to 4, 2012
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grand Valley Trail!
The Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA) is holding a series of events, headquartered at Bingemans in Kitchener, Ontario.
Pub Night on Friday, Nov. 2.
Hike Ontario Summit (an annual meeting of hiking groups from across Ontario) on Saturday, Nov 3.
The highlight of the weekend-long series of events is a celebration dinner Saturday, Nov. 3 featuring keynote speaker Kevin Callan, the Happy Camper.
Numerous free celebratory hikes on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Everyone is welcome – membership in the GVTA is not required to attend any of the events – and registration is open until Oct. 30.
Full details are available at www.gvta.on.ca/40.

Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, November 3, 2012 to January 6, 2013
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection will be presenting a special exhibition, featuring an astonishing 122 paintings as well as Tom Thomson’s sketch box.
The exhibition is framed by Tom Thomson’s views of the lakes and trees of Algonquin Park, and by Lawren Harris’s lonely and vast visions of Lake Superior, the Rockies and the Arctic.
10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario
For more information, call toll free 1-888-213-1121

Wolves And Coyotes In Ontario: Population Status and Recent Research, Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Guelph Field Naturalists
In conjunction with the release of the "Strategy for wolf conservation in Ontario" in 2005, the Province launched a comprehensive research program to better determine the distribution, abundance, and ecological roles of wolves and coyotes in representative ecosystems across the province. Dr. Brent Patterson (research scientist with MNR) will provide an update on the present status of Ontario’s wolves and coyotes.
Visitors always welcome. Donations appreciated.
University of Guelph Arboretum

How to Not Get Lost in the Woods, Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2:00 to 4 pm
Laurel Creek Nature Centre
Don't let it happen to you! Start by learning how to use a compass and conquering our practice course. Then learn how to use a GPS unit. You will be sent out with a GPS to test your navigational skills. Can you make it back?
The cost is $5 for children under 18 years old and $10 for adults. Those 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Phone 519-885-1368 to pre-register.

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm
All proceeds to the CW Aboriginal Program.  There will be a Silent Auction and food for sale. The Silent Auction will have paddles, trip certificates, PFD's, Dog Sledding for 2 in Algonquin Park, and more.
Tickets are available online and at Adventure Guide (Waterloo), and the Bookshelf (Guelph).
E.L. Fox Auditorium, J.F. Ross C.V.I.
21 Meyer Dr, Guelph, ON, N1E 4H1
Jack Frimeth @ 519-843-2500 ext 522, email: j_frimeth@hotmail.com

The Best Dam Tour, Sunday, November 11, 2012
Guelph Lake Nature Centre 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join the Grand River Conservation Authority for a tour of the Guelph Lake Dam, and learn about flood control, the production of hydro electric power, and how the dam helps to maintain water levels in the Grand River watershed. The cost is $5 for children under 18 years old and $10 for adults. Those 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Phone 519-836-7096 to pre-register.

Paddle Carving Workshop, Saturday, November 17 2012, 2012
Carve your own canoe paddle from cherry, maple, ash or walnut wood blanks.
8 hour class / lunch provided
HandCrafted Canoes
2067 Victoria St N
Breslau, Ontario
Call 519-648-9808, or email james@handcraftedcanoes.com

Hoot and Howl, Saturday, November 17, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Apps' Mill Nature Centre
Join the Grand River Conservation Authority for a great way to spend an evening with your family. After a short introductory slide show, we will be going out on a night hike to look for owls. We may even hear some coyotes. Bring your flashlight and dress warmly. After the hike, join us back at the nature centre for a cup of hot chocolate. This is a family event.
The cost is $5 per person and children are free. Those 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Please call 519-752-0655 to register.

Course is full
Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class, Thursday, November 22, 2012
Hosted by Treks in the Wild
HandCrafted Canoes presents a primer to get you started planning your own multi-day backcountry adventures. We'll be covering a wide array of topics, everything from planning and prepping meals, nutritional requirements on trips, dehydrating some of your own food, route planning, gear selection, how to use different camp stoves, water purification, and properly pitching tents and tarps.
Space is limited, so call 519-648-9808, or email james@handcraftedcanoes.com

WWCC Trip to Kleinburg, Saturday November 24, 2012 at 8:45 am
Following the excellent presentation by Jim and Sue Waddington on November 1, we are planning a visit to the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg.
If you would like to join us, please meet at the Commuter parking lot at Highway 6 and 401 at 8:45, to leave promptly at 9:00.
Admission is $15 plus $5 for parking.
We can set up car pooling once we arrive at the commuter parking lot. There is a restaurant on site or bring a bagged lunch.
For further information, please contact: Judy Hodgson at judycanoe@hotmail.com 

Hoot and Howl, Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Apps' Mill Nature Centre
Join the Grand River Conservation Authority for a great way to spend an evening with your family. After a short introductory slide show, we will be going out on a night hike to look for owls. We may even hear some coyotes. Bring your flashlight and dress warmly. After the hike, join us back at the nature centre for a cup of hot chocolate. This is a family event.
The cost is $5 per person and children are free. Those 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Please call 519-752-0655 to register.

Paddle Carving Workshop, Saturday, December 8, 2012
Carve your own canoe paddle from cherry, maple, ash or walnut wood blanks.
8 hour class / lunch provided
HandCrafted Canoes
2067 Victoria St N
Breslau, Ontario
Call 519-648-9808, or email james@handcraftedcanoes.com

Urban Nature: The Speed River Corridor, Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10:00 am
Guelph Field Naturalists
You don’t have to go far to experience nature, and Guelph’s Speed River is a great place to start! Join outdoor programs coordinator Kyle Horner and your fellow field naturalists for a stroll along the Speed River corridor, in search of plants and wildlife preparing for the oncoming winter. The walking is easy, and this event is suitable for naturalists of all ages. Meet at the Boathouse (at the bottom of the Gordon St. hill).

WWCC Annual Christmas Social, Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7 pm
Come out and join canoe club friends to reminisce, laugh over tales of the year gone by, or help plan some winter outings. Please invite former members who you may know to join us.
Attention shutterbugs! Don’t forget to bring your printed 4 x 6 paddling-related photos as well as any pictures that you would like to share for our photo contest. Judging will take place during the evening and there will be a first, second and third prize for the best photos. Only stipulation is that they must be paddling related-whether it is a canoe, a heron or a river sunset. Winning photographers will receive a prize and may have their photo published in the newsletter or posted to our photo sharing site.
It wouldn’t be the festive time of the year without food! Bring along a snack, finger food or a plate of seasonal goodies to share. Don’t forget your plate, cup and utensils.
Wing 404 (click to see map)
510 Dutton Drive
Waterloo

GRCA Festive Frolic, Saturday, December 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Laurel Creek Nature Centre, Waterloo
Help prune the trails and learn about winter tree identification along the way. With the greenery, visitors will make a festive centerpiece to take home. A frolic isn't a frolic without a stop to feed the chickadees!
The cost is $5 for children under 18 years old and $10 for adults. Those 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Phone 519-885-1368 to preregister.

Guelph Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 16, 2012
Guelph Field Naturalists
The 2012 count is Guelph's 45th. All are welcome to participate. Count week is December 13th to 19th.
Contact cadman1@sympatico.ca for more info.

Killarney Christmas Bird Count, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Participate in the oldest citizen science program in North America by determining what birds spend the winter in Killarney Provincial Park as part of the Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the park research building - sunrise to sunset - potluck dinner to follow.

Paddle through the Apocalypse!, Sunday, December 23, 2012, at 10:00 am
Many of you know that every year we have an annual Christmas paddle called FTM (F&$% the Mall).  Essentially a better thing to be doing in and around Guelph than being at the mall.
Well this year we're adding even more excitement to the day. If the Mayan calendar has you down, come and join us:
Meet at 10:00am - Corner of Gordon and Wellington (at the Plaza) in Guelph.
Bring your own boat (we can usually help mix and match paddlers and boats). We'll decide on which local river to paddle on Sunday based on weather and water conditions.
Bring all the appropriate safety equipment, change of clothes in water proof bags, food, water...
Contact Evan Ferrari, evanferrari@hotmail.com, or 519-836-8068.
Later we'll re-convene by about 3:00pm at the Wooly for "apres paddling" discussions and imbibing.
Woolwich Arms
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