CATARAQUI CANOE CLUB EVENTS

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The Declaration of Compliance form is on the website under ‘Resources – Insurance’. 
 
Be sure to check the website for last minute changes before taking part in an event. 

Please be aware that facilities in parks and conservation areas are in high demand and take steps to avoid overcrowding
and delays as a result of our group outing.


September 2022

Thursday, September 1 – Napanee River

Join Sam for a relaxing paddle on the Napanee River. Starting from Napanee we will go upstream towards Strathcona and return. Distance is approximately 18 km. It will be an early start at 8:30 AM. We shall be back before 1 PM and have lunch at the the Waterfront River Pub (optional). This trip is suitable for all levels of paddlers. However, participants require a basic knowledge of paddling skills.

If interested, email Sam:  samcheng3@slowman

Friday September 2 – Frontenac Challenge Slide Lake paddle and hike.  

Each year Frontenac Provincial Park challenges hikers to complete 160km 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.

Call Robert 613-542-9626 or email retolley@hotmail.com

Thursday September 8 – Desert Lake up Mitchell Creek to Birch Lake

Come enjoy the last few days of summer by putting in at Desert Lake beach, going up creek (with a paddle) to Mitchell Creek which will bring us into Birch Lake. We will then be in Frontenac Park where we will have lunch and possibly swim. We may explore some islands depending on weather and group consensus. Approx. 16-18km. Potential for strong winds, bring your skirt.  Experienced paddlers. 

If interested email Karen: kaalexander9@gmail.com

Wednesday September 14 – Charleston Lake – Please Note: Event CANCELLED due to weather conditions

Event Cancelled. Join Don for a paddle on Charleston Lake. This will be a full day circle trip of approximately 25km in length. Intermediate skill level is recommended. Charleston Lake can be windy and white caps can develop. Participants need to feel comfortable paddling in these conditions and be prepared. Participants should carry with them all relevant safety gear including kayak skirts and have knowledge of how to use it. If interested email Don: dw4news@gmail.com

Saturday September 17 – Local Paddle

We shall start at our boathouse, and with reasonably good weather proceed to Lake Ontario Park (7 km).  A good view from the water of Kingston’s waterfront. We shall lunch at the park, and return. If it is windy and the water in the inner harbour is choppy, we shall proceed to Kingston Mills (6.6 km). We can get some shelter from the wind. On the way we can inspect the progress on the new bridge. We shall lunch at Kingston Mills and return.

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

Thursday, September 22 – St. Lawrence River, Circumnavigate Bostwick Island

Bostwick is one of many islands in the heart of the St. Lawrence in the Gananoque area. Start from Gray’s Beach and go west toward Gananoque. In addition to the circumnavigation of Bostwick, we’ll tour other islands. See sunken shipwreck and other beautiful features of the St. Lawrence. This is a full day trip with total distance of approximately 20 to 25 km. Distance maybe adjusted in accordance to weather conditions. No shuttle. Potential strong winds, big waves, and strong current – experienced paddlers only. Maximum number of participants is 10.

If interested, email Sam: samcheng3@gmail.com

Saturday, September 24 – Bobs Lake

This lake has seldom been done by the Canoe Club, yet it is a première lake with a 100 kilometres of varied shoreline. You could paddle it a dozen times and still not see all of it. Early fall colours should be appearing. Suitable for all skill levels, but we will likely do at least 15 km.

Call Steve at 613-542-1054 or email manderssteve@yahoo.com

Sunday, September 25 – Dog Lake – CANCELLED DUE TO RAINY WEATHER CONDITIONS

We will paddle a portion of Dog Lake, starting from the south-east corner in Maple Hill. We can park at Louise’s house, 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.  Potluck dinner at Louise’s
house afterwards. 

Email langlaislouise@gmail.com to take part. 


October 2022

Saturday, October 1 – Hike Blue Mountain

This will be a hike at Blue Mountain, part of Charleston Lake Provincial Park, with a combination of trail and off-trail hiking. The route will be more challenging than in past years and include off-trail hiking in a remote part of the park. Become an explorer. We will summit Blue Mountain for the panoramic view.  Distance is likely to be about 13 km. 

Call Jim MacLachlan at 613-382-8682 to register.

Sunday, October 2 – Paddle Crotch Lake

This is a beautiful lake northwest of Sharbot Lake with about 80 campsites on numerous granite islands, with windswept pine and birch trees.  You may want to scout this to plan your own camping trip for a future expedition.
This is suitable for intermediate or expert paddlers because we will want to do 15 km or perhaps more. There are numerous beautiful places to take a break. Due to the distance, it may be desirable to share a car ride. It may be possible to arrange for carsharing if interested.

Call Steve at 613-542-1054 or email at manderssteve@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 6 – Hike at Mike Johnson Wildlife Area & walk the Brockville Historic Railway Tunnel

Join Sam to hike at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area to view the Fall wildflowers. It is a 10 km hike with no hills. Afterward, we’ll visit one of the oldest, if not the oldest, railway tunnels in Canada — the Brockville Railway Tunnel.

If interested, email Sam at samcheng3@gmail.com

Monday, October 10 – The Frontenac Challenge (Final date dependent on weather)

The Frontenac Challenge is just that, a challenge.  We will be doing 6 lakes and 6 portages to see the best of Frontenac Provincial Park’s fall colours at their very best.  Good weather is guaranteed as we will choose a day with good weather forecast on or after October 10th. The reward is proportional to the effort here.  This trip is not suitable for kayaks because of the portages, but light weight canoes work well and the club canoes will be made available.   We will try to match crew and skip if you do not have a partner for this special trip.  Some portages are almost a kilometre long, the total portaging is 3.3 kilometres with lots of breaks. This will be done at a leisurely pace so bring your camera and enjoy the best the park has to offer.  You need to be in fit condition for this, but not an expert paddler. Park fees apply.  

Call Steve at 613-542-1054 or email manderssteve@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 11 – Thousand Islands Circle Tour

The plan will be for an approximate 25km route that will take us through the Admiralty and Lake Fleet Island groupings of the St. Lawrence River. We will paddle amongst several islands with magnificent views of granite outcroppings, towering pines and several eagle sightings. Due to the exposed open water crossings and the potential for white cap paddling conditions to develop, participants need to have experience and feel comfortable paddling in these waters if winds develop and challenging conditions present themselves This paddle is for those with upper intermediate to advanced level kayaking skills. Spray skirts and associated safety gear required. Please be prepared to pay a St. Lawrence Park beaching fee of $6.25.  Refreshments in Gananoque before heading home.

Contact Don at dw4news@gmail.com

Saturday, October 15 – Family Hike at Depot Creek Nature Reserve

Join us for a morning excursion to explore the nicely marked trails at Depot Creek Nature Reserve in Bellrock, at
6329 First Lake Road. This hike is designed for families with young kids as the distance is short, just under two hours, with three connected loops and two one-way sections. Terrain is easy, with a variety of habitats — wetlands, woodlands, and open spaces, as well as the creek. There is also the nicest privy you will ever find in the woods. No dogs allowed on this KFL&A Land Conservancy property, formerly owned by painter Kim Ondaatje. 

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

Saturday, October 22 – Gould Lake Autumn Paddle

This lake is on the Canadian Shield and is part of the headwaters of the Millhaven Creek system. The fall colors as we paddle should be breathtakingly beautiful. We will explore the entire lake, approximately 15 km. Everyone is welcome.  Paddling in the fall is different from the summer, dress appropriately.  A skirt is recommended.

Email Karen, kaalexander9@gmail.com to register.

Saturday, October 29 – Beaver Lake Paddle

We shall start at the park in Erinsville (SE end of the lake), head to and explore the western bay, lunching somewhere along the way, then return. Total distance will be about 12 kilometres. It can be shortened, or extended, as we decide.

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

Sunday, October 30 – Hallowe’en Hike to Ghost Town

Just in time for Halloween, come out for a 12 km hike (with option to extend to 15 km) that includes exploring a Ghost Town and enjoy your picnic overlooking Big Rideau Lake. The hike follows the Rideau Trail section which Robert and Margaret maintain, starting at Narrows Lock.

Email Margaret at wildmargaret@yahoo.ca or call 613-542-9626 to register.  


November 2022

Saturday, November 5 – Hike East End of Frontenac Park

We shall start at Perth Road, on the Rideau Trail. Pick up the Slide Lake trail in the Park; have lunch at the Mink Lake lookout and pick up the Salmon Lake trail. We will then take the road allowance toward Clear Lake Road, where we exit. Total distance about 18 km. The trail is fairly rough in places, but the scenery is great.

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

Saturday, November 12 – Walk the K&P Trail from Murton Road

Join Susan at the parking lot of the hydro station on Murton Road off Highway 38 and hike the K&P Trail to the hill above the bridge crossing Milhaven Creek (distance 6-7 km total). There is the option of heading further to the junction for those who like a longer hike. .

Contact Susan at suziefeltham@hotmail.com or 613-542-6146.

Saturday, November 19 – Hike Tetsmine Loop in Frontenac Park

The Tetsmine Loop starts at Kingsford Dam in the northern part of Frontenac Provincial Park. It is considered to be a not too difficult but rugged loop which has a couple of steep climbs or descents. The distance of Tetsmine Loop is about 11 km.

To register contact Bob at 613-384-4482.

Saturday, November 26 – Gould Lake Hike

We are lucky to have the rugged Gould Lake trails so close to Kingston. At this time, we will have scenic views unimpeded by tree leaves and too early for icy conditions. We will hike about 12 km of the east side trails.

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

Past Events

August 2022

Saturday August 6th – Mellon Lake

A 1km paddle up Mellon Creek brings us to a deep secluded lake, 4km long with only 15 cottages. Most of the shoreline is crownland. 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. Leisurely paddlers can keep pace with the fleet by shortcutting across narrow bays and/or taking a siesta after lunch. Distance: 10-15km. Full day paddle, all levels. No shuttle; no portages; no zebra-mussels.

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

Saturday August 13th – Rockport to Ivy Lea 

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 an easy trip for sea kayakers, but canoeists need extra caution. Wave action and seaway traffic may be challenging.

Contact Jim at (613) 305-2849

Sunday August 14 – Scheduling Party – Potluck!

At last – conditions are right for us to get together, enjoy each other’s company and plan a fall schedule, courtesy of Paul and Janice. 

All members are invited to join us on Sunday August 14th for a potluck dinner and scheduling party to plan our trips from October to the end of January 2023. Whether you have led a Club trip previously, are interested in learning more about leading a group or just have a favourite walk or paddle to share, we are interested in your ideas.  

Bring your best ideas and favourite potluck contribution. It is BYOB with non-alcoholic drinks provided. 

If interested call Paul and Janice at 613-877-3907 before 9pm or email paul@cataraquicanoe.ca for details.   

If you have a trip to offer but can’t make the party, please email Connie – connie@cataraquicanoe.ca.

Wednesday August 17th – Devils 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 mrothenbury@gmail.com

Saturday August 20 – West Sharbot Lake

The paddle on West Sharbot Lake is about 6 km. We will paddle around West Sharbot Lake except for the 2 long bays at the west end of Sharbot Lake. We will stop at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park for lunch and a swim. After the paddle, there is the opportunity to take some refreshments at the Cardinal Café, Sharbot Lake. 

If interested please contact Bob at robert.clooney064@sympatico.ca

Saturday, August 27- Loughborough Lake Paddle

Join Mary on a leisurely exploration of the granite islands on Loughborough Lake, northeast of Battersea. This paddle will be approximately 12-15 km with plenty of time built in for swim stops. Participants may choose to round out the day with refreshments at the local Creekside Bar and Grill.

Contact Mary at kayak_ski@hotm

July 2022

Saturday July 2nd:  Morton to Lyndhurst through Beverly Lake 

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 email: retolley@hotmail.com

Sunday July 3 through 8 – Rideau Canal Voyage – UPDATED – See below

Monday July 4 through 8 – Kingston to Perth – Rideau Canal

The Club is hosting a trip up the Rideau Canal from Kingston to Perth, approximately 100 km over 5 days. This is a beautiful waterway well worth our time.   It is a camping trip with the opportunity for others to join for a day paddle. Equipment may be carried in our boats or shuttled forward each day by car and paddle empty boats.  All participants should be capable of paddling 20 to 25 km per day, and potentially in choppy waters. The schedule and camping sites are subject change depending on circumstances of weather and participants. Camping costs $5 per person per night. 

Anyone wishing to join the group for a day paddle should call Steve at 613 542-1054 to confirm the progress of the group. Safety and comfort will be paramount over keeping the schedule. We may sit out very hot afternoons, or high winds.  

Lock fees apply to use the locks instead of portaging and are based on the boat length.

It would be prudent to make reservations at the Opinicon Lodge for lunch or in Westport for dinner. Let Steve know if you will join the group by calling 613 542-1054. 

July 4, Monday: 9:00 AM: Leave the docks at the Cataraqui Canoe Club boathouse.( If camping gear is being shuttled forward by car to the next stop, that should begin about 8:00 a.m.) See the new Third Crossing Bridge, 401 highway and Kingston Mills from the water. Camp at Upper Brewers Mills. 18.5 km. 

July 5, Tuesday. 9:00 AM: Set out from Upper Brewers Mills to Jone’s Falls to camp at the top of the dam. 17.5 km. 

July 6, Wednesday. 9:00 AM: Set out from the Jones Falls dam to Chaffey’s Locks, pass through Davis Lock about 10:30 a.m. with lunch at the Opinicon Lodge at noon.(About 10.3 km).  Continue to Newboro Locks (8.4 km)  by mid-afternoon then on to Westport (8 km) where we will camp at the marina and dinner in Westport. This will be 27 km total distance broken into 3 distinct portions. 

July 7, Thursday. 9:00 AM: Leave Westport through the Narrows Locks, stop at Lte Col. By Island for lunch the to Lower Beveridge Lock to camp. (29 km).  Hopefully with a tail wind up the Big Rideau Lake and a long day to do it. 

July 8, Friday. 9:00 AM: Paddle up the Tay River Canal to Perth (10 km). Lunch in beautiful downtown Perth. Load up cars to head back to Kingston. 

Contact Steve at manderssteve@yahoo.com by June 29 at the latest for information regarding the camping trip, a possible day paddle or to reserve a spot at the Opinicon Lodge, Chaffey’s Locks or Westport. During the trip Steve can be reached at 613-542-1054 to confirm a meeting location and time as the exact pace may be adjusted according to weather conditions and the participant’s skills.

Saturday July 9th: 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 Janice.ley@gmail.com 

Sunday July 10th: Crow Lake to Bobs Lake 

Join me on the paddle of scenic Crow Lake into the far more scenic Bob’s Lake. This is about a 17-km. paddle starting at the public boat launch at the north end of Crow Lake. The entrance into Bob’s Lake is through a narrow, short, man-made channel that takes us into some very scenic islands in Bob’s Lake. We can have lunch and a swim along the shore of Crow Bay. The distance from the public boat launch at the north end of Crow Lake to Crow Bay on Bob’s Lake is 8.5 km.

If interested contact Bob at robert.clooney064@sympatico.ca

Saturday July 16th: Lyndhurst to Gananoque Lake 

This is without a doubt one of the most scenic stretches of water in our area along the James Auld Waterway. We have only done it a few times due to the 20km length, but the pace will be kept moderate. Participants should be comfortable doing that distance. There will be a car shuttle. This is a full day 20km paddle. Intermediate level.

If interested contact John at 613 572-1468 or email johntelgmann1@gmail.com 

Saturday July 16th: Lakes and Trails Festival – Point Park, Sydenham Lake 

Paddle Oar Knot...open to CCC Members and their guests only…a non-sanctioned club event…independent of L&T Festival programed events.

Ahoy Mates!  
Dave has offered to lead a paddle on Sydenham lake, complete with a demonstration of how not to get lost. Participants need to be prepared for any eventuality, including rough weather. Expect a 3-4 hour paddle around the islands off the Wilmer boat ramp or beyond with breaks…options to shorten or lengthen the voyage, as long as no one paddles alone.. Thus the non-sanctioned qualification.

We will cast off late morning from the Point Park boat ramp off Wheatly St. in Sydenham. Optionally decorate your boat and/or come in costume (dressed). If numbers warrant, we will do a paddle past the park and offer a salute to L&T Festival hosts.

Dave encourages you to come early, re-acquaint and participate in festival activities …long or short cycle, history walk etc. 9am start.

For further info and to register for this paddle, call Dave at 613-376-6883 or email djlinton72@hotmail.com

Wednesday July 20th – Devils 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 mrothenbury@gmail.com. This trip is also being offered Wednesday August 17, 2022 

Saturday July 23rd. Paddle the Navy Islands on St Lawrence River.

Join Sam for a paddle on St Lawrence River touring the popular Navy Islands as well as circumnavigate Stave Island.  Lunch on a National Island Park. No shuttle.

This is a full day trip with total distance of approximately 15 km. Potential strong winds, big waves, and strong current – experienced paddlers only. Note: Each participant is required to pay a beaching fee of $5.80 per vessel for the use of the 1000 Islands National Park. For details, please visit pc.gc.ca 

Email Sam at samcheng3@gmail.com

June 2022

Saturday June 4th – Rideau Paddle: Seeley’s 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.  

Saturday June 11th – Paddle Loughborough Lake  – Cancelled – See new trip below

We start at Battersea, paddle for about 5 km NE, have lunch (possibly swim), and return. This is a fairly scenic paddle with few cottages in this area. 

If interested, contact Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com or 613-389-4459. 

Saturday June 11th – Paddle Sydenham Lake

Join Sam for a paddle on Sydenham Lake. Wind and waves maybe encountered. This trip is for intermediate and experienced paddlers. Distance about 15 Km.

If interested, email Sam at samcheng3@gmail.com

Monday June 13 – Introduction to Kayaking **NEW**

Members will be given instruction on safety, equipment and basic strokes to get started in kayaking. Club kayaks, paddles and PFDs are available. Two classes are currently being offered on Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 20 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the boathouse. Sessions will be led by Kevin Hogan, a former Sea Kayak instructor with Hillary Outdoor Education Centres off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.

There is a fee of $20 for this session, payable by e-transfer to treasurer@cataraquicanoe.ca.

Please sign up here to register or contact Kevin at hogan.kevind@gmail.com or (343) 364-3655 for more information.

Saturday June 18th – Paddle on Dog Lake  

Join Jim on a new version of a trip on Dog Lake that goes north into Cranesnest Lake to a small island for lunch.  It’s about a 14 km return.   Being on smaller inland lakes means the route is relatively sheltered, making this trip within the abilities of many. 

Call Jim: 613-382-8682 to take part.    

Monday June 20 – Introduction to Kayaking **NEW**

Members will be given instruction on safety, equipment and basic strokes to get started in kayaking. Club kayaks, paddles and PFDs are available. Two classes are currently being offered on Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 20 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the boathouse. Sessions will be led by Kevin Hogan, a former Sea Kayak instructor with Hillary Outdoor Education Centres off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.

There is a fee of $20 for this session, payable by e-transfer to treasurer@cataraquicanoe.ca.

Please sign up here to register or contact Kevin at hogan.kevind@gmail.com or (343) 364-3655 for more information.

Tuesday June 21 – Second Depot Lake Summer Solstice Paddle  

There is no better way to celebrate Summer Solstice than being on the water. Second Depot Lake is just north of Verona and is part of the Depot Lake Conservation Area. The distance will be approximately 13 km. There is a fee for parking. It is an easy put in and all levels of paddlers are welcome. Bring lunch, swimsuit, and sunscreen. 

To register contact Karen at kaalexander9@gmail.com 

Saturday June 25th – Boathouse to Kingston Mills Locks  

Join Ed and Sam 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 current (depends on water level) and high wind maybe encountered.

If interested, email either Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com or Sam at samcheng3@gmail.com

Sunday, June 26 – Family Canoe Skills **NEW**

Calling all kids! Join us on Sunday June 26th from 9:30-11:30 to learn all about canoeing.  This event is geared towards younger children and their parents who want to learn more about canoeing. Learn about the importance of wearing your lifejacket, required safety equipment, how to be sun safe on the water, the proper techniques for entering, exiting, kneeling and moving around in canoes, how to paddle in sync and much more. Kids need to be accompanied by an adult member for this event. This event is held at the boathouse, so members can access club canoes.

To sign up, please contact Stacey at  stacey@cataraquicanoe.ca

Monday June 27 – Introduction to Kayaking **NEW**

Members will be given instruction on safety, equipment and basic strokes to get started in kayaking. Club kayaks, paddles and PFDs are available. Two classes are currently being offered on Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 20 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the boathouse. Sessions will be led by Kevin Hogan, a former Sea Kayak instructor with Hillary Outdoor Education Centres off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.

There is a fee of $20 for this session, payable by e-transfer to treasurer@cataraquicanoe.ca.

Please sign up here to register or contact Kevin at hogan.kevind@gmail.com or (343) 364-3655 for more information.

May 2022

Sunday May 1 – CCC Historical Hike  

A leisurely walk along the waterfront tracing Cataraqui Canoe Club history from 1896 to 2000. Time travel to see Kingston through the eyes of early members (approx. 10 km.)

Possible patio lunch around mid-day or picnic in the park.

Email Margaret: wildmargaret@yahoo.ca or call 613-542-9626 (after April 24th) to join in. 

Wednesday, Thursday May 4, 5 – 6pm – 8pm – Open House at the boathouse.

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. 

New this year, will be the opportunity to schedule your Club trips for June, July, August and September. Trip leaders are invited to stop in and meet Connie Ball,  our event scheduler, to discuss trip offerings and preferred dates. You may also email Connie at Connie@cataraquicanoe.ca and she will pre-book your trip. 

Saturday May 7 – Paddle 14 Island Lake – Mothers’ Day 

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.  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, may entail a bit of wading. Because of this, numbers will be limited. Bring lunch and bug protection. Rating: easy (though water temperature increases the risk level so we will hug the shoreline for safety) Distance: as far as the laziest paddlers want to go.

If interested contact Debbie at (613) 374-1704.

Tuesday May 10 – Paddle Hay Bay

Join me on Tuesday May 10th for a paddle on Hay Bay to view the waterfowl and hopefully catch the pike spawning. If lucky wildlife sightings may include bald eagles, osprey, hawks and swans. It will be about a 4 hour paddle with lunch break on a beach. It can get windy in the Bay but by hugging the shore it is usually manageable. A change of clothes in a drybag and binoculars, if possible, are suggested.

If interested contact Linda by email disli1@hotmail.com or call (647) 459-4106 providing your email contact and telephone number. 

Wednesday May 11 – Boathouse Paddles begin! Refer to the calendar for the schedule.

Saturday May 14Paddle Napanee River 

Join Sam for a relaxing paddle on Napanee River. Approximately 12 km total distance. Trip is suitable for all levels of paddlers. Option to join Sam for lunch at the waterfront restaurant which located at the launch area.

If interested email Sam at samcheng3@gmail.com

Saturday May 21 – Paddle Gananoque River 

We start in Gananoque, and paddle about 10 km upriver to the dam at Marble Rock; have lunch there, and paddle back. There is very little current, so it makes for an easy trip. (Unless we get strong winds!) The scenery along the way is varied, and interesting, but there are not many places to go ashore; either private land or marshy or steep shore.

If interested contact Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com or call (613) 389-4459.

Saturday May 28 – Paddle Gould Lake 

Join Larry for a short easy paddle around the shoreline of this small scenic lake. There will be a stop for lunch. It will likely be necessary to pay a day use fee.

If interested contact Larry by email at larrys@kos.net or call (613) 372-0858.

April 2022

SATURDAY, April 2, Hike Elbow Lake

Join Sam for a relaxing 10 km hike at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Center.
The number of participants is restricted to 9.

If interested, email Sam at samcheng3@gmail.com.

Saturday April 9 – Family Hike At Depot Creek Nature Reserve  

Join us for a morning excursion to explore the nicely marked trails at Depot Creek Nature Reserve in Bellrock, 6329 First Lake Road. This hike is designed for families with young kids as the distance is short, just under two hours, with three connected loops and two one-way sections. Terrain is easy, with a variety of habitats — wetlands, woodlands, and open spaces, as well as the creek. There is also the nicest privy you will ever find in the woods. No dogs allowed on this KFL&A Land Conservancy property, formerly owned by painter Kim Ondaatje. 

Contact Meg at megfreer5@gmail.com, or 613-547-1335.

Saturday, April 23- Verona to Petworth Paddle

When raised by spring runoff, Hardwood Creek and Napanee River provide a secluded 17 km. paddle, with a 19 km. shuttle. Mostly flat water and gentle current all the way to the take- out at Petworth. 

Call Bob at 613-384-4482

Saturday, April 23 – Potluck Schedule Party for Events June – October 2022

Changed

With growing concerns of the high presence of Covid in our community the response to this event has been unusually low. We have regretfully decided to cancel. We thank Mary-Jean for her ongoing commitment to open her home and support the Club. It has been a spring social and functional event for many years and we hope it can return in the future. 

Meanwhile, we encourage all trip leaders to reach out to Connie at the email below, with their proposed events for June, July, August and September. Connie will also be available at the Club Open House on May 4th and May 5th to meet leaders, discuss trips and complete the trip schedule. Connie, a new board member,  looks forward to meeting everyone and producing a robust schedule. Connie can be reached at Connie@cataraquicanoe.ca

Saturday April 30- 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. 

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

March 2022

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 – 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 generally significant hills can be 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. If conditions aren’t suitable for skiing/snowshoeing, a hike will be substituted.

Park fees apply. Phone Jim at (613) 382-8682

SATURDAY MARCH 12 – CATARAQUI TRAIL OUTING

Enjoy a few hours of skiing, snowshoeing or hiking on the Cataraqui Trail starting from Ingrid’s home on the north east end of Sydenham Lake. Choice of equipment will depend on weather, trail conditions and personal inclination. Not everyone will need to do the same. Bring your lunch to have on the trail or to eat on Ingrid’s deck, where a hot beverage will be served. (Due to caution related to COVID, there will not be any indoor gathering or use of toilet facilities).

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 – FAMILY HIKE AT LANDON BAY -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 stacey@cataraquicanoe.ca 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 – SECOND DEPOT LAKES CONSERVATION TRAILS
Postponed to Wednesday, March 30.

Let’s explore the Depot Lakes Conservation trails, one of my favourite places.  Our hike will take us approximately 9 km along three trail loops, giving us great lookouts over Second Depot Lake, past ‘The Falls’, over a bridge crossing Depot Creek, and eventually to the dam at Third Depot Lake.  These trails are rated ‘Beginner’ (mostly flat); and ‘Advanced’ (some steep grades), so good sturdy footwear is suggested.  The group will be held to 12, due to limited parking.  There is a $5.00 user fee.  Contact Marlene Rothenbury (mrothenbury@gmail.com) for more details.

SATURDAY, March 26 – SKI,SNOWSHOE OR HIKE AT MAC JOHNSON CONSERVATION AREA
Cancelled

Join Sam and Ed for a relaxing trip at this conservation area in Brockville. It is a 10 KM route with no hills.

If interested email Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com or contact Sam at samcheng@gmail.com or phone 613-389-4459.

February 2022

Saturday February 5, 2022 – Hike/Ski/Snowshoe in Frontenac Provincial Park. 

We start at the end of Clear Lake Road on a road for 3 km to the park gate. Another kilometre gets us to Salmon Lake loop; one more kilometre to connection to Hemlock Lake loop. Up to this point we are on a road allowance; anyone wishing for a shorter distance can turn around without worrying about getting lost. We shall continue (1 km) to Hemlock Lake loop. The loop around Hemlock is 5 km. Total distances about 17 km. We shall stop for lunch on Hemlock, possibly at campsite #9 if nobody is camping there.

Contact Ed at ejezak5@gmail.com or 613-389-4459. 

CANCELLED – Saturday February 12, 2022 -Hike at Parrots Bay   

Join Mary for a leisurely walk in the Parrott’s Bay Conservation area which has 289 acres of woods and wetlands with beautiful waterfront views. There are over 5 km of gentle trails that cross woodland, wetland and field areas to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature appreciation.

Call Mary at (613) 536- 5486 or email Mary at kayak_ski@hotmail.com.
 

Saturday February 19,2022 – Hike/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.   

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

Saturday February 26, 2022 -Ski and Hike Frontenac Park  

Enjoy the wilderness in winter in Frontenac Park. Ski the groomed and corridor trails in the morning for approximately 8 km, followed by hiking the short trails from the trail centre in afternoon, approximately 5 km. Ice grips may be needed. A day or season park pass is required.   

Contact Robert at retolley@hotmail.com. 

January 2022

SATURDAY, JANUARY 08 – MISSISSAGA BACKWOODS

Winter outing in the Missisagua backwoods. Most likely this will be a hike, but snowshoes remain a possibility. Be sure to bring at least one hiking pole and cleats or icers on your boots. Rugged country, but lovely scenes in the winter.

Phone or email Janice: 613 542-9958 or janice.ley@gmail.com for latest indications.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 – MURPHYS POINT SKI

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 – HIKE OR SKI ON BATHWATER TOWER TRAIL

Paul and Janice are introducing a new hike or ski on trails by the Bath Water Tower and passing by the perimeter of Millhaven prison. The trail is relatively flat through trees and meadows. About 7 km.

Call Paul or Janice at (613) 877-3907 or e-mail paul@cataraquicanoe.ca

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 – MURPHYS POINT

Murphys point ski, snowshoe or hike, pending weather conditions. Explore the trails of Murphy’s Point provincial park including a back country loop.

 Parking entrance fees apply. Call Don at 613 929 8099.