Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Dalhousie Lake Paddle 2019

 

Join us for a paddle on Dalhousie Lake and Downriver

#8 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide Sunday, August 25, 2019

 

Leader: Cliff Bennett 613-798-6295

Car Pooling:
East Lanark: Meet at Union Hall 8:30 A.M.
West Lanark: Meet at Hopetown across from the store 9:A.M.
Launch site: By the bridge at Dalhousie Lake 9:30 A.M. (park at restaurant )

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). You can update and pay for your membership on the MVFN website. You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.

You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need to partner up with someone, please contact the leader and he may be able to accommodate you.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, check your email before 8:00 a.m. for a confirmation. Please inform the leader if you sign up, and then cannot go.

Also please indicate on registration form where you plan to meet the group.
For further information, contact the leader.

 

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MVFN Mississippi Paddle downriver from Appleton

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Join MVFN for a paddle on the Mississippi River downstream from Appleton.

Please note NEW departure time of 10 A.M.

Photo Simon Lunn

Leader: John Willis

Location: meet at the departure point, Appleton Bay Park (510 River Rd, Almonte) for departure at 10:00 A.M. Appleton Bay Park is on River Road just below the dam in Appleton.

Bring: lots of water, bathing suit, insect repellent, binoculars, sunscreen, etc. Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Lunch: We will be going to the Barley Mow for lunch.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card). You can update and pay for your membership on the MVFN website. You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need to partner up with someone, please contact the leader who may be able to accommodate you.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, check your email before 8:00 A.M. for a confirmation. Please inform the leader if you sign up, and are not able to attend.

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MVFN summer paddle, Smiths Falls Marshlands to Poonamalie Lockstation

Sunday, July 28, 2019

See nature from the waters’ edge on this easy (weather permitting), roughly 2 hour-long river paddle  from Smiths Falls Detached Lockstation, under the old CPR Bascule Bridge, and in and around the Swale wetland bay, before rejoining the main channel and paddling roughly 3 km upstream to Poonamalie Lock.

Along the way you will be immersed in a unique and important natural area on the doorstep of a rural town. Simon will introduce you to some of the more interesting flora, fauna and local canal history along the way. It should be fun!

Leader:  Simon Lunn, Biologist (retired), Naturalist & Landscape/Wildlife Photographer

Car Pooling: meet at the Almonte Arena for departure at 8:30 a.m. or Upper Reach Park, Abbott Street, Smiths Falls by the canal for 9:15 a.m. (see photo below)

Bring: lots of water, lunch, bathing suit, insect repellent, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

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

Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card).  You can update and pay for your membership on the MVFN website. You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.

You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need to partner with someone, please contact the trip leader who may be able to accommodate you.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, please check your email before 8:00 a.m. for a confirmation.  Please inform the leader if you have signed up, but are unable to attend.

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2019 MVFN Canoe Camp, Whitefish Lake, Algonquin Park

“Seeing Nature together from the Waters’ Edge”

We are pleased to announce our 12th annual MVFN Canoe Camp, set this year for Whitefish Lake in Algonquin Park. Please see all the details below!

MVFN Canoe Camp, photo September 2016 by B. Boyd

When:  Friday, September 6 to Monday, September 9, 2019

Where:  Whitefish Lake Group Campground, Algonquin Park, 36 km into the Park on Highway 60

For: All current MVFN members who enjoy canoe/kayak/hiking/camping, with a maximum of 25 people.

Cost:  $75 per person.  This covers site registration, per person payment; parking; firewood and program planning. If there is a surplus from registration fees, money will go to the MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Program.  If there is a deficit, additional money will be requested from each camper.  Some people may only wish to attend for part of the camp, which is fine, but the set fee is the same for everyone, as MVFN has to pay for everything ahead of time.

Program:  We paddle for 4-5 hours/day, stopping to observe any interesting flora and fauna along the way.  We divide the paddle up between morning and afternoon sessions, with a leisurely lunch on shore in between.  The paddles are designed for people of all paddling abilities – no white water paddling!!  Alternately, you may choose to hike one of the beautiful trails nearby, or go for a 1/2 day paddle.  Leaders will be assigned for each activity.

You are responsible for bringing and cooking your own meals and beverages of choice (including alcoholic beverages), except for Saturday dinner, which is a group potluck (with leftovers Sunday evening!).   We do cook and eat together in a communal kitchen area, with our own equipment.  We eat dinner together at a set time, but breakfast is on your own time.

I’m sure some people wonder why we so often return to Algonquin Park at either Whitefish Lake or Achray Group campgrounds.  Firstly,  they have lovely large campsites.  Secondly, there are several options of day paddles and hikes at each campground that are not available at other provincial parks with group campsites.  Thirdly, the Park is within reasonable driving distance.  And finally, there is something magical and mystical about Algonquin Park that calls to all of us, and everyone seems to be totally happy to be back in our favourite area for camping, enjoying each other’s company, and paddling pristine lakes and rivers in lovely, almost bugless early September weather.

Preliminary Registration:  To pre-register (which will hold your spot), please send your name, email address and phone # to Brenda Boyd at:   or call Brenda at 613-256-2706 with any questions.

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

You must be a current MVFN member in order to attend this camp. In early August, you will be asked to formally register and pay the fee online.

We look forward to a relaxing, fun weekend with you!  Bring your musical instruments and campfire singing voice.

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Birds report, MVFN Canonto Lake Paddle

NOTE: Watch the website and MVFN’s Facebook page for details of our next MVFN paddle, July 28, 2019.

Submitted by Howard Robinson, MVFN Birding Committee

On June 23, 2019 we canoed/kayaked Canonto Lake and birded by sight and sound from the water on a Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ outing, led by Cliff Bennett. There were 8 vessels, and 12 people in the party, but not all our time was spent birding.

Below is a list of bird species, and respective counts, that were seen or heard. The list has been submitted to eBird and shared with our MVFN birding account as an historical record.

 

Canonto Lake Paddle, June 23, 2019 photo H. Robinson

A faulty/deadly loon platform, Canonto Lake, observed on June 23 paddle. photo H. Robinson

eBird Checklist – 23 Jun 2019 – Canonto Lake, – 23 Species

8 Wood Duck

6 Mallard (4 of the 6 mallards were ducklings)

2 Sandhill Crane  (seen flying over the lake)

3 Ring-billed Gull

4 Common Loon

7 Great Blue Heron

4 Turkey Vulture

2 Belted Kingfisher

1 Northern Flicker

4 Red-eyed Vireo

3 Tree Swallow

3 Barn Swallow

2 Black-capped Chickadee

2 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 Hermit Thrush

3 American Robin

2 Chipping Sparrow

6 Song Sparrow

40 Red-winged Blackbird

6 Common Grackle

4 Ovenbird

1 Yellow Warbler

2 Scarlet Tanager

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