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.

March 2019

SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND – GATINEAU CROSS COUNTRY SKI DAY TRIP

Beth is planning to ski in the Gatineau on Saturday March 2. This is planned as a day trip and we will decide what trails we will ski once we know the needs of the group and the conditions.

Email Beth at chickonwater@gmail.com to take part

SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH – 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.

Call Jim for an update: 613-382-8682.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY URBAN HIKE

Urban Walk on the verge of spring……Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We shall meet at Lake Ontario Park for a walk along the lakefront, across the causeway and up to the Barriefield Rock Garden. Perhaps stop for a green beverage on the way back.

Approx.  15km full day hike. Please contact Karen Alexander: kaalexander9@gmail.com or 613-331-1050.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 – WILDERNESS HIKE NEAR PARHAM

One hour from Kingston, a 200-acre wilderness property, soon to be turned over to the Land Conservancy with very restricted access. Before then, come and explore these moderately rugged trails, max. 10km, hiking over rocks, past ponds, with lunch stop at a beautiful waterfall. Warming cabin on the property. A second hike, mid-week, may be organized if enough people are interested.

By landowner’s request, maximum 8 participants, first come, first served.  Call Mieke Van Geest, 613-546-7542 for more information and to sign up. Car-pooling will be required.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30th – 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. (Mark tells us you will be back in time for Karen’s party!)

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, MARCH 30 – 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.

April 2019

SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH – 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 to take part.

(Note: Plans may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled depending on weather and water levels. A parking fee at Kingsford Conservation Area may apply.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH – PARROTS BAY HIKE

A morning hike with Mary-Jean to get your weekend off to a good start! Enjoy early returning birds on up to 6km of wood and wetland trails through scenic Parrott’s Bay.

Email Mary-Jean (preferred): maryjean.mcintyre@gmail.com or call 613-583-1667 to take part.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13th – MASSASSAUGA CREEK PADDLE

The club’s first flat water paddle of the season, 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 may be better handled by canoe. A short bush whacking hike will be arranged around the lunch stop.

The creek is sheltered but water and air temperatures remain low. Contact Janice for details: 613-542-9958 or email Janice.ley@cogeco.ca

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 – OPINICON ROAD HIKE

We will aim for a moderately long and not too difficult trail hike in the Opinicon Road area. The Opinicon Road is an approx. 40 min drive from Kingston. Good hiking boots are required as we might have to negotiate puddles, streams, wetlands and rough bits of trail. However, the scenery will make it well worthwhile.

(Depending on weather conditions we might end up hiking in Lemoine Point, which will shorten the hike and the drive and make it a half-day event.)

Call Dukke at 613-384-6054 for further details.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH – 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, APRIL 27TH – 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 300 m of swifts with bouncy waves at Petworth.

Suitable for all padlers, with an option to shorten the trip to 13km by taking out 1km north of Petworth. 19km Shuttle. Call Bob at 613-384-4482 to take part

SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH – MOIRA RIVER WHITEWATER PADDLE

Paddle the Moira River from Lost Channel near Tweed to Latta with a short shuttle in the middle. More challenging than the Napanee or Salmon Rivers, but still Class 2 rapids with the occasional touch of Class 3 if water levels are high. This has been a long time favourite of many in the club. It is suitable for beginner whitewater and intermediate paddlers depending on the water levels.

Participants must have suitable cold water protection (e.g. wetsuit). Club boats may be rented to members. Call Steve: 613-542-1054

May 2019

SATURDAY, MAY 4TH – 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 on the River in Gananoque, paddle upstream for approx 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.

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 19TH – 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.

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