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MVFN Tay River Canoe/Kayak Outing

MVFN Tay River Canoe/Kayak Trip

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Paddle the Tay River from Perth to Beveridge Locks & back (~ 17 Km or about 4-5 hrs incl. lunch time).

Description: The Tay Canal opened in 1834 and consisted of five rubble locks and adjoining dams, between Port Elmsley and Perth. In the 1860s, the canal was re-built and re-routed to Beveridge Bay thereby requiring only one set of locks.The Tay Canal is a little-known gem for recreational boaters, canoeists, fishers, hunters, wildlife watchers and tow path hikers.

Our trip begins at Last Duel Park down a narrow, quiet section of waterway through the wide, provincially significant Tay marsh into a short dug canal section leading to Beveridge Locks where we stop for lunch & bathroom break and then return back upstream to Perth.

Watch For: Herons, bitterns, cardinals, tree sparrows, waxwings in tangled shrubbery along the shore and listen for rails all along the river.

Car Pooling: East Lanark: Union Hall for departure by 8:40 A.M.

Perth: Last Duel Park for departure 9:40 A.M.

Bring: lunch, binoculars, rain gear, bug juice, suntan lotion

Please register beforehand by calling Sheldon Scrivens at 613-836-0309 or e-mail . Let Sheldon know which starting point you will be coming to. Let us know if you need a boat, a partner or wish to canoe partner with someone.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled @ 7 a.m. Aug 7th. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Sheldon’s cellphone: 613-720-9506.