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WWCKC Annual New Years Day Paddle, Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 11:00am
Grand River, Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) in Cambridge to Glen Morris
Moving water
To participate you must be moderately experienced and must wear either a wet suit or a dry suit.
Dress warmly and bring extra socks and mitts. The persons with a wetsuit must bring extra clothes in case of a submersion.
Cold water paddling can be very dangerous if you end up in the water. Cold water can kill by:
  1) Cold shock - possible heart attack due to sudden submersion and exposure to cold water
  2) Gasp - Sudden immersion in cold water results in an involuntary gasp. This means you cannot stop the gasp, which is followed by 1 to 3 minutes of involuntary hyperventilation. Hyperventilation can cause cardiac arrest, cramping, disorientation and confusion.
All paddlers must be aware of the risks, and must be prepared for submersion, cold weather, wind, and rain.
Meet at the parking lot beside the Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) on Hwy 24 just south of Cambridge at 11am.
Tom Harman, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, tel: 519-246-1861
14 brave people, in 6 kayaks and 4 canoes, battled the elements and survived a paddle on the Grand River in -5 deg (-16 wind chill) and 30-40 km/hr head winds.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00pm
Paddle Fast & Far!
Can we reach the take-out before dark?  Can we make it to that beautiful island campsite or will we settle for the buggy inlet?  Why did I choose to paddle solo when everyone else seems faster?  There are plenty of situations when it would be nice to be faster, but I'm already paddling as hard as I can. What can I do?
Come hear Don Stoneman share nearly four decades of stories about making canoes go far and fast.  Don has paddled from Toronto to Montreal in eight days. He paddled 32 miles across Lake Ontario in slightly more than four hours. He has paddled the 260 mile Texas Water Safari, placed third in the Muskoka X and got lost in the dark doing the Brent Run across Algonquin and still finished in under 24 hours.
Don is one of only nine certified marathon canoe coaches in Ontario and organizes That Dam Paddle Race in Hespeler.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, January 10, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
This session is organised by Don and will focus on kayak rolling.
Later sessions on February 7, March 14 and April 11 will include 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 5:45. There is no storage space for boats at the school.
The cost is free for club members. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: Don McMurtry, at donmcmurtry@gmail.com.

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday, January 11, 7:00pm, and Monday, January 12, 2015,  7:00pm
University of Waterloo, Humanities Theater
The two evenings will showcase different films!
Tickets are $18 (tax included) and are available at Adventure Guide and the Humanities Theatre box office.
Information 519-886-3121, or info@advguide.com

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 7:00 pm
Friends of Wabakimi - A Dream Fulfilled - 'Uncle' Phil Cotton
Come and learn about “Friends of Wabakimi”, a newly registered not-for-profit corporation that will advocate and actively campaign for protection and preservation of the Wabakimi Area as a world-class outdoor recreation destination. The FOW is an exciting step forward from the work carried on since 2004 by Phil and the organizers and volunteers of The Wabakimi Project.
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.

HandCrafted Canoes Canoe and Kayak repair workshop, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
A fun way to learn the basics of repairing your own canoe or kayak. Bring your camera to help document your experience.
This workshop is free, but you must reserve your spot by calling 519-742-9800.
HandCrafted Canoes, 57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

Canoe North Info-Session, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00pm
Join Canoe North for an information session, to view slides, gaze over topo-maps and learn what is involved in making your wilderness dreams into vivid reality!  We’ll have coffee, tea and fresh-baked pie!
Farmhouse Pottery Gallery & Café, 307114 Hockley Road, Mono near Orangeville. Please rsvp by email or phone if you would like to attend at info@canoenorthadventures.com or 519-941-6654.

Winter wildlife tracking, Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 10:00am
Huron Natural Area, Kitchener
Learn how to recognize some of the common winter animal tracks and enjoy a leisurely hike through the forests and fields of the Huron Natural Area.
Meet at the picnic shelter near the main entrance. Free - all ages welcome!

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 18, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking skills (no canoes) this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Winter wildlife tracking, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:00am
Huron Natural Area, Kitchener
Learn how to recognize some of the common winter animal tracks and enjoy a leisurely hike through the forests and fields of the Huron Natural Area.
Meet at the picnic shelter near the main entrance. Free - all ages welcome!

Handcrafted Canoes Guest Speaker Series, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
James Raffan will speak about his new book, Circling the Midnight Sun, named one of Canada’s Best Books of 2014 by CBC and The Globe and Mail.
Limited spaces available so you must be registered for this event. There is no fee but we do ask that you make a donation to the GRCA at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
To register, email james@handcraftedcanoes.com with the Subject line 'James Raffan tickets', or call (519)742-9800.
HandCrafted Canoes, 57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 25, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Scott MacGregor: Paddling with Kids - Risks and Rewards
Enjoy a screening of the award-winning and inspirational CackleTV film, Dougie Down the Pet, a warm story of a father (Scott MacGregor, Founder and Publisher at Rapid Media) and son on a whitewater canoeing adventure in Algonquin Park. But be ready, this film leaves audiences split: Is MacGregor a great father, or is he crazy putting little Dougie at unnecessary risk? Why does he run class III rapids with his four-year-old son? On the other hand, what are the risks of not taking our children outdoors?
Call 519-455-6252 to register. No charge for admission.  Donations to the London Food Bank are welcome.
London's Paddle Shop - 471 Nightingale Avenue - London, Ont

WWCKC Bondi Weekend, Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1, 2015
Plan to join us for our always-memorable winter weekend Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015, 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 attachment for registration form (required).
For more information and the option to register online and pay using PayPal see the Bondi page.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 1, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Hire a Guide or Plan Your Own?
Come out for an evening that should inspire your imagination for a paddling vacation. It will include three destinations, four group excursions and tales from at least five club members. We are talking salt water and fresh, cold water and warm. Don't be late, seating is limited and the cookies won't last long!
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is free for club members. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 8, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
This time is not specifically for WWCKC members, so we can expect to meet other local paddling enthusiasts.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Birds around the city, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00pm
Indoor Presentation - Stanley Park Community Centre in Kitchener
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birder, you will want to attend this presentation to learn more about birds and birding in Kitchener.  We will discuss different tips on bird identification and bird feeding as well as some different places within the city where you can go to discover birds in your neighbourhood.
Register through the Stanley Park Community Centre by calling: (519) 741-2504

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Jim Baird: Four Rivers to the Labrador Sea
In 2011 Jim Baird of Canoe Beyond, his brother Ted, and two of their friends set out to undertake an exceptional canoe adventure. They found a remote and grueling route from Schefferville, Quebec to Hopedale, Labrador via the Du Pas, George, and Adlatok Rivers. The men experienced hardships including lack of food, bear danger, and injury but their expedition was successful. Jim is looking forward to sharing his stories and images from this remarkable journey.
Call 519-455-6252 to register. No charge for admission.  Donations to the London Food Bank are welcome.
London's Paddle Shop - 471 Nightingale Avenue - London, Ont

Algonquin Park Winter in the Wild Festival, Saturday, February 14, 2015
This festival celebrates winter in Algonquin Park through indoor and outdoor events held at various locations throughout the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Park, including many at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. All of the activities during the Festival are free with the purchase of a Daily Vehicle Permit or Camping Permit (with the exception of food).

Postponed to Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 due to cold and high wind chill
WWCKC Walk in Huron Natural Area, Sunday, February 15th, 10:00 am
Meet at the Park main entrance on Trillium Drive, Kitchener (click to see map).
Duration about 2 - 2.5 hrs. If the snow conditions demand it, we can ski and/or snowshoe. Let's make the decision the night before.
Contact Nick Wagner, nickwagner@bell.net, or519-744-0980.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 15, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
This time is not specifically for WWCKC members, so we can expect to meet other local paddling enthusiasts.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Wilderness and Canoe Symposium, Friday, February 20 and Saturday, Feb 21, 2015
Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson St. Toronto
Use WWCKC Google Groups to coordinate with other members who may be attending to coordinate meeting for lunch, carpooling, etc.

Outdoor Adventure Show, Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22, 2015
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

Handcrafted Canoes Paddle Carving Workshop, Saturday, February 21, 2015
Designed to teach the fundamentals of hand tool carving. While shaping your paddle you will be using a combination of shaves and files. Your paddle is made from locally harvested Black Cherry lumber, and CNC cut to your size. Bring your camera to help document your experience.
Workshop cost is $150.00
Reserve your spot by calling 519-742-9800.
HandCrafted Canoes, 57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

Owls in Kitchener's natural areas, Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
Huron Natural Area, Kitchener
Spend an evening learning about the different owls that live in Kitchener's Natural Areas. We will begin with an indoor slideshow about owls and their habitats and behaviours. We will also go for a night hike to call and look for owls in the Huron Natural Area. Dress appropriately for the outdoor hike.
Meet in school portable building. Free - all ages welcome! Note: Washroom facilities will not be available.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY FULL. Email to be added to the waiting list. You will be notified if spaces become available.

Location is changed to combine with Snowshoeing at Elora Gorge
WWCKC Walk in Huron Natural Area, Sunday, February 22, 10:00 am
Nick has decided to merge two venues and ask people to go to Victoria Park, Elora at 11:00 am instead. The trip will be in the Irvine Creek Gorge, organised by Jean L. In the Gorge there is protection from any wind. Nick will be at Huron Natural Area at 10:00 am Sunday, and gather up any club members there and take them to Elora.
Contact Nick Wagner, nickwagner@bell.net, or 519-744-0980

WWCKC Snowshoeing at Elora Gorge, Sunday, February 22, 11:00 am
Meet at Victoria Park in Elora (click to see map).
Please indicate if you are interested in participating by emailing wwccmember@googlegroups.com, or jean.lefebvre@gmail.com

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 22, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
This time is not specifically for WWCKC members, so we can expect to meet other local paddling enthusiasts.
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. 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 earlier 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. There is no storage space for boats at the school.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:00 pm
John Robb: Geocaching Adventures
John (TeamVoyagr) has been caching since 2006. He enjoys the places that caching has taken him to, including a fly-in trip via a float plane to Ontario’s highest point. He has cached across Canada and around the corner. He is an active executive of the Ontario Geocaching Association and an organizer of the BFL Boot Camp, Ontario’s largest night-time caching event. Join John for an evening of stories and advice on how to make your own geocaching adventure a success!
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.

Birds around the city, Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:00pm (Lunch & Learn)
Indoor Presentation - Stanley Park Community Centre in Kitchener
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birder, you will want to attend this presentation to learn more about birds and birding in Kitchener.  We will discuss different tips on bird identification and bird feeding as well as some different places within the city where you can go to discover birds in your neighbourhood.
Register through the Stanley Park Community Centre by calling: (519) 741-2504

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Brad & Wayne Jennings: Southern Paddling Destinations - The Ultimate Winter Escape
Winter may mean cold winds and deep snow here in Ontario, but that doesn't mean you have to put away the paddles until spring thaw. Join father and son adventurers, Wayne and Brad Jennings from ExploreTheBackcountry.com, as they invite you to discover a new way to escape the cold Canadian winter in true Canuck fashion; with a canoe of course! Their presentation will visit the Lone Star State – Texas, where the Rio Grande River winds its way through the desert landscape of Big Bend National Park.
Call 519-455-6252 to register. No charge for admission.  Donations to the London Food Bank are welcome.
London's Paddle Shop - 471 Nightingale Avenue - London, Ont

WWCKC Walk at Hamilton Harbour and along Grindstone Creek, Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00 am
This is a fun trip, bring your kids, they will enjoy the birds. We will see and feed the trumpeter swans, which are wintering over in the harbour there. They don't know how to migrate to warmer climes as they were reintroduced in Ontario from eggs after having been hunted out in the 1880s. The numbers have increased to well over 1000 by now. In the spring they do pair-bonding, which happens with a lot of group dancing and trumpeting.
Please bring milk jugs, bailers, or other containers for the corn to feed the swans. They come up to you and beg for food, so there is a close contact. They will feed out of your container, sometimes they even look in your pockets to find goodies. When fed, they dance and trumpet in chorus. Nick has purchased a large bag of cracked corn to feed the birds. Unlike in Mary Poppins, tuppence will not feed many birds anymore. A tooney ($2.00) will cover your contribution toward the cost of the feed.
After feeding the swans we can go for an easy walking tour at the nearby Grindstone Creek path on Royal Botanical Gardens property. The birds there are very tame and will feed out of your hand. Bring some bird food other than corn.
Meet at 10 am at Hwy 6 South and 401 parking lot. The more, the merrier!
Contact Nick Wagner, nickwagner@bell.net, or 519-744-0980

Canoe North Info-Session for Yukon River trip, Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00pm
The Yukon River trip, from August 9 – 19, 2015, is suitable for novice to intermediate paddlers of all ages, retracing the route of the Klondike Gold Rush. The mighty Yukon River runs through the old green-mantled, mountain ranges of the central Yukon. Relaxed paddling on smooth current takes us through a remarkable region full of gold rush lore captured so perfectly in the poetic words of Robert Service and the yarns of Jack London. A paddle down its length is a magical step into the past with the long-abandoned remains of cabins, paddle-wheelers, deserted communities, dredges and placer mines. There are no portages, no bugs, some hiking, fishing and beautiful, pristine scenery. It is a thrill to end the trip on the beach in Dawson City!
307114 Hockley Road, Mono near Orangeville. Please rsvp by email or phone if you would like to attend at info@canoenorthadventures.com or 519-941-6654.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 1, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
This time is not specifically for WWCKC members, so we can expect to meet other local paddling enthusiasts.
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. 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 earlier 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. There is no storage space for boats at the school.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 8, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
This time is not specifically for WWCKC members, so we can expect to meet other local paddling enthusiasts.
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. 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 earlier 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. There is no storage space for boats at the school.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:00 pm
William Richardson: MSR Stove and Water Filter Clinic
Join William Richardson, Cascade Designs representative, for an evening of learning. William will be presenting the proper care and maintenance of your MSR Water Filters and Stoves. By the end of the evening, you will know how to use and maintain your gear in order to gain longer life of your equipment and how to optimize the functionality of your equipment. Have a question about your particular MSR stove or filter? Bring it to the presentation and William will be happy to answer any questions. Plus, come and see the new WindBoiler in action! You won’t want to miss it!
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.

WWCKC Annual Chili Social & Trip Planning, Thursday, March 12, 2015 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

Paddle Carving Workshop presented by HandCrafted Canoes, Saturday, March 14, 2015
Designed to teach the fundamentals of hand tool carving. While shaping your paddle you will be using a combination of shaves and files. Your paddle is made from locally harvested Black Cherry lumber, and CNC cut to your size. Bring your camera to help document your experience.
Workshop cost is $150.00
Reserve your spot by calling 519-742-9800.
HandCrafted Canoes, 57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, March 14, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is free for club members. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 15, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Handcrafted Canoes Guest Speaker Series, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00pm
Kayaking the Aleutians and Greenland Bound
Justine Curgenven and James Roberts will be presenting their films for you to enjoy. This is some of the best kayaking in the world all documented for you to enjoy.
Limited spaces available so you must be registered for this event. There is no fee but we do ask that you make a donation to the GRCA at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
To register, email james@handcraftedcanoes.com with the Subject line 'Kayaking Movie Night', or call (519)742-9800.
HandCrafted Canoes, 57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

Backcountry 101: Learn to Camp, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00am to 11:00am
This clinic will introduce you to camping overnight in the back country.
MEC London
Price: Free, but space is limited, so register early.

Backcountry 101: Introduction to Map and Compass, Saturday, 21 March, 2015, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
This clinic will introduce you to navigating the world with a good ole’ map and compass; topographic maps, the features that distinguish them from other types of maps and the reasons they are ideal for back country navigation; and to understand the features basic to all compasses.
MEC Burlington
Price: Free, but space is limited, so register early.

CPR course with St. John Ambulance, Sunday, March 22, 2015, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Join members of WWCKC for a one day First Aid course to get your certification. The topics covered include:
Roles & Responsibilities of the First Aider, Casualty Management – Unresponsive, Casualty Management – Conscious with Head/Spinal, Adult Resuscitation, Severe Bleeding, Medical Conditions, Wound Care, and Burns.
Location is St. John Ambulance, 250 Gage Ave, Kitchener. The cost is $80 per person.
Contact Allan Bunn at asb1959@hotmail.com for more information.

World Water Day, Sunday, March 22, 2015
Celebrated every March 22, World Water Day, is a United Nations initiative to celebrate clean water and bring attention to those who don’t have enough of it. A new report released ahead of World Water Day warns about a looming shortage, and centers on this year’s theme: water and sustainable development.
You can do your part to help reduce our overall water consumption by following advice like the suggestions posted here:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-ways-to-conserve-water-at-home.html

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 22, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Handcrafted Canoes Guest Speaker Series, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00pm
Jeffsmaps.com presentation night
Jeff from jeffsmaps.com will be sharing his stories and photos along with sharing his maps and system… one of the best maps you’ll find for tripping.
Limited spaces available so you must be registered for this event. There is no fee but we do ask that you make a donation to the GRCA at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
To register, email james@handcraftedcanoes.com with the Subject line 'jeffsmaps guest speaker', or call (519)742-9800.
HandCrafted Canoes, 57 Bridge St E, Kitchener

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00pm
Showcases the world's best paddling films, and inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.
Tickets: $15.00. Advance tickets are only available online, and a $1.89 processing fee is added by Eventbrite.
Princess Twin Cinema
46 King Street North, Waterloo, 519-884-5112

Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Kevin Callan: Canoe Trip Around Killarney!
Kevin Callan is back! This time the author and film maker will be presenting on his two week family canoe trip around Killarney Provincial Park. He'll share photos, film and stories of the incredible journey, but also present other options available to explore what's known as Ontario's crown jewel. Killarney is an incredible place, made up of white quartzite mountains and turquoise lakes. You won't want to miss this show!
$2.00 admission
Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St, London, Ontario

Earth Hour! Saturday, March 28, 2015 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!

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, March 29, 2015
Bighead River
White water
Class 2-3, very fast and lots of surprises; only for experienced white water paddlers.
Peter Hafemann, 519-656-3456 or bluewater@kw.igs.net

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, March 29, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Sea Kayaking in Iceland
Club member Steffen Roller will share his 2014 experience of joining a group paddling in Iceland's Westfyords region with Borea Adventures. The multiday sea kayaking tour travelled through both fjords of Jökulfirðir (Glacier Fjords) in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and Ísafjarðardjúp Bay. These areas are considered to offer the best sea kayaking in Iceland.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

Rescheduled to Monday, April 6 for warmer conditions
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, April 4, 2015
Bighead River - Bognor to 7th Line
Moving water
Distance is about 20km with Class 1.
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Postponed to Saturday, April 18 due to excessive ice depths, snow pack, and continuing sub-zero temp
Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny, Saturday, April 4, 2015
Port Hope, Ontario
The annual 10 kilometer river race down the Ganaraska river for kayaks, canoes and crazy crafts. Food booths, entertainment and a lot of fun for the entire family.
Contact info@floatyourfanny.ca, or ph 1-888-767-8467

The pool is closed for Easter Sunday
Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 5, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.


Rescheduled again due to cold weather to Saturday, April 11 or Sunday April 12
WWCKC Paddle, Monday, April 6, 2015
Bighead River - Bognor to 7th Line
Moving water
Distance is about 20km with Class 1.
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:00 pm
Kevin Callan - A Canoe Trip Around Killarney – Family Style
Kevin's back and this time he's taking us on a canoe trip around Killarney Provincial Park. Through photos and video, the award winning author and film maker will share his family’s 12 day canoe trip in Killarney - Ontario's crown jewel.
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

Kitchener - Waterloo Canoe Symposium, Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
The fourth K-W Canoe Symposium is a celebration of the canoe, and its central place in the culture and history of Canada, just in time for the start of the 2015 canoeing season. 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.
Tickets: $13.00. Advance tickets are only available online, and a $1.77 processing fee is added by Eventbrite.
Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King St N  Waterloo, 519-885-2950

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, April 11, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
The cost is free for club members. Last year we had a blast and had valuable practice sessions. Do come!
Contact: nickwagner@bell.net, 519-744-0980.

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, April 11 or Sunday, April 12, 2015
Bighead River - Bognor to 7th Line
Moving water
Distance is about 20km with Class 1.
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 12, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00am
South Maitland and Maitland River
Moving water
Trip to start at Winthrop Road and end on the Maitland River at Sharpe Creek's Line.
A moving water trip with small swifts and a few perhaps class one rapids. We will meet at 10:00 am at Bartliff's Bakery in Clinton (46 Albert St, on the main drag) for a pre-paddle meal of day old donuts.
Contact Kevan Baker at 519-245-4925.

Postponed from Saturday, April 4
Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny, Saturday, April 18, 2015
Port Hope, Ontario
The annual 10 kilometer river race down the Ganaraska river for kayaks, canoes and crazy crafts. Food booths, entertainment and a lot of fun for the entire family.
Contact info@floatyourfanny.ca, or ph 1-888-767-8467

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 19, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
Moving water
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Earth Day 25th Anniversary, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Earth Day is a time to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, sustainable living and earth awareness. Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.
Many people take part in activities to aid the environment by cleaning up company property at work, the surrounding park areas, or areas near their homes, and many other activities.
See Earth Day Waterloo Region for details.

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Conestogo River
Moving water
From Three Bridges in St. Jacobs to the power line just after the Conestogo River enters the Grand.
Parking at the take out is just on the side of the road (no parking lot), on Sawmill Road just outside of Conestogo, and you have to bring your kayak/canoe up a bit of a steep bank, from the river to the road.
Meet at the Three Bridges at 3:30 - shuttle some vehicles, and be on the water by 4:30.
Contact Donna Hayes, donna_hayes@hotmail.com, and Karen Watson.

Please note changed location
WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Relocating to upper Mad River and quest to locate the source of the Saugeen River. Both hiking and paddling.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

22nd annual Dam Hespeler Paddling Race, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Don Stoneman spoke at the Club's January meeting and organizes the annual Dam Hespeler Paddling Race. It has an easy 5km recreational category as well as  more challenging 10, 15 and 20km distances -- all on the same course at the same time with canoes and kayaks.
For more information, email damhespeler@gmail.com or phone 519-651-0289.

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:30 - 9:30pm
Work on your kayaking or canoeing skills this winter.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
The cost is $10.80 per visit.

Grand River Adventure, Sunday, April 26 to Saturday, May 2, 2015
For the fourth consecutive year, Derek Lippert and JP Bartle of Ayr, Ontario, will paddle nearly the entire Grand River, raising money for tree planting throughout the Grand River watershed. Through daily updates and online photojournals, Derek and JP hope to increase awareness of watershed-wide environmental issues while highlighting the river’s tourism and social importance. Over the past three years the canoe trip has raised close to $10,000 for the Grand River Conservation Foundation, planting nearly 2,000 trees.
To get involved, or for more information, send a message to Derek and JP on their Facebook page, or call 519 632 5218.

Please note changed location
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St (click to see map)
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, May 2 or Sunday, May 3, 2015
South Saugeen River or Meux Creek – very constricted channels and fast rapids Class 2-3.
White water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Manulife Paddle the Don, Sunday, May 3, 2015
A unique opportunity to paddle the Don River through the heart of Canada’s largest urban region.  Attracting hundreds of participants each spring, Toronto and Region Conservation through The Living City Foundation raises money to support environmental regeneration projects and other initiatives that are of environmental benefit to the watershed and the people who live, work and visit the Don.
There are great fundraising prizes and incentives to be won for both public and corporate challengers!
You must be registered to participate as space is limited.

"All The Time in The World" movie, Sunday, May 3 to Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The "documentary chronicling her family’s experiences when they went 'off the grid' in 2010 in the Yukon wilderness for nine months is as fascinating and inspiring as it sounds."
Director Suzanne Crocker will be in attendance May 3rd as part of Canada Film Days.
Princess Cinema

WWCKC Canoe Trip, four day trip during the week of May 3 to May 10, 2015
Elliot Lake
Flat water / back country.
Four days this week around Elliot Lake. Dates to be decided and will include one weekend.
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Small Creek Paddles, weekday evenings or weekends during the day
Paddle in small groups, maybe 5 boats, at locations in the Grand River watershed, mostly north of Waterloo.
Moving water
Lots of turns – need to back paddle, better for kayaks. Shallow water, rocky bottom – not good for fiberglass boats. A few portages, watch for electric fences and sweepers across the water. Need spring runoff or downpour to get water levels high enough.
Not on Tuesday evenings.
Short notice, maybe only the day before. Small groups – parking is limited.
If interested in being invited to small creek paddles, send Gary Johnston an email at gary2johnston@gmail.com.

37th Annual BWG Marsh Mash, Saturday May 9, 2015
Bradford, Ontario
Canoe and kayak races, sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association and the International Canoe Federation for world qualifiers, marathon, C1, C2, outriggers, stand-up paddle boards and recreation classes.
Contact (905) 775-5359

Cancelled because of high winds
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

Cancelled because of low water
WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 17, 2015
North Thames River (Fullarton to St. Mary’s) – tight channels, Class 1-2.
White water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Sunday, May 17, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
You will also receive instruction on portaging, canoe rescue, weather interpretation, and water safety.  By the end of the day you will be able to confidently paddle your canoe with a partner, rescue someone else's capsized canoe, identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment, and have a great time with some new friends.
Canoes, PFD's, paddles, and safety kits will be provided, although you may bring your own canoe, and/or your favourite paddle and PFD.
Available Course Dates:  May 17, 24, 30, 31, and June 13, 14, 27, 28.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

Seeleys Bay Red CanoeFest, Sunday, May 17, 2015
Family fun festival, silly boat race, silent poker run, bowfin fishing competition, boat show, “ultimate challenge”, artisan vendor alley, firefighters’ BBQ, food, live music and great kids’ activities.
Contact (613) 387-8323

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Petro Canada (formerly the GTO) to Glen Morris
Moving water
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 24, 2015
North Thames River, or another tributary, or the Nine Mile River.
Moving water
This paddle will be cancelled if the water level is low.
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Sunday, May 24, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
You will also receive instruction on portaging, canoe rescue, weather interpretation, and water safety.  By the end of the day you will be able to confidently paddle your canoe with a partner, rescue someone else's capsized canoe, identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment, and have a great time with some new friends.
Canoes, PFD's, paddles, and safety kits will be provided, although you may bring your own canoe, and/or your favourite paddle and PFD.
Available Course Dates:  May 30, 31, and June 13, 14, 27, 28.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

WWCKC Guided Elora Gorge canoe white water trips
Whitewater
Starting in June, Nick Wagner is offering to assist canoe paddlers who already have basic white water skills to gain greater confidence.
Participants must be Club members, and must be able to kneel in the canoe for about 1 hour.
Email Nick Wagner, nickwagner@bell.net.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River,  Glen Morris to Paris
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, May 30 or Sunday, May 31, 2015
Snake Creek or North Penetangore River – tight headwaters, Class 1-2.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Tandem and Solo Whitewater canoeing course, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015
Introductory/intermediate tandem whitewater, and introductory solo whitewater course in Elora Gorge with Jack Frimeth.
Saturday - half day (10:00am - 2:00pm) on flatwater to learn the strokes.
Sunday - full day (10:00am - 4:00pm) in Elora Gorge practising and running the river.
Cost is $50 per person for 1.5 days with you providing your own boat.
If you want to rent an outfitted tandem canoe from Jack, cost is $75 per person (will include a $100 per person deposit towards any potential damage).
Register with Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com, cell 519-212-3817.

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
You will also receive instruction on portaging, canoe rescue, weather interpretation, and water safety.  By the end of the day you will be able to confidently paddle your canoe with a partner, rescue someone else's capsized canoe, identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment, and have a great time with some new friends.
Canoes, PFD's, paddles, and safety kits will be provided, although you may bring your own canoe, and/or your favourite paddle and PFD.
Available Course Dates:  May 31, and June 13, 14, 27, 28.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Speed River
Niska Road to Black Bridge Road, (click to see map)
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, or 519-404-7402

National Paddling Week, Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 14, 2015
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!

47th Annual Canoe the Nonquon, Saturday, June 6, 2015
Port Perry
The race is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA). Participants race the clock and can start any time between 7:00 am – 9:30 am on Saturday morning. Shuttle vans are available to take participants back to their cars upon concluding the race.
Contact Scugog Shores Museum Village, 16210 Island Road, Port Perry, Ontario, (905) 985-8698 x103

Killarney Provincial Park Spring Loon Count 2015 - Saturday, June 6, 2015
​Join Park Naturalists and Friends to spend a day paddling in the park in search of the Common Loon. Year after year loons return to our lakes and attempt to pair up and produce offspring. During this event we search for mating pairs who have claimed their territory on certain lakes in the park.
Contact the park office at (705) 287-2900 for more information.

WWCKC Tandem and Solo Whitewater canoeing course, Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015
Introductory/intermediate tandem whitewater, and introductory solo whitewater course in Elora Gorge with Jack Frimeth.
Saturday - half day (10:00am - 2:00pm) on flatwater to learn the strokes.
Sunday - full day (10:00am - 4:00pm) in Elora Gorge practising and running the river.
Cost is $50 per person for 1.5 days with you providing your own boat.
If you want to rent an outfitted tandem canoe from Jack, cost is $75 per person (will include a $100 per person deposit towards any potential damage).
Register with Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com, cell 519-212-3817.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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 in Guelph.
Moving water
Bring your canoe or kayak to the put-in at the York Rd Park at the end of York Rd in Guelph. As a land mark, the York Rd Park is on the East side of the covered "walking" bridge that spans the Speed River from the Boat House Café to York Rd Park - see attached picture (click to enlarge it.).


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 8 pm. We'll go for ice cream after.
Warren Brandes, warrenbrandes@yahoo.ca

Two Rivers Festival, Tuesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 14, 2015
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.

WWCKC Tandem and Solo Flatwater canoeing course, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tandem and solo flatwater instruction with Jack Frimeth in small evening sessions for 1.5  to 2 hours.
Cost is $25 per person per evening, with you providing your own boat.
Cost is $40 per person if you want to rent a beautiful Chestnut flatwater canoe from Jack for the evening.
Register with Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com, cell 519-212-3817.

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
You will also receive instruction on portaging, canoe rescue, weather interpretation, and water safety.  By the end of the day you will be able to confidently paddle your canoe with a partner, rescue someone else's capsized canoe, identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment, and have a great time with some new friends.
Canoes, PFD's, paddles, and safety kits will be provided, although you may bring your own canoe, and/or your favourite paddle and PFD.
Available Course Dates:  June 14, 27, 28.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 14, 2015
Nine Mile River
Pristine trout habitat, scenic pools and easy rapids.
Moving water, Class 1-2.
Lower Saugeen River is alternate if water levels do not permit.
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Sunday, June 14, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
Available Course Dates: June 27 and 28.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Puslinch Lake
Flat water, but check for wind speed on day of paddle.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina restaurant. Bring sunglasses.
Contact Gary Johnston, cell 226-747-2891, home 519-885-2714, gary2johnston@gmail.com

WWCKC Tandem and Solo Flatwater canoeing course, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tandem and solo flatwater instruction with Jack Frimeth in small evening sessions for 1.5  to 2 hours.
Cost is $25 per person per evening, with you providing your own boat.
Cost is $40 per person if you want to rent a beautiful Chestnut flatwater canoe from Jack for the evening.
Register with Jack Frimeth, j_frimeth@hotmail.com, cell 519-212-3817.

WWCKC Flatwater basic kayaking course, Saturday, June 20, 2015, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course on basic paddling strokes and techniques on lake water. You will also learn the techniques and strategies of rescuing a capsized kayak and its paddler. By the end of the session you will be able to confidently paddle your kayak, rescue someone else's capsized kayak, and identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment.
For this course, you must bring your own kayak, paddling equipment, and safety kit.
Cost: $40 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a club member to receive the club's special pricing.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Saturday, June 27, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
You will also receive instruction on portaging, canoe rescue, weather interpretation, and water safety.  By the end of the day you will be able to confidently paddle your canoe with a partner, rescue someone else's capsized canoe, identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment, and have a great time with some new friends.
Canoes, PFD's, paddles, and safety kits will be provided, although you may bring your own canoe, and/or your favourite paddle and PFD.
Available Course Date:  June 28.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

Postponed to Sunday, July 5
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, June 27 or Sunday, June 28, 2015
Maitland River (Wingham to Auburn) – scenic valley, Class 1.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC ORCKA basic canoeing course, Sunday, June 28, 2015, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Jeff Kittmer, of Wolf Den Expeditions, teaches a course that will give you a strong foundation of basic paddling techniques, and to correct any "bad" habits that you may have picked up along the way.
You will also receive instruction on portaging, canoe rescue, weather interpretation, and water safety.  By the end of the day you will be able to confidently paddle your canoe with a partner, rescue someone else's capsized canoe, identify hazards to avoid within your paddling environment, and have a great time with some new friends.
Canoes, PFD's, paddles, and safety kits will be provided, although you may bring your own canoe, and/or your favourite paddle and PFD.
Cost: $75 + tax.
To register for the course, contact Jeff by email at info@wolfdenexpeditions.ca, or by phone 519-716-0185. Please indicate you are a WWCKC member to receive the club's special pricing.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair
Moving Water
Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564, and Jeri-Lynn Catton

WWCKC Canada Day Paddle, Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Maitland River, starting at Benmiller
Moving water, some whitewater
Meet at Tim Hortons in Wingham (click to see map)
Contact Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com, for the time to meet, and to let Hugh know you are going.

Canada Day Centre Wellington Rotary Duck Race
Grand River, Elora, Ont
Whitewater
The Duck Race organisers are looking for 5 or preferably 6 volunteers in kayaks on Wednesday July 1, 2015 from approximately 1:00pm until 2:00. They need help to run a rope to act as the finish line across the Grand River, approximately straight south of the "arena" in Bissell Park in Elora where the crowd of a couple thousand people stand waiting, and to help them "catch" the ducks after the race. They catch the first 3 ducks for prizes and then the remainder are gathered up before they get away. Other entertainment will be going on as well.
Contact Lyle McLaren 519.502.6186

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 5, 2015
Maitland River (Wingham to Auburn) – scenic valley, Class 1.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Please note changed location
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg
Flat water
We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

Killarney Provincial Park Butterfly Count 2015 - Saturday, July 11, 2015
​Join the Park Naturalists and their friends for a full day of butterfly chasing. Data collected will be submitted to the North American Butterfly Association which has been developing long term butterfly population trends since 1975.
Dinner and all necessary equipment will be provided. Proper footwear, sun protection, a lunch and your commitment to a full day of counting is required.
Contact Killarney’s Natural Heritage Education Department at 705-287-2900 for more information if you are planning on attending.

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 12, 2015
Upper Saugeen River (Mulock Rd to Hanover) – Class 2 with some tight obstructions/great swimming holes.
White water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St
Moving water
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com

Ontario Parks Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration, Friday, July 17, 2015
Ontario Parks invites you to join the inaugural Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration on July 17th, 2015 to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry* to any provincial park in Ontario.
* Charges in addition to regular day use fees still apply for facilities such as swimming pools and equipment rentals.

Date changed from July 25 and 26
WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 2015
Saugeen River
Moving water
A 2-day river trip from Walkerton to Paisley. Camping Saturday overnight at the McBeath Conservation Area.
Warren Brandes at warrenbrandes@yahoo.ca

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 21, 2015 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.)
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com

Rescheduled to Sunday, August 2
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, July 25, 2015
Saugeen River (Walkerton to 2nd bridge) – Class 1-2 with scenic bluffs and great swimming.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris
Moving water
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Full Moon Paddle, Friday, July 31, 2015
Speed and Eramosa Rivers, Guelph
Meet at the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard in Guelph at 8:00. (Click to see map.)
Please remember to bring glow sticks to put on the ends of your boat, as we celebrate the Blue Moon.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk
There were 28 people: 15 single kayaks, 1 tandem kayak, 4 tandem canoes and one canoe with 3 people. People at the front of the group saw a beaver. They noticed a large animal swimming ahead and suddenly it slapped its tail and dove. And a group of women were playing drums beside a campfire on the bank as we were heading out.

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, August 2, 2015
Saugeen River (Walkerton to 2nd bridge) – Class 1-2 with scenic bluffs and great swimming.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris
Moving water
This paddle will also be a memorial for Elizabeth "Jane" Sinclair who passed away in February. Jane and her partner Fred Oliff were early organisers of our club and they led many activities. Jane set up our first website, and Fred was president of our club and later of the Wilderness Canoe Association. Fred will join us for this paddle, and after we will go for a drink and a bite to eat at Cobblestone, 111 Grand River Street in Paris.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival, Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, 2015
Open to canoes, kayaks, SUPs and outriggers, participants can compete in a 13km , 4km, 1km or Kids Races. There is plenty to do over this weekend event.
See the External Events page for more information.

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015
The Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race, 200 km in 36 hours and 22 portages, through a UNESCO World Heritage site.
NEW THIS YEAR! Join other racers competing to finish first at the Smiths Falls detached lock station in the brand new K2O – Half marathon!

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, August 8 to Saturday, August 15, 2015
Spanish River
Moving water
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9:30 am
Big Otter Creek, Richmond to Vienna … 25 km
Moving water
Rendezvous at carpool lot … Hwy 401 + Hwy 19 (Ingersoll exit).
Exploratory first descent by WWCKC … subject to water levels, log jams and trees.
Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Puslinch Lake
Flat water, but check for wind speed on day of paddle.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina restaurant. Bring sunglasses.
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat. Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Timothy Grant

Cancelled
WWCKC Canoe Trip, Friday, August 14 to Monday, August 17, 2015
Algonquin Provincial Park
Flat water / back country.
Proposed 5-day back-country trip, with portages and some slow-moving water. About 40 Km with optional detours. Probably leaving on Thursday and returning on Monday. You need to be able to carry your gear/canoe.
Proposed date Aug 14-17 (depends on a booking being available). Maximum of 12 people.
Contact Roger Suffling rcsuffli@uwaterloo.ca or 519-742-4577

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 am
Saugeen River
Moving water
Starting in Walkerton and likely taking out at the 2nd bridge or so (not quite nailed down yet).
Tom Harman, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, or 519-332-7690

Killarney Provincial Park Summer Loon Count 2015 - Saturday, August 15, 2015
​Come check up on the loons we visited during the Spring Count and monitor how successful they have been raising their young.
The information collected is sent to Bird Studies Canada from different counties across the country to provide information on loon population trends. These reports improve our understanding of loons, lakes, and our impact on them. This will help to conserve these very special birds and their habitat.
Dinner is provided but please bring your own canoe, PDF, paddle, lunch, and safety kit.
If you are planning to attend please contact Killarney’s Natural Heritage Education Department at 705-287-2900 for more information.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Wednesday, August 19 to Sunday, August 23, 2015
Killarney Provincial Park
Flat water / car camping.
Camp on George Lake and do day trips and paddles to visit scenic features in the Killarney area and Georgian Bay.
Maximum of 6 people can camp on the site already booked for these dates at the George Lake campground. To have another site, you will need to book one, but they fill up quickly.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, August 23, 2015
North Saugeen River (McCullough Lake to Grey Rd 3, Paisley Park) – Class 1 with pristine swimming holes, swamp paddling, and the Blue Spring; “the prettiest little river in SW Ontario”.
Moving water
Email Peter Hafemann at bluewater@kw.igs.net, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St (click to see map)
Moving water
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, and Paul Kostiuk
Flow a little above the summer low.  Air temperature around 20 degrees. 13 participants, 1 tandem canoe, 11 kayaks

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Nith River, New Hamburg
Flat water
We'll put in at William Scott Park (click to see map), above the dam at New Hamburg, and paddle upstream and return, so we will not need to shuttle any cars, and the water level will be good. The full moon is on Saturday Aug 29.
Meet at 7:30, planning for a 7:45 start. Please remember to bring glow sticks to put on the ends of your boat.
Paul Kostiuk,  pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival, August 28-30, 2015
Timmins, Ontario
From paddling events, kayak sprint events, to Arts & Culture Routes, Vendors, kayak celebration is in the air.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Moving water
Paul Kostiuk,  pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564, and Jeri-Lynn Catton


WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris
Moving water
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com
Flow a little above the summer low.  Air temperature around 17 degrees. 11 participants, 1 tandem canoe, 11 kayaks.

Muskoka River X - Classic and Coureur des Bois, September 11 to 13, 2015
Huntsville, Ontario
The Classic is 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.
New for 2015! The Coureur des Bois teams will travel along the expedition routes of early explorers as they traverse Algonquin Park east to west from Whitney to Oxtongue Lake. After an overnight layover at Oxtongue and using only the supplies that are carried with them, teams will then merge with the MRX Classic on Lake of Bays on day two. Approximately 220 km in 48 hour or less, and entirely self supported with no re-supplies.

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, September 12 to Saturday, September 19, 2015
Killarney Provincial Park
Flat water / back country.
George Lake, with possible move to Kiosk until September 19.
Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
Moving water
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

WWCKC River Cleanup (Rain or Shine), Saturday, September 19, 2015 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

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Saturday, September 19 to Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Killarney Provincial Park
Maximum of 9 people can camp on the interior site already booked for these dates. To get another site, you will need to book one, but they fill up quickly.
Flat water / back country.
Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Toronto Islands
Moving water
Come and explore the Toronto Islands by canoe or kayak.  This outing is well suited to kayaks and tandem canoes. Solo canoes may find the open water and wind a real challenge. You can expect open water as we cross to the islands from Cherry Beach as well as some boat traffic. If the weather co-operates we will circumnavigate the islands; if the wind is strong, we will stay on sheltered side. There are lagoons to explore and the Toronto skyline to see from a completely different angle. Bring a picnic lunch and a bicycle-type lock so we can do some exploring on foot while leaving the boats securely locked together.
Meet at Cherry Beach (click to see map) in time to be on the water at 10:30 AM Sunday September 20.  No shuttle required. The last time we paddled there parking was free ... no guarantee that is still the case. The islands have public washrooms, restaurants, and beaches. Maybe a swim??? Who knows!
Contact Jim Mark at jim.mark@gmail.com, or 905-448-9943

Cancelled due to not enough participants registering!
WWCKC Bondi Weekend, Friday September 25 to Sunday 27, 2015,
Please plan to join us for our always-memorable fall Bondi weekend, starting on Friday, September 25th, continuing to Sunday, September 25th, at Bondi Village Resort. Comfortable and spacious accommodations located in the beautiful Lake of Bays area, on a lake and with extensive hiking trails on site, and canoeing from the dock.
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. 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.

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 Presentation night, Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:00pm
Come out to hear stories about trips club members took this summer, and to socialize 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 3, 2015, 10:00am
Beaver River
Moving Water
Paddle the Beaver River from near Kimberley to Heathcote, Ont. It is a beautiful fall day outing down the Beaver Valley to enjoy the colours. Easy moving water, takes about 4 hours to complete. Family friendly paddle.
Meet at the Kimberley General Store at 10:00am, 235304 Grey Rd, Kimberley, Ontario (click to see map).
Click to see a video about the store.
You can read Nick's informative and entertaining trip report of an earlier paddle in the Fall 2010 newsletter on page 5.
Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Paul Kostiuk

WWCKC Annual General Meeting and Presentation night, Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7 pm
Come out for the AGM, and a presentation by Beth Jones.
Your 2016 membership must be renewed in order to vote at the AGM.
Rain Forest Rivers -- Club member Beth Jones has guided on dozens of rivers and lakes and has plenty of on-water and off-water stories to share. Come out to hear one of Beth's most recent adventures while paddling in the Costa Rica jungle.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

WWCKC Annual Christmas Social, Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00 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 awards for the five top pictures. 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

Annual FTM Christmas Paddle, Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 10:00 am
Many of you know that every year paddlers in Guelph 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.
Meet at 10:00am - Corner of Gordon and Wellington (at the Plaza) in Guelph.
We'll decide on where to paddle depending on the conditions later in the week and the weather next Saturday. The online water levels are showing enough water to paddle between Cambridge (Galt) and Paris (or part thereof). None of the local rivers closer to Guelph appear to have sufficient water, but that could change before Saturday.
Please dress for the weather (dry-suits if you have them) and be sure to have a change of clothes in waterproof bags in the event of a wet exit. Of course you'll also need all of the appropriate water safety gear required.  Be sure to bring food and water (we suggest saving the alcohol for the Wooly afterwards).
In the event that there isn't enough water to paddle, we can choose a local hike to go on instead.
Regardless of conditions, we plan on meeting at 3:00 pm at the Wooly (Woolwich Arms) for 'apres-paddle de-briefing' (non-paddlers are welcome to join us).
Contact Evan Ferrari, evanferrari@hotmail.com, or 519-836-8068.
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