Events

Please contact the leader well ahead of an event, especially if you are looking for, or would like to be a canoe partner. The leader will attempt to match members, and/or may have some suggestions of likely partners.

May 2019

SATURDAY, MAY 4TH – GANANOQUE RIVER PADDLE – MODIFIED

The Gananoque River contains marvelously scenic views, including the lakes and streams that extend its watercourse. This paddle is section number one of three that form the Gananoque River Paddling Trail which winds through the heart of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve and the Thousand Islands watershed. Larry plans to start by launching from the boat launch at Maple Grove and paddling upstream towards Marble Rock Damn or about 1.5 hours and then return.

Suitable for all levels, no shuttle or portages. Contact Larry by e-mail: larrys@kos.net or phone 613-372-0858.

SUNDAY, MAY 5TH – SECOND WHITE WATER RUN ON LOWER SALMON – rescheduled from Saturday April 20

‘Paddle the scenic, cedar-fringed Lower Salmon River starting at Roblin and continuing for 12 km to Kingsford through swifts and Class 1-2 rapids with two short portages.’ This will be CCC second run on the Lower Salmon, but likely one of many for Dugald.

Water and air temperature will have warmed to some extent, but check with Dugald (613-542-8628) as you sign up, to see if a wet suit is essential and/or you have sufficient white water experience.

CATARAQUI CANOE CLUB OPEN HOUSE MAY 7TH& 8TH (TUE/WED) 6-8 p.m.

Cataraqui Canoe Club Open House is held at the boathouse (on two evenings this year) from 6-8 p.m: Invite your friends, neighbours, colleagues! They may be surprised to learn that Kingston not only has a vibrant canoe/kayak club with a fleet available to members, but also an active outdoor programme that runs throughout the year.

Come to renew acquaintances, make new ones, see what’s happening over the summer and sign up for clinics. Enjoy refreshments and demos from local outfitters. (If you have not already done so, a chance to renew your membership.)

SUNDAY, MAY 12TH – NAPANEE RIVER MOTHER’S DAY PADDLE

No whitewater this time, just a gentle current on one of the prettiest stretches of Napanee River upstream from Petworth. Trees will be starting to leaf, spring flowers to bloom and perhaps fiddleheads ready to pick. Distance, pace and time will be adjusted to the ability of the paddlers, but is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a break for lunch.

Bring your Mom, children, grand-children! Details from Debbie at 613-374-1704

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH – GOULD LAKE PADDLE

A local gem! Dugald invites us to enjoy a leisurely exploration of Gould Lake, with its 18km of mainly undeveloped shoreline and its dozen picturesque islands. We shall paddle about 12km and beach on a sandy bay for lunch.

We hope to attract new paddlers at Open House and this 12km paddle could be suitable for beginners. No shuttle or portages: Call Dugald 613-542-8628 (preferred) or email dcarmichae1@cogeco.ca

SATURDAY, MAY 25TH – LOUGHBOROUGH LAKE SHORELINE PADDLE

Explore part of the Loughborough Lake shoreline, starting from Perth Rd. With spring water levels, we can paddle into various creeks and bays, observing shoreline plants and birdlife. 10-12km. We’ll stop for lunch on a small beach (depending on water levels) in a hidden bay.

Rain date – Sunday, May 26

No shuttle or portages: For more information and to participate, call Mieke Van Geest, 613-546-7542 (preferred) or email mvangeest@cogeco.ca

June 2019

SATURDAY JUNE 1st – NAPANEE RIVER PADDLE

A relaxing paddle on the scenic Napanee River. We will put in and take out at the Waterfront River Restaurant. We go downstream for approximately 6km and return for a total of 12km. Lunch at the Waterfront River Restaurant, or bring a picnic, there is space to sit on the dock. Suitable for members at all levels.

12km. Full day approx. 4 hours paddling, beginner plus level Email Sam (preferred): samcheng3@gmail.com or call 613-770-4873

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH – INVITATION TO JOIN KINGSTON VELO CLUB

(To reciprocate: CCC has invited KVC to spend an evening ‘Paddling from the Boathouse’.)

NOTE: NOT A CCC SANCTIONED EVENT

The Kingston Velo Club invites Cataraqui Canoe Club members to join them in an exhilarating bicycle ride to Wolfe Island and return on Saturday, June 8th. Meeting at the Boathouse, ready to leave at 9 a.m. We will cycle to catch the 9:30 a.m. ferry followed by an easy paced ride on the island – you will not be left behind!

Option to lunch at Island Grill, or bring a picnic to enjoy on shore. Return on 2:30 pm ferry.

Register with ride leader Gordon Smith. Call 613-217-4431 or email: president@kingstonveloclub.ca

Please ensure your bike is in safe condition and ready to roll. Bring water and a spare tube. Helmets must be worn by all riders. As KVC guests you will be asked to sign the standard KVC Guest Waiver

SUNDAY JUNE 9TH – RIDEAU PADDLE FROM SEELEY’S BAY

Robert offers an early paddle on a lovely section of Rideau River from Seeley’s Bay. Put-in and take-out at Centennial Park, paddling north to Jones Falls and return. Possibility of enjoying a delicious Sunday Brunch at Hotel Kenney or picnic by the locks. If there is enough water to take the route through Dean’s Pond, there will be lift overs. For significant waves, a shorter trip from Morton may be arranged for canoes.

18km full day paddle, Intermediate level. Occasional high wind and waves. Call Robert 613 -542-9626 or email: retolley@hotmail.com to find out more.

SATURDAY JUNE 15TH – ST LAWRENCE RIVER

Join Sam (20 km) or Mary (12 km) on a paddle of the St. Lawrence. Sam will put in at Gray’s Beach, proceed easterly to Landon’s Bay where he will join Mary’s group in paddling Landon’s Bay Creek, a total distance of 5km. Both groups will then proceed to a lunch spot on a National Park Island, situated between Potato and Downie Islands. Following lunch Sam’s group will return to Gray’s Beach and Mary’s to Landon Bay.

This is a full day trip, distance 12 or 20km. No shuttle. There is potential for high winds, big waves and strong current on the river- experienced paddlers only. If interested in paddling 12km email Mary (preferred): kayak_ski@hotmail.com or call 613- 536-5486. For 20km email Sam (preferred) samcheng3@gmail.com or phone 613-770-4873 Note: Each participant is required to pay a beaching fee of approximately $6 per vessel for the use of the 1000 Island National Park. For details visit pc.gc.ca

SATURDAY JUNE 22ND– DEVIL LAKE PADDLE

(Rain date: Sunday 23RD)

Devil Lake has 36 miles of shoreline, offering many scenic islands and bays to explore, including finding the Devil’s face. With luck you will come across loons, osprey, and possibly sight the bald eagle family. We will stop for a lunch and swim.

15km paddle, moderate level. Participant limit 20. High wind & waves possible. Email Marlene (preferred): mrothenbury@gmail.com or call 613-389-5890

SATURDAY JUNE 29 – PADDLE WEST SHARBOT LAKE

Come and join me for a paddle on West Sharbot Lake with its many picturesque bays and islands. We will stop for lunch and swim at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park. The paddle is in the form of a 7km loop. Afterwards we may stop at the Sharbot Lake Country Inn for a ‘cold one’, or take a coffee and muffin at the Cardinal Café in Sharbot Lake.

Full day paddling, distance 8+km, 3 hours. No shuttle, suitable for all levels.

Phone Bob: 613-384-4482

SATURDAY JUNE 29TH TO MONDAY JULY 1ST – PALMER RAPIDS WHITEWATER

Palmer Rapids has been a club white water holiday weekend for many years. The perfect place to hone whitewater skills and learn new ones. Alternatively enjoy camping, body surfing, and just watching from the shore. Although a traditional get away for whitewater enthusiasts, the location has charms galore for flatwater paddling. John T describes it as a wonderful place. Come for the weekend or come for a day!

Whitewater or other club boats may be rented for the trip. Call Ed 613-389-4459 or email: ejezak@bell.net

July 2019

KAYAKERS – EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!

NOTE: NOT A CCC SANCTIONED EVENT

SATURDAY JULY 6TH – KING WOLF SWIM

Escort swimmers from across the globe on a challenging point to point open water swim from Kingston to Wolfe Island. The 5km and 11km swims are followed by a free Brunch Buffet on Wolfe Island.

Visit www.kingwolfswim.com to find out more

SUNDAY JULY 7TH – DESERT LAKE PADDLE

Come and enjoy a paddle on picturesque Desert Lake. Six km long and up to 68m deep, it is studded with a dozen crown land islands. Susan invites you to enjoy a paddle and swim, long or short depending on your preference.

Distance to be determined. Call Susan at 613-542-6146 before 8 p.m.

SATURDAY JULY 13TH – PADDLE CANOE LAKE

Revel in the crystal clear water and rugged shorelines of Canoe Lake. Lunch at an east shore sandy beach and enjoy a swim.

Paddle up to 12km. Suitable for all levels, no shuttle, no portages. Contact Larry by e-mail: larrys@kos.net or phone 613-372-0858.

SATURDAY JULY 20TH – LAKES & TRAILS FESTIVAL SYDENHAM

Again this year Dave will lead a CCC flotilla on Sydenham Lake to ‘sail past’ The Point before joining Sydenham Lakes and Trails festivities.

Weather permitting, the plan is to put in at the Wilmer Rd. Boat Ramp, and disembark at the Point Park in time to participate in The Historic (one hour) walk.

Approx. 12km paddle, hopefully in calm open water (but bring a skirt). Dave will finalize the route depending on conditions.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the live music, historic walks, dragon boat instruction, lawn games and many other attractions – culminating in a free community BBQ, with ice cream, and prizes!

Full day activity with a 12-15 km family friendly paddle suitable for all. Call Dave 613-376-6863 or email: djlinton72@hotmail.com

SUNDAY JULY 21ST – PADDLE NORTH END OF LOUGHBOROUGH LAKE

Putting in at the public launch in Battersea, we paddle northerly among numerous islands, seven posted as crown land, on this beautiful lake so close to Kingston.

Distance to be determined, suitable for all paddlers. No shuttle or portages. Call Steven 613-542-1054 or email: manderssteve@yahoo.com

SATURDAY JULY 27TH – RIDEAU LAKES PADDLE

Join Janice and Eric for a day of paddling through several Rideau Lakes: Clear, Indian, Benson, Mosquito and Newboro, for a total of approx. 16km. Followed by a BBQ and potluck lunch at their farmhouse on Benson Lake. The ideal summer paddling experience!

16 km, no shuttle or portages. Call Janice: 613-542-9948 or email janice.ley@cogeco.ca

August 2019

SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD – EASY SHORT PADDLE FROM THE BOATHOUSE

Some people hesitate to join us on a scheduled paddle, fearing that it might be too demanding. This is intended to be an easy paddle. In calm conditions we can paddle along the shore to the Causeway (0.9 km), Macdonald Park (3 km), Tett Centre (4.2 km), Olympic Harbour (5.5 km) to Ontario Park (6.7 km). We could stop at any of the previous points mentioned. If there is wind of over 10km/hr then we do not want to be in the open water of the harbour. So we would head in the opposite direction along the Cataraqui River, bridge at Hwy 401 (5 km) and to Kingston Mills (7 km). Either way we would stop for lunch at the end, and return.

An opportunity to try club boats without the need to transport them. 14 km all levels, 4 hours paddling. Call Ed 613-389-4459 or email: ejezak@bell.net

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH – KAYAK PADDLE FROM ROCKPORT

You are invited to paddle the St. Lawrence River from Rockport to Ivy Lea via Smugglers Cove. After lunch on Ash Island we return by Fiddlers Elbow and Lost Channel. We will be paddling in the heart of the 1000 Islands among spectacular scenery and magnificent mansions. Refreshments when done.

Total distance 16 km. Full day, intermediate level. An easy distance for kayakers but canoeists need extra caution. Wave action and seaway traffic can be challenging. Call Jim at 613-305-2849.

Don’t stow the boats away – Ernest offers an interesting new paddle on Sunday!

SUNDAY AUGUST 11TH – RED HORSE LAKE PADDLE

Ernest invites you to paddle from his property near Gananoque River to Red Horse Lake. As a new paddling leader, he has asked Ed to assist him. A one hour paddle takes you into the lake to see the Red Horse Petroglyph. Continue the paddle to enter Washburn Bay. At the end of Cold Spring Bay there is a sandy beach on the border of Charleston Lake Provincial Park, the perfect spot for lunch.

Approx. 15 km. Suitable for all canoe or kayak levels. Contact Ernest via email at zoloneca@yahoo.com , and/or call 613-329-5031.

SATURDAY AUGUST 17TH – EAGLE LAKE PADDLE

Eagle Lake is one of CCC newer destinations enjoying sheltered waters with large bays and islands yet to explore. It also has the perfect swim spot on a beautiful granite island. Put in from a sandy beach at the public launch site with lots of available parking.

Approx. 16 km, 4 hours paddling, full day trip. No shuttle or portages. Intermediate level, this is a windy lake where whitecaps may develop. Call Don at 613-384-4346 (before 9p.m.) for details.

SUNDAY AUGUST 18TH – SCHEDULE PLANNING BBQ

Paul and Janice invite members to enjoy a BBQ with potluck at their home in Bath, the perfect setting to imagine we can prolong summer activities way into the fall!

Pleased to report that schedule parties have been well attended – our hosts may appreciate if you bring a lawn chair. Contact Paul and Janice a few days in advance: 613-877-3907 (preferably before 9 p.m), or email: paul_jepson@yahoo.com

(If you have a trip suggestion but can’t make the party, email Margaret: wildmargaret@yahoo.ca Bonus: you are more likely to secure your chosen date.)

SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH – MORTON TO LYNDHURST THRU BEVERLEY LAKE

This full day trip includes river, lake and creek paddling with only a 7 km shuttle between. Examine little known pictographs enroute. There is time to lunch and swim on the beach at Delta, or purchase food from the camp snack bar. Post paddle ice cream in Lyndhurst never tasted better.

18 km, 6 hour, full day trip. Intermediate level. Short shuttle, no portages. Call Robert 613-542-9626 or email: retolley@hotmail.com

SATURDAY AUGUST 31ST – MELLON-LAKE PADDLE

A 1 km paddle up Mellon Creek brings us to a deep secluded lake, 4 km long with only 15 cottages. Most of the shoreline is crown land. Scenic granite ridges beside the lake are home to the five-lined skink, Ontario’s only lizard. Weather permitting, we shall paddle the full length of the shoreline. Leisurely paddlers can keep pace with the fleet by shortcutting across narrow bays and/or taking a siesta after lunch.

Distance: 10-15 km. Full day paddle, all levels. No shuttle; no portages; no zebra-mussels. Call Dugald 613-542-8628

September 2019

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST – FRONTENAC CHALLENGE SLIDE LAKE LOOP HIKE

(Rain date: Monday Sept. 2nd)

Each year Frontenac Provincial Park challenges hikers to complete 160km of trails in the park during September and October. Slide Lake Loop at 23km is the longest, most rugged section, requiring an extra walk-in to the trail head. To circumvent the walk we paddle in from Buck Lake. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner at Smitty’s following.

10km paddling, 23km+ hiking. Be prepared for a long day 10+ hours. Call Robert 613-542-9626 or email: retolley@hotmail.com

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH – LAKE OPINICON TO CHAFFEYS LOCK

A most scenic connection to the historic Rideau Canal that we rarely schedule since parking is restricted. John plans to explore options over the summer, but participation may be limited. Possible lunch at the beautifully renovated Opinicon Lodge, or picnic by the locks.

Approx. 16km. Call John at 613-531-5156 or email: johntelgmann1@gmail.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH – CCC HISTORIC HIKE – “KINGSTON GETS ACTIVE“

1-4 p.m. CCC has aligned with a city-wide program during September to encourage people to become physically active. Members are invited to join board members at the Boathouse in welcoming the public and introducing them to our club. Then heading out on a 6-8km urban hike (with possibilities to shorten), tracing the history of Cataraqui Canoe Club since 1896. Help us to promote the great resource we have in the Club!

Call Margaret 613-542-9626 or email wildmargaret@yahoo.ca

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH – CHARLESTON LAKE KAYAK PADDLE

Charleston is a beautiful lake, located in the Frontenac Arch biosphere, standing at 9 miles long and 4 miles wide. The lake itself is full of islands, coves, reefs and some of the clearest water you will see in Ontario.

Paddle an approx. 20km loop. No shuttle or portages. Intermediate skills are required to be comfortable paddling in white caps, as significant winds can be encountered on route. Kayak skirts and associated safety equipment with practical experience on how to use it is necessary. Rendezvous point will be dependent on weather conditions. Park fees apply. Call Don at 613-384-4346 (before 9p.m.)

SUNDAY SEPETEMBER 15TH – FIRST DEPOT LAKE

Not a long paddle, but a lake not many have paddled before, and will likely be interested in exploring the many places to take out and swim. Bob remembers fishing there for pickerel in the 80’s.

Approx. 8km, 3 hours , full day paddling. All levels. Phone Bob: 613-384-4482

FRI/SAT/SUN/MON, SEPTEMBER 20/21/22/23 – FRONTENAC PARK CAMPING

We will reserve sites at Camp #8 on the east end of Birch Lake. It is a delightful setting among tall pines on a point of land. Space for camping is restricted and must be reserved with the park in advance. Club members are invited to join us for any of our two full days or three nights. Some campers will be participating in the Frontenac Challenge and use the site as base camp. It is about a one hour paddle from Kingsford Lake or the Desert Lake campgrounds. The short distance is ideal for canoes with a load of camping gear. Kayakers may be able to find help with their gear. You may select Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or all three nights.

Approx. 5km or one hour to camp. 1-3 days optional paddling and/or hiking trips. All levels. Call Steven 613-542-1054 or email: manderssteve@yahoo.com