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2016

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

Map & Compass Reading Course, 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.
Joe Bourgeois is the owner/operator of Akuni Adventures. He is a Canadian Society of Training and Development - Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), ORCKA Level 2 Canoe Tripping Instructor, ORCKA Level 2 Canadian Style Paddling Instructor, ORCKA River Running Level 2 Instructor, ORCKA Basic Instructor, ORCKA Basic Instructor Director, ORCKA Canoe Tripping 3 Leader and National Green Check GPS Instructor Trainer. He also has British Columbia Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Medical Associates ‘Wilderness First Responder’ First Aid, Swift Water Rescue Technician and CPR.
Cost is $110 plus HST. Register at http://www.akuni.com/courses/navigation-courses/map-and-compass.html

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

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

Canoe North Adventures
Wanted: Paddlers! Just A Few Spots Available for 2016
Nahanni River - Aug 6 - 20
Mountain River- July 24 - 26
Keele River - July 27 - Aug 9
Yukon River - Aug 22 - Sept 1
Horton River - Aug 25 - Sept 6
Contact info@canoenorthadventures.com or phone 519-941-6654

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.
The Wabakimi Project is a unique grassroots volunteer initiative founded in 2004 to explore and document the historical and traditional canoe routes of Wabakimi Provincial Park. Since its inception, the scope of this ambitious conservancy effort has been expanded to include the canoe routes that lie on the Crown lands adjacent to the park. They provide vital access to Wabakimi as well as strategic links to other nearby provincial parks and conservation reserves.To date, 187 individual volunteers from across North America and Europe have collectively spent a total of 1,027 days on 123 trips exploring and mapping the canoe routes of the Wabakimi Area. Together, they've travelled 4,682km (2,909 miles) through this vast, virtually-roadless wilderness, inventoried and cleaned 896 campsites and located and cleared 895 portages whose measured lengths have totalled 237,078m (259,272 yards or 47,140 rods).
Each year, The Wabakimi Project operates continuously from late May to mid-September. Applications are welcome from eligible paddlers interested in participating in this worthwhile canoe route conservancy effort. Early registration is strongly recommended as bookings are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact WWCKC club member Paul van Arragon at paul.vanarragon@gmail.com.


2015
Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival, Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, 2015
Friday: The Reel Paddling Film Festival will be shown at Festival Hall in Pembroke Ontario. Tickets can be purchased online for only $8 each.
Saturday: Is Race Day! The 13 km race start in Petawawa and finishes in Pembroke. The 4km, 1km and kids races are based out of Pembroke’s Riverside Park. After the races, take part in clinics, games, demos, SUP yoga, kids area, food area, live music, white water brewing and more.
Sunday: Join in to raise funds for Stand Up For CHEO. A relaxed easy paced social Stand Up Paddle to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

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.

ORCKA Kayak Tripping Courses 2015
The Ontario Recreational Canoeing & Kayaking Association (ORCKA) organises courses for anyone who is interested in becoming a Kayak Trip Leader or Kayak Tripping Instructor. Click to open a PDF document with details.
Any one who has any questions is encouraged to contact Bob Aylesworth at bobaylesworthoutdoors@gmail.com or 519 728-0064.

Palmer River Fest, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, (Victoria Day Weekend) 2015
Palmer River Fest is a unique and accessible paddling festival at Palmer Rapids, hosted by Paddler Co-op. This is an event for all paddlers—canoe and kayak, new paddlers, experienced boaters and everyone in between.
Click here for course information.

Paddlepalooza Kayak Festival, Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24 2015
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre in Parry Sound brings together some of Ontario's best sea kayak instructors and then sprinkles in some out of province talent for a spring tune-up symposium.

Canoe North Adventures Mountain River whitewater canoe trip - August 4 to Aug 16, 2015
This quality expedition starts with an exhilarating flight to the headwaters high in the Mackenzie Mountains. With its six canyons, the Mountain offers spectacular vistas, gracious campsites, frisky rapids, excellent hiking, and great camaraderie and fun. Wildlife includes Dahl’s sheep, mountain caribou, moose, grizzly and black bears, golden and bald eagles and falcons. If you have intermediate or advanced canoeing experience the Mountain River would look awesome on your tripping resume!
Contact info@canoenorthadventures.com or phone 519-941-6654


2014
Palmer River Fest, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, (Victoria Day Weekend) 2014
Palmer River Fest is a unique and accessible paddling festival at Palmer Rapids, hosted by Paddler Co-op. This is an event for all paddlers—canoe and kayak, new paddlers, experienced boaters and everyone in between.
Click here for course information.

Paddlepalooza Kayak Festival, Friday, May 23 to Sunday, May 25 2014
Ontario Sea Kayak Centre in Parry Sound brings together some of Ontario's best sea kayak instructors and then sprinkles in some out of province talent for a spring tune-up symposium.

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