Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

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.