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!

For information on paddling from the boathouse, please click here.

Interested in coming on one of these trips? Please click here.

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: Eagle Lake Canoe / Kayak

A scenic paddle at a leisurely pace on fairly sheltered waters surrounded by typical Canadian Shield (granite shores and islands and large pine trees), with few cottages, and the start of some Fall colours. Lunch will be on a small island and if you are up for it take a swim. One destination will be Elephant Rock from which there is a stunning view. The put-in is a good public boat launch site with a sandy beach and ample parking. No shuttles or portages. The Seed to Sausage shop is ten minutes up Hwy 38 if you are interested! Contact John at 613 531-5156.

October 2017

Saturday, October 7: Charleston Lake & Blue Mountain Paddle/Hike

A 6 km paddle from Outlet at the southwest corner of Charleston Lake takes us to Huckleberry Hollow on the south shore of the lake. Boats will be landed so we can hike about 3 km along a trail leading to the summit of Blue Mountain. The summit affords a panoramic view to the north, east and south. The fall colours are expected to be great. Contact Jim at 613 382-8682.

Tuesday, October 10: Annual General Meeting

At Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue. Meeting starts at 7:00 o'clock, but the social gathering at 6:30 p.m. Come to meet friends, help to reach our quorum, vote for the next Board of Directors, make your contribution to our discussions, and have fun. Snacking food and healthy beverages will be provided.

Saturday, October 14: Frontenac Challenge

Hike the beautiful Big Salmon Lake loop, 17km, with hopefully full fall colours. Scenic picnic lunch spot. There is park fee per car. Contact Margaret at 613 542-9626 or

Saturday, October 21: Off-trail hike to Phil's Hill

Starting and ending at Sheffield Conservation Area, this is a 9-km loop hike in rugged bedrock barrens NW of Mellon Lake. Participation may have to be limited. For details phone Dugald 613 542-8628. For a map e-mail

Saturday, October 28: Paddle to “Before the Rush” (Artisans' Show)

Weather permitting, we shall put in at Gray's Beach (beside the 1000-Islands Parkway 1.5km east of the Hwy-2 overpass) and paddle 8 km down the St. Lawrence to the upscale Ivy-Lea Restaurant and Coach-House, where we can view the creations of numerous talented artisans (including the woodworking wizardry of CCC paddler Kevin Juckers) and/or simply hang out for a while in beautiful surroundings, then paddle back to our vehicles. For details, e-mail Sam at (preferred) or call at 613 770-4873.

Note: Depending on wind conditions, substantial waves may be encountered on the river; a trip for experienced paddlers who are comfortable paddling in strong current, windy, and choppy water conditions.

November 2017

Saturday, November 4: Canoe Lake-to-Kingsford Dam Paddle and Potluck

A 16-km paddle via Desert Lake and Mitchell Creek will whet our appetites for a potluck at Nancy's cottage (limited to 18 participants). This event includes a 5-km shuttle, a 150 m portage, and an optional scramble to a high crag overlooking Birch Lake. For the paddle call Dugald 613 542-8628; for the potluck call Nancy 613 549-8856.

Saturday, November 11: Hike at Gould Lake Conservation Area

We will start from the barn and hike on the west side of the lake, that will lead us by mica mines and beautiful vistas in hilly, scenic and varied terrain. Contact Don at 613 384-4346.

Saturday, November 18: Hike the Tetsmine Lake Loop at Frontenac Provincial Park

A hike from Kingsford Dam to take in the long views of the landscape without the leaf cover on the trees. Enjoy the rugged hills, valleys and lakes unique to the northern part of the Park. The basic loop is 13 km with some possible extensions. Contact John at 613 531-5156.

Saturday, November 25: Perth Road to Clear Lake Road hike

This scenic , but rugged, 14 km hike includes a stunning vista from Mink Lake Overlook, the highest crag in Frontenac Provincial Park (195 m). The car shuttle is 7.5 km. Contact Ed at 613 389-4459 or

December 2017

Saturday, December 2: Hike at Parrott's Bay Conservation Area

A short hike for a bit of exercise, and to build an appetite. Contact Ed at 613 389-4459 or

Saturday, December 2: Potluck and scheduling

There will be a potluck at the home of Paul and Janice following the hike to Parrott's Bay Conservation Area. We will provide the main course; others are requested to bring an appetizer, salad or dessert. All are welcome. Come to chat or have a game of pool or snooker. Planning for the winter season will follow the potluck. Contact Paul or Janice at 613 877-3907 a few days in advance for details, preferably before 9 pm.

Sunday, December 10: Lemoine Point

Close to home, Lemoine Point includes 136 hectares of woodlands, old meadows and 2500 metres of shoreline. I don't count on snow, but the total of approx. 10 km of very scenic hiking trails will provide a welcome and much needed respite from the frantic Christmas shopping. Call Dukke at 613 384 6054.

January 2018

Saturday, January 6: Murphys Point

Enjoy a mix of groomed trails and a back country trail for skiing, as well as warming huts to eat your lunch. There is a good chance of snow at Murphys Point, even when there's none in Kingston. However, if there is no skiing, a hike at Gould Lake will be substituted. There is park fee per car. Contact Robert at 613 542-9626 or

Saturday, January 13: Opinicon Ski/Snowshoe or Hike

Starting and ending beside Opinicon Road, this will be a ski or snowshoe if we get a real winter. Otherwise it will be a hike. For details call Dugald at 613 542-8628.

Saturday, January 20: 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 or e-mail.

Saturday, January 27: Nordic ski at the Triangle Ski Club

The Club boasts 35 km of picturesque trails, of which 17 km are groomed. To ski there you will be expected to sign a waiver and pay a fee. You can check conditions at Contact Jim at 613 382-8682.

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.