Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley





In celebration of National Canoe Day on Friday, June 26, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) have created the foundation of a virtual pictorial tour of the Mississippi River and other waterways and lakes of Lanark Country, as seen from the water.

BUT we need YOUR input of pictures with brief descriptions that you have taken from your canoe or kayak. You do NOT have to be a member of MVFN to participate in this project! Anyone can contribute.

We encourage you to get out on the water between National Canoe Day, June 26, and Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, to capture in pictures the natural world that we can see from the water in our beautiful Lanark County. We will accept entries until Saturday, July 4.

Go to the link provided, and locate where your picture/s were taken, mark the location with a pin, then put your picture/s and descriptions on the site. You do NOT need to be “tech-savvy” to do this – it’s easy (honest!).

If you can’t get out on the water this coming week, and you have pictures from a previous paddle, you can also post those.

Here is the link to the MVFN National Canoe Day Virtual Tour:


Here is how to use it:

1) Use link to open map

2) In the control panel in the upper left, select the location pin (looks like an inverted drop)

3) Tap or click on the location on the map where you want to post your picture

4) Change the text from “point #” to a title of your location

5) In the text box you may write a brief description of your photo

6) Select the camera icon. You will be presented with a number of options to upload a photo, including drag and drop and “select a file from your device”. If you select the second option you will have the choice of taking a new photo or video, or uploading a photo from your files.
For any questions concerning using the Google Map program, please contact:

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ (MVFN) is a local group, organized and run by volunteers, that seeks to increase local residents’ knowledge of, enjoyment of, and respect for the natural world in the Mississippi River watershed and other areas of Lanark County. We endeavour to do this through several programs, including: monthly nature talks (now live on Zoom!), nature walks, birding outings, day paddles, annual Paddle Camp, educational programs in local schools, a Young Naturalists’ monthly program, and much more. For information on what we do, or to get a membership, please go to our website at:

We all look forward to seeing all the postings and places where you’ve been paddling nearby! We will repost the link after July 4 so you can view the final map and take the “Magical Mississippi/Lanark County Waterways Virtual Tour” Thanks for your interest and participation!

MVFN National Canoe Day Project Team

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Update to the MVFN Canoeing/Kayaking Guide



Proposed 2020 Day Paddles

Dear MVFN canoe/kayak enthusiasts,

Ten years ago, we produced our guide called Canoe and Kayak Journeys of Lanark County.

Many things about our landscape have changed since then. For example on Route #1 Beckwith Township; Glen Isle on the Mississippi mentions there are several picnic spots towards Carleton Place. All of the land in this section is now privately owned and picnics are not allowed unless by permission of the owners. You will have to eat lunch from your vessel or back at your vehicle.

Several other journeys listed in the guide suggest lunch spots on deserted islands. Watch for and respect private posting signs on all private property.

Proposed Day Paddles for 2020

Our early spring paddle was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are planning to go ahead on the dates below as restrictions loosen and we feel we can safely explore Lanark waterways.

Saturday June 20 – Cliff Bennett – #24 Long Lake
Sunday July 12 – Simon Lunn – #21 Tay River to Beveridge Locks
Saturday July 25
Sunday August 9 – John Willis – route TBD
Saturday August 22
Sunday Sept 27

As you can see, there are still several openings for trip leaders and routes. We also need people with up-to-date First Aid qualifications on all paddles. Please get in touch with Art Solomonian if you can volunteer or suggest a route to explore.

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Join us for a Paddle on Long Lake

#24 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide  Saturday, June 20, 2020


Photo: Simon Lunn

To all MVFN canoe aficionados and guests. We are going to try and hold our first real MVFN paddle of 2020.

Leader: Cliff Bennett
Carpooling: None

• travel south from Perth on County Rd #1 towards Rideau Ferry.
• turn onto County Rd. #21 towards Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
• after about 6 km, turn right onto Long Lake Road and travel about 3 km to the RVCA launch site on your left at 525 Long Lake Road, Perth, ON

Plan to be there for 10:a.m..

Bring: lunch, bathing suit, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card). However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Cliff Bennett at (613) 798-6295 or email .

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact Cliff before 8 A.M

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2019 MVFN Canoe Camp, Whitefish Lake, Algonquin Park

“Seeing Nature together from the Waters’ Edge”

We are pleased to announce our 12th annual MVFN Canoe Camp, set this year for Whitefish Lake in Algonquin Park. Please see all the details below!

MVFN Canoe Camp, photo September 2016 by B. Boyd

When:  Friday, September 6 to Monday, September 9, 2019

Where:  Whitefish Lake Group Campground, Algonquin Park, 36 km into the Park on Highway 60

For: All current MVFN members who enjoy canoe/kayak/hiking/camping, with a maximum of 25 people.

Cost:  $75 per person.  This covers site registration, per person payment; parking; firewood and program planning. If there is a surplus from registration fees, money will go to the MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Program.  If there is a deficit, additional money will be requested from each camper.  Some people may only wish to attend for part of the camp, which is fine, but the set fee is the same for everyone, as MVFN has to pay for everything ahead of time.

Program:  We paddle for 4-5 hours/day, stopping to observe any interesting flora and fauna along the way.  We divide the paddle up between morning and afternoon sessions, with a leisurely lunch on shore in between.  The paddles are designed for people of all paddling abilities – no white water paddling!!  Alternately, you may choose to hike one of the beautiful trails nearby, or go for a 1/2 day paddle.  Leaders will be assigned for each activity.

You are responsible for bringing and cooking your own meals and beverages of choice (including alcoholic beverages), except for Saturday dinner, which is a group potluck (with leftovers Sunday evening!).   We do cook and eat together in a communal kitchen area, with our own equipment.  We eat dinner together at a set time, but breakfast is on your own time.

I’m sure some people wonder why we so often return to Algonquin Park at either Whitefish Lake or Achray Group campgrounds.  Firstly,  they have lovely large campsites.  Secondly, there are several options of day paddles and hikes at each campground that are not available at other provincial parks with group campsites.  Thirdly, the Park is within reasonable driving distance.  And finally, there is something magical and mystical about Algonquin Park that calls to all of us, and everyone seems to be totally happy to be back in our favourite area for camping, enjoying each other’s company, and paddling pristine lakes and rivers in lovely, almost bugless early September weather.

Preliminary Registration:  To pre-register (which will hold your spot), please send your name, email address and phone # to Brenda Boyd at:   or call Brenda at 613-256-2706 with any questions.

NOTE: Registration is limited to 25 people, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must be a current MVFN member in order to attend this camp. In early August, you will be asked to formally register and pay the fee online.

We look forward to a relaxing, fun weekend with you!  Bring your musical instruments and campfire singing voice.

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Paddle the Clyde River

NOTE: this paddle was switched to Canonto Lake on the day of the event.

Join us for a paddle on the Clyde River at the Clyde Forks

#10 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide, Sunday, June 23, 2019

Photo: Simon Lunn

Leader: Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling:

East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.
West Lanark: meet in Hopetown at 9:00 a.m., across from the store/gas station on Hwy 511, on the shoulder of the road

Bring: lunch, bathing suit, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card). However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader.

You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need someone to paddle add your phone number to the form and the leader may be able to match you up with someone.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, check your email before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip will take place.

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