Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Paddle the Clyde River

Join us for a paddle on the Clyde River at the Clyde Forks

#10 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide, Sunday, June 23, 2019

Photo: Simon Lunn

Leader: Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling:

East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.
West Lanark: meet in Hopetown at 9:00 a.m., across from the store/gas station on Hwy 511, on the shoulder of the road

Bring: lunch, bathing suit, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card). However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader.

You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need someone to paddle add your phone number to the form and the leader may be able to match you up with someone.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, check your email before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip will take place.

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Robertson Lake Paddle Sunday May 26th

Join MVFN for a paddle on Robertson Lake, Sunday, May 26, 2019 (#13 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide)

Robertson Lake, on County Road 16, is situated at the village of Lavant in Lanark Highlands. It is a small, round lake that can be circumnavigated in three hours. There is a neat park and beach on the lakeshore where you can launch your canoe, poke around the islands and the shoreline and be back at the beach for lunch and a swim (but not on this particular trip!). Watch for marsh birds at the far end of the lake.

photo Sheldon Scrivens

Leader: Stan Holloway

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019

Location: Robertson Lake: route #13 in MVFN’s Canoe & Kayak Journeys  paddling guide

Car Pooling: East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m. West Lanark: meet in Hopetown at 9:00 a.m., across from the store/gas station on Hwy 511, on the shoulder of the road.

Bring: lunch, water, insect repellent, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc.

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Small but mighty group enjoyed fall colours paddle on the Mississippi River

MVFN Fall Colours Paddle, September 30, 2018

On September 30th a group of MVFN members enjoyed a paddle along the mighty Ontario Mississippi from Pakenham to Blakeney. This annual fall colours paddle outing was led this year by Stan Holloway.

John Willis: “A small but mighty group. The weather cooperated – cool but no rain.”

NOTE: For a list of places to paddle in Lanark County, and a map, visit our Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Routes page here.

All photos below by John Willis

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View emerging fall colours on a magical Mississippi River paddle

Annual MVFN Fall Colours Paddle

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Join us as we explore nature from the water’s edge on a paddle upstream along a beautiful section of the Mississippi River from Pakenham to the Blakeney Falls, revealing a hidden view of the Mississippi shoreline, quite different from what is seen from the highway!

This paddle will be led by Stan Holloway. The paddle is journey #17 described in MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys Guide/Map.

photo by B. Boyd

Directions to meeting/launch site:  From Almonte go north on Hwy 29 to Pakenham.  After entering the village, pass Pakenham Public School and take the second right onto Jessie Street and then the second right off Jessie Street onto Margaret Street.  Park at the fence near the beach.

Time: Arrive by 9:45 AM at the latest, so we can be on the water by 10 AM.  We expect to be back by 3 PM.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, hat, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen (yup, you’ll still need that on a sunny day on the water!). You must also be equipped with mandatory safety equipment including life jackets, extra paddle, bailer, whistle, flashlight and heaving line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To check your membership status contact the membership committee at . You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.


To register:  please email Stan at: advising whether you will be canoeing or kayaking and leaving a return phone number.  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please contact Stan.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Stan no later than 8:30 AM, at 613-797-5695, to confirm.


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MVFN September Canoe or Hiking Camp Algonquin Park

MVFN’s 11th Annual Canoe Camp, Achray Campground, East Algonquin Park

We are looking forward to another great MVFN Canoe Camp this year! Spaces are still availalbe. “Enjoy nature from the water’s edge on our annual canoe camp”

When:   Friday, September 7 to Monday, September 10, 2018

Where:   Achray Campground, East Algonquin Park (west of Petawawa)

For:   All current MVFN members who enjoy paddling/hiking/camping

Cost:   approx. $80 per person. This covers site registration, parking, firewood and programming. Note: surplus registration fees will go to the MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Program.  If there is a deficit, additional fees will be requested from each camper.

We paddle for 4 – 5 hours/day, divided between morning and afternoon, and along the shoreline when possible.  Alternatively, you may choose to hike one of the lovely trails nearby (including the stunning Barron Canyon Trail). Even if you are not a paddler, you are welcome to come along and camp with us, hike, or stay at the campground and enjoy a relaxing day. You will also enjoy socializing at our Saturday potluck dinner and campfires each night.

You may opt not to stay for all 4 days of the camp, which is fine, however, the cost of $80 per person remains the same, because many expenses for site rentals, extra parking and firewood, programming and contingency are fixed and paid in advance.

Pre-registration:  To register, please send your name and email address to Brenda Boyd at:   You may bring guests, but they must become MVFN members (at the reasonable cost of $20 or $25/person) for MVFN insurance coverage purposes.  Membership form & payment is available on the MVFN website at:

Registration is limited to 25 and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must be a current MVFN member to attend this camp. 

For further information, contact Brenda at the above email address, or phone 613-256-2706.

We look forward to another great MVFN Canoe Camp in magical, mystical Algonquin Park. It should be a relaxing, fun weekend.  Bring your musical instruments and campfire singing voices!

The magnificent Barron River Canyon near Achray Campgrounds in Algonquin Park. photos Brenda Boyd

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