Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

By Cliff Bennett

At last, a canoe camp without adverse rains and wind storms. MVFN’s annual canoe camp for 2017 took place at Algonquin Park’s group campsite on Whitefish Lake, September 8 to 11 and the whole four days held perfect weather. The Saturday paddle saw the group travel south on Whitefish into the Madawaska River and on to Rock Lake, where lunch was enjoyed. Mirror-like water conditions allowed paddlers to really enjoy nature from the water’s edge. On the return journey, the wind came up somewhat but didn’t hamper progress. Water levels were high all over making for a strong current on the narrow river between lakes. Many warblers were spotted and a lake shore beaver house drew much interest.

The Sunday paddle saw the group leave the camp beach and follow the meandering Madawaska River north through Pog Lake and into the Lake of Two Rivers. This river section was well lined with rows of alder, mountain holly, dogwood and Northern wild raisin bushes, drawing many cedar waxwings and robins in for lunch. Yellow-rumped warblers continued to be plentiful and ravens constantly called out their presence throughout the day. Saturday’s pot luck dinner was well enjoyed.

Temperatures plunged down to only two degrees Celsius at night making the evening campfires more than welcome. Two enterprising young women even heated large stones for their sleeping bags. During the day, when not paddling, several members enjoyed non-water activities by hiking the various trails and visiting the several park attractions. Although numbers were down this year, all agreed that MVFN should continue this annual event.

The camp was organized this year by Pam Hickman, assisted by Howard and Mary Robinson and Doug Younger-Lewis.  Photos for the photo story below were provided by Pam Hickman and Elizabeth Veninga.

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September 8-11, 2017

Experience the splendor and peace of Algonquin Park in late summer!

MVFN’s Annual September 4-day Canoe Camp will take place this year at Whitefish Lake Group Campground, Algonquin Park (just off Highway 60), from Friday, Sept. 8 – Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Even if you are not a paddler, you are welcome to participate in this 4-day canoe camp, to hike on one or more of the beautiful trails in the area, visit the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre nearby, or stay at the campground and enjoy a relaxing day by yourself. You may also wish to take part in the group pot-luck dinners and campfires.

Some people cannot attend for all four days, which is fine, too; however, the cost of $70 per person is the same, regardless of the number of days of camping. This is because many of the costs to offer the group camping program are fixed costs that are paid in advance.

Current, non-MVFN members may attend as your guest(s), but for MVFN insurance coverage reasons, they must become MVFN member/s. Individual membership is only $25 or $20 (senior rate). NOTE: Membership Forms are available here on the website at “Contact Us – Become a member”.

The number of participants is limited to 25. If you are interested in attending please reserve your space immediately by contacting Howard & Mary Robinson at:

, or 613-256-0817

Howard or Mary will send you the registration forms once you are signed up.

Looking forward to another great MVFN Canoe Camp in magical Algonquin Park!

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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!


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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.

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!



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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




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.

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  




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