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2014 Archive

WWCC Presentation night, Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm
John Haddock will talk about canoeing the South Porcupine River in North Saskatchewan.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 12, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
We will set up a program for various rescues, rope throwing, solo paddling, stand-up paddling for both kayaks and canoes. Last year we had both types of boats practicing at the same time. The very necessary kayak wet exit is definitely on the agenda. Bring your own boat, but a spot in a tandem canoe may be available with a 24 hour notice.
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 may include T-shirt, PFD, swimsuit, or anything else. Helmet – 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.
At the end of the pool time participants have 30 minutes to change, gather their boats and head out. We have to be out of the pool with our boats by 9:45. There is no storage space for boats at the school.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday, January 12, at 7:00 pm, and Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
University of Waterloo, Humanities Theatre
Both evenings will showcase different films, so be sure to catch them both!
Tickets are $18 (tax included) per evening, and are available at Adventure Guide and the Humanities Theatre box office.

Winter Camping Trip Planning, Saturday, January 18, 2014
Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac Park
Accurate pre-trip planning can minimize many of the discomforts associated with extended forms of backcountry travel during the winter.
Topics include: route selection and assessment, safe forms of winter travel, shelters, clothing, equipment, menu planning, physical fitness and conditioning, and safety. Share ideas and concerns about low-impact winter camping and trip planning.
Cost: Park daily vehicle permit. Pre registration required.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frontenac Provincial Park, 613-376-3489, 6700 Salmon Lake Rd., Sydenham, Ont

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:00 pm
The Wabakimi Project - “Uncle” Phil Cotton
A shining example of how a grassroots stewardship initiative has managed to rehabilitate and document canoe routes in the Wabakimi area of Northwestern Ontario. This will be the eleventh year in which volunteer participants will venture forth to explore the vast wilderness area that stretches from the Kopka River north to the Albany River.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 26, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park
Brad & Wayne Jennings of Explorethebackcountry.com
London, Ont
No charge for admission, but please call 519-455-6252 to register.

Please note change in date!
Bondi Weekend, Friday, January 31 to Sunday, February 2, 2014
Plan to join us for our always-memorable winter weekend Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2014, 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. Great outdoor activity and fun company.
Latecomers: waiting list for cancellations only.
Questions: Jeri-Lynn at:  jlcatton.01@hotmail.com.
See attachments for details and registration - $166.
More information in winter information and Registration form.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:00 pm
The Lure of the North - Heather Horton
Heather travelled to Alaska in 2008 to retrace Christopher McCandless’s trek along The Stampede Trail. The adventure left such an indelible impression on her, she has made the trip four more times since then.
Heather will be making her presentation live via Skype from her home in Alaska, which we will show on a large screen tv in the store.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCC Presentation night, Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Join The Grand River Adventure –  For the third consecutive year Derek Lippert & JP Bartle of Ayr, Ontario will be paddling nearly the entire Grand River. This year, between April 26 and May 3rd other paddlers will be joining them for various sections as they paddle about 250 km to raise money to help the Grand River Conservation Authority.  In the past two years they raised over $7,000 resulting in about 2000 trees being planted throughout the watershed. Come to the meeting and decide what section you might want to join.
Derek & JP will also be participating in the club's almost annual gear & skills night -- What's In YOUR Drybag? Everyone attending is required . . . or at least requested, to share your favourite piece of gear, or the new gear that you think everyone should be using or maybe a technique you used on your last canoe trip that you feel your fellow paddlers should also adopt. Exciting prizes to be won!
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

Wilderness and Canoeing Symposium, Friday, February 7 and Saturday, Feb 8, 2014
Registration on or before Jan 30 is $45, after Jan 30 is $70, lunch and dinner are also available.
Online registration form:
http://www.wcsymposium.com/content/2014-wilderness-canoe-symposium-registration
Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson St. Toronto
Use WWCC Google Groups to coordinate with other members who may be attending to coordinate meeting for lunch, carpooling, etc.

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Thames River: Backyard Wilderness!
Steve Sauder of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
London, Ont
No charge for admission, but please call 519-455-6252 to register.

WWCC snow shoeing or cross-country skiing, Sunday, February 16, 2014
Laurel Creek Conservation Area
Meet at 10:00am at the Gatehouse (click to see map). On weekends you can rent ski equipment $13, showshoe equipment $11, and snackbar is open.
4.5 kilometres of cross country ski trails (click to see ski trails map) loop around the 750-acre mature hardwood and pine plantations.
Admission: $5.50 for adults, $2.75 for children 6-14; $4.75 for 65 and over; free for children 5 and under.
625 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, 519-884-6620
Contact Patty Lynes, plynes@gspgroup.ca, 519-654-2519

WWCC snow shoeing, Monday, February 17, 2014
Meet at "Columbia Forest" (Waterloo) ... see map for the rendez-vous point. Gathering time will be 1:30 pm.
Please let Jean know if you are interested in participating at jean.lefebvre@gmail.com.

Outdoor Adventure Show, Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23, 2014
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

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:00 pm
Eric McHale of G Adventures - The Adventure of Your Life Awaits
G Adventures encourages travellers to step off the beaten path, embrace authentic accommodation, transportation, cultures and cuisine, and also offers the largest variety of destinations, departure dates and an unparalleled choice of trip styles and service levels to meet all tastes, ages and budgets.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Circling the Midnight Sun
James Raffan of the Canadian Canoe Museum
London, Ont
No charge for admission, but please call 519-455-6252 to register.

Introduction to Traditional Winter Camping, February 28 to March 2, 2014
A fun-filled introduction to expedition-style traditional winter camping in spectacular Killarney Provincial Park!
Presented by Lure of the North.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 7:00 pm
William Sleeth - Canoeing the Pekans & Moisie Rivers
The Pekans is a tributary flowing into the Moisie just west of Labrador City where this 15 day paddle adventure begins. Please join William Sleeth for a presentation of this river trip which includes more than 125 rapids ranging from Class 1 to 5 and over 6 kilometres of rugged portage.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

Celebrating Spring Snowshoe Adventure, March 7 to March 9, 2014
Explore the northern range of the La Cloche Mountains, in Killarney Provincial Park, with spectacular views south over the North Channel of Lake Huron on this 3-day “Celebrating Spring” snowshoe adventure!
Presented by Lure of the North.

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 9, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills. The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
If you are interested please contact Nick Wagner by 4:00 pm on Sunday at nickwagner@bell.net, or 519-744-0980.

WWCC Annual Chili Social & Trip Planning, Thursday, March 13, 2014 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.
RCAF Wing 404 (click to see map)
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Killarney: A Park for all Seasons
Kris Puhvel of the Friends of Killarney Park
London, Ont
No charge for admission, but please call 519-455-6252 to register.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00 pm
Ted Spieker - Geocaching 101
Ted is an enthusiastic member of the C.R.E.W. from Waterloo geocachers who organize regular events and outings. You'll learn the basics of how GPS works as well as the nuts and bolts of geocaching. Come find out more about the game where YOU are the search engine.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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: $12 in advance / $15 at the door
Princess Twin Cinema
46 King Street North, Waterloo, 519-884-5112

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Once Around Algonquin!
Kevin Callan
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, London, Ont
No charge for admission, but please call 519-455-6252 to register.

Backcountry 101: Introduction to Digital Navigation, Saturday, 22 March, 2014, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
This clinic will introduce members to GPS and their use in backcountry navigation.
MEC Burlington
Price: Free, but space is limited, so register early.

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
If you are interested please contact Nick Wagner by 4:00 pm on Sunday at nickwagner@bell.net, or 519-744-0980.

Earth Hour! Saturday, March 29, 2014 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!

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:00 pm
Bruce Herchenrader - Painting the Wild
Come join Canadian artist Bruce Herchenrader, who has been paddling and portaging wilderness areas for almost thirty years in search of places of beauty to paint in, for a marvelous evening of storytelling and adventure as he shares his passion for the wilderness with you.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. Only 30 seats are available for presentations.
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCC Presentation night, Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Tim Dyer of White Squall will talk about "Life on the Sweetwater Sea".
Tim will share his extensive paddling knowledge of the 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay -- a recently designated World Biosphere Reserve. "Exploring is a quest we can all go on and I’ll try to help with tricks, tips and traveling ways that work for me."
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

Killarney Provincial Park's 50th Anniversary, Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, 2014
Celebrate Killarney Provincial Park's 50th Anniversary with lectures, tours, drop-in art workshops, and music.
Group of Seven Footprints with Jim and Sue Waddington on Saturday.
Presentation by Jeremy Pawson, Killarney Provincial Park Superintendent, on the area's history and natural wonders on Sunday.

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, April 6, 2014
Mad River, Creemore to Glencairn
White water
Class 2-3, very fast and lots of surprises; only for experienced white water paddlers, wet or dry suits required.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:00 pm
Kevin Callan - Once Around Algonquin
Join author and paddler, Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) as he shares his stories, film and photos of his crazy 20 day canoe trip around Algonquin Park. The 350 kilometre route is titled "The Meanest Link" and is made up of 55 lakes, 6 rivers (3 of which had to be paddled up) and 93 portages adding up to 68 kilometres.
Tickets are $5 each (this money goes directly to KidsAbility), and are available at Adventure Guide or Princess Twin Cinema.
Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King St N  Waterloo, 519-885-2950

Nature Guelph monthly indoor meeting, Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
"Our Changing Views of the Night Sky", a presentation by Paul Delaney, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto.
(Nature Guelph is the new name of the Guelph Field Naturalists)
University of Guelph Arboretum

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Bayfield River, Clinton to Bayfield
White water, Class 2 with tight channels and sweepers, wet or dry suits required.
Peter Hafemann 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Kitchener - Waterloo Canoe Symposium, Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
The third 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.
Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King St N  Waterloo, 519-885-2950

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, April 13, 2014
Ausable River, Keyser Rd to Sylvan
White water, Class 1-2 with steep gorges, fossil beds, wet or dry suits required.
Peter Hafemann 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
If you are interested please contact Nick Wagner by 4:00 pm on Sunday at nickwagner@bell.net, or 519-744-0980.

Cancelled due to illness
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 19, 2014
Maitland River or Maitland River headwaters,
Moving water, Class 1
Peter Hafemann 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Earth Week, Wednesday, April 16 – Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Earth Week 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.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Moira River.
White water, Class 1-3, wet or dry suits required.
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Canagagigue Creek
Exploratory
Meet at 10:30 a.m. The trip will explore the Creek to where it meets the Grand in the Winterbourne area. Depending on progress, the trip may extend beyond Winterbourne to the next bridge downstream. Bring lunch.
Email Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com, or phone 519-664-0174 for details.

Backcountry 101: Introduction to Digital Navigation, Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
This clinic will introduce members to GPS and their use in backcountry navigation.
MEC Burlington
Price: Free, but space is limited, so register early.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, April 26 or Sunday, April 27, 2014
South Saugeen River, Cedarville to Mount Forest area
Moving water, Class 1
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, April 27, 2014
Lower Black or Salmon Rivers.
White water, Class 1-3, wet or dry suits required.
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 27, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
If you are interested please contact Nick Wagner by 4:00 pm on Sunday at nickwagner@bell.net, or 519-744-0980.

The Grand River Adventure, April 27 to May 3, 2014
For the third consecutive year Derek Lippert & JP Bartle of Ayr, Ontario will be paddling nearly the entire Grand River (over 250 kms), raising money for tree planting throughout the watershed.
Take part in the trip anytime between April 27 to May 3. If you’d like to spend a day out on the Grand River and help with this worthwhile cause, please send an email to info@quietnature.ca and they’ll get you set up.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs, (click to see map)
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Judi Thompson
9 people in 6 kayaks and 2 canoes. The flow was increasing from all the rain earlier in the day, from about 60 at Galt. We had strong winds from the SE, so some effort required by the canoeists, but no rain and a beautiful sunset on the way home. Saw one heron and several vultures, and no bugs yet.

Quetico Foundation Canoe Day, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9:30 am
Paddle the Grand River in support of the Quetico Foundation’s Summer Student Research Program.
Moving water
Meet at Grand Experiences, 113 Grand River St. N. in Paris at 9:30 am, with a stop at the Brant Conservation Area for a gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments, and then continue to D’Aubney Creek Landing in Brantford. Shuttle service back to your cars will be provided by Grand Experiences. Click to see PDF document with details.

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, May 4, 2014
Saugeen River headwaters, above Hwy 10 to Priceville
Moving water, Class 1 with tight channels
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Manulife Paddle the Don, Sunday, May 4, 2014
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. Registration opens March 12, 2014 at 9:00am!

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
This is a peer assisted practice session.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Judi Thompson
20 people in 8 kayaks and 6 canoes. The flow was good with over 36 at Bridgeport, and no wind or bugs. Saw an osprey and a heron. We were on the water after 6:15, and off the water around 8;30 on a beautiful spring evening.

"Algonquin" movie, Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8, 2014
The film tells a powerful story about a father-son relationship and examines the nature and paths of healing, while also being a love letter to one of the most stunning landscapes in the world - one that is indelible in the Canadian consciousness.
Princess Twin Cinema

WWCC Boat Tie-down Workshop, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 6:30 pm
This 2-hour session is intended to make you knowledgeable and comfortable when transporting a boat to any location, either locally or when travelling long distances on 400-series highways.
For details, see the Courses page.
Meet at 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

WWCC Tandem canoeing course, Saturday, May 10, 2014
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, will run a 4 hour tandem canoeing course on May 10 or May 31, 2014. Contact Jeff either by email at jeff@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185.
For details, see the Courses page.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 10, 2014
Teeswater River, Pinkerton to Paisley
White water, Class 2 with some sweepers, and one dam portage
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 10, 2014
Minesing Swamp, Nottawasaga River
Quiet water
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, May 11, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
This is a peer assisted practice session.

Cancelled due to severe thunderstorm warning
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
The high winds and heavy rain started about 6:15 in West Montrose and continued with lightning until almost 8:00.

WWCC Flat-water paddling instruction, Thursday, May 15, and May 22, and May 29, 2014, 6:30 - 8 pm
Erla McCaig, a certified ORCKA instructor and a club member, will teach three (3) flat-water canoeing sessions on Thursday evenings, May 15, May 22, and May 29, 2014 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on the pond located behind Handcrafted Canoes, 2067 Victoria St N, Breslau, Ont.
Quiet water
For details, see the Courses page.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 17 or Sunday, May 18, 2014
Sauble River, Tara – Hepworth Rd
Moving water, Class 1 with a few dams and easy rapids.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Solo kayaking course, Tuesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Michel Lessard is offering two kayaking sessions of 3 hours each. The two sessions will take place on separate days.
Moving water
Session 1, Tuesday, May 20: GTO to Foot Bridge on Grand River: review approach to moving water / strokes / maneuvers
Session 2, Thursday, May 29: Foot Bridge to Glen Morris:  techniques / maneuvers / water reading.
Cost: $84 per person for both sessions.
Register using the Courses page, or contact Vanessa, wwccactivities@gmail.com.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) to Glen Morris
Moving water
Judi Thompson, judi.Thompson353@gmail.com, ph# 519-753-1164, and Jeri-Lynn Catton
10 people in 2 tandem canoes, 1 solo canoe, 5 kayaks. Rainy night, occasional thunder, on the water at 6:20pm – off at 7:40 pm, water flow – 45 m3/s, saw 3 deer, 1 raccoon, couple of herons.

Canoe the Wild Agawa Canyon, Friday, May 23, to Sunday May 25, 2014
Guided weekend whitewater canoe trip with Naturally Superior Adventures—two days canoeing, two nights camping, half-day instruction. Includes full guiding and outfitting, canoes, meals, vehicle and train shuttles and park fees.
Cost: $495 Cdn + HST
For more information, email info@naturallysuperior.com or call 1-800-203-9092.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 24, or Sunday, May 25, 2014
Maitland River, Auburn to Benmiller
Moving water, Class 1
Peter Hafemann 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Solo canoeing course, Sunday, May 25, 2014
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, will run 4 hour solo canoeing courses on May 25 and June 8, 2014. Contact Jeff either by email at jeff@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185.
For details, see the Courses page.

WWCC Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8:15 - 9:30pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is $10.50 per visit. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
This is a peer assisted practice session.

WWCC solo canoeing course, Monday, May 26, and Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 6:00 pm
Michel Lessard is offering two canoeing sessions of 3 hours each. The two sessions will take place on separate days.
Moving water
Session 1, Monday, May 26: GTO to Foot Bridge on Grand River: review approach to moving water / strokes / maneuvers
Session 2, Tuesday, May 27: Foot Bridge to Glen Morris:  techniques / maneuvers / water reading.
Cost: $80 per person for both sessions.
Register using the Courses page, or contact Vanessa, wwccactivities@gmail.com.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River,  Glen Morris to Paris
Moving water
Judi Thompson, judi.Thompson353@gmail.com, ph# 519-753-1164, and Jeri-Lynn Catton
18 people in 4 tandem canoes, 1 solo canoe, and 8 kayaks. Warm evening, thunder grumbling but no rain or lightening or bugs. On the water at 6:05, off the water at 8pm. Flow was 40 m3/s. Saw a raccoon, 2 goldfinches mating, a large woodpecker, and we found a swamped rubber dingy which we managed to save.

In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven, Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 pm
For over 30 years Jim and Sue Waddington have traced and photographed some of the sites that the Group of Seven painted. This couple has spoken at a Club meeting and at the annual Canoe Symposium. In case you have missed them or would like to hear them again, they will be speaking in the exhibit hall of the Wellington County Museum, Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora at 7 pm on Thursday, May 29.
Admission is by donation.

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, May 31, or Sunday, June 1, 2014
Upper Saugeen River, Mulock Rd to Hanover
Whitewater, Class 2 with some tight obstructions and great swimming holes
Peter Hafemann 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Moving water
Tim Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

National Paddling Week, Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 15, 2014
Various activities organized by Paddle Canada, Rapid Media and the Canadian Canoe Museum to promote engagement and boost awareness of our national recreational paddling sports, safety measures, skill development, and heritage! National Paddling Week wants to encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak, or onto a board and be counted during this week to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits, and challenge of paddling!

Postponed to Saturday, June 14, 2014
WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 7, or Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saugeen River, Walkerton to 2nd bridge
Whitewater, Class 1-2 with scenic bluffs and great swimming.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Two Rivers Festival, Saturday, June 7 to Sunday, June 15, 2014
Various locations in Guelph
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.

World Oceans Day (Sister Day to Earth Day)!, Sunday, June 8, 2014
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 Paddle, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Celebrate National Canoe Day as part of the Two Rivers Festival and National Paddling Week 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 Gordon Street and join the group. The group will paddle to Victoria Road and return by about 9 pm. (Click to see map.)
We'll go for ice cream afterwards.
Moving water
Guelph contact: Warren Brandes, warrenbrandes@yahoo.ca, and Suzanne Gates
K-W contact: Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, June 14, 2014
Saugeen River, Walkerton to 2nd bridge
Whitewater, Class 1-2 with scenic bluffs and great swimming.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

MEC Paddlefest Toronto, Saturday, June 14, 2014
You can go for a test paddle, participate in a hands-on skills clinic, browse exhibitor’s booths, and hunt for deals at the Paddle Swap and the Marketplace. Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate the fun of floating!
Sunnyside Beach, 1755 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto, Ont

WWCC Moving water instruction in the Elora Gorge
Whitewater
Session 2: Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014
Instruction by Jack Frimeth and Steve Coutts to Club members in strokes and manoeuvres required to paddle the Gorge. For details, see the Courses page.
Register through Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com, cell 519 212 3817

Cancelled due to tornado watch
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving water
Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

WWCC Paddle, Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2014
Georgian Bay
Depending upon the weather and the experience of the group, we can either circumnavigate Franklin Island or do a loop trip encompassing Snake Island, the Mink Islands and Franklin Island.
Big lake paddling, with moving water
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCC Kayaking course, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8 am - 12:00
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, will run a 4 hour kayaking course. Contact Jeff either by email at jeff@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185.

Day of A Thousand Canoes, Saturday, June 21, 2014 8 am - dusk
Grand River Caledonia to Cayuga
The event begins at the Caledonia Fairgrounds and travels down the Grand River with a stop in York ON and finishes off in Cayuga, ON 18km down the river. Caledonia is located on hwy #6 between Hamilton and Port Dover.
151 Caithness St E., Caledonia, ON
$15- $40/person, 500+ participants
Hosted By AKA:WE Canoe Club - Grand River Events and Festival
Contact Shane Carmichael, shane@1000canoes.com

MEC Paddlefest Barrie, Saturday, June 21, 2014
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.
Centennial Park, Barrie, Ont

Small Craft Rendezvous, Saturday June 21, 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm
If you build, restore, use, own, or want to learn more about small watercraft, this event is for you! Demonstrations, workshops, vendors and special guest speakers at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Les Stroud Concert, Saturday June 21st 3:00 - 4:30pm
Les Stroud aka Survivorman is coming to the Canadian Canoe Museum for an interactive and intimate 90 minutes of music and conversation. Les Stroud is a long-time friend of the Canoe Museum and happens to be one of just three Ambassador-At-Large!
Doors Open to the Education Room at 2:30pm. Show starts at 3:00pm.
Tickets are $30.  PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE or IN-PERSON AT THE MUSEUM

MEC Paddlefest Burlington, Sunday, June 22, 2014
MEC Paddlefest is a celebration of all things paddlesport. Whether you’re a beginner who’s never been in a boat, or an expert paddler looking to fine-tune your skills, there are plenty of learning opportunities both on water, and on land.
Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Hwy 5 W, Burlington, Ont

Cancelled due to severe thunderstorm watch
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Nith River
Flat water
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 Paul Kostiuk

WWCC Canoe Trip, Friday, June 27 to Monday, June 30, 2014
Killarney Provincial Park
Flat water, with back country portages. 4-day loop trip includes David, Balsam and Bell Lakes. Participants should be fit enough to portage canoe and gear.
Contact Person: Warren Brandes at warrenbrandes@yahoo.ca

Postponed to Wednesday, July 2, 2014
WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 1 (Canada Day), 2014

WWCC Paddle, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Freeport to Blair
Moving Water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
13 people, in 11 kayaks and one tandem canoe, with a good water level. We saw 2 deer, to which a few people got quite close. Also an osprey, a bald eagle and another deer.

PADDLE (Paddle Against Diabetes Display Love for Earth), Sunday, July 6, 2012
The first community PADDLE at Belwood Lake Conservation Area, 8282 Wellington County Rd 18, just outside of Fergus by the Shand Dam.
All proceeds will go to the Diabetes Education Program at Groves Hospital. Any and all watercraft are welcomed!
Registration gives you a Free PADDLE t-shirt, a 2 hour PADDLE on Lake Belwood, Native Craft workshops for the kids and those who are waiting for the PADDLER's, free snacks and discussions on Healthy Active Living, as well as Native Drumming and Dancing.
Advance Registration is $25, and $30 at the event. Registration at the PADDLE will be at 9:30am on Sunday July 6 at the Belwood Conservation Park.
To register in advance call Jack at 519 212 3817, or e-mail at j_frimeth@hotmail.com.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg upstream above the dam and return, so we will not need to shuttle cars.
Flat water
Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564, and Jeri-Lynn Catton
10 people in 2 tandem canoes and 6 kayaks. The temperature dropped through the evening, and we waited under a bridge as a small thunder and rain storm came through. The flow at New Hamburg was over 12 m3/s, and even above the dam the current was strong and the water high as we paddled upstream. Saw 3 night herons and several of the usual herons.

WWCC Canoe Trip, Thursday, July 10 to Monday, July 14, 2014
Chiniguchi River Canoe Trip
Moving water, back country with portages.
Click to see the trip proposal and details.
Contact Roger Suffling, rcsuffling@uwaterloo.ca, if you have questions.

WWCC Paddle, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving water
Tim can lend one kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Tim Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race, Monday, July 21, 2014
This race is the longest canoe and kayak race in the world, by far. Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway, 1000 Miles / 1600 Km, 7 to 12 days of 18 hours solid paddling.
If you have any questions, please email info@yukon1000.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) in Cambridge
Moving water
After Riverbluffs Park, there is a portage around the Park Hill Dam, then a short paddle through scenic downtown Galt. (Click to see map.)
Tim can lend one kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Tim Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saugeen River
Moving water, 2-day river trip from Walkerton to Paisley.
Contact Person: Warren Brandes at warrenbrandes@yahoo.ca

WWCKC Paddle, Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Canagagigue Creek, Elmira to Winterborne
Fast moving water
There is just enough water to paddle on the Canagagigue Creek today. Fast water, shallow in places, narrow creek, sweepers, several portages (1 dam, 1 culvert, some log jams), some electric fences to duck under, need to back paddle as you go around sharp corners to see what is next. Limit 10 people.
Shuttle leaves at 5:30.
Contact Gary Johnston for details: gary2johnston@gmail.com, or ph 226-747-2891

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River,  Glen Morris to Paris
Moving water
Tim can lend one kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Tim Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402, and Judi Thompson

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Speed River, Silvercreek Park in Guelph to Black Bridge Road in Cambridge
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
Good flow, only a little walking, 4.82 at Road 32, no bugs or wind.

Postponed to weekend of Saturday, August 16, 2014
WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, August 9 to Monday, August 11 or Tuesday, 12, 2014
Madawaska River

Online Wildlife Safety Course • Bear Safety, beginning Friday, August 8, 2014
This online Bear Safety course is recommended for any individual who lives, plays, or works in bear country.
The Bear Safety course, entirely completed online, teaches candidates the fundamentals of bear behaviour, and how to avoid or minimize bear conflicts, while in wilderness or rural areas.
This course is completed at your own pace, and there is no time limit to complete the course.
Cost $95 + tax.

Cancelled due to severe thunderstorm watch
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

Yukon 360 Canoe and Kayak Race, Saturday, August 16, 2014
A long weekend race on a different Yukon river each year.
River for 2014 not determined yet.
If you have any questions, please email info@yukon1000.com

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race, Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2014
The Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site.

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18 or Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Madawaska River
Moving water
FREE camping on nice sites with thunderboxes. A beautiful river with lots of rapids. Portages if we feel like it.. Car pool possible.
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
A large group of 25 people in 17 kayaks and 4 canoes. The flow was slightly above summer low, so a very easy pleasant paddle, and no bugs. At the Victoria St bridge we saw an adult osprey swoop in for a landing on the nest on the hydro pole, the other adult make room, and we heard the baby's noises in anticipation of feeding. Also saw probably 10 herons who mostly let us get quite closer than normal before flying away. Some paddlers also saw the osprey family at Freeport. We all passed 2 people on stand-up boards, strange wildlife which we don't see often on paddles, but good that new people are enjoying getting out on the river.

6th Annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival, Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24, 2014
A kayak celebration that includes paddling events, kayak sprint events to arts & culture, routes, and vendors.

Postponed to Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8:00am
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, August 23, 2014
North Saugeen River, McCullough Lake to Grey Rd 3, Paisley Park
Moving water, Class 1 with pristine swimming holes, swamp paddling and the Blue Spring; “the prettiest little river in SW Ontario”.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Transition Guelph Canoe Race, Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm
York Road Park, 85 York Rd, Guelph, Ontario
On August 24th, friends will be getting together to celebrate Transition Guelph and our community with a canoe race and BBQ. We will be holding three different races for family, competitive canoeing, and competitive kayaking in a “time trial” style. The top 3 times from each category are guaranteed prizes!
Cost: This event is a pledge drive with all proceeds going to Transition Guelph. A minimum pledge of $25 per team is needed to participate in the race. There will also be some amazing prizes available for the team that raises the most money!
Contact: kelly@transitionguelph.ca

Cancelled due to severe thunderstorm watch
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St
Moving water
Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8:00 am
North Saugeen River, McCullough Lake to Grey Rd 3, Paisley Park
Moving water, Class 1 with pristine swimming holes, swamp paddling and the Blue Spring; “the prettiest little river in SW Ontario”.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Location changed due to low water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs, (click to see map)
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, September 6, 2014
Toronto Islands
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 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.  No shuttle required.
Big lake paddling, moving water
Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCKC Restoule Provincial Park camping trip, Saturday, September 6 to Saturday, September 13, 2014
Restoule Provincial Park
Lake paddling, moving water
Camping week in a very beautiful park, with hiking and canoeing possibilities, near the French River. At this time in September the park will be very quiet.
Email Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com, or phone 519-664-0174 for details.

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Meet at the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard at 7:00, to be on the water by 7:30. (Click to see map.)
Please remember to bring glow sticks to put on the ends of your boat.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
A total of 19 people, 11 in kayaks, 6 in tandem canoes, and 2 in solo canoes. The supermoon appeared over the horizon as we were paddling out, and was gorgeous.

Muskoka River X, September 12 to 14, 2014
Huntsville, Ontario
The longest single-day expedition paddling race in the world. Not your traditional marathon paddling event, as participants paddle 128 km, with 19 portages, in under 24 hours, in wilderness tripping boats. (click to see map)
Includes solo, tandem, relay, canoe, kayak, and stand up paddleboard categories.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg upstream above the dam and return, so we will not need to shuttle cars. (Click to see map.)
Flat water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
17 people in 11 kayaks, 2 solo canoes and 2 tandem canoes. The flow at New Hamburg was over 5 m3/s, no wind or bugs, and the fish were not jumping as they often do in this section.

Cancelled due to not enough participants registering!
Bondi Weekend, Friday September 19 to Sunday 21, 2014
Please plan to join us for our always-memorable fall Bondi weekend, starting this year on Friday, September 19th, continuing to Sunday, September 21st, 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. Great outdoor activity and fun company.

Please complete the attached Registration form and mail it (or otherwise get it to us) along with your non-refundable cheque by June 10. After registering, if you are unable to attend the Bondi weekend, please feel free to find someone to take your place. The organizers may have people on a waiting list so check with us first. However, the organizers will not provide any refunds, so you are responsible for working out the payment details between yourself and your replacement.
Cost: $166, plus $7 (at registration) for the Friday night meal (usually chili), if you wish to participate.
Payment due by July 30/2014.
Latecomers: Waiting list which can be shared with anyone who may need to cancel.
See Bondi Info Fall for more details, and the Registration Form.
Questions: 
Jeri-Lynn at: jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, or Andrea at: auntrooby@gmail.com.

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, September 20 to Tuesday, September 24, 2014
Killarney Provincial Park
Flat water / back country.
First night back country site on George Lake. Time and interest permitting, first day may include two hour paddle on Chikanishing River to view the edge of the Western Narrows portion of Georgean Bay.
Second and third night at site on Killarney Lake. 80m portage on second day, third day, day-trip to OSA lake (455m portage, twice), and 380m portage on fourth day.
Maximum 8 participants.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com

WWCKC-BCKC Paddle, Saturday September 27, 2014
Lake Simcoe, from Barrie to Orillia by voyageur canoe
Big lake paddling, moving water
We will be paddling about 45km with the Barrie Canoe & Kayak Club in two 25-foot voyageur-style canoes. Departure time is 9am from the BCKC; rain date is September 28.
Please contact Don McMurtry, at donmcmurtry@gmail.com, for details.

WWCKC River Cleanup (Rain or Shine), Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:00 am
Part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.
Speed River
Moving water
Meet at Silvercreek Park in Guelph (click to see map), 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.
If you would like to participate but don't have a canoe please let Paul know and we will try to pair you with a partner in a Royalex canoe.
Paul Kostiuk,  pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564
11 people in 6 canoes took out a lot of garbage from the Speed River, and had a very enjoyable and perfect summer day. We also had the perfect water flow level for a cleanup, which is between 5 and 6 m3/s at 'Speed River at Edinburgh' on the GRCA site. After, a group went to the Woolie (http://www.woolwicharrow.ca/), one of our sponsors, for dinner and other club members joined us for good food and conversation.

WWCKC Annual General Meeting and Presentation night, Thursday, October 2, 2014 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 to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, October 4, 2014
Beaver River
Moving Water
Meet at the Kimberley General Store, 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, and Nick Wagner

Bruce Trail Day, Sunday, October 5, 2014
An annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Each Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is hosting free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment. Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, trail maintenance opportunities, and what we are doing to establish a conservation corridor from Niagara to Tobermory.

Registration deadline for WWCKC Winter Bondi trip, October 27, 2014
We have enough people to confirm the Winter Bondi event, and the deadline is extended to October 27th so more people can register and pay to get in on the fun!
Trip dates: Friday evening, January 30th to Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Trip location: Bondi Village Resort, Dwight, Ontario (http://www.bondi-cottage-resort.com)
Cost: $169 per person. Also, $7 per person if you want to take part in the Friday evening meal (making the total $176 per person).
More information, and the option to register online and pay using PayPal is available on the Bondi page.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Steve Ruskay of Black Feather, the Wilderness Adventure Company, will talk about "Beaches to Bergs".
Please come out and hear Steve share an evening of his stories about traveling through icy polar waters and camping on warm southern sand. Steve has over 50,000 kilometres of wilderness travel experience on his own and as lead guide at Black Feather. He has hiked, canoed and kayaked in most regions of Canada, paddled in both the Arctic & Antarctic, the Sea of Cortez, circumnavigated Anticosti Island and plenty more adventures to share.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West
Kitchener

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, November 9, 2014
Black River (near Orillia)
White water Class 3
We meet Sunday morning at 10:30am where the Black River crosses Hwy 169 (just north of Concession Rd 5). See the included Google Map link:
https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=44%C2%B042%2750.3%22N+79%C2%B016%2753.3%22W&ie=UTF8&cid=0&t=m&z=13
For those of us leaving from the KW Cambridge Guelph area we are planning to meet at 8 am sharp at the car pool lot at the corner of Hwy 6 south and Hwy 401 at 8 am Sunday morning.
This is a very nice river. It starts with a bang .. in the form of a class III rapid followed by a pretty but placid 8 Km of river paddling and finishes with a series of fun class I & II's.
Jean Lefebvre, jean.lefebvre@gmail.com

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Host: PADDLE (Paddle Against Diabetes Display Love for Earth)
Food concession, silent auction, vendors, displays. Click to see list of films, door prizes, and PDF document with details.
Tickets are available at Adventure Guide (Waterloo), The Elora Gorge Cinema, The Bookshelf (Guelph) and Nova Craft (London), or purchased online.
Elora Gorge Cinema, 43 Mill St W, Elora, Ont
Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com

Legacy Wild, Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Experience the magic and mystery of Canada’s Northern Landscape – Let it capture your imagination and inspire your Wild Side! Experience stunning wilderness photos, short films, story-telling, fine art, poetry and personalities that celebrate Canada’s Northwest Territories and iconic northern rivers including the Coppermine, Keele, Mountain, Horton, Snake, Yukon, Redstone, Ravensthroat and Nahanni.
Orangeville Town Hall Opera House, 87 Broadway Avenue, Orangeville
After-party until 6 PM
Reserved Tickets: $36. Order online at http://canoenorthadventures.com/events/legacy-wild/
For more information, phone 519-942-3423

WWCC Paddle, Saturday, November 15, 2014
Credit River, from Inglewood to Glen Williams
Moving water and potential sweepers
The water will likely be low but doable and the temperature is supposed to be a balmy 2 deg C.
Tom Harman, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, or 519-246-1861

Waterfowl along the Grand River, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:00am
Meet at Pioneer Tower in Kitchener
Spend the morning exploring the Walter Bean Trail while searching for different waterfowl (ducks and geese) and other birds that inhabit the Grand River during this time of year.
Free - all ages welcome! Note: Washroom facilities will not be available.

Waterfowl along the Grand River, Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 9:00am
Meet at Pioneer Tower in Kitchener
Spend the morning exploring the Walter Bean Trail while searching for different waterfowl (ducks and geese) and other birds that inhabit the Grand River during this time of year.
Free - all ages welcome! Note: Washroom facilities will not be available.

Handcrafted Canoes Grand Re-opening! Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Join James and the crew for an informative and interactive evening:
6:00 to 6:30, come in and see the new location
6:30 to 7:00, history of HCC presentation
7:00 to 7:30, where we are going, a look into the new products and new equipment HCC will be using to create our canoes
7:30 to 9:00 Enjoy a live performance by The Big Spoons...
57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

WWCKC Annual Christmas Social, Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7 pm
Come out and join canoe and kayak 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.
See the Miscellaneous Information page for the photo competition rules!
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

WWCKC Hike, Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:00pm
Glen Haffy Conservation Area, Mono Mills, Ontario
Glen Haffy has about 12 km of trails through various topography. There is some road walking for several km, some of it on a closed road. The trail is configured in a figure-8, so we can cut out early if need be. We'll need to leave KW no later than noon. Car-pooling?
Meet at 1:00 at the entrance to the Bruce Side Trail just past Mono Mills. To reach this spot, take Hwy. 9 through Mono Mills, go down the hill on the east side of town, and turn left on the first road. The trail is on the left about 2 km.
Email Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com
On a very pleasant afternoon 6 people and 1 old pup explored several side trails and a section of the Bruce Trail. Perfect weather with temperatures just below freezing, mostly sunny skies, with no wind, and a solid cover of snow made a nice backdrop. Saw many deer tracks but not deer or other critters, except many swans on a pond near the start and other birds during the hike. After we went to the Mill Creek Pub in Orangeville for some relaxation and conversation, a great selection of draft beer, and very good food.
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