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WWCKC Annual New Years Day Paddle, Friday, January 1, 2016 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 (click to see map).
Let Tom Harman know who will be attending or if you need more information, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, 519-246-1861

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
Tim Lawrence is passionate about the back country and a lively speaker....one not to be missed - no matter how experienced you are... you will learn something from Tim. He is like having our own Survivorman in KW!
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday, January 10, 7:00pm, and Monday, January 11, 2016,  7:00pm
University of Waterloo, Humanities Theater
The two evenings will showcase different films!
Tickets are are available at Adventure Guide, information 519-886-3121, or info@advguide.com

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, January 12, 2016 7:00 pm
Phil Cotton - Exploring Wabakimi
The Wabakimi Area in Northwestern Ontario encompasses some 2.5 million hectares (6.5 million acres or 9.9 million square miles). Within this vast uncrowded, pristine wilderness are over 6,000km of historically and culturally-significant canoe routes that volunteer participants of The Wabakimi Project are attempting to rehabilitate and map. With 4,600 km completed to date, 1,400 km still remain to be explored.
'Uncle' Phil, a canoe route historian and environmentalist, manages The Wabakimi Project which he founded in 2004. During the winter months, he researches and plans the routes for the next summer's reconnaissance expeditions, mounts an extensive annual speaking tour to recruit volunteers and is actively engaged in planning exercises that impact Crown land and provincial park canoe routes within the Wabakimi Area.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
Nick Wagner, Gary Johnston and Tim Grant will help coordinate these sessions, and with sufficient advance notice they may be able to help you find a paddling partner or borrow a boat, paddle, helmet or PFD.
Pool sessions are a great opportunity to practice self rescue, group rescue (canoe over canoe), rope bag toss, kayak roll, limbo (ducking under a bridge), and other techniques that participants may be interested in. Knowledge of these techniques is required, especially for safety on long, open-water crossings. Some people may want to try out a new boat in a safe environment.
To take full advantage of the hour, you should arrive 15-30 minutes early so you can wash any road dirt off your boat, and change into clothes appropriate for the pool. Attire is very casual so you can wear a T-shirt and a PFD over your bathing suit, or anything else you are comfortable in. Helmets are optional.
There is a gated patio off the pool parking lot that we will use as the entrance to the pool deck with the boats. The staff will have the gate open before so the boats can be dropped off and cleaned if needed. Participants can then get changed into bathing suits, PFDs and shoes, etc.
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 9:30. 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!
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Gary Johnston, at gary2johnston@gmail.com

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 17, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15pm
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.

Exhibit on the Thames, Speed and Eramosa Rivers - Museum London, January 23 to August 14, 2016
Focusing on the Thames, Speed and Eramosa rivers, the new exhibition A Ripple Effect examines the story of our relationship with freshwater. This is a highly interactive exhibition with a variety of activities for you to experience. This exhibition is generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program. Admission by donation
421 Ridout St N., London, Ont

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, January 24, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15pm
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.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Rhonda-Marie Avery - Envisions: Tales of a Blind Runner
Take a journey with Rhonda-Marie Avery on hundreds of miles of trails and challenges; both physical and metaphorical. With the help of 50 guide runners, Rhonda-Marie ran end to end in 20 days along the 885 km Bruce Trail in August of 2014 as an illustration of the challenges that disability must overcome to take part. Rhonda-Marie is about to undertake in covering the entire Ontario section of the Transcanada Trail, some 5,813 km of running, biking, paddling, snowshoeing with 8% vision. It’s time to create a space for the dialogue of Disability and Sport.
At KidsAbility 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121, or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, January 28, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Now entering its thirteenth consecutive year of operation, The Wabakimi Project is a volunteer conservancy initiative dedicated to rehabilitating and mapping canoe routes in the Wabakimi Area. With 4,600km completed to date, 1,400km still remain to be explored.  Attend this presentation to learn how you can help preserve North Americaʼs largest contiguous wilderness canoeing area. ‘Uncle’ Phil Cotton, a canoe route historian and environmentalist, manages The Wabakimi Project which he founded in 2004. During the winter months, he researches and plans the routes for the next summer’s reconnaisance expeditions, mounts an extensive annual speaking tour to recruit volunteers and is actively engaged in forest management planning exercises that impact Crown land canoe routes in the Wabakimi Area.
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 29 to Sunday, January 31, 2016
Plan to join us for our always-memorable winter weekend at Bondi Village Resort. Comfortable and spacious accommodations located in the beautiful Lake of Bays area, on a lake and with extensive hiking/skiing/snowshoeing trails on site.
Half an hour's drive from Algonquin Park, Arrowhead Park and the Frost Centre. Great outdoor activity and fun company.
Please sign up by November 5, 2015
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, January 31, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15pm
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.

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00pm
Jeff from jeffsmaps.com will talk about paddling, mapping and how maps can affect the tripping experience.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

Paddle The Pool!, Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15pm
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.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 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.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

London's Paddle Shop / Nova Craft Canoe Guest Speaker Series, Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Paddling Big Creek & the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve!
Big Creek, winding through Norfolk County, is one of very few rivers in Canada well buffered with conservation lands. Gently flowing through Carolinian forest, the river and riparian areas provide habitat for numerous fish, bird, and tree species. Big Creek is an important natural area of the Long Point World Biosphere, which received its designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986. This presentation will profile the natural beauty of Big Creek - its flora and fauna - and discuss the many conservation programs that are being implemented in the Long Point Biosphere to ensure the continued health of Big Creek now and for future generations.
Brian Craig recently retired from Environment Canada and Parks Canada as a senior science advisor and restoration ecologist. Brian and his sweetie Paula are actively restoring 50 acres bordered by Big Creek to Carolinian forest and tall grass prairie. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Carolinian Canada Coalition and the Long Point World Biosphere Foundation.
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

Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15, 2016
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
You are invited to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
Later sessions will be on March 12 and April 9, 2016

Wilderness and Canoe Symposium, Friday, February 19 and Saturday, Feb 20, 2016
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.
Click 2 for 1 Admission or $4 off admission to print these coupons.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:00 pm
Bruce Herchenrader - Paddling Quetico for Twenty One Days with Caroline White
Caroline and Bruce will discuss their recent summer adventure of paddling the lakes and rivers of Quetico Provincial Park with their two dogs, Boomer and Max. Bruce Herchenrader, a Canadian artist paddles this particular park in search of wilderness subject matter for his paintings. Caroline has hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island several times and has completed the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Bruce and Caroline are not camping minimalists and travel comfortably. They’ll discuss gear, route, menu and food prep as they dehydrated most of their food used on the trip.
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121, or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

Forest therapy, Saturday February 27, 9:30 am
Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and learn about some of the health benefits of spending time in nature. Kaitlin Powers, an ecologist and a member of the The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT), will lead the hike.
This guided hike along the Grand Valley Trail by Carroll Creek, just outside of Elora will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you to de-stress and rejuvenate. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and engaging hike with health-promoting activities such as mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Please come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer.
Please email jbaine@sentex.net if you plan to come. Numbers will be limited.

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 7:00 pm
Lynsey Burnett - Experiencing Everest
Nepal is an incredible country, known for its amazing people, warm welcomes of ‘namaste’, and of course Mount Everest (known in Nepali as Sagarmatha, aptly meaning Goddess of the Sky). Every year, the mountainous landscapes in Nepal attract thousands of trekkers from all corners of the world. Lynsey Burnett completed her trek to Everest Basecamp in 2014, while in Nepal volunteering for The Babu Project, a University of Waterloo-based hand hygiene initiative. Discover the beauty of the mountains and follow along the journey from Kathmandu to Lukla, through Gokyo Ri and the Cho-la Pass, to Everest Basecamp.
Lynsey is a previous sales rep at Adventure Guide currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, and is passionate about travel and outdoor adventures.
Adventure Guide, 225 The Boardwalk, Kitchener
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121 or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

WWCKC Annual Chili Social & Trip Planning, Thursday, March 10, 2016 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

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10:00 am
Bayfield River, Clinton to Bayfield
White water, Class 2 with tight channels and sweepers, wet or dry suits and moving water experience required. Approximately a 5 hour paddle.
Contact Tom Harman, tom.harman@sympatico.ca, 519-332-7690

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00pm
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!
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Gary Johnston, at gary2johnston@gmail.com

Earth Hour! Saturday, March 19, 2016 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, March 22, 2016 7:00 pm
Doug & Lynda Wilson - Walking Home: 127 km Along the Guelph to Goodrich Rail Trail
As the first to hike the G2G Rail Trail during the hottest week of the summer in 2014, Kitchener-based author, Lynda Wilson, and husband Doug share their trials and tribulations on what turned out to be a pilgrimage through Mennonite Country, lush Ontario farmland, and the communities along the old CPR line. Wilson’s book, Walking Home, chronicles the couple’s journey and will be the basis for this humorous and enlightening talk.
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo
Please reserve a seat by calling 519-886-3121, or email info@advguide.com. There is limited seating available, so reserve your seat early!
Voluntary donations at the door for KidsAbility will be accepted.

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:00pm
Showcases the world's best paddling films, and inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.
Tickets: $16.00 advance / $18.00 at door
Click to purchase tickets from Eventbrite.
Princess Twin Cinema
46 King Street North, Waterloo, 519-884-5112

Paddle postponed to tomorrow,  Wooly meeting on today at 3:00pm
Good Friday Paddle, Friday, March 25, 2016 at 10:00 am
The annual Good Friday Paddle has been going on for well over 30 years now.
Meet at the Gordon & Wellington Plaza in Guelph at 10:00 am (early start as we might have to go to Galt). Will decide on where to paddle depending on the conditions.
Please dress for the weather (dry-suits if you have them) and be sure to have a change of clothes in waterproof bags in the event of a wet exit. Of course you'll also need all of the appropriate water safety gear required. Be sure to bring food and water (we suggest saving the alcohol for the Wooly afterwards).
Contact Evan Ferrari, evanferrari@hotmail.com, or 519-836-8068
Regardless of conditions, we plan on meeting at the 3:00 pm at the Wooly (Woolwich Arms) for 'apres-paddle de-briefing' (even non-paddlers are welcome to join us).

Postponed to a later date
WWCKC Paddle, Friday March 25, 2016 2:00 pm
Conestoga River, Glen Allen to TBA
Moving water
Contact Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCKC Smoke the Stogie, paddling season of 2016
Conestoga River
The challenge is to paddle the length of the Conestogo River from Riverbank to the Grand River downstream from the village of Conestogo.
See the attached document for more details.
Contact Gary Johnston, gary2johnston@gmail.com

Adventure Guide Armchair Series, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Two presentations: 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Kevin Callan - Kevin and Andy’s Magical Mystery Tour
After Kevin dragged his canoe buddy, Andy, around Algonquin Park, portaging a total of 68 kilometres, it was his turn to organize the next trip. So, Andy told Kevin to pack for 8 days, blind folded him, and drove north. The trip - the east shore of Georgian Bay. Why? No portages. You won't want to miss this one.
Kevin Callan is the author of fifteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper”, and the incredibly popular series of paddling guides.
Tickets are $5 each (this money goes directly to KidsAbility), and are available at Adventure Guide. Please note, this presentation is general admission. There is no reserved seating. KidsAbility is wheelchair accessible.
At KidsAbility, 500 Hallmark Dr., Waterloo

Cancelled due to deteriorated forecast
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, April 9, 2016 1:00 pm
Eramosa River, Everton to Rockwood
Moving water
Contact Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com, or 836-5569

WWCKC Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00pm
Bring your canoe or kayak to the pool to work with other WWCKC members on your paddling skills.
Cameron Heights Pool, at Cameron Heights High School, 301 Charles St. East, Kitchener.
Contact Gary Johnston, at gary2johnston@gmail.com

Cancelled due to deteriorated forecast
WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, April 10, 2016 1:00 pm
Bronte Creek
Moving water
Please Note: This paddle may be cancelled due to low water levels. Please ensure you contact the trip leader if you are interested in participating, and follow up prior to the paddle to ensure it is still on.
Contact Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com, or 836-5569

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm
We will have a small variety show:
Andrea will teach some knot tying. Timothy will have sufficient cords so that each member of the audience can practice as she demonstrates. Multiple newer members of the club and some long-standing members have asked for this.
Stephen will present “tips and tricks”
Jean will present “tips and spills”
Tom will show something inspiring / interesting.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener

Kitchener - Waterloo Canoe Symposium, Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
The fifth 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

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 9:30am
Bronte Creek
Moving water
Meet at Lowville Park (Lowville, in northern Burlington, off the Guelph Line) at 9:30. We will do the full 27 km to Bronte, so it's an all day event. Anyone coming should be capable of handling Class 1 and 2 moving water, and having dry/wetsuits or several changes of clothing to be able to recover from a dump. Dumps are quite possible due to unforeseen sweepers enroute. 15 km is in a gorge, without exits!
Anyone needing a seat in a boat or with a boat with a spare seat should contact Bill.
Contact Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com, or 836-5569

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

"Life Off Grid" movie, Wednesday, April 20 to Sunday, April 24, 2016
A two-year journey exploring how and why Canadians disconnect from larger infrastructures. The film explores themes of motivation and inspiration, unpacks the challenges associated with regional climates and economies, and shows how people living off the grid deal with the everyday demands of heat, light, water, food, and waste, part of Canada Film Days.
Original Princess Cinema, 6 Princess St. W, Waterloo

Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016
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.

Course is full
Introduction to whitewater tandem canoe course, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016
Elora, Ontario
Perfect course for those who want to take their flatwater and tripping skills to the next level. This two day course will start at 9am both days, and run until 5pm aprox. Students will need a tandem canoe with flotation, a PFD, helmet, paddle, wet suit and lunch both days. A detailed kit list and directions will be sent out to those who register. If you have no partner that is no problem since Beth will arrange one for you. If you are interested in a solo canoe or intermediate level course instead, please contact Beth.
Cost is $90 before April 1st ($120 after), includes both Paddle Canada and ORCKA Certification.
Contact Beth Jones at missbeth@rogers.com

E-Waste Collection & Bottle Drive, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 8:00am to 3:00pm
Waterloo Scouts are celebrating Earth Day by hosting a free E-Waste Collection & Bottle Drive. Do your part for the environment by donating your old, broken, and used electronics, and keep them out of our landfills. Drop off TVs, monitors, laptops, computers, printers, copiers, scanners, telephones, fax, VCR and DVD players. For a complete list of acceptable items go to http://www.recycleyourelectronics.ca/
Canadian Tire parking lot, 400 Weber St N, Waterloo

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Craig Leslie

Map & Compass Reading Course (scroll down the link page for details), Saturday, April 30, 8:30am - 4:30pm
This comprehensive course focuses on land navigation, using a topographical map and compass. Theory items will be enhanced with practical exercises. Students will participate in a multi-function orienteering exercise to find 'targets' in the bush using map and compass skills learned in the course.
The course is taught by Joe Bourgeois, owner of Akuni Adventures, and Kevin Morning of the Canadian Armed Forces.
For more information, see the External Events page. Register at http://www.akuni.com/courses/navigation-courses/map-and-compass.html
Cost is $110 plus HST.

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 1, 2016
South Saugeen River or Beatty Saugeen – Class 2 with tight channels, rocky rapids and numerous timber hazards. For experienced paddlers only.
White water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

2Rivers Festival, May and June 2016
A 2-month series of fun FREE events along the Speed and Eramosa Rivers in May and June 2016. Click to see the Calendar of events.
Come celebrate the Speed and Eramosa Rivers which join together in Guelph, Ontario. The festival celebrates the uniqueness of the rivers and the inspiration they provide. Click to open the Festival Guide.

Annual Dam Hespeler Paddling Race, Sunday, May 1, 2016
Don Stoneman organizes the annual Dam Hespeler Paddling Race. It has an easy 5km recreational category as well as  more challenging 10, 15 and 20km distances -- all on the same course at the same time with canoes and kayaks.
For more information, email damhespeler@gmail.com or phone 519-651-0289.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 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.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Boat Tie-down Workshop, Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:30 pm
This session is intended to help you become knowledgeable and comfortable when transporting a boat to any location, either locally or when travelling long distances on 400-series highways.
You do not need to bring a boat or any gear to participate, however please bring your boat if you have specific issues or questions to resolve. A canoe and kayak, foam blocks, and straps and ropes will be available for you to practice with, and there is no charge.
Meet at the north parking lot of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 450 East Ave, Kitchener, near the Stirling Ave N entrance.
Contact Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday May 14, 2016
Minesing Swamp (Minesing Wetlands) / Nottawasaga River
Quiet water
Contact Jim Mark at jim.mark@gmail.com, or 905-448-9943

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 15, 2016
Teeswater  or Upper South Saugeen Rivers - Class 1 moving water with some timber hazards and some swamp paddling. Great bird watching areas.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (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.) Contact Allan Bunn, and Paul Kostiuk, pkostiuk@gmail.com, or 519-579-3564

Date and location changed due to diminished water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 22 Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day), 2016
Maitland River, Class 1 section to Auburn instead of the rapid sections below Benmiller
Moving water
Benmiller to Goderich – Class 3 with numerous chutes and rapids. For experienced paddlers only.
White water

Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

2Rivers Festival, Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner Paddling Techniques, at Royal City Park, in Guelph
New paddlers will be shown beginner paddling techniques, and will be able to practise them. You must register online, and indicate if you are using a canoe or a kayak, and bring a boat. Canoe and kayak rentals are available from Speed River Paddling.
WWCKC is a host organization of the Festival, and our club is looking for members to help, either in a canoe or a kayak, in this event. If interested contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Course is full
Introduction to whitewater tandem canoe course, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016
Elora, Ontario
Perfect course for those who want to take their flatwater and tripping skills to the next level. This two day course will start at 9am both days, and run until 5pm aprox. Students will need a tandem canoe with flotation, a PFD, helmet, paddle, wet suit and lunch both days. A detailed kit list and directions will be sent out to those who register. If you have no partner that is no problem Beth will arrange one for you. If you are interested in a solo canoe or intermediate level course instead, please contact Beth.
Cost is $90 before April 30th ($120 after), includes both Paddle Canada and ORCKA Certification.
Contact Beth Jones at missbeth@rogers.com

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, May 29, 2016
Beaver River  or Sauble River – Class 1 swamp paddling with minor rapids. Fabulous bird watching areas.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Location changed due to low water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 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.
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Wabakimi Project, north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, late May to mid-September
This summer there is an opportunity for members of our club to participate in the Wabakimi Project. We are trying to get a group of WWCKC members to share in this adventure, to help conserve historic canoe routes, and to explore a wilderness area that otherwise might not be easy to travel to.
For more information, see the External Events page, or contact WWCKC member Paul van Arragon at paul.vanarragon@gmail.com.

Date is changed
WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 5, Sunday, June 12, 2016
Upper Main Saugeen River, Mulock Road to Hanover – Class 1-2 rapids with some timber hazards and fabulous swimming holes.
White water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 7, 2016 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 York Rd Park (click to see map) at the end of York Rd in Guelph. As a land mark, 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 - (click the graphic to enlarge it.)

Canoe and kayak rentals are available from Speed River Paddling, so you can rent a boat at the Boathouse kiosk off Gordon Street and join our group. We'll paddle to Victoria Road, and return by about 8 pm, and we'll go for ice cream after.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com, and Jack Frimeth.


Coleman Craft Canoe Historic Reunion, Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at 10:00 am
Looking for owners of the Coleman Craft Canoe made in Cambridge, Ont by Bill Coleman to join in for this memorable day. We want to take an historic photo on the Mill Pond, Cambridge, (Hespeler part) ON. June 11th at 10am. We are hoping all owners of this canoe can come out and put their canoe in the water for this photo.
You will have time to canoe after. The water is shallow but there will be a channel near shore to follow. You can enter the pond from the dock at end of Spring Street or at the Little Riverside Park.
How much does it cost? - It is free to attend.
Do I have to register? We would like to know who is coming. Use our email to notify us!
What are the safety rules? You must have on a PFD to go on the water. Children must be with an adult. Click to see brochure.
Also volunteers needed to help out.
Contact WWCKC member Paul Langan if you have questions, to register, or to volunteer, brentunespublishing@yahoo.ca, or call 519-654-0089

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats, 'come rain or low water'
The water is low so please be prepared to get out of your boat in a few places and walk through the water for a short distance.
This section is 15 km long (click to see map), and usually takes about 3 hours to paddle when the water levels are above normal summer low, which is 5 cubic metres per second at West Montrose. Currently the level is below 5 so the paddle could take a little longer, but the days are longer now too, and conditions will be no worse than any time later in summer.
You can see the water levels on the GRCA site at:
https://apps.grandriver.ca/waterdata/kiwischarts/rf_centrallowergrand.aspx?_mid_=1051
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 19, 2016
Upper Main Saugeen River, Mulock Road to Hanover – Class 1-2 rapids with some timber hazards and fabulous swimming holes.
Meet at Old Bridge Road South at 8:00 am, 200 m east of Hwy 4 & Grey Road 3 junction near Allan Park.
White water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing) (click to see map)
Contact Allan Bunn, and Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Canoe Poling clinic, Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
(or on Sunday June 26th if it is preferred, and the time is also up for negotiation.)
Don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your canoeing skill set. Stephen will supply poles and will inform you of the location in Guelph before the day. It will be one of two locations depending on the flow. You the brave new polers will need a canoe (16ft or more is best and suitable for shallow rivers… that would be sans keels if possible), and a helmet (just in case you fall down), a pfd, bailer, 15 metres of rope (you know all of the Transport Canada regulation stuff), a paddle so that you can compare it to the much superior pole and a positive mental attitude.
The cost is free!
The number of participants is restricted to eight, but there will be another session near the end of August or (quite frankly… anytime that a group of folks want to get together to try).
This is not a Paddle Canada certification course, but that can be set up after you are all hooked.
Looking forward to seeing the brave and true standing tall on the water and carrying big sticks.
Contact Stephen Coutts, stephencoutts@rogers.com

2Rivers Festival, The Confluence - Elora and Fergus Nature & Heritage Festival, Saturday, June 25, 2016
Various locations in Elora & Fergus
The Confluence Festival is a celebration of the natural & cultural heritage of the Elora & Fergus area. Nature activities include guided walks and workshops on birds, insects, fish, amphibians, mammals and plants; some cultural activities are Indigenous Peoples studies, area history and architecture. Note that both children and wheelchair-accessible studies are prominently featured.

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, June 26, 2016
Saugeen River, Walkerton to second bridge – Class 1 with easy rapids, nice swimming holes and striking scenery.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Celebrate National Canoe Day, Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m.
The Oxford Canoe and Kayak Club would like to invite the WWCKC, and interested members of the public, to join them this Sunday afternoon for a National Canoe Day Celebration.
Canoes and kayaks are welcome! Play canoe/kayak games and go for a paddle, event will be 2 to 3 hours.
Canoe and kayak rentals available through Pittock Conservation Area on a first come, first serve basis. Chance to win a season's pass to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority!!!
All participants must comply with Transport Canada's safety requirements and Club policies:
All boats must be equipped with properly sized Canadian approved lifejacket or pfd for each passenger and they must be worn. Bailer or bilge pump. At least 15 m of floating rope/heaving line. Sound signalling device, e.g., pea-less whistle. Spare paddle.
Pittock Conservation Area, Boat Launch # 1, 221 Pittock Park Road, Woodstock (click to see map)
Gate Fee of $13/vehicle. No extra fee to participate or to launch canoes/kayaks.
For more info, email oxfordcanoekayakclub@gmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Guided Elora Gorge canoe whitewater tours
Whitewater
In July and August during warm water conditions only, Nick Wagner offers guided whitewater tours down the Elora Gorge. You can either go in a tandem boat with Nick in the stern seat, or 2 people can borrow Nick's tandem canoe (outfitted with thigh-straps), and Nick follows closely in his solo boat. We stop before each major set of rapids and discuss challenges just coming up.
Suitable water level conditions determine availability.
Participants must be WWCKC members, and must be able to kneel in the canoe for about 1 hour.
Contact Nick Wagner nickcanoe@zoho.com or 519-744-0980

Two Row on the Grand, Friday, July 1, 2, 3 and Monday, July 4 to Sunday, July 9, 2016
Two Row on the Grand, is a Haudenosaunee healing paddle down the Grand River to re-polish the chain of friendship with non-aboriginal neighbours.
Two Row on the Grand offers a unique opportunity to not only paddle with the Haudenosaunee… but to partake in educational events cultural teachings, interactive dancing, storytelling, environmental concerns, treaties and sharing circles.
You can choose to paddle for one day or numerous days. Or choose not paddle at all, and just attend the night dancing & drumming festivities.
This event is July 1, 2 and 3rd of 2016… there are 180 paddling spots available each day… and another 200 tickets for each evening program.
On July 4th to July 9th, a core group will continue paddling further down the Grand River to the mouth at Port Maitland on Lake Erie. If wishing to join the paddle to Port Maitland… here are the details.
For the “Two Row on the Grand” paddle, you can bring your own canoe or kayak… or you can rent a canoe, kayak or raft.
Because of the limited numbers… reservations are a must… book now.
Any questions just contact info@grandriverrafting.ca

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair (Moyers Landing) to Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (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.)
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Kayaking course, Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm both days
This Paddle Canada Skill level 1 kayaking certification course provides the skills and knowledge necessary for day-long kayaking trips in remote settings.
Location: Guelph Lake, Guelph
Cost is $225 for WWCKC members. If you need to rent a kayak and gear for this course the fee is $50.00 extra.

Cancelled due to a partner's injury
WWCKC Canoe Trip, Sunday, July 10 to Sunday, July 17, 2016
Magnetawan River, Wawashkesh loop around north and south channels. Camping and some Class 3 rapids to run or portage.
White water, moving water, and back country
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Ontario Parks Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration, Friday, July 15, 2016
Ontario Parks invites you to join the inaugural Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry* to any provincial park in Ontario.
* Charges in addition to regular day use fees still apply for facilities such as swimming pools and equipment rentals.

Kayaking course, Rolling Clinic - July 15 (Friday Evening)
Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga
For information, see the Courses page.

Temagami Canoe Festival, Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, 2016
Experience Canadian canoe culture at Temagami Canoe Festival.  This 3-day, indoor-outdoor, multistage, ticket and family-friendly celebration hosts activities that include: canoe displays, demos and workshops, canoe race events, historical talks, birch bark canoes, guided old growth forest hikes, live music, food and craft vendors, and much more.

Kayaking course, Rescue Course/Day - July 17 (Sunday)
Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga 
For information, see the Courses page.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Puslinch Lake
Flat water, but check for wind speed on day of paddle.
May be changed to a river location if we get a good rain.
Launch at McClintock Dock, no charge for launching. (Click to see map.) Park at the Old Marina restaurant. Bring sunglasses.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

Kayaking course, Rescue Day - July 23 (Saturday)
Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga 
For information, see the Courses page.

Kayaking course, Kayak Navigation - July 24 (Sunday)
Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga
For information, see the Courses page.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair (Moyers Landing) to Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (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.)
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Date is changed
WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, July 31, Saturday, July 23 or Sunday, July 24, 2016
Nottawasaga River, Angus to Edenvale through Minesing Swamp (Minesing Wetlands) – Class 1, secluded nature reserve through Southern Ontario’s largest wetland. Two short portages.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 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.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race, Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7, 2016
The Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site.
WWCKC member Steffen Roller (steffen.roller@gmail.com) is looking for other interested paddlers to participate in this event.

Upper Ottawa River Race, Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7, 2016
The Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival is a three day event celebrating active outdoor lifestyles and the Ottawa River.
13, 4km and Kids Race, Kayak Fishing Tournament, Heritage Paddle, Sup Fundraiser for Children Hospital Eastern Ontario, Live Music & Entertainment, Aerial and SUP Yoga, Demos and Activities, Onsite camping and more.
Contact Colin Coyle, Program Coordinator, Town of Petawawa Parks & Recreation, 613-687-5678 ext. 2102, ccoyle@petawawa.ca

Date and location changed due to low water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, August 6, Sunday, August 7, 2016
South Saugeen River, if water levels permit.
Class 2+ with some timber hazards and nice swimming holes.
Moving water
Maitland River, Wingham to Auburn – Class 1 with nice scenery and good bass fishing.
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

Kayaking course, Paddle Canada Kayaking Level 1 Course - August 6/7 (Saturday/Sunday)
Cherry Beach, Toronto
For information, see the Courses page.

WWCC Kayak Trip, Monday, August 8 to Saturday, August 13 2016
Georgian Bay, Killarney to Byng Inlet
Sea Kayak trip, big lake paddling, with moving water
Contact Jim Mark, jim.mark@gmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map.)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, August 11, 2016 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.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Cancelled due to low water levels
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, August 13, 2016
Big Otter Creek, Tillsonberg to Richmond
Moving water
Contact Bill Mungall, wmungall0809@rogers.com, or 519-836-5567

Cancelled due to reduced number of participants
WWCKC Canoe Trip, week of August 15, 2016
Temagami / Lady Evelyn
Moving and flat water / back country
Destination and time are flexible.
Contact Hugh Carey, chicopeesnowshoe@yahoo.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Victoria St to Freeport (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Bob Lang, roberlang@gmail.com, 226-989-0991

WWCKC Moonlight Paddle, Thursday, August 18, 2016
Speed and Eramosa Rivers, Guelph
Meet at the put-in at Royal City Park near McCrae Boulevard in Guelph at 7:30. (Click to see map.)
Please remember to bring glow sticks to decorate your boats.
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, August 20 or Sunday, August 21, 2016
North Saugeen River, McCullough Lake to Paisley Park at Grey Road 3 – Class 1 with swamp paddling, pristine swimming holes and a short lift around a dam.
Moving water
Contact Peter Hafemann at info@bluewatertourism.com, or call 519-656-3456 for meeting time and location.

WWCKC Canoe Poling clinic, Sunday Aug 21, 2016 at 9:00am or 1:00pm, depending on consensus
Don’t miss this great opportunity to expand your canoeing skill set. Stephen will supply poles and will inform you of the location, depending on the flow. You the brave new polers will need a canoe (16ft or more is best and suitable for shallow rivers… that would be sans keels if possible), and a helmet (just in case you fall down), a pfd, bailer, 15 metres of rope (you know all of the Transport Canada regulation stuff), a paddle so that you can compare it to the much superior pole and a positive mental attitude.
The cost is free!
The number of participants is restricted to eight.
This is not a Paddle Canada certification course, but that can be set up after you are all hooked.
Looking forward to seeing the brave and true standing tall on the water and carrying big sticks.
Contact Stephen Coutts, stephencoutts@rogers.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing) (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Cancelled due to severe thunderstorms
WWCKC Paddle, Thursday, August 25, 2016 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.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival, Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28, 2016
Timmins, Ontario
There is something for everyone at the 8th Annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival.  This non-gated event is a showcase of kayak & stand up paddleboard challenges, seminars & workshops, arts & culture exhibitors & vendors, live performing arts which include free admission to live concerts both Friday & Saturday night, an interactive  Aboriginal village, fireworks, and children’s activities.

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (Cambridge) to Glen Morris (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Canoe Trip, Thursday, Sept 1 to Monday, Sept 5 (Labour Day weekend), 2016
Kiosk to Brent, NW Algonquin Provincial Park
Moving and flat water / back country
Proposed trip on large and small lakes, portages (1.6 Km total) and flat river water. About 40 Km, with optional detours.
You need to be able to carry your gear and canoe (NOT KAYAK!) over rough ground.
Maximum of 12 people. See the attached document for more details.
Contact Roger Suffling rcsuffli@uwaterloo.ca or 519-742-4577

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand River, Blair (Moyers Landing) to Petro Canada on Highway 24 at south end of Galt (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 has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (click to see map)
Moving water
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Monday, September 5, 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand River, West Montrose to Kaufman Flats, (click to see map)
Moving water
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Riverbend Drive to Good Family Trailway, Kitchener (click to see map)
Moving water
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 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.
Anyone who shows up early (5:30pm), can paddle downstream towards the dam and back; and then meet the other participants at the put in at 6:00 pm.
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCC Paddle, Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:30 am
Toronto Islands
Moving and flat water
Come and explore the Toronto Islands by canoe or kayak. This outing is well suited to kayaks and tandem canoes. Solo canoes may find the open water and wind a real challenge. You can expect open water as we cross to the islands from Cherry Beach as well as some boat traffic. If the weather co-operates we will circumnavigate the islands; if the wind is strong, we will stay on the sheltered side. There are lagoons to explore and the Toronto skyline to see from a completely different angle. Bring a picnic lunch and a bicycle-type lock so we can do some exploring on foot while leaving the boats securely locked together.
Meet at Cherry Beach (click to see map) in time to be on the water at 10:30 AM Sunday September 11.  No shuttle required. The last time we paddled there parking was free ... no guarantee that is still the case. The islands have public washrooms, restaurants, and beaches. Maybe a swim??? Who knows!
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

WWCKC Paddle, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Grand River, Blair to Riverbluffs Park, (click to see map)
Moving water
Contact Jeri-Lynn Catton, jlcatton.01@hotmail.com

ORCKA 40th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) invites you to the celebration and also to explore the new office location in Aurora.
There is NO CHARGE for the day that includes a noon BBQ, special guest, Wally Schaber, an opportunity to meet many paddling friends and attend ORCKA’s short Annual General Meeting.
Complete details are in the attachment.
To help with numbers for the BBQ, please respond to info@orcka.ca, or by phone to the ORCKA office (1-416-426-7016) asap, but before Monday, September 12th.
ORCKA is the umbrella organisation for paddling clubs in Ontario, and WWCKC is a member.

WWCKC River Cleanup (Rain or Shine), Saturday, September 24, 2016 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 Paddle, Saturday, October 1, 2016, 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

WWCKC Paddles, October weekend series
Depending upon weather and water-levels; we will have some Saturday & Sunday paddles during October.
Location and times to be determined. Likely with 10am start. More details will be provided.
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for. Let Tim know in advance.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Cancelled due to thunderstorm risk
WWCKC Paddle
, Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00pm
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.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Presentation night, Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:00pm
Steffen Roller will speak about his experiences this summer in the Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site. Timothy Grant will talk about a recent multi-day interior trip in Killarney Provincial Park.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map).
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00am
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.
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, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Monday, October 10 (Thanksgiving day), 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris, (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.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Dine Amongst the Canoes at the 9th Annual Beaver Club Gala, Saturday October 15, 2016
With special host Peter Mansbridge. For the first time in its history, the Beaver Club Gala will take place at the Canadian Canoe Museum. Guests will have the opportunity to dine in the galleries amongst the canoes, along with the silent and live auctions. The move will enhance the recreation of the original fur traders' supper club dining experience with fine food, period music and daring tales.
Cocktails at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm. Silent and live auctions, live music. Dress code: Fur trade or formal wear circa 1800 or black tie.
The Canadian Canoe Museum, 910 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough, ON
If you have questions about the event, or would like to donate items for the live or silent auction, please contact: 705.748.9153 x211 or gala@canoemuseum.ca

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, October 23, 2016, 1:00pm
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.
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat. Or perhaps pair you up with someone in a canoe.
It is getting a bit cool, so should bring a dry change of clothes, just in case.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Paddle postponed to tomorrow due to strong winds
WWCKC Paddle, Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00pm
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.
Timothy can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
It is getting a bit cool, so should bring a dry change of clothes, just in case.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Grand River, Freeport to Blair (Moyers Landing) (click to see map)
Tim has some boats that he is willing to loan if not otherwise spoken for.
It is getting a bit cool, so should bring a dry change of clothes, just in case.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Reel Paddling Film Festival, Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1:00pm
Hosted by Makinaak Paddling/PADDLE. PADDLE will be donating proceeds to the Diabetes programs at local hospitals.
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 at door, or $12.00 in advance at the Bookshelf, Adventure Guide (Waterloo), or online from Eventbrite.
The Bookshelf Cinema - 41 Quebec St, Guelph

WWCKC Annual General Meeting and Presentation night, Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7 pm
Come out for the AGM, and a presentation on 'it's a surprise'.
Your 2017 membership must be renewed in order to vote at the AGM.
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (click to see map)
Room 101 - 455 University Avenue West, Kitchener. Parking lot is behind the school, so turn onto Resurrection Dr, at the traffic light, and go to the second entrance.

WWCKC Paddle, Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1:00pm
Grand River, Kaufman Flats to Victoria St (click to see map)
Moving water
Tim can lend a kayak, a paddle and a PFD to someone who wants to participate but doesn't have a boat.
It is getting quite cool.  Dress warmly.  Advisable to have spare clothing in the unlikely event of tipping in.  The water is shallow.  Something on your feet to keep them warm and dry would be wise in case you get stuck.
For shuttle, we will meet at 12:30.
Contact Timothy Grant, tgrant@opentext.com, 519-404-7402

Paddle The Pool!, Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15pm
Work on your kayaking 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 $10.50 cash per visit.
See the poster in the message on our Google Groups page.

WWCKC Annual Christmas Social, Thursday, December 8, 2016 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! Bring your best printed 4 x 6 paddling-related photo for our photo contest, as well as any other photos you would like to share. 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.
Please do not bring beverages since they are available at the bar!
Wing 404 (click to see map)
510 Dutton Drive, Waterloo
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