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Canoe/Kayak day trips

Tay River Paddle 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Time: Participants should meet at 9:30 AM at Last Duel Park, Perth, ON

Starting Point: Meet near the dock at Last Duel Park.  The park is located at 22 Craig Street in Perth, on the south shore of the Tay River. From Smiths Falls take Hwy #43 into Perth (Hwy becomes Craig Street in Perth) and turn left into the park immediately after crossing the Craig Street bridge over the Tay River. From Almonte or Carleton Place travelling east through the town of Perth from Hwy 7 and onto Drummond St. through town, turn left on Craig and right before reaching the bridge. Park opposite the dock area.

Difficulty: This should be a fairly relaxed paddle down the Tay River, passing through woodlands and extensive open wetlands. A few powered vessels may pass us, but boat traffic is usually not busy on the Tay.

Trip Leader: Simon Lunn, naturalist, photographer, experienced paddler, and former biologist/ecologist with Parks Canada, including the Rideau Canal.

Bring:  lunch, water, insect repellant, binoculars, sun screen. You must also be equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.

Pre-registration: For registration and information, please contact trip leader Simon Lunn at  or 613-283-6663. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date.  You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

NOTE: if you think you might only be able to paddle one-way on this trip (i.e., not paddle back to Perth), contact Simon to discuss alternate arrangements. We might be able to arrange a car or two to be left at Beveridges Lock Station to get you back to Perth.

If in doubt about the weather on Sunday morning, please call Simon before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip. 

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

MVFN Invasive Aquatic Plants Survey

Paddle the creeks and bays of Mississippi Lake and take part in year two of this project. Working in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Mississippi Lakes Association (MLA), we will take part in a survey of invasive aquatic plants.

Our aim is to canoe all seven creeks which flow into the lake, collect samples of five known aquatic invasive species and report back to the MVCA headquarters.

Date: Saturday, July 30th (rain date August 13)

Time: 8:30 AM – approx. 2:30 PM

Meet at: Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority headquarters, 10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place, for donuts and coffee, orientation and reporting kits. Crews will be assigned to a specific creek area.

Bring: You will need the usual required canoe equipment, lunch, a pen or pencil, sunscreen etc

To register, or for more information please contact David Garcia at  613-256-6299  or via email  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or if you would like to partner with someone who has a canoe, let us know at the same time.

photo B. Boyd

photo B. Boyd

Schedule:

  • 8:30 AM meet at MVCA for coffee and donuts (MLA has budget for this)
  • Presentation on Invasive Species by MVCA specialists, information about how to fill out forms, etc.
  • Handing out of kits, directions to paddling access points, etc.
  • Leave between 9:15 and 9:30 AM
  • Return to MVCA around 1:15- 1:30 PM, have a late lunch (bring your own)
  • Staff will sort through the results and do a quick summary presentation of results.
  • End around 2:30 PM
  • A comprehensive report will be written up and sent to all participants, and a copy will be published in Mississippi Belle Online

2017 Canoe/Kayak Day Trips Schedule

See nature from the water’s edge on an MVFN paddle in 2017!

Paddling dates (tentatively three Saturdays and three Sundays) have been set for our 2017 canoe/kayak day-trip paddle program. Dates for the annual spring paddle, four summer paddles and a fall day-paddle are as follows. Details of location and leader will be circulated a week or more prior to the trips.

Saturday May 27: Spring Paddle on Bolton Creek. Leader: Doug Younger-Lewis  613-256-2738. Additional details to be posted soon.

NOTE: Leaders are still needed for the following tentative paddle dates.

Saturday July 8:  Location and leader to be decided

Sunday July 23: Location and leader to be decided

Saturday August 12: Location and leader to be decided

Sunday August 27: Location and leader to be decided

Sunday September 24: Location and leader to be decided

Volunteers are needed for the dates above; please consider leading a day paddle trip! 

Please contact Doug Younger-Lewis at  or 613-256-2738 if you would like to volunteer to lead one of these day trips.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR LOCATIONS:

Tay River into Christie Lake

Bob’s Lake

Oconto

Palmerston

Paddle Robertson Lake in Lanark Highlands

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready!  We will paddle Robertson Lake near Lavant. The route is # 13 on MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys map/guide. This Lanark Highlands lake is picturesque and relaxing.

Car-pooling: East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for take-off at 9:00 a.m.; West Lanark: meet at Hopetown General Store at 9:15 a.m.

Bring:  lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, etc. You must also be equipped with proper safety gear, life jackets, whistle, bailing bucket, heaving line, etc.

You must pre-register for this event. You may bring a friend or two. For registration and information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or email:    If you need a partner, call Cliff.

In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Cliff before 8:00 a.m. to confirm.

Fall colours on MVFN's 2014 fall paddle. photo B. Boyd

Fall colours on MVFN’s 2014 fall paddle. photo B. Boyd

Paddle Park Lake

Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready for MVFN’s second August paddle!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Car Pooling:  East Lanark, meet at Union Hall for departure at 9 A.M. West Lanark, meet at Hopetown for departure at  9:15 A.M.

Bring: lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, sun screen etc. Ensure you are equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line etc.

Pre-registration: You must register for this event. MVFN membership must be up-to-date. You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

For registration and information, please contact Cliff Bennett (trip leader) at 613-256-5013 or 

In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Cliff before 8 A.M. to confirm.

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Our natural history talks are at 7:30 pm on the third Thursday in January, February, March, April,  September, October and November at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St. in Almonte, Ontario. All are welcome to attend! Non-members $5. 

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