The 2023 Events

December 2023

Saturday December 2, 2023 – Hike from Verona 

We will meet on December 2 in Verona and walk towards Harrowsmith. On our return, we will have the opportunity to visit Food LessTravelled for lunch or perhaps some shopping in Verona. Please call 613-542-6146 during the day or email

Sunday December 3, 2023 – All Members Invitation for Christmas Potluck Social and Schedule Party 

Margaret and Robert invite everyone to join other club member’s for our Christmas Potluck Social and Scheduling Party! We will carve out time following the potluck to discuss interesting trips for the new year from February to May. We appreciate all member’s input for the planning process. 

Robert and Margaret will bake a ham and the rest is potluck. It is BYOB, with non-alcoholic drinks being provided. To contact Margaret regarding your attendance, directions and your potluck contribution email or call 613-542-9626.

 If you have a trip to offer, but unable to attend the party, email our scheduler at for its consideration. 

Saturday December 9, 2023 – Little Cataraqui Hike 

Dreading the thought of the next round of Christmas shopping at the mall? Then catch some stress relief by joining long term and new club members for a leisurely 2 hour morning walk at the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area on December 9. To register and get the specifics, contact Larry Struthers by email at or phone 613-372-0858. A day pass parking fee must be paid.

November 2023

Saturday November 4, 2023 – Parrott’s Bay Hike

Join us for a leisurely walk in the Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area which has 289 acres of woods and wetlands. There are over 5 km of gentle trails to access woods, wetlands, meadows and shoreline areas, providing opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation.

Please be aware that at this time of year, some of the trails may be muddy. Come prepared with good walking shoes or hiking boots.

Contact Lois at

Saturday November 11, 2023: Hike the trails of Leywood Nature Reserve 

We will hike the trails in the Leywood Nature Reserve, near Janice and Eric’s cottage. This area is familiar to club members who have done the spring Massassauga Creek paddle and the summer Rideau Lakes paddle.  There are a number of scenic loop trails that enter the nearby woods and along lake shorelines. The hike will be approximately 7 km.  Eric and Louise will co-lead this event. 

Contact Louise at or call 519-222-4040.

Saturday November 18, 2023 – Tallow Trail Hike 
Postponed to Sunday, November 19, 2023

Sunday November 19, 2023 – Tallow Trail Hike 
Rescheduled from Saturday November 18, 2023

Hike this 11.7 km. trail mostly through woodland but with some rocky outcrops and meadow-like parts. Most parts of the trail are moderate for hiking with some challenging sections. The east side of this trail is rugged in places and quite scenic.

If you are interested in doing the hike with me, you can call me, Bob at 613-384-4482.

Saturday November 25, 2023 – Gould Lake Hike 

We will start on the West side with the Rideau Trail from behind the washrooms, then branch off onto some side trails (Mine Loop and Point Spur) before returning to the Rideau Trail. The Mine Loop trail is steep and rocky in parts. 

Further along we will join the Ridgewalk Trail. We will follow this trail until we again meet the Rideau Trail, returning to our starting point. Total distance is estimated to be about 10 to 11 km.

If interested email or call (613) 877-3907 before 9 pm.

October 2023

Saturday October 7, 2023 – Mallorytown to Jones Creek Paddle. Cancelled

Join Sam for a paddle on the St Lawrence River from Mallorytown Landing to Jones Creek. The distance will be in the range of 15 to 20 km depending on the weather conditions.

It is a paddle for experienced paddlers who are comfortable paddling in conditions of strong wind and big waves. The number of participants will be restricted to 9 maximum.

If interested, contact Sam at

Thursday October 12, 2023 – Hike and Explore MacJohnson Wildlife & Brockville Railway Tunnel

Join Sam to hike at MacJohnson Wildlife Area in Brockville. It is an easy 10km hike with no hills. Afterwards, we will visit one of the oldest, if not the oldest, railway tunnel in Canada – the Brockville Railway Tunnel.

If interested email Sam at

Saturday October 14, 2023 – Family hike at Depot Creek Nature Reserve  Cancelled


Join us for a morning of exploring the beautiful hiking trails at Landon Bay located in the Thousand Islands National Park. This hike is geared towards families with kids as the distance will be shorter and pace slower. It includes moderately rugged terrain with beautiful scenery, a picturesque lookout, old growth forests, granite outcroppings and waterfront views. 

To sign up please contact Stacey at 

Saturday October 14, 2023 – Frontenac Park Canoe Challenge

This is one of our most challenging and rewarding canoe trips of the year.  We will do 6 lakes, and 6 portages in Frontenac Provincial Park on or shortly after October 14  depending on the weather.  There should be some beautiful fall colours left,  magnificent rocky cliffs, and clear waters.  Lightweight canoes are recommended for this trip as they portage well; kayaks are more difficult. Club boats are available. Two people to a boat works best allowing you to alternate who carries the boat, and who carries the gear. Two of the portages are nearly a kilometre long, the total is 3.3 km.   Park fees will apply, and we will have to register ahead of time to be assured a parking place. The pace will be kept leisurely allowing time to enjoy this very special trip before the paddling season ends. 

Call Jim at 613-382-8682.

Sunday October 22, 2023 – Big Salmon Lake Hike -POSTPONED TO OCT 29.

Tuesday October 24, 2023- Elbow Lake Hike 

Elbow Lake is managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a nature reserve. We will hike approximately 9 km. Some trails are rugged which adds to the beauty of the place . 

Please register by emailing Karen at

Saturday October 28, 2023- Hike the KP Trail

Lets take a beautiful hike on October 28. From Murton Road, off Highway 38 we will hike onwards to the Bridge and back or continue on to the Junction depending on our energy levels. The distance is your choice, according to abilities and your time.

Please contact or call 613-542-6146 (early in the day) to register. 

Sunday October 29, 2023 – Big Salmon Lake Hike -Rescheduled from Oct 22.

The Big Salmon Lake hike is probably the best hike in Frontenac Park , not as difficult as Slide Lake and with scenic views around the lake. It is 17 km long and takes 5 to 7 hours at a moderate pace. Hopefully there will still be Fall colours and the biting insects will be done, although tick precautions are still advisable. 

A daily vehicle pass is required for all cars. It can be obtained at, up to 5 days in advance. Note there is no charge for it if you already have an annual pass, however the pass is still required.

 For those of us completing the Frontenac  Challenge, it may be possible to add on Doe Lake (3km) &/or Arab Gorge (1.5km) trails afterwards.

Contact Robert at to sign up or for more details.

September 2023

Friday September 1, 2023 – Frontenac Challenge Slide Lake Paddle and Hike.  

Each year Frontenac Provincial Park challenges hikers to complete 160 km of trails in the park during September and October. Slide Lake Loop at 21km is the longest, most rugged section, requiring an extra walk-in to the trail head. To make it easier we paddle in 3km on Big Salmon Lake to the loop. This trip involves 6km paddling and 21+km hiking. Be prepared for a long day approximately 10+ hours. Park fees apply and reservations are needed for day use. The reservation is at no charge if you have an annual pass. Please google

For more information call Robert at 613-542-9626 or email

 Saturday September 9, 2023 – Paddle Upper & Lower Rock Lakes 

Join Louise for a leisurely paddle of Upper Rock Lake. This is approximately a 2 hour paddle, for a distance 6-7 km, and suitable for beginners with recreational or sea kayaks.  Anyone who wants to call it quits after this portion can easily do so; the group will return to the launch location before proceeding with the rest of the excursion; 

Those who want a longer paddle will proceed to the creek on the east end, then into Lower Rock Lake (LRL).  The LRL circumference is 16 km, not including the paddle to the creek and the creek itself.  The route can be shortened as desired.  The total distance for both lakes will be 16-22 km and 5-7 hour duration.   Due to the longer distance and possible waves, a sea kayak is more suitable for this portion of the day. 

If interested, email Louise at 

Monday Sept 11 – 13, 2023 – Schooner Lake Camping Trip 

Three days and two nights of camping on beautiful Schooner Lake north of Plevna. It is a long drive to the lake and a short paddle but well worth the effort. It is probably one of the most scenic lakes in our area. On Tuesday we will paddle 21 km down Mackie Creek to Centennial  Lake and around Big Island. If it is windy we have the options of several bush whacking hikes to some great lookouts. It is a delightful place to just sit and read a book. Space is limited for tents so call early. Camping fees apply. Reservations have already been made.

Call Steve at 613 542-1054 or at

Saturday, September 16, 2023 – Bobs Lake and Green Bay

Last year in September, we paddled a part of Bobs Lake. The lake is huge and scenic. This year we want to explore a large bay on the east side called Green Bay. The trip is suitable for all skill levels. We anticipate a distance of approximately 15 km.

To register call Jim at  613-382-8682

September 28 … CCC AGM … 7-9pm

Please plan to attend the AGM … socialize and elect your new board!

Ongwanada Resource Center
191 Portsmouth Avenue
7 – 9 pm.

Saturday  September 23, 2023 Puzzle Lake Paddle 

This is one of the prettiest lakes within an hour drive of Kingston.  It is about a 10  minute drive north of Tamworth.    It is now in a provincial park designated area but there is no official public land access.   We get in there by paddling across  Gull Lake then there is a 200 meter portage.  Portaging will be a group effort to get everyone across, so don’t  let that deter you.   There is a short easy portage into Lloyst Lake which is noted for the beautiful granite cliffs along the north side.  The extra effort to get in there is well worth it.   

Call Steve at (613) 542-1054 or at

Saturday September 30, 2023 – Paddle from the Boathouse to Cedar Island

From the boathouse we shall paddle into Kingston harbour, follow the shore of RMC into Navy Bay, then Deadman Bay. We will stop for lunch on Cedar Island then return. This is about 10 km. This assumes no strong winds. If Kingston harbour is too disturbed by wind, we shall head north to Kingston Mills. This is meant to be an easy paddle.

Contact Ed at, or 613 389-4459

August 2023

Saturday August 5, 2023 – Sea Kayak Rescues Clinic

Last held in 2019 (pre-COVID), we will conduct another clinic about rescues of sea kayaks. The clinic will be held at Grass Creek Park, east of downtown Kingston by about 15km. The clinic will cover capsizes near shore and in open water. Self-rescue and assisted rescue techniques will be taught, including various ways to re-enter a kayak after (or before) emptying. Instruction will occupy most of the day, beginning at 10am and ending at 3pm. Sunday and Monday are possible alternative in case of inclement weather.

If interested please phone Jim MacLachlan at (613) 382-8682 to register and get further detail.   

Wednesday August 9 Thousand Islands Circle Tour. 

This 25 km circuit intermediate level kayaking trip offers spectacular views of the Admiralty and Lake Fleet thousand island groupings. Rugged beauty unfolds as we explore the various bays and channels between the islands. Numerous eagle sightings can be expected throughout the day. Due to the open water exposure of this routing, participants must have intermediate paddling skills and be comfortable paddling in whitecaps should winds develop while en route. A properly fitted spray skirt and all other safety related gear with practical experience on how to use it is a requirement.

Contact Don for additional information at

Saturday August 12, 2023 – Rockport to Ivy Lea and return Paddle  CANCELLED

You are invited to paddle the St. Lawrence from Rockport to Ivy Lea via Smugglers Cove. After lunch on Ash Island we’ll return by Fiddlers Elbow and Lost Channel. We’ll be paddling in the heart of the 1000 Islands among spectacular scenery and magnificent mansions. Refreshments when done.The total distance is 16 km. Full day, intermediate level. This is a trip for sea kayakers, but canoeists need extra caution. Wave action and seaway traffic may be challenging.

Contact Jim at (613) 305-2849

Saturday August 12, 2023 – Loughborough Lake  
Rescheduled to Sunday August 13.

Join Mary on a leisurely exploration of the granite islands on Loughborough Lake, northeast of Battersea. This paddle will be approximately 10-12 km, with lunch on one of the islands. Participants may choose to round out their day with refreshments at the local Creekside restaurant. 

Contact Mary at or 613-536-5486 for details.

Sunday August 13, 2023 – Paddle 14 Island Lake

Come and explore this lovely lake and see if there really are 14 islands!  A quiet lake with lots of sheltering bays and channels to investigate.  Search for ospreys, eagles, loons, and basking turtles.  Enjoy lunch on a private island and there is always a chance for a swim. This will be a gentle, easy paced outing, geared to the ability and stamina of the weakest paddlers.  Access is only available to this lake via private property. Parking is limited and the launch site is small. Because of this, numbers will be limited. Bring lunch and bug protection. Rating: easy Distance: as far as the laziest paddlers want to go.

If interested contact Debbie at (613) 374-1704.  Voice messages only. No text.

Thursday August 17, 2023 – Kingsford Lake to Birch Lake

Our trip will include exploring the bays, islands and majestic rocks of this area. It is a quiet and serene area, hopefully we see loons and other wildlife.  Swimming on hot summer days is delightful. Our put in and take out will be at Kingsford Dam.  It is a 15km -17km paddle.   Experienced paddlers. 

Call Karen 613-331-1050.

Saturday August 19, 2023 – Members Potluck Social & Scheduling Party 

Larry is our host for the summer Potluck Social and Scheduling Party on Saturday August 19, 2023. All members are invited to attend to meet other members, discuss common interests and put forth ideas for future trip outings. This will be a rain or shine event, moving indoors if necessary due to weather. Following the potluck social, we will develop our trip outings for October, November, December and January.

This is a BYOB, bring a potluck dish and your own lawn chair. You are welcome to bring your own plates and cutlery. The Club will provide non-alcoholic drinks and have paper plates and plastic cutlery available.

Please contact Larry by email at regarding your attendance, directions, and the potluck dish you will bring. 

If you have a trip to offer, but can’t make the party, please email Connie at for consideration.    

Sunday August 20, 2023 – Paddle Canoe Lake

Why don’t you join Bob for a paddle on Canoe Lake on Saturday August 20th? This is a beautiful lake about 7 km in length with the west side of this lake being almost pristine.There is a suitable site for us to have our lunch and even to have a swim. We can park our vehicles on either end of the causeway which is situated between Canoe Lake and Eel Lake.

Call Bob at 613-384-4482 for more information.  

Wednesday August 23, 2023 – Explore Devil Lake 

Let’s explore the many coves and islands of Devil Lake. This beautiful body of water is 145’ at its deepest with clear, clean waters. We can search out the resident Bald Eagle and Osprey families and be guaranteed a view of the many loon pairs. Wind and weather depending, we will explore the many shorelines both north and south.

Contact Marlene at

Saturday August 26, 2023 – Boathouse to Treasure Island and Return

We still start from the boathouse and paddle east along the St Lawrence River to Treasure Island and return. Our paddle will include stops at Deadman Bay Beach, Cedar Island, Milton Island, and a private beach (with permission from the property owner) along the way. This is a 25 km plus paddle.

The St Lawrence River can be formidable with high winds and large wave conditions. There is also the potential to paddle against a strong headwind for a long distance. This trip is suitable for experienced paddlers who are comfortable paddling in high wind and big wave conditions. The number of participants will be restricted to a maximum of 9.

If interested, contact Sam @

Wednesday August 30th – Rideau Lakes Paddle and Potluck 

 A delightful summer paddle, launching from a family cottage to explore nearby Rideau Lakes islands and including an outdoor potluck LUNCH hosted from Janice and Eric’s farmhouse. BBQ chicken with vegetarian option will be served and we potluck the rest. Total distance 17km, a shorter option is possible if a second leader is available.

Contact Janice by email .

July 2023

Saturday July 1, Sunday July 2, 2023 – Palmer Rapids/ Lower Madawaska River Paddle  

This is a whitewater canoe or kayak event. Come up for one, two or more days. Those paddling both days can camp at Jessup’s campground right at Palmer Rapids. The plan is to paddle at Palmer Rapids on Saturday. This is a good place to learn and play.  Sunday will be a classic 4-5 hour trip on the beautiful and exciting Snake Rapids section of the Lower Madawaska River, about a half hour drive downstream from Palmer Rapids. Whitewater difficulty will be low to moderate, depending on water levels.

Please enquire and register with John Telgmann by calling (613) 572-1468.

Tuesday July 4, 2023–  Charleston Lake 25 km Circuit Paddle – Date changed to Thursday July 6.

Plan for a full day of paddling on this large picturesque lake. Launch from a beautiful sand beach and enjoy the views of this southern extension of the Canadian Shield with its towering pines and granite outcroppings. Participants will need to have solid intermediate paddling skills and be comfortable paddling in whitecaps, if encountered, during the day. There will be a variety of coastal and open water paddling. Winds can develop while on route.

Email Don at for details. 

Saturday July 8, 2023– Morton to Lyndhurst – Date changed to Sunday, July 9.

This full day trip includes river, lake and creek paddling. Look at some pictographs and the historic Delta watermill 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. It is approximately a 18km, 6 hour, full day trip. Intermediate level. Short shuttle, no portages. For a shorter trip, or to avoid car shuttle, you can go out and return on Morton Creek.

Call Robert 613-542-9626 or

Wednesday July 12, 2023 – Desert Lake to Birch Lake Return

This is a good trip for all levels of paddlers through some scenic waterways. We will launch at the causeway in Desert Lake, paddle down Mitchel Creek to Birch Lake where we have arranged a lovely place for lunch and a swim for the afternoon. There is a good lookout at the junction of Mitchel Creek and Birch Lake that we may climb. Total distance is about 15 km. 

Call Steven at 613 542-1054 or email  

Saturday July 15 to Friday July 21, 2023.  Rideau Canal Camping and Paddle 

We have one of the finest canoe/kayak trips in North America that begin at our Club boat house. Last year we paddled from there to historic Perth. This year we will end in the very historic and quaint village Merrickville east of Smith’s Falls where we have arranged to stash our cars for the return trip. We will be camping along the way at the locks which all have proper toilets, and potable water  for a most modest fee per night.  It is nearly impossible to get into a provincial park these days, so this is a good option.   You need to purchase a lock permit based on the size of your boat  to enjoy a lock ride, or you can portage for free. There are several lovely places to dine along the way such as at  Hotel Kenney at Jones Falls,  Opinicon Lodge at Chaffey’s Locks,  perhaps in Westport, and at the end of the trip at the Badachin Courtyard in Merrickville. We will paddle at a leisurely pace taking frequent breaks along the way, but participants should be capable of doing 30 km in one day depending on the winds and the spacing of the locks.  

The locks have just completed a $100 million overhaul, but things look just as Col By left them in 1832.   I will have several books on the subject for those that are history buffs or photo aficionados. There are some great photo opportunities along the way.

Call Steve at 613-542-1054 or

Day Trippers:  Historically the number of day trippers joining us exceeds the number of campers depending on the section of the locks and the weather.  You are invited to join us but I caution that our schedule is flexible due to a lot of circumstances. Please call between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to confirm our next day morning location. You will need to arrange your own car shuttle. If you call well in advance, we may be able to hook you up with someone else. Day trippers should be prepared to be paddling by 9:30 am.  If you are late, we may have moved on. Here is the tentative morning schedule

Sunday morning- Upper Brewers Mills
Monday morning- Jones Falls at the top of the dam
Tuesday Morning- Newboro
Wednesday morning- Col.  By Island.  (access from Portland)
Thursday morning – Smith’s Falls
Friday arriving in Merrickville and returning home.

Please remember to call ahead. Steve 613 542-1054.

Tuesday July 18, 2023 – Paddle Eagle Lake – CANCELLED

A shoreline tour of Eagle Lake exploring its many bays, inlets and islands in the heart of the Canadian Shield. Suitable for canoes and kayaks although Eagle Lake can be windy. Intermediate level, distance 20-25 km. Limited parking spaces at launch site.

Email Don at for further details.

Wednesday July 19, 2023 – Explore Devil Lake 

Let’s explore the many coves and islands of Devil Lake. This beautiful body of water is 145’ at its deepest with clear, clean waters. We can search out the resident Bald Eagle and Osprey families and be guaranteed a view of the many loon pairs. Wind and weather depending, we will explore the many shorelines both north and south.

Contact Marlene at This trip is also being offered Wednesday August 23, 2023.

Saturday July 22, 2023 – Mellon Lake Paddle 

A 1 km paddle up Mellon Creek brings us to a deep secluded lake, 4km 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. Depending on water level, there may be the opportunity to walk on water!   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. 

Call Paul and Janice at 613-877-3907 before 9 pm or email to take part.  

Thursday July 27, 2023- Circumnavigate Bostwick Island

We will start from Gray’s Beach and go west toward Gananoque.  In addition to the circumnavigation of Bostwick Island, we shall also explore a section of Gananoque River as well as other islands in the vicinity of Bostwick Island. This is a full day trip with the total distance approximately 20 km. No shuttle. In addition to a PFD the wearing of a spray skirt is strongly recommended.Potential strong winds, big waves, and strong current – experienced paddlers only.

If interested, email Sam at samcheng3@gmail.comNote: The number of participants will be restricted to a maximum of 9.   

Saturday July 29, 2023 – Dog Lake Paddle and Potluck

We will paddle a portion of Dog Lake, starting from the south-east corner in Maple Hill. Parking is restricted to 10 cars.  maximum.  We will head towards Fiddler’s Elbow and then to Upper Brewers Lock. After a bathroom break, snacks and perhaps a swim, we will head to Melody Lodge for some ice cream and another swim break. We will also visit a scenic island, either before or after the lodge (or both?) for a swim.   The route will pass by lovely homes and cottages, pretty little islands, and rock outcrops.  Distance approximately 18 km.  Full day paddle, intermediate to advanced levels. No shuttle, no portages.  Please bring snacks, lunch and 1-2 L of water.  There will be a potluck dinner afterwards.

Email to take part. 

June 2023

FULL! Saturday, June 3 – Paddle South and North Otter LakesCancelled due to high winds

As of May 30th this trip has reached capacity.  
This trip has been relocated to Big Salmon Lake due to a conflict with another group on the Otter Lakes.

Cancelled due to high winds.

We will launch from Frontenac Park, navigating the perimeter of South Otter, then heading over to North Otter if the culvert is clear. Bring swim gear, lunch, safety and first aid supplies. Black fly season may have just started so be prepared for that too. This is a 4-6 hour paddle not suitable for beginners. To register, call Mary-Jean at 613-583-1667.

Remember to reserve your parking spot for Frontenac Park in advance, even if you have an annual ass

Saturday, June 10 – Paddle Third and Fourth Depot Lakes

Third and Fourth Depot Lakes are dam created lakes. The Canadian Pacific Railway crosses the channel between them. The lakes make a most enjoyable short paddle with no portaging and no shuttle. It is approximately 10 km, 4 hours, full day paddle appropriate for all levels.

If interested please telephone Bob at 613-384-4482. 

FULL! Saturday, June 17 – Gould Lake Paddle

Join Larry for a short easy paddle around the shoreline of this small scenic lake. There will be a stop for lunch. We anticipate a day-use fee.

If interested contact Larry by email at

Saturday, June 24 – Rideau Paddle: Seeleys Bay to Jones Falls

Robert offers a round-trip 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, passing by Rock Dunder. There will be a lift over into Dean’s Pond. Picnic by the locks.  Due to likelihood of significant waves on Whitefish Lake, sea-kayaks are recommended, but a shorter trip from Morton may be arranged for canoes. 18km full day paddle, Intermediate level. Occasional high wind and waves.

Call Robert at 613- 542-9626. If no answer, leave your full name and number clearly.

Thursday, June 29 – St. Lawrence River Navy Islands Paddle

Join Sam for an exploration of the Navy Islands. We will put in at Gray’s Beach and head east to circumnavigate Stave Island.  We’ll follow a circuitous route among many small islands to our lunch spot on Mulcaster Island. The afternoon will be more island exploration with the return through sheltered waters. This is a 25 km paddle suitable for experienced kayakers or canoeists. On the St. Lawrence there is always potential for strong winds, big waves and current. In addition to a PFD the wearing of a spray skirt is strongly recommended.

To reserve a spot on this trip, contact Sam by email at

Note: There is a beaching fee of approximately $6.00 for the use of Mulcaster Island which is one of the Thousand Islands National Parks.

May 2023

Open House – Monday and Tuesday, May 1 and 2, 17:30 – 19:30

Come on over to meet some current members, have a chat, see our boats, have some refreshment and find out everything you want to know about the Cataraqui Canoe Club. 

Thursday May 4, 2023; Paddle Hay Bay   – rescheduled from Apr 29.

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 

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 

Saturday May 13, Family Hike at Nicolson Point – Cancelled

Saturday May 13, 2023- Sydenham Lake & Bulls Eye Lake Paddle

Join Sam on a paddle through Sydenham and Bulls Eye Lakes!  Distance is approximately 16 km for a full day trip. Occasional high wind and waves can be experienced, making this trip suitable for Intermediate level paddlers.

If interested, please email Sam at (preferred) or call 613 770 4873.

Note: Due to limited parking space, the maximum number of participants will be limited to 10.

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

Saturday May 20, 2023 Upper Salmon River to Tamworth Arden Road – Rescheduled to Monday, May 22

Join Steve for this Victoria Weekend outing starting on the Upper Salmon  River from highway 7 through  Bull Lake, Horseshoe Lake and  along the Tamworth Arden Road.   It is about  15 km. This is a new club trip through some very interesting landscapes that has to be done early in the season for adequate water levels. It is a flat water trip with about 100 m of swift current, and a 50 m portage across the Trans Canada Trail. This trip will require car shuttling.   It is a long drive so we can arrange car pooling with someone that you will  also be shuttling with.   Some experience is necessary.  It is suitable for canoes or kayaks.

Call Steve at  613 542-1054 or

Thursday May 25, 2023 – Paddle Little Cataraqui River

Ed will launch at Lake Ontario Park and paddle to John Counter Boulevard, about 7 km. This will involve paddling under the two bridges at Front Road. If there are major obstacles, the route can be shortened. If the water is too high to pass under the bridges, we will paddle eastward to MacDonald Park, approximately 5 km.

Contact Ed at or 613 389-4459.

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  

Saturday May 27, 2023 – Members Spring Potluck Social and Scheduling Party

Steve is our gracious host for our spring Potluck Social and Scheduling Party. This gives us the opportunity to safely meet and mingle outside as we visit, explore suggestions and develop our events for July, August, September and October. All members are invited. You are encouraged to put forward trip suggestions, take the opportunity to speak to our trip leaders and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow members. Following the social and dinner, trips will be scheduled.

This is BYOB and bring your lawn chair. You are welcome to bring your own plates and cutlery. The Club will provide non-alcoholic drinks and have paper plates and plastic cutlery available.

Rain  dates have been planned, in the event of inclement weather, to ensure this is an outside event. Please contact Steve by email at regarding your attendance and potluck dish.  

If you have a trip to offer but can’t make the party, please email Connie –

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   

Sunday, April 16, 2023 Trails north of Opinicon Road  (Changed from Saturday to Sunday)

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 or call 519-222-4040. 

Saturday April 22, 2023: Napanee River Verona to Petworth   
Rescheduled to Thursday, April 27

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   – cancelled due to bad weather – see May 4th.

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 

March 2023

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

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

If interested contact Susan at 

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 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.

Saturday March 25, 2023 – Hike Jones Creek Trails

Join Sam for a new hike east of the City. In the morning we will hike Jones Creek trails, followed by lunch at Mallorytown Landing. The trail is approximately 4.5 km. An afternoon hike will follow at Landon’s Bay trails and is approximately 5 km. Participants may do one or both hikes.  Contact Sam at   

April 2023

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. 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   


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) 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.

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 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, 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 or call 613-542-9626 for details.