Events & Open Paddles

Interested in a trip but have transport issues? Being the second person in a canoe is sometimes a possibility, and some club members can transport a second kayak on their vehicles. Contact the trip organizer well in advance and we can see if we can accommodate you!

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April 2017

Saturday, April 1: Parrott's Bay Hike

Come and enjoy an easy hike at Parrott's Bay Conservation Area to ease into spring. The hike will be followed by a scheduling party in the evening (see below). Call Susan at 613 542-6146 (before 8 pm).

Saturday, April 1: Potluck and Scheduling

Join us for some fun at this potluck party to share stories and make plans for the upcoming paddling season. New members are especially welcome. Please phone Karen for details, a few days in advance, at 613 547-2691 (before 9 pm).

Saturday, April 8: Paddle Lower Salmon River Updated April 6, 2017

Twelve kilometres, class I and class II whitewater. The water levels are very high and it is ice cold. Only experienced paddlers should participate. Cold water protection is compulsory. It will be suitable for beginners later in the season. Contact Steve at 613 542-1054.

Saturday, April 15: Paddle Upper Salmon River

The Upper Salmon River (north of Tamworth) is a favourite early spring whitewater trip for the club. It is a very scenic small river with rapids up to Class IV. Water levels may be quite high at this time and water temperatures will be quite low. Appropriate whitewater experience and cold water gear are requirements. Contact Jim at 613 382-8682.

Saturday, April 22: Verona to Colebrook Paddle

When raised by spring runoff, Hardwood Creek and Napanee River provide a secluded 18 km paddle, with a 19 km shuttle. Mostly flat water and gentle current, but includes about 300 metres of swifts with bouncy waves, at Petworth. Call Bob at 613 384-4482.

Saturday, April 29: Paddle Massassauga Creek

Come and brave the cattails of Massassauga Creek! This scenic 12 km paddle is a CCC celebration of spring. Since there are always beaver dams to lift over and somewhat more challenging access for kayaks, the trip is more easily done in a canoe. We typically also do some hiking to scenic lookouts along the way, so be prepared for some rough terrain. Contact Janice at 613 542-9958 or via email.

May 2017

Tuesday, May 2; Wednesday, May 3; and Thursday, May 4

Annual Cataraqui Canoe Club Open House

6-8 pm at the Boathouse

This is an occasion when club members can meet to discuss past adventures and plans for the summer. The public is invited to see our boathouse and our boats, to meet our members, and to find out more about our club. If you have not yet renewed your membership or boat rental (due by 1 April), then this will be your chance to do so!

Saturday, May 6: Paddle Crooked Creek

Nine kilometre paddle with an eleven kilometre shuttle. It includes a 600 metre off-trail hike to a 40 metre overlook. There might be two or three beaver dams to cross. Number of paddlers will be limited. We shall start at Knowlton lake and finish on Hollerford Lake, at Dessert Lake Road. Contact Dugald at 613 542-8628.

Sunday, May 14: Mother's Day Family Paddle

We shall be on the Napanee River, upstream from Petworth, a sheltered and relaxing paddle. Spring flowers will be in bloom, and perhaps wild leeks and fiddle-heads. Moms with kids are especially welcome. Call Debbie at 613 374-1704.

Saturday, May 20: Paddle on Desert Lake

Easy flat water paddle, about 20 km. Can be more or less depending on group. For more information contact Don at 613-374-1101.

Saturday, May 27: Paddle on Loughborough Lake (from Battersea)

We will follow a shoreline in hopes of sighting rare cottagers in their natural habitat, performing activities in accordance with spring rituals. Paddle would be approximately 12 km, or longer for some. This would warrant a revival stop at the "CreekSide" post paddle. Call Dave at 613-376-6883.

June 2017

Saturday, June 3, 12:00: Celebration of Life for Alan Nicholls

Not a Club event, but of interest to many old-standing members of the Club:

Monica is hoping many of Alan's friends will be able to join her for lunch and/or a hike from Little Cataraqui Creek Outdoor Centre. If you have photographs or mementos of Alan, that would be even better. Lunch starts at Noon, with a brief service and sharing of memories at 1 p.m. A memorial walk for Alan leaves from the Centre at 2 p.m. Parking fees are waived.

Alan was a Club member for many years. As Secretary, he maintained all the records. He originally designed and set up our website, which he maintained for many years. He died earlier this year.

Sunday, June 4: Napanee River Paddle Updated May 23

Join me for a relaxing paddle on Napanee River. We'll start from Napanee and paddle to Deseronto. The total distance will be approximately 12.5 km. This will be a straight paddle from the put-in to the take-out, because opportunities for stopping or swimming along the route are limited to non-existent. Optional lunch at the lovely Waterfront Pub restaurant by the River. Or bring your own lunch; there's space to sit at the takeout in Deseronto. Note: Depending on wind conditions, waves may be encountered in the Bay of Quinte at the end of the paddle for about 2.5 km; a trip for paddlers who are comfortable in potentially choppy water. Shuttle requires. Contact Sam via email (preferred) or 613 770-4873.

Sunday, June 11: Seeley's Bay and Jones Falls Updated June 4

A scenic paddle from Seeley's Bay seeing Rock Dunder, Dean's Pond and Jones Falls. Bring picnic lunch. No car shuttle. Contact Robert at 613 542-9626.

Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Try Kingston Water Sports Open House

An additional open house as part of an initiative between the Canoe Club, Rowing Club, and Kingston and Collins Bay Yacht Clubs to encourage Kingstonians to visit local watersports organizations during Open Doors Kingston. We're hoping to see and reach a number of new paddlers!

Saturday, June 17: Paddle Depot Lakes

Third and Fourth Depot Lakes are created by dams. The Canadian Pacific Railway crosses the channel between them. It is a short paddle with no portaging and no shuttle. Contact Bob at 613 384-4482.

Saturday, June 24: Paddle on Devil's Lake

Come and see how much of this large beautiful lake, with 36 miles of bays and islands, we can explore. It is a full days paddle. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. No portaging or shuttles. Contact Marlene at 613 389-5890 for details.

Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2: Canada Day Weeekend at Palmer Rapids

An annual event. The perfect spot to practice white water skills, learn new ones, or just enjoy camping and watch from the shore. Come for the weekend, or come for the day. The camping fee is $15.00 per tent per day, or there is a small parking fee if you do not camp. Contact Ed at 613 389-4459 or

July 2017

Saturday, July 8: St. Lawrence River Paddle

Join me for an enjoyable paddle on the beautiful St Lawrence River. We will start from Gray's Beach and go east for approximately 8 km. Lunch at a National Park Island which is situated between Potato Island and Downie Island (see p. 6 on free 2017 mooring passes for Parks Canada sites). Islands touring after lunch. Approximately 18 to 20 kms. No shuttles. Please contact Sam at or call 613 770-4873. Depending on wind conditions, substantial waves may be encountered on the river; a trip for experienced paddlers who are comfortable in potentially choppy water.

Saturday, July 15: Canada Parks Day Paddle on Sydenham Lake

Festival of Lakes and Trails occurs on this day. The native drums of South Frontenac have spoken. We are invited. The plan is to dispatch our flotilla from the Wilmer Road boat launch. Keeping land on the port beam, we will eventually arrive at the Point Park, where we will do a "paddle past". A landing party will then be dispatched. We will be offered meat from the barbecue, and water from the Fountain Of Youth (they claim). No bartering required. The Hysterical Society of South Frontenac will be presenting an unusual gift to the most unusual best dressed up water craft. This gift is a rare find, and its' authenticity has been verified by the Department of Rockology. So dress up your boats, and come in costume if you like. After the barbeque, we will map a route back to Wilmer Rd. boat launch. There is open water, so check the weather forecast. Probability of a 12 km paddle or more. Call Dave for more details at 613 376-6883.

This is a celebration of lakes trails and waterways of South Frontenac that allow us to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty that surrounds us, and be so moved by it.

Sunday, July 23: Morton to Lyndhurst Padde

This full day trip includes river and lake paddling. We stop at Delta beach for lunch and a swim. Short shuttle, long paddle (about 20 km). Contact Robert at 613 542-9626.

Saturday, July 29: Paddle from Rockport to Ivy Lea and back

You are invited to paddle the St.Lawrence River from Rockport to Ivy Lea via Smuggler Cove. After lunch on Ash Island we will return by Fiddlers Elbow and Lost Channel. We will be paddling in the heart of the 1000 Islands among spectacular scenery and magnificent mansions. Refreshment when done!

The total distance is 16 km. This is an easy trip for sea kayaks but canoeists need extra caution. Paddle postponed to Sunday if rain forecast. Call Jim at 613 305-2849 or 613 549-9948.

August 2017

Saturday, August 5: Eagle Lake Paddle Cancelled due to high winds

Eagle Lake is a relatively new club trip. It is very scenic with granite islands and large pine trees. One year we had a bald eagle soar over us while we were enjoying lunch on a small island. We will do a circular trip with a sandy boat launching place. The trip is suitable for all. Contact Steve at 613 542- 1054.

Saturday, August 12: Rideau Lakes Paddle

Paddle through some of the lesser-known Rideau Lakes -- Clear, Newboro, Mosquito, Benson, and Indian. A roundtrip 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. Contact Janice at 613 542-9958 or

Saturday, August 19: Loughborough Lake Paddle

This has become one of our most popular trips. We start in Battersea at a public boat launching ramp and paddle through numerous granite islands rich with wild life. The water is warm for swimming too. We will probably picnic on a lovely island at the north east end. Some people may choose to paddle up a little creek to a dam while others relax. It is a long paddle, at a moderate pace. Suitable for all. Contact Steve at 613 542-1054.

Saturday, August 19: Potluck and Scheduling

There will be a BBQ at the home of Steve following the paddle on Loughborough Lake. Relax by the water garden with a cool beverage. Our scheduling meeting for the fall will follow the BBQ.

Contact Steve at 613 542-1054.

Saturday, August 26: Paddle Desert Lake to Kingsford Dam

Join me for a paddle from Desert Lake to Kingsford Dam and return. If we are lucky, we may see some exotic plants on the way to Kingsford Dam. Approximately 20 km. No shuttles. Please contact Sam at or call 613 770-4873.

September 2017

Friday, September 1: Paddle and Hike, Frontenac Challenge

Get your Frontenac challenge off to a good start by completing the 25 km Slide Lake loop early. We paddle to the trail on South Bay of Buck Lake. It is a demanding trip, but even seniors can manage it. Contact Margaret at 613 542-9626 or

Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10: Camping at 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 cam

pers 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 Steve at 613 542-1054 soon to reserve a tent site, or later for day use details. (Note: Campers will need an Interior Camping Permit and pay a share of the campsite fees.)

Saturday, September 16: Charleston Lake Paddle

A paddle along the shore of Charleston Lake for about 20 km. In some wind conditions the going might be tough for canoes. Contact Don at 613 384-4346.

Saturday, September 23: Tour of Kingston Harbour

We shall start at our boathouse, and follow the shore to Ontario Park (about 7 km), have lunch there, and return. If wind conditions are such that there are significant waves on the lake, we shall reverse direction and head for Kingston Mills (also about 7 km).

Contact Ed at 613 389-4459 or

Saturday, September 30:

TBD. Watch for details!

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.

Paddling 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.

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.