CATARAQUI CANOE CLUB EVENTS

Members please note that:

  • Trip leaders may restrict participant numbers for safety, manageability, parking limitations and/or to avoid overcrowding in public areas.
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February 2023

Saturday February 4, 2023 – Mystery Trip! Solved!
Rescheduled to Sunday, Feb 5

Dave finally figured out where he’s going: 👍


Hike, ski or snowshoe the Cataraqui Trail and K&P trail from Harrowsmith to Murvale Creek Bridge and return, or less distance if time does not allow ( approx 7 km return). Then we drive 6 km to Dave’s nature sanctuary for a ski/hike/snowshoe and lunch (you bring) by an open fire in the wilderness if winds allow. 2hrs..no big hills. Bio-breaks allowed. Numbers will be limited.

This event is open to members only, due to space limitations for a gathering on private property. 

Call Dave at 613-376-6883 


Dave doesn’t always know where he is going, but rest assured, he will return us to the starting point sometime… usually 3 to 4 hours later. Included in this outing we will hike, snowshoe or ski a wildlife sanctuary never before entered by CCC members. As a bonus there will be a photo op with Dave’s pal “Captain Canada” – an award-winning parade float. Dave’s pleasure is derived, not only from the many sports he has played but from mutual respect and affection of team members. You will be advised of equipment to bring, most important of which is your laughter and your sense of humor.

The mystery will be solved one week before this event. Call Dave at 613-376-6883 

Saturday February 11, 2023 – The Amherst Island Owl Woods.

This is a 4 km return hike to the world-famous owl woods. Up to 6 varieties of owls are seen some years, other years none. Migrating owls do not like flying over the open waters of Lake Ontario, so they stop migrating when they reach the island which provides suitable winter habitat.  The numbers are more dependent on the amount of food available up north, than on the island itself.  There is a fee to use the ferry, and some days it is full so we will want to carpool either from Kingston, or double up on the dock. 

If you are interested call Steve at 613- 542-1054 

Saturday February 18, 2023 – Ski/Snowshoe Blue Mountain

This trip is a combination of trail and off-trail skiing/snowshoeing at Blue Mountain on the south side of Charleston Lake. The hiking trails leading to and from Blue Mountain are great for skiing and snowshoeing, 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. 

If you are interested call Jim at 613- 382 -8682   

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2023 – CATARAQUI TRAIL OUTING 

A few hours of skiing/snowshoeing/hiking on the Cataraqui Trail (distance depending on weather and inclination) led by Karen, starting from Ingrid’s home at the northeast end of Sydenham Lake. Bring your lunch to enjoy early afternoon on the trail or later outside on Ingrid’s deck, where a hot beverage will be served. (Please be advised that indoor facilities are not available.) 

Contact Karen for details by email (preferred)  karenjane128@gmail.com or call 613-240-5391 (before 9 p.m.)

Saturday, February 25, 2023 – Frontenac Park Swamp Hop

This trip has been a club favourite for decades. It starts at the trail centre of Frontenac Park and weaves across a myriad of frozen swamps to the south and east. The terrain is very scenic. Distance and difficulty can be adjusted for the participants, but significant hills can be generally avoided. The trip is suitable for skis or snowshoes. Depending on levels of interest, multiple trip groups can be organized, including separate trips for skiing and snowshoeing. Park fees apply.

If you are interested call Jim at 613- 382-8682.

March 2023

Saturday March 4, 2023 – Hike, Ski or Snowshoe KP Trail 

We can hike, ski or snowshoe the KP trail depending on trail conditions in the Verona area.

If interested contact Susan at suziefeltham@hotmail.com 

Saturday March 11, 2023 – Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island. 

This is an interesting hike on a huge sandy beach with sand dunes and often interesting ice formations along the shore. Eagles, owls and wild turkeys are frequently seen. Wolfe Island is quite famous a site for Snowy Owls which will likely be seen on the way. There is a herd of about 50 deer as well. We will hike, ski or snow shoe depending on the amount of snow fall. The trip is 4 – 6 km, your choice. The ferry ride is free, but some days it can be full, so we encourage car pooling from Kingston. This ferry will soon be replaced with a new battery operated one.   

Call Steve at 613 542-1054

Saturday March 18, 2023 – Hike ATV Trail on Norway Lake Road  

Join me in exploring this 10.3-km out-and-back ATV trail near Stone Mills. It leads to Norway Lake, in Puzzle Lake Provincial Park. The trail is wide but hilly. We will meet at a central location and carpool to the hike starting point on Norway Lake Road. This trail follows a forest service road, and then well-maintained ATV trails through the provincial parklands.  Bring snacks, water, lunch, and icers. Dress in appropriate layers.

Contact Louise at langlaislouise@gmail.com or call 519-222-4040.

Monday March 20, 2023 – Kingston Urban Walk 

Spring has officially arrived!  Let’s celebrate!  We will start from the convenience of Lake Ontario Park.  Walk to Gord Downie Pier, possibly further depending on group consensus. On our way back we will stop for lunch, brown bag it or lunch at Juniper Cafe. Approx. 8km.

Group limit, if interested sign up sooner rather than later. kaalexander9@gmail.com

Saturday March 25, 2023 – Mystery Hike   

To Quote Milton…”They also serve who only stand and wait”.

And wait we must for Dave to overcome his indecisiveness. Regardless, the activity will be a celebration: goodbye winter, hello spring, whether it is a slog in the swamps, an urban stroll, or possibly a ski on the trails. On route we will keep a sharp eye open for the harbingers of spring, including the renown Ki Ki bird with its lamenting cry of farewell to winter. At the conclusion of this event, you will be asked to take a vote: “Should we or not, have Wiarton Willie indicted and charged with impersonating a prognosticator defrauding the public of the right to Know!!!

Call Dave later than sooner….613-376-6883

April 2023

Sunday April 2, 2023: Little Cataraqui Spring Hike 

Join me for an early spring hike around the perimeter of Little Cat. The distance is about 9.5 km. The surface of the trail is easy to walk on with variation in elevation. We will walk through pine groves and deciduous woods. Parking fees apply. We could group up into cars to save on parking costs. If you are interested, please contact Bob at 613-384-4482 

Friday April 7, 2023 Mississagua Creek Paddle 

Eric and Janice will be leading another of the classic spring creek paddles. Depending on water levels in the creek, we will either paddle up the Mississagua Creek to the headwaters at Buck Lake, or we will paddle downstream out into the marshlands and backwaters of Mosquito and Benson Lakes. A full day paddle; bring a lunch and water. Some optional hiking to points of interest. The water will still be very cold, so cold water paddling gear is essential.

Contact Janice for more details at 613-542-9958 or Janice.ley@gmail.com   

Saturday April 15, 2023 Trails north of Opinicon Road  

Come explore the trails north of Opinicon Road and south of the Cataraqui Trail.  We will hike on the Rideau Trail and some of the ski trails. Car pooling is required as the access point is limited to 5 cars. We anticipate 3 participants per car for a maximum group size of 15. We will meet at a central location to determine ridership. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and icers if there is snow.  Dress in appropriate layers. 

Contact Louise at langlaislouise@gmail.com or call 519-222-4040. 

Saturday April 22, 2023: Napanee River Verona to Petworth   

This is a leisurely paddle from Verona Lake to Petworth on the Napanee River. The distance is about 17 km. We will go with the flow down Hardwood Creek to Napanee Lake and then the Napanee River. A shuttle is involved on this paddle.

If interested contact Bob at 613-384-4482. 

Saturday April 29, 2023; Paddle Hay Bay   

Hay Bay in the spring is home to many migrating ducks and birds, and spawning fish. Join me on April 29th for a paddle into the Bay in search of these birds and fish.  As long as the water temp is between 5 and 10 C, we should be lucky. The total distance covered will be around 17km, with a lunch stop on White Island .  As the water will still be chilly, appropriate cool water gear should be worn such as dry gear/boots, and or neoprene paddling clothes.

Email Linda if interested at disli1@hotmail.com 

May 2023

Saturday May 6, 2023: Cataraqui River Paddle  

Join Ed for a leisurely paddle from the boathouse to Kingston Mills. Distance is approximately 12 to 14 km. This is a paddle for all levels, however, participants should have the basic knowledge of paddling as high winds maybe encountered.

If interested, email Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com .  

Saturday May 13, 2023: Family Hike at Nicholson Point   

Join us for an excursion to explore the unmarked trails at Nicholson Point, off Hwy 33, just past Amherstview. This hike is designed for those who would like a short distance, as we can explore the area in a couple hours or less. The wooded terrain is easy and mostly flat, with some rocky areas and extensive areas of trilliums. Could be muddy in places. 

To sign up contact Meg at megfreer5@gmail.com, or 613-547-1335. 

Sunday May 14, 2023:  Mother’s Day Paddle on 14 Island Lake  – Cancelled

Saturday May 27, 2023: Napanee River Paddle  

Join Linda for a relaxing paddle on Napanee River going downstream for approximately 6 to 8 km and returning. The total paddle will be 12-16 km. This trip is suitable for all levels of paddlers. There is an option to join Linda for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant upon return. 

If interested email Linda disli1@hotmail.com  

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December 2023


Past Events


January 2023

Saturday January 7 th : Hike or Snowshoe/ski Bath Water Tower Trails

This was a new hike / snowshoe last year (depending on snow conditions) which turned out to be popular so Paul and Janice are repeating this trip. There are several trails passing by the Bath Water Tower and the perimeter of Millhaven prison. A number of pretty trails are relatively flat meandering through trees and meadows. The hike is approximately 7km.

Email paul@cataraquicanoe.ca or call (613) 877-3907 before 9 pm.

Saturday January 14 th: Ski on Cataraqui Trail

If we have snow, we shall ski on the trail east from Perth Road for about 10 km. Lunch will be on the way and then we return. If not enough snow, we shall hike for a shorter distance.

Contact Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com, or 613 389-4459, or 613 893-4459 (cell).

Saturday January 21 st : Murphy Point hike or ski.
Changed to Sunday, Jan 22.

Murphy’s Point is sufficiently north to frequently boast excellent conditions when they are less than ideal locally. There is a variety of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing, plus a scenic backcountry route, together with warm-up huts. We will do about 12 km of classic skiing and 7 km of backcountry (optional). There is a park fee per car unless you have an annual pass.

Email Robert at retolley@hotmail.com or call 613-542-9626 for details.