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January 2016 events

Sunday, January 10: Skycroft Ski or Hike

From the Skycroft trailhead, 40 minutes’ drive from our rendezvous, ungroomed trails in beautiful terrain are open at no expense for xc-skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. For details phone Dukke at 613 384-6054.

Saturday, January 16: Massassauga Skate, Ski or Hike

Always such a fun day! A winter adventure somewhere in or near the magical Massassauga domain of Janice and Eric. For details phone Janice at 613 542-9958.

Saturday, January 23: Murphy’s Point Cross-country Ski

Snow may be iffy near Kingston, but is likely deeper in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, about 65 minutes’ drive from our rendezvous. Amenities include 20 km of groomed trails and two heated chalets. Call Bob at 613 542-9626.

Saturday, January 30: Nordic Skiing in Gatineau Park

We leave Kingston about 08:00, and arrive at the park office about 10:45, where we purchase day passes. We start skiing about 11:00. We'll be skiing on groomed trails. We can stay on the green trails or venture onto the blue, it will depend on the composition of the group. We can even ski in two groups, and meet for lunch. We expect to be back at the parking lot between 14:00 and 16:00. The group might disperse at this stage, but some of us will probably stop in Ottawa for dinner (and some shopping) before heading home. Contact Ed at 613 389-4459.

February 2016 events

Saturday, Feb. 6th: Frontenac Swamp Hop

Frozen fens! Snowy slopes! Magical marshes! Once again Eric and Janice will show us the way, starting and ending at FPP Trail Centre. Depending on conditions, we may be hopping in hiking-boots or on skis or snowshoes. Call Janice 613 542-9958.

Saturday, Feb. 13th: Triangle Ski Club

Cancelled - no snow!

Terrific trails (30 km, more than half of them groomed) and a snug chalet await us just 40 minutes’ drive from our rendezvous! But will there be enough snow? Call Ed 613 389-4459.

Saturday, Feb. 20th: Lemoine’s Point Ski or Hike

Come and enjoy an easy 5-km ski or hike on pleasant trails close to home and free of charge. Deer and barred owls may be seen, but they won’t perch on our fingertips like the chickadees! Call Susan 613 542-6146 (not later than 8pm).

Sunday, Feb. 28th: Gould Lake Ski or Hike

This will be a leisurely ski or hike in our beautiful backyard Conservation Area, starting and ending along the Wagon Trail. Call Robert 613 542-9626.

March 2016 events

Saturday, March 5th: Little Cat Ski or Hike

Not at all feline, but always felicitous and fun! Let’s hope Little Cat will be snowy, but if not we shall tramp the tracks (hike the trails) like Puss in Boots. Entry fee is $5.50 per adult to a maximum of $14 per vehicle. Call Dave 613 376-6883.

Saturday, March 12th: Opinicon Ski, Snowshoe or Hike

40 minutes’ drive from our rendezvous, the ungroomed trails of Skycroft give us access to scenic terrain free of charge. Call Dugald 613 542-8628. For a map, e-mail dcarmichael1 at cogeco dot ca.

Saturday-Sunday, March 19th-20th: Combermere Cross-Country Ski Weekend

Cancelled - no snow!

Provided there is still enough snow up north, we shall drive to Silent Lake Provincial Park (~2.4 hours) and ski on scenic groomed trails, then drive to Combermere (~1 hour) where we have reserved a cabin with a pool and a hot tub! On Sunday we shall explore new trails at the Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club (http://opeongonordic.com). Call Beth 613 389-6362 or e-mail chickonwater at gmail dot com .

March 24: Trailhead hosts Kevin Callan (not a Cataraqui Canoe event)

Our friends at Trailhead Kingston are hosting Kevin Callan as a visiting speaker at the Trailhead store on Princess Street in Kingston. Always an entertaining speaker! Admission is free, but please RSVP at the store (613-546-4757) for planning purposes.

April 2016 events

Saturday, April 2nd: Lower Salmon River Paddle

12km, mostly fastwater and Class-1-2 whitewater in a scenic cedar-fringed glen, usually with several good surfing-waves. Two short portages around weirs. Afternoon highlights will be Buttermilk Falls and the Weeping Wall. Call Ed 613 389-4459.

Saturday, April 9th: Parrott’s Bay Hike

Come and enjoy an easy hike on newly resurfaced trails at Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area. This should ease our spring-fever in good time for the schedule-making party tonight! Call Susan 613 542-6146 (not later than 8pm).

Saturday, April 9th: Schedule-making Potluck

Always a fun party, at which we share stories and make plans for summer paddling etc. New members are especially welcome. Karen has kindly consented to be our congenial hostess, provided that some of us bring a folding chair or two. Please call Karen 613 547-2691 in good time.

Saturday, April 16th: Massassauga Paddle and Hike

Come and brave the bulrushes of Massassauga Creek! This scenic 12-km paddle is a CCC celebration of spring. If the beavers have been busy, there may be one or two liftovers. After lunch, a 2.5-km bushwhacking hike to the outlet of Buck Lake is optional. Call Janice 613 542-9958.

Thursday, April 21st: Trailhead presents Reel Film Paddle Fest (not a Cataraqui Canoe event)

Our friends at Trailhead are hosting the Reel Film Paddle Fest, back after a two-year abscence! Tickets available at Trailhead, $15 with tax.
Trailhead Kingston: 613-546-4757

Sunday, April 24th: Verona To Colebrook Paddle

When raised by the spring runoff, Hardwood Creek and Napanee River provide a secluded 18-km paddle with a 19-km shuttle. Mostly flatwater and gentle current, but includes about 300m of swifts with bouncy waves at Petworth. Option to paddle 13km to a takeout 1 km north of Petworth. Call Bob 613 384-4482.

Saturday, April 30th: Napanee River Paddle

The 8-km stretch of the Napanee between Yarker and Camden East is an excellent introduction to whitewater for beginners. Near the putin and the takeout are two Class-1 rapids, each about 500 m long, and beside our lunch-stop is a good surfing-wave. If you are reasonably good at paddling flatwater and feel ready for a taste of whitewater, and if the forecast weather is warm enough, perhaps you could tandem with one of the club’s whitewater veterans in one of the club’s fully-outfitted whitewater canoes. Call Ed 613 389-4459.

May 2016 events

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 3rd, 4th and 5th at 6 to 8 pm: CCC OPEN HOUSE

We welcome the public to visit our clubhouse, view our fleet of watercraft, and mingle with our members to find out what we do. This is also an opportunity for members to meet and greet each other, to sign up for various clinics, to enjoy refreshments and demos by local outfitters, and especially to renew their memberships! We may also auction off surplus Club equipment during the Open House.

Sunday, May 8th: Mother's Day Family Paddle

The Napanee River upstream from Petworth provides a sheltered and relaxing paddle, with spring flowers in bloom and perhaps wild leeks and fiddleheads. Moms with kids are specially welcome. Call Deb 613 374 1704.

Thursday, May 12: Trailhead presents Walter Sepic (not a Cataraqui Canoe event)

"Paddling the Entire Rideau Canal" -- 6PM at Trailhead, free of charge. 262 Princess St., Kington, 613-546-4757

Saturday, May 14th: Desert Lake Paddle

Come and enjoy a paddle on picturesque Desert Lake! Six km long and up to 68 m deep, it is studded with a dozen crown-land islands. And ~10 km of its privately-owned shoreline is undeveloped and unposted. Call Don 613 374-1101.

Saturday, May 21st: Crooked Creek Paddle

This is a 9-km paddle with a shuttle of 11 km. It includes a 600-m hike to a panoramic overlook 40 metres above the creek, and there may be two or three beaver dams to negotiate. Putting in from Knowlton Lake Road, we shall paddle about 3 km up Knowlton Lake and 2 km down Crooked Creek to where the hike begins. Then a 4-km paddle via Holleford Lake brings us to the takeout beside Desert lake Road. Afterwards, Maureen has kindly offered to provide good cheer and munchies at her waterfront estate nearby. Call Dugald 613 542-8628.

Saturday, May 28th: Loughborough Lake Paddle

Putting in at Battersea, we paddle northerly among numerous islands in this beautiful lake. Many of the islands are crown land. To the east, a long stretch of scenic waterfront land belongs to Ontario Heritage Trust. After lunch on an island 8 km from Battersea, some paddlers may continue another 1.7km to the outlet dam before turning back, while others return directly to Battersea. Call Steve 613 542-1054.


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June 2016 events

Saturday, June 4th: Paddle at Landon Bay

Landon Bay is an exceedingly scenic bay of the St.Lawrence River 7 km east of Gananoque. The 50 m high cliffs along the west shore overhang the water, with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Bring your camera. The waters are very sheltered, there is a good boat launch site at the east side of the bay. The trip is only 45 minutes each way. We may head out into the St.Lawrence River depending on winds. This is a good trip for beginners or to start the season. This will likely just be an afternoon trip, with refreshments after. Call Steve at 613 542-1054.

Sunday, June 12th: Seeley's Bay – Rock Dunder Flatwater Paddle and Short Hike

A scenic paddle from Seeley's Bay to Rock Dunder for a hike and lunch at the top, from where you'll have spectacular views in all directions, returning through Dean’s Pond. No car shuttle. Call Bob at 613 542-9626.

Sunday, June 19th: Paddle at Depot Lakes

Third and Fourth Depot Lakes are dam-created lakes. The Canadian Pacific Railway crosses the channel between them. The lakes make a short paddle; no portaging and no shuttle. Contact Bob at 613-384-4482.

Saturday, June 25th: Paddle at Puzzle Lake

Come explore several pristine lakes nestled between granite ridges, with only one 300-metre portage and perhaps a few liftovers. Call Susan at 613-542-6146 (but not later than 8 pm please).

July 2016 events

Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 3rd: Canada Day Weekend at Palmer Rapids

An annual event. The perfect spot to practise white water skills, learn new ones, or just enjoy camping and watch from the shore. Swimming in the rapids (PFD on) can also be fun. Come for the weekend or come for a day. Contact Beth at 613-389-6362 or by e-mail chickonwater@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 9th: Paddle at Eagle Lake

Last year, we ran our first paddling trip on Eagle Lake near Parham; it proved very popular. We had a mature Bald Eagle soar over us while relaxing for lunch and a swim on a beautiful little granite island. There are still a few more large bays and islands to explore. Our put-in is a good public boat launch site with a sandy beach and with lots of parking. Lunch will be on a sandy beach at Camp Oconto, with washroom facilities available. No shuttles or portages. Fairly sheltered waters. Ideal for everyone. Call Steve at 613-542-1054..

Saturday July 16th: Paddle at Mellon Lake

A short paddle down Mellon Creek brings us to a deep, secluded lake that is 4 km long and has 15 cottages. Most of the shoreline is Crown land (part of a provincial conservation reserve). Granite ridges near the lake are home to Ontario's only lizard, the five-lined skink. No portages, no shuttle. Options to swim and/or scramble up to a scenic overlook. Call Dugald at 613-542-8628.

Saturday, July 23rd: Rideau Lakes Paddle

Paddle through some of the lesser-known Rideau Lakes -- Clear, Newboro, Mosquito, Benson, and Indian. A round-trip of 18 km (with some possibilities of shortening the trip); no car shuttles, no portages, just paddling. A barbecue and potluck lunch will be hosted by Janice and Eric at their farmhouse on Benson Lake. For further information call Janice at 613-542-9958 or e-mail janice.ley@cogeco.ca.

Saturday, July 30th: Paddle from Rockport to Ivy Lea, and Back

You are invited to paddle the St. Lawrence River from Rockport to Ivy Lea via Smugglers Cove. After lunch on Ash Island we will return by the International Rift (between Wellesley and Hill Islands). We'll be paddling in the heart of the Thousand Islands among spectacular scenery and magnificent mansions. Refreshments when done! Call Jim for information at 613-305-2849.

August 2016 events

Sunday, August 7th: Morton to Lyndhurst Paddle

This full-day trip includes river and lake paddling, lunch and a swim at Delta beach as well as a visit to rock paintings. Short shuttle, long paddle (about 20 km). Call Bob Tolley at 613 542-9626.

Saturday, August 13th: Frontenac Park Mini Challenge

Paddle the length of Big Salmon Lake (5.7 km); portage to Labelle Lake (491 m); paddle across Labelle (1 km); portage to Big Clear Lake (190 m); and paddle on Big Clear to an island for lunch, swim, and rest. Return by the same route. Approximately 18 km on water and 1.2 km on land. It could be shortened at any stage. Phone Ed at 613-389-4459 or e-mail ejezak@bell.net.

Saturday, August 20th: Lake Ontario Open Water Paddle

We will be paddling along a sandy beach towards the Sandbanks. If it becomes too windy/wavy in the aft, we'll adjust the trip: after a 6 km paddle, we'll portage about 150 m to West Lake and continue from there and meander back to our point of origin. Lunch will be in the dunes somewhere with opportunity for a swim. Distance about 15 to 20 km with plenty of opportunity for riding the waves! You need to have a spray skirt and be confident in wet exits, boat re-entry and a beach launch. No shuttle. Contact Wim at wimkayaker@hotmail.com or phone 1-613-477-3168 (before 9 pm please). (Note: This is a kayakers' trip, only experienced canoeists should attempt it.)

Saturday August 27th: Sharbot Lake

A repeat of last year's very popular trip. We will visit two lakes, each one with a sandy beach for swimming and cooling off. This trip is suitable for all because participants can shortcut either part, if they choose, and are not committed to paddling the full 20 or so kilometres. We could split into two groups if warranted. We will finish the paddle with dinner in Sharbot Lake. Call Mary at 613-536-5486.

Sunday, August 28th: Lemoine Point Hike

A brisk hike around and across this park with its variety of woodlands and old meadows and beautiful vistas of Lake Ontario. Anywhere from 4 to 8 km, depending on level of energy/enthusiasm and the weather. A super way of working up an appetite for the evening's potluck feast. Call Dukke at 613-384-6054 for details.

Sunday, August 28th: SCHEDULING and POTLUCK

Come to enjoy a good party with our jovial hosts, and good company. After the fun and good food you may assist at, or merely observe, the planning of our fall activities. For directions and other information contact Beth at 613-389-6362 or e-mail chickonwater@gmail.com.

September 2016 events

Saturday, September 3rd: Paddle and Hike/Frontenac Challenge

Get your Frontenac Challenge off to a good start by completing the 25 km Slide-Lakeloop hike early, and with more daylight. Paddle to the trailhead via South Bay, Buck Lake. Call Margaret at 613 542-9626. If bad weather on Saturday, we shall try Sunday.

Saturday, September 10th: Short Paddle in Local Waters

A relaxing and leisurely paddle from our boathouse to historic Kingston Mills Locks. The total distance is approximately 13 km. Lunch at the locks. If interested contact Sam by e-mail at samcheng3@gmail.com (preferred), or phone 613-700-4873. You may rent a Club boat and will not need to transport it. A good opportunity for those who hesitated to go on our trips.

Friday, September 9th to Monday, September 12th: Camping in Frontenac Provincial Park

We have reserved all four camp pads at camp site #8 at the east end of Birch Lake for a full weekend. It is a delightful site set among tall pines on a point of land. Space for camping is restricted by the park and must be reserved in advance. Club members are invited to join us for any of our two full days there or three nights. Some campers will be participating in the Frontenac Challenge and will use the site as a base camp. It is about a one hour paddle from either the Kingsford Lake parking lot or the Desert Lake camp grounds. The relatively short distance is ideal for canoes with a load of camping gear. Kayakers should be able to find help with their gear. You may select either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. Call Steven at 613 542-1054 soon to reserve a tent site, or later for day use details. (We were unfortunately not able to schedule a Schooner Lake camping trip this year.) (Note: Campers will need an Interior Camping Permit and pay a share of the campsite fees.)

Saturday, September 17th: Paddle Long Lake

Long Lake is about 6 km Iong and is situated on the Long Lake Road between Parham and Mountain Grove. Like the Depot Lakes, it is a short paddle with no portaging and no shuttle. Long Lake was once popular with American anglers in bygone days for its many walleye. Contact Bob at 613-384-4482.

Saturday, September 24th: Gananoque River Paddle

We start in Gananoque and paddle upstream to Marble Rock; about 10 km, have lunch, and return. We do not have to do the full distance, or if the weather is nice and some feel ambitious, we could portage around the dam and paddle some distance into Lake Gananoque. Phone Ed at 613-389-4459 or e-mail ejezak@bell.net.

Going on a trip with the Cataraqui Canoe Club

Club activities are open both to members and non-members. If you are not yet a club member, you are welcome to come without charge on non-paddling day trips, but we ask for a $5.00 fee for canoeing trips and overnight trips.

To take part in an event, call the trip organizer a few days before the event, after checking this page for any last-minute changes. Also check with the organizer for equipment rentals.

Each person joining in club activities is responsible for accepting the risks involved. While most trips are easy and safe, others are harder and more risky. When you phone the trip organizer or when you meet just before the trip make sure you have agreed that the proposed trip is suitable for you. Consider such things as your paddling and other outdoor skills, your fitness level and any health problems you may have.

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Paddling from the Boathouse



Evening paddle from the boathouse
Members are invited to borrow club canoes and kayaks to paddle from the boathouse at the times shown below.

For these paddles, members are required to wear Personal Flotation Devices at all times.


If nobody arrives to paddle within 45 minutes of the scheduled opening time, the person on duty is free to lock up and leave. You must sign the waiver form before taking out a boat.
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May — Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
June to August — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September — Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to dusk.


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