GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR CCC PADDLING TRIP –
Choose the right level, consulting the trip leader if unsure. Given the capricious nature of water, wind and weather, levels can only be a guide, but new paddlers should choose paddles rated suitable for all. These will be trips of shorter duration and not include large bodies of open water or the St. Lawrence.
Contact the leader well ahead , if you are looking for, or would like to be a canoe partner. The leader will attempt to match members, and/or may have suggestions of likely partners.
At trip leaders discretion , some events will have limits on number of participants. Ensure you book early to avoid disappointment (remembering to inform the leader if you are subsequently unable to attend)!
To reduce environmental impact, ease congestion at parking sites (and enjoy good conversation with your passenger) members are asked to ride share where possible.
– Get to know as many new people as you can
– Learn all the paddling skills you can
– Have fun!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 ST – PARROTS BAY HIKE
Enjoy easy trails in this pretty forested area surrounding a bay draining into the St. Lawrence River. Previous landowners left a couple of abandoned cars hidden away which have become vintage models. If there is a lot of snow, Susan may substitute Lemoine Point as a destination for a local ski. Keep posted by calling Susan: 613-542-6146 before 9p.m.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
Last winter, Ernest Rae, a member of Triangle Ski Club, invited members to join him on weekly outings of classical cross country skiing. For the 2020 season, he generously repeats his offer of weekly outings every Sunday in February! Situated near Brockville, Triangle Ski Club has 35 km of picturesque trails with 17 km groomed for beginners, intermediate, and expert skiers. It is said there is often snow in Brockville area
when lacking in Kingston. The club also boasts snowshoe trails and an attractive chalet to warm-up in on brisk days.
Day User fee is $10:00.
In consideration of unpredictable snow coverage and significant distance to
Brockville, participants are advised to check the latest Brockville weather forecast before contacting Ernest for trail conditions and feasibility of the ski:
Ernest may be contacted by email at email@example.com ,
and/or call 613-329-5031.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2ND & MONDAY FEBRUARY 3RD – PINECLIFF RESORT
Join us on this excursion as we head to Pinecliff resort in Combermere, near Bancroft, where we have reserved Cottage #1 https://www.pinecliff.com/index.php/cottages/cottage-1-the-lodge#!cottage_1_1
Options will be to ski at Silent lake on Sunday on the way there, and then ski Opeongo ski club on Monday ( https://opeongonordic.com/ ) and if you still have energy after enjoying the indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the resort we can ski again Tuesday on the way home.
Email Beth early as space is limited Chickonwater@gmail.com
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH – FRONTENAC PARK SWAMP HOP
This is backyard territory for Janice and Eric who expertly weave their way across frozen swamps to find the most favourable scenic route. Starting from the trail centre, this may be a hike, ski or snowshoe depending on conditions.
Park fees apply. Call Janice for latest indications: 613-542-9948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH – TRIANGLE SKI CLUB – SEE DETAILS FEBRUARY 2ND
FRI/SAT., FEBRUARY 14/15 – GATINEAU (KESKINADA) LOPPET – COMPANIONS SOLICITED
(NOTE: NOT A CARARAQUI CANOE CLUB SANCTIONED EVENT)
Dave Linton invites members to join him in this fully supported 27 km classic x-country ski event, starting and ending at Mont Bleu. Start time 9 AM (no busing), appealing to competitive and recreational skiers from around the world, as he celebrates his 80th Birthday!
Dave advises participants to consider this as just another day (5-7hrs) of recreational skiing.Stay overnight in Gatineau ready to pick up your race package for 0900 a.m. start.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH – AMHERST ISLAND OWL WOODS
Steve will be our informed guide: ‘The Owl Woods on Amherst Island are world famous for owls in winter. You may see: Snowy, Barred, Northern Saw Whet, Boreal, Long Eared, Short Eared, and the occasional Great Horned Owl. Chickadees and Nut Hatches will eat from your hand. Woodpeckers and Northern Harriers are common. Viewings are erratic depending on feeding conditions – it is a good hike regardless.
Bring binoculars, cameras, and suitable footwear for the km hike in. Where possible we will carpool from our rendezvous point – there is a fee for the ferry.
Call Steve: 613-542-1054
SUNDAY, FEB 16TH – TRIANGLE SKI CLUB – SEE DETAILS FEBRUARY 2ND
SATURDAY, FEB 22nd – CATARAQUI TRAIL OUTING & SOCIAL GATHERING
A few hours of skiing/snowshoeing /hiking (depending on weather and inclination) on the Cat Trail starting from Ingrid’s home at the north east end of Sydenham Lake. Bring your lunch to enjoy early afternoon on the trail or later at Ingrid’s, where hot beverages will be provided to sip on in front of the fireplace.
Contact Ingrid for details at 613-376-6787 (before 9 p.m.).
SUNDAY, FEB 23rd – TRIANGLE SKI CLUB – SEE DETAILS FEBRUARY 2ND
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH – HIKE/SKI/SNOWSHOE BLUE MOUNTAIN
This trip is a combination of trail and off-trail hiking at Blue Mountain on the south side of Charleston Lake. The hiking trails leading to and from Blue Mountain are great for skiing, and there are opportunities to stray from the trail to take in other points of interest. The ascent to the top of Blue Mountain is challenging and the view from the top wonderful. Depending on conditions we may ski down or scramble on foot if hiking.
Rugged terrain with a steep ascent. Call Jim for an update: 613-382-8682.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH – GOULD LAKE HIKE/SNOWSHOE
Come and enjoy scenic views of Gould Lake from Ridgewalk Trail and shoreline vistas from the Rideau Trail. Hike begins and ends at the CRCA parking lot near the barn.
Approximately 8 km of fairly rugged terrain with steep sections.
Call Jim and Dagmar at 613-305-2849 to join in.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 – MYSTERY HIKE/SKI/SNOWSHOE
In revelation that we are close to the official first day of spring in 2020, you are invited to join Dave in celebration of this blessed event. How and where will remain a mystery, but keep your hiking boots, skis, and snowshoes at the ready. Our fickle weather will reveal clues as the date nears. Again we will celebrate the changing of the seasons, and the arrival of glorious spring.
You may call or email Dave to solve this mystery and affirm your wishes to participate:
Email email@example.com or call 613-376-6883
SATURDAY MARCH 21, CATARAQUI TRAIL HIKE OR SKI
Join Steve for a hike/ski on the Cataraqui Trail off Perth Road. This is a rails to trail, so the terrain is mainly flat but surprisingly scenic. Easy to get to, with plenty of parking, this trip is suitable for all. Distance to be determined.
Call Steve: 613-542-1054 to take part
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 – MORNING HIKE AT LEMOINE POINT.
Dukke leads us on a morning hike to build an appetite for the delicious dishes to be enjoyed at a CCC potluck party. Get gastric and creative juices flowing freely, while the ever changing St. Lawrence provides inspiration for great summer trips.
Gentle terrain, 8-10km. Call Dukke 613-384-6054 for details.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 – POTLUCK SCHEDULE MAKING PARTY
Once again Karen has volunteered to be our congenial host at a time of year when a party is most welcome and anticipation of summer is at its height. Come to enjoy good fellowship, good food and fun as we plan the best summer paddling ever. New members are especially welcome, knowledge of canoe routes is not a prerequisite!
Call Karen at 613-547-2691 to join in.
(If you have a trip suggestion but cannot make the party, please email Margaret: firstname.lastname@example.org Bonus: you are more likely to secure your chosen date!)S
SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH – HIKE PARROTT’S BAY
Parrott’s Bay has 289 acres of woods and wetlands with beautiful waterfront views. Six km of gentle trails cross woodland, wetland and field areas to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation. Maybe not too early for returning birds?
Contact Paul and Janice at 613-877-3907 (before 9 p.m.), or email: email@example.com
SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH – MOIRA RIVER WHITE WATER
Lost Channel to Latta is a long time favourite spring white water paddle. It is suitable for all with some white water experience, and proper attire for icy water. There are many kilometers of grade 1-2 rapids, with a few grade 3, and a shuttle in the middle. (Steve says it is a remarkably safe river, he would see whole families out enjoying the fun during the 60’s and 70’s.)
Weather and water conditions are critical for this type of activity so the trip will be postponed to a day alternate to any other regularly scheduled weekend trip if appropriate. The trip may even be repeated depending on conditions. Call Steve at 613-542-1054 for details.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11th – NAPANEE RIVER WHITEWATER PADDLE
The 8 km stretch between Yarker and Camden East is an excellent introduction to whitewater for beginners. Near the put-in and take-out are two 500m Class 1 rapids. If you are a competent flat water paddler and ready for a taste of whitewater, perhaps you could tandem with a CCC veteran in a fully fitted club whitewater canoe.
Remember this is early season at peak water levels, and adequate cold water protection is essential (e.g., wetsuit). Call Mark on his cell: 613-328-6854.
(Note: Plans may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled depending on weather and water levels.)
SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH – LOWER SALMON RIVER WHITEWATER PADDLE
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.
Some whitewater experience, plus cold-water protection (e.g., wetsuit), and suitable watercraft and equipment, are essential as the water will be frigid and at peak levels. Call Mark on his cell: 613-328-6854.
(Notes: Plans may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled depending on weather conditions and water levels. A parking fee at Kingsford Conservation Area may apply.)
SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH – HARDWOOD CREEK, VERONA TO PETWORTH.
When raised by spring runoff, Hardwood Creek and the Napanee River provide a secluded 18km paddle with a 19km shuttle. Mostly flatwater and gentle current but includes about
300m of swifts with bouncy waves at Petworth.
Suitable for all experienced paddlers, with an option to shorten the trip to 13km by taking out 1km north of Petworth. 19km Shuttle. Dress warmly for early season with possible cool air and water temperatures. Call Bob at 613-384-4482 to take part.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25th – MASSASSAUGA CREEK PADDLE
A favourite early season flat water paddle, and another CCC classic orchestrated by Janice and Eric. There may be snow on the banks but it’s intoxicating to be afloat again. There are invariably beaver dam lift-overs which are easier to manage with a canoe rather than a kayak. A short (optional) hike will be arranged around the lunch stop.
The creek is sheltered but water and air temperatures may remain low. Suitable for all levels of experienced paddlers. Call Janice for details: 613-542-9958 or email Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, MAY 2nd – GANANOQUE RIVER PADDLE
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 at Maple Grove, paddling up to the dam at Marble Rock and return.
Suitable for all levels, no shuttle or portages. Contact Larry by e-mail: email@example.com or phone 613-372-0858.
CATARAQUI CANOE CLUB OPEN HOUSE
MAY 5th & 6th (TUE/WED) 6-8 p.m.
Cataraqui Canoe Club Open House is held at the boathouse (on two evenings again 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 10TH – 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.
Suitable for all levels, bring your Mom, children, grand-children!
Details from Debbie at 613-374-1704
SATURDAY, MAY 16TH – SECOND WHITE WATER RUN ON LOWER SALMON
‘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
SATURDAY, MAY 23RD – LOWER MADAWASKA RIVER WHITEWATER
Jim MacLachlan will lead a day trip on the Lower Madawaska River from Aumond’s Bay to Buck Bay on Saturday, May 23. The Aumond’s Bay put-in is about 2.5 hours drive north of Kingston. This section of the Madawaska River is a very scenic stretch of whitewater with 8 distinct rapids. The club often paddles the Lower Madawaska on the July long weekend. With this trip being scheduled 5 weeks earlier, water levels are expected to be high but not too difficult (Class 1 – 3) – suitable for whitewater kayaks and canoes equipped with added flotation.
The water temperature will still be low so wet suits or dry suits are necessary. Regular whitewater safety equipment is required.
Call Jim MacLachlan for more details: 613 382-8682
SUNDAY, MAY 24TH – NAPANEE RIVER PADDLE
A relaxing flat water 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 to eat on the dock. Suitable for members at all levels.
12km. Full day approx. 4 hours paddling, beginner plus level.
Email Sam (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-770-4873
SATURDAY, MAY 30TH – LOUGHBOROUGH LAKE SHORELINE PADDLE
Explore part of the Loughborough Lake shoreline, launching from Perth Road we can choose the most favourable direction. With spring water levels, we will paddle into various creeks and bays, observing shoreline plants and birdlife. 10-12km. We may stop for lunch on a small beach (depending on water levels) in a hidden bay.
No shuttle or portages: For more information and to participate, call Mieke Van Geest, 613-546-7542 (preferred) or email email@example.com
The next 4 months coming soon!