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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST – KAYAK INSTRUCTION AT GRASS CREEK PARK
(For experienced paddlers only: space still available at time of press – Click on Clinics for full details)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH – LAKE OPINICON PADDLE
A most scenic connection to the historic Rideau Canal that we rarely schedule since parking is restricted. Jim has kindly taken over the paddle since John was unavailable, and explored options in each direction, but participation may be limited. Possible lunch at the beautifully renovated Opinicon Lodge, or picnic by the locks.
Approx. 16km. Expected to be at intermediate level, but call Jim at 613-382-8682 for final details
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH – 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 SEPTEMBER 15TH – FIFTH 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
WED/THU/FRI/SAT, SEPTEMBER 18 (noon) /19/20/21 (noon) – 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 Wednesday, Thursday or Friday , 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: email@example.com
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 – CIRCUMNAVIGATE BOSTWICK ISLAND
Bostwick is one of many islands in the heart of the St Lawrence in the Gananoque area. We will start from Gray’s Beach and go west toward Gananoque. In addition to the circumnavigation of Bostwick, we’ll tour other islands. With luck, we may be able to enjoy the amazing fall colour of the St Lawrence.
This is a full day trip with total distance of approximately 18 to 20 km. No shuttle. Potential strong winds, big waves, and strong current – experienced paddlers only. Email Sam (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-770-4873.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND – “KINGSTON GETS ACTIVE“
PADDLE FROM BOATHOUSE
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 Stacey at the Boathouse in welcoming the public and introducing them to our club. Some attendees may enjoy paddling with a member. Help us to promote the great resource we have in the Club! Refreshments will be served.
Paddle at beginner level, distance to be determined. Email Stacey Airhart: email@example.com or call 613-217-2139
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH – PUZZLE LAKE PADDLE
Come explore the rugged shorelines of two pristine lakes nestled among red granite ridges up to 30m high, marred by only 6 waterfront mansions. For a change, we shall skip Loyst Lake and paddle all the way around Puzzle Lake. Leisurely paddlers can keep pace with the fleet by shortcutting across any of several narrow bays. To ease congestion at the Gull-to-Puzzle portage, experienced paddlers will be urged not to wait until everybody has launched at the Gull-Creek put-in. Early portagers can explore the south bay of Puzzle Lake before we convene the whole fleet near the mouth of this bay.
Distance: 10-17km full day paddle. Intermediate Level. Portage: 300m round-trip, steep near the middle and both ends. No shuttle; no zebra-mussels. Due to limited parking, participation will be limited to 20. (Disappointed paddlers may be able to enjoy Susan’s paddle on Sunday.) Call Dugald 613-542-8628.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH – PADDLE CANOE LAKE
“One of the most beautiful deep lakes in the area” with excellent swimming spots if the weather holds.
Suitable for all levels, distance to be determined. Call Susan at 613-542-6146. before 8pm.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 5TH – PADDLE EAGLE LAKE
Eagle Lake is one of CCC newer destination enjoying scenic 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.
Approx. 16km, 4 hours paddling, full day trip. No shuttle or portages. Intermediate level, this is a windy lake where whitecaps may develop. The public launch site parking is often full, so Larry will restrict participation to eight cars – an added incentive to double up! (Disappointed paddlers may be available for Karen’s Second Depot Lake Paddle on Monday.) Contact Larry by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613-372-0858.
MONDAY OCTOBER 7TH – PADDLE SECOND DEPOT LAKE
“Monday, Monday……..” A club trip on a Monday to seize the last few days of paddling season. Easy put in, beautiful lake, fall colors. Depot Lakes Conservation Area is nestled in the heart of the Land o’ Lakes tourist region, just north of the village of Verona.
We will paddle approx. 10-15km. Multi-level paddle. Email Karen at email@example.com
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH – LYNDHURST TO OUTLET PADDLE
Interesting, long, and potentially arduous trip. From Lyndhurst to portage, reasonably sheltered about 10 km; the portage from Red Horse Lake to Donaldson Bay in Charleston Lake about 450 m; the paddle on Charleston lake to dock at Outlet, about 13 km, is more exposed to wind. The trajectory is south, north, east, south-east, finally south, so no matter whence the wind comes, if it comes, it will be a head wind sometime. If conditions deteriorate, we can turn back at any point up to the portage. Once in Charleston Lake we are committed to finish at Outlet.
Distance approx. 23km. Challenge level – for experienced paddlers only. Contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 613 389-4459.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 15TH-CATARAQUI CANOE CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
6:30 P.M. MEET & GREET, 7 P.M. MEETING
ONGWANADA RESOURCE CENTRE, 191 PORTSMOUTH AVE.
KINGSTON, ON K7M 8A6
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16TH – RIDEAU PADDLE
Wednesday (mid-week) October 16. This trip was planned for peak fall colours on the Rideau Canal at one of the most interesting places along the canal. We will do a leisurely paddle of about 6 km. each way from the top of the dam at Jones Falls to Davis Locks. We will be having lunch there. You will want to explore Jones Falls after the paddle if you have not already done so. Bring your camera.
Occasional strong wind and waves – Intermediate level. Call Steven 613-542-1054 or email: email@example.com
SATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH – PADDLE & POTLUCK AT NANCY’S COTTAGE
An event we look forward to each year: the traditional late season paddle (but three weeks earlier this year!) along the west flank of Frontenac Park, followed by a potluck at Nancy’s cottage on Eel Lake.
Call Dugald 613- 542-8628 and dress warmly for the paddle. Suitable for all levels. Contact Nancy for the potluck: 613-549-8856 (Participation limited to 18 -no limit for the paddle).
SUNDAY OCTOBER 27TH – HALLOWEEN HIKE TO GHOST TOWN
Just in time for Halloween, come out for a 15km hike that includes exploring a Ghost Town (last year replete with skeletons!) and picnic overlooking Big Rideau Lake. Hike follows a section of Rideau Trail that Robert and Margaret maintain, starting at Narrows Lock.
Email Margaret: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-542-9626 for details.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2ND – HIKE WITH THE DUTCH DUO
Join the Dashing Dutch Duo on a Delightful Dally in Little Cataraqui Conservation Area. The hike distance will be 10-15 kms. Wooden shoes are optional. Following the hike, everybody is invited to Mieke’s home to enjoy some Dutch Delicacies, possibly accompanied by a cold Dutch beverage.
Please call Mieke (613-546-7542) or Dukke (613-384-6054) before October 30th if you are planning to join them.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9TH – GOULD LAKE HIKE
Gould Lake Conservation Area is 589 hectares of wilderness located in the Canadian Shield. It is also the head waters of the Millhaven Creek System. Gould Lake and the surrounding lands are not only important for water management reasons, they also provide excellent wildlife habitat and offer many opportunities for nature appreciation and recreation in all seasons.
Don will decide the best way to appreciate the area dependent on weather conditions. Parking at the barn may involve a fee if you do not already have a conservation pass. Call Don at 613-929-8099.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH – HIKE FRONTENAC PARK NORTH – TETSMINE LOOP
Tettsmine is a very rugged, scenic trail of approximately 14km. Walking poles and/or sticks would be helpful for the steep sections.
Phone Bob C. at 613-384-4482 to take part.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23RD – LEMOINE POINT HIKE
Another local gem: highly accessible and deservedly popular, Lemoine Point includes woodland and meadow trails with sweeping vistas of the ever changing St. Lawrence. Join Susan for a hike of approx. 10 km
Call Susan at 613-542-6146 before 8 p.m.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH – HIKE AT EAST END OF FRONTENAC PARK
We start at the end of Clear Lake Road. Hike on a dirt road for 3 km to the park gate. Another kilometre gets us to Salmon Lake Loop. Here we have a choice: head toward campsite #5 and on to Slide Lake Loop and Mink Lake lookout (about 5 km); do Clear Lake loop (9 km); or head for Hemlock Lake loop (1 km to get to it and 5 km on the loop). The distances are roughly equivalent (18 km, 17 km or 15 km), and the terrain also.
Contact Ed at email@example.com, or 613-389-4459 to learn more.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH – CHRISTMAS POTLUCK SCHEDULE PARTY
Mary-Jean has kindly offered to host CCC Christmas potluck and schedule making party. The perfect opportunity to exchange season’s greetings and use the inspiration to dream exciting trips for the New Year. Mary-Jean will prepare a ham while we potluck the rest.
Contact Mary-Jean by email for directions and let her know your potluck choice: firstname.lastname@example.org Participation limited to 30 – as always, members are asked to ride-share where possible.
If you have an idea for a trip but can’t make the party, contact Margaret: email@example.com Bonus: you are more likely to secure your chosen date!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 14TH – HIKE (OR SKI??) PARROTTS BAY
Parrott’s Bay has 289 acres of woods and wetlands with beautiful waterfront views. Six km of trails cross woodland, wetland and field areas to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation.
Dukke invites you to join her in an enjoyable amble to distract from pressures of holiday preparation. Call 613-384-6054 for details.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1ST – NEW YEAR’S DAY HIKE/SKI/SNOWSHOE
Following holiday revelry members will be seeking fresh air and exercise. Don invites you to join him for a ski/snow shoe/hike, the location being weather dependent, keeping in mind the condition of ground/snow cover etc. Murphys Point could be an option, or somewhere local may fit the bill.
Call Don at 613-929-8099.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5TH – POTENTIAL CROSS COUNTRY SKI – TRIANGLE CLUB
Last winter, Ernest Rae, a member of Triangle Ski Club, invited members to join him on weekly Sunday outings of classical cross country skiing. For the 2020 season, he has generously extended his invitation to twice-weekly outing on Sunday and Wednesday! Situated near Brockville, Triangle Ski Club boasts 35 km of picturesque trails with 17 km groomed for beginners, intermediate, and expert skiers. There are also snowshoe trails and an attractive chalet to warm-up in on brisk days. I’m told there is often snow in Brockville area when lacking in Kingston.
These cross country ski outings are being offered through January into February. The Day User fee is $10.00. http://www.triangleskiclub.org/Site/Home.html
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: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/ontario/brockville Ernest may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , and/or call 613-329-5031.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8TH – POTENTIAL SKI AT TRIANGLE CLUB
(See details Jan. 5th)
SATURDAY JANUARY 11TH – SKI MURPHYS POINT
Murphys Point is sufficiently north to frequently boast excellent conditions when less than ideal locally. There are 20 km of ski trails, some for classic and skate skiing, plus a scenic back country route, together with warm-up huts. When snow is good, we often take advantage to make more than one trip, and if not we will take a hike, closer to home! There is a park fee per car.
Email Robert at email@example.com or call 613-542-9626 for details.
SUNDAY JANUARY 12TH and WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15TH
POTENTIAL SKI AT TRIANGLE CLUB (See details Jan. 5th)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH – MASSASSAUGA HIKE/SKI/SNOWSHOE
Each year Janice and Eric generously invite members to enjoy their unspoiled property on Massassauga Road where they have developed beautiful trails with some not unimpressive feats of engineering. Janice will recommend a hike, ski or snowshoe depending on conditions.
Call Janice for latest indications at 613-542-9948 or email Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY JANUARY 19TH and WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22ND
POTENTIAL SKI AT TRIANGLE CLUB (See details Jan.5th)
SATURDAY JANUARY 25TH – HIKE OR SNOWSHOE WEST OF GOULD LAKE
Come and enjoy a winter outing on ice-cleats or snowshoes in rugged terrain west of Gould Lake. Depending on conditions, some off-trail bushwhacking might be included.
Call Dugald at 613-542-8628 to see what he has in mind.
SUNDAY JANUARY 26TH and WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29TH
POTENTIAL SKI AT TRIANGLE CLUB (See details Jan.5th)
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
POTENTIAL SKI AT TRIANGLE CLUB (See details Jan.5th)
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