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Annual Canoe Camp

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

9th Annual MVFN Canoe Camp

Algonquin Park

“Seeing Nature from the Water’s Edge”

Dates:  Friday, September 9 to Monday, September 12, 2016

Where: Achray Campsite – Grand Lake, Stratton Lake and Barron River Canyon

For: All current MVFN members who are canoe/kayak enthusiasts

Cost:  Approximately $70.00 per person.This covers site registration, parking, firewood and program planning. Note:  If there is extra money from registration fees, it will go to the MVFN Program Committee.  If there is a deficit, additional money will be requested from each camper.

We paddle for 4 – 5 hours/day, divided between morning and afternoon, along the shoreline as much as possible.  There are one or two short portages on the day trips.

Preliminary Registration: Please register as soon as possible by sending your name and email address to Brenda at: 

Registration is limited to 36 and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications and further details will then be sent to you by mid-August.

For further information, contact Cliff Bennett at:   or

613-256-5013, or Brenda Boyd at:  or 613-256-2706.

Hope to see many of you there!

Beautiful group campsites Achray overlooking the beach and lake. Photo Brenda Boyd

Beautiful group campsites Achray overlooking the beach and lake. Photo Brenda Boyd

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

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

 

9th Annual MVFN Canoe Camp: Algonquin Park!

Mark your calendars for our 2016 Annual Canoe Camp!

“See nature from the water’s edge” on a 4-day canoe camp with MVFN.  This year we are going back to Algonquin Park!  This is the first announcement for our annual September canoe/kayak camp for MVFN member paddling enthusiasts.

When: Friday, September 9, 2016 – Monday, September 12, 2016

WhereAchray Campground, Algonquin Park with paddling on Grand Lake, Stratton Lake and Barron River Canyon. NOTE: As with our day paddles, paddling is on flat water and generally involves paddling a maximum of approximately 2 hours with a break for lunch before a return paddle.

photo Howard Robinson, Algonquin Park

photo Howard Robinson, Algonquin Park

Cost:  Approximately $70 per person to cover group campsite registration, parking, firewood and other program costs. The estimated cost is based on the costs and participant numbers for previous paddling camps.  Note: If there is a deficit, additional registration fees will be requested.

Preliminary Registration: Please register as soon as possible by sending your name and email to Brenda Boyd at:   Registration is limited to a maximum of 36 participants and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Application forms and further details will be provided to pre-registrants by mid-August.

For further information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 

613-256-5013; or Brenda Boyd at    613-256-2706.

 We hope you plan to join us this year!

 

 

Annual MVFN Canoe Camp, Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

NOTE: Deadline to register is September 1, 2015. However if you plan to attend please let Linda know asap.

All MVFN canoe and kayak enthusiasts are invited to participate in MVFN’s 8th Annual Canoe Camp Sept 11-14!

This year the canoe camp will be held at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park. We will camp for 3 nights in The Point campground, a beautiful campground on Black Lake within the park and spend 2 days paddling on Sharbot Lake.

The park offers a variety of hiking trails, sandy beaches, access to two lakes, and a park store.

Date: Friday Sept 11- Monday Sept 14, 2015

Sharbot Lake from the boat launch at provincial park. Photo Linda McLaren

Sharbot Lake from the boat launch at provincial park. Photo Linda McLaren

 

 

 

Cost:  $40.00 registration fee per person.  This includes registration for three nights camping, parking, firewood and program planning.  NOTE:  the fee is an  estimate based on previous years participant numbers and additional amounts may be requested from campers if needed.

One of the campsites in The Point campground. photo Linda McLaren

One of the campsites in The Point campground. photo Linda McLaren

Registration: Register soon as spaces are limited and registration is on a first come first served basis.

For further details and registration forms, please contact Linda McLaren at 613-614-9177 or  

 

 

 

Seeing Nature from the Water on another successful MVFN Canoe Camp

After substantial rainfall during the first twenty-four hours, beautiful sunshine and mirror-like waters greeted the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) for their seventh annual Canoe Camp, held at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. The event held Friday September 5 to Monday September 8, was organized by MVFN member Sheldon Scrivens and included seventeen participants.

Scrivens by E. Veninga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canoe camp organizer Sheldon Scrivens; photo by Elizabeth Veninga

The theme for the Canoe Camp was ‘Seeing Nature from the Water’s Edge’ and the area did not disappoint the group of paddling enthusiasts. Twenty-three bird species were identified, including loons with their haunting late evening wailing, barred owls which took great delight in jolting the campers out of a peaceful sleep with their loud “Who-cooks-for-you-all” calls, osprey soaring the air currents in search of an unsuspecting lake trout, a whip-poor-will heard off in the distance and very noisy red-shouldered hawks and pileated woodpeckers, heard right at the campsite.

In the animal world, the group noted that whenever the barred owls called out at night, a family of coyotes would respond with howls and yipping. Several large painted turtles were discovered sunning themselves on rock surfaces and two species of snakes were found. Two black water snakes were swimming in a quiet bay and a rare black rat snake was found curled along a stick at the water’s edge. The rat snake is on the endangered species list.

Also found along the shoreline were many beautiful displays of bottled or closed gentian and turtle heads. The latter is a member of the snap-dragon family. Many members of the aster family were discovered by the group, including one clump of the very beautiful New England aster.

The MVFN annual canoe camp is part of a summer-long programme of canoeing and kayaking trips to explore nature and its beauty in and around our many lakes, rivers streams and wetland areas. The final event of the year will be the MVFN Annual Fall Colours Paddle, to be held this year at the west end of White Lake on Sunday, September 28. For more information on MVFN’s canoe programme, please contact Sheldon Scrivens at 613-836-0309 or .

For MVFN information and interest in nature anytime, visit our website: http://mvfn.ca/

 

Annual MVFN Canoe Camp, Charleston Lake Provincial Park

Sept 5- Sept 8, 2014

All MVFN canoe and kayak enthusiasts are welcome to join us for our annual MVFN canoe Camp event. This year the canoe camp will be held at Charleston Lake Provincial Park.

The campsite offers showers and laundry facilities (including dryers), a variety of hiking trails, a nature centre and a nearby store.

Cost:  $35 registration fee per person; this includes group site reservation, firewood and attendant costs. Any surplus from registrations will go towards purchase of an ungraded MVFN first aid and safety kit.

Date: Friday Sept 5- Monday Sept 8, 2014

Registration: Register soon as participation is limited to a maximum of 40. Registration and waiver forms will be sent out on the MVFN email network. Or contact Cliff or Sheldon. Completed forms and the registration fee (cheques made payable to the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists) should be mailed to MVFN, P.O. Box 1617, Almonte, ON, K0A 1A0 or delivered in person to Cliff or Sheldon. Once we have received your indication of interest and your cheque, we will send you camp directions, and other relevant camp information etc.

Please note that we must pre-register all participants and participant vehicles with the park.

For further information, please contact Sheldon Scrivens at 613-836-0309 or or Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or If you wish to participate but need either a canoe or a partner, please contact Sheldon or Cliff and we will try to match you up.

 

 

 

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