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MVFN Tay River and Canal Paddle
Join hosts Simon & Carolyn Lunn for a trip up the Tay River & Canal, as we paddle this gentle but interesting 6 km route from Upper Beveridges Lockstation to Perth. During the trip we will visit a quaint lock station, get a peek at Parks Canada’s oTENTiks, immerse ourselves in the Tay River marsh, and paddle through a beautiful tree-lined river corridor right into the downtown core of historic Perth. May be greeted by bullfrogs and black terns, a marsh wren or twelve-spotted skimmer, or maybe the American bittern we saw last year! It’s always fun to see what our paddles and senses will help us discover. And for those interested, we could visit O’Reillys pub to quaff down a well-deserved cold one with a wee bite to eat after the trip!
Leader: Simon Lunn
Departure Time & Duration (estimated): 9:30 a.m., 3-4 hours paddling
Starting Point & Destination: Upper Beveridges Lockstation (off Port Elmsley Road) to Last Duel Park (off Craig Street), Perth
Car Pooling: For those in Eastern Lanark County, meet at Union Hall at 8:45 a.m., or you can drive directly to the lock station.
Upper Beveridges Lockstation can be reached by heading for the junction of County Road #43 with the Port Elmsley Road (#18). Turn south onto #18, drive 2.6 km south and turn left onto Beveridges Lock Road, drive straight on this dirt road and then veer right under the road bridge and several hundred yards up to Upper Beveridges Lock.
Shuttle service will be arranged from Perth back to Upper Beveridges Lockstation.
Bring: lots of water, munchies/packed lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binocs, camera . . . the usual. Don’t forget your mandatory safety equipment i.e. lifejacket, bailer, whistle, throw line/rope, extra paddle & flashlight.
Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event by emailing Simon at:
If you need someone to paddle with, or have an extra seat in your canoe, please let Simon know. He will do his best to team you up with someone.
In case of forecasted severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, heavy rain or winds, or extreme heat), call Simon at 613-283-6663 before 8 a.m. to confirm.