Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley



Join your MVFN friends, and other ‘kindred spirits’,
Thursday June 18th @ 6:45 pm

Dr. James Raffan is going to help MVFN launch the 2020 padding season with a presentation on the Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, has stewarded, for the last 20 years, the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft. Indeed, The Senate of Canada has declared the museum as being “a cultural asset of national significance.” Whether you’ve visited the Museum or not, James’ presentation will undoubtedly share fascinating insights and stories concerning the evolution of this unique window on our shared Canadian heritage…including up-to-date news about the ongoing new museum re-location project!

James, currently Director of External Relations for The Canadian Canoe Museum, has been a part of the museum since its inception, having held a number of roles including, most recently, the Director of Development and Director Emeritus.

The meeting will ‘officially begin’ at 7 pm sharp with a few introductory comments. James’ presentation will be approximately 50 minutes with an additional 15 minutes allotted for Questions. Therefore, the session will ‘officially’ conclude by 8:15 pm

Now that we have some experience with Zoom we are happy to welcome non-members. Please feel free to invite other friends who might be interested by simply forwarding this invitation to them!
To participate all you need to do is to click on the link below and use the Meeting ID and Password.

Meeting ID: 892 8361 6641
Password: 596890

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom, 7:00 for program
Place: A computer, tablet or phone near you

Hope to see you all there!



David Seburn’s zoom presentation on freshwater turtles inspired many of us to keep an eye out for turtles crossing the road and give them a hand if it is safe to do so.

MVFN would also like to help his Eastern Ontario Turtle Project. The intrusion of COVID-19 means that a whole field season may be lost. We have therefore started another Lanark County wildlife project on iNaturalist called “Lanark County Turtle Watch”.

We are looking for photos of turtles. Turtles crossing the road, turtles nesting or turtles sunning themselves on a log or a rock. And, sadly we would also ask you to include photographs of turtles that did not make it across the road. All photos provide helpful information.

While you are out and about please watch for turtles and keep your phone or camera handy. By photographing turtles and uploading the images to the project “Lanark County Turtle Watch”, you provide important data on the location and population of turtles.

To participate:
1. Open an account on iNaturalist. Open
2. Join the MVFN Lanark County Turtle Watch project. Join
3. Start posting turtle observations in Lanark County. iNaturalist will guide you through entering the requisite data including location, type of roadway observation and nesting activity.
You can find a guide to using the MVFN Turtle Watch interface here: Guide
If you need help, use the following email

Please call the Ontario Turtle Centre at 705-741-5000 immediately if you come across an injured turtle.



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.

#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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Hello, MVFN members!

Grab your phone or a digital camera and get outside to enjoy the warner temperatures. While you are out, keep an eye open for the spring ephemerals posing at your feet. They won’t be there for much longer as the trees leafing out will spell an end to the ephemerals for another year.

We are looking for photos of trilliums, colts foot, hepatic, trout lily, bloody root or any of the other spring ephemerals. And, we would like you to add them to our iNaturalist project “Spring in Lanark County”.

Ontario’s provincial flower is the iconic trillium.
Can you find the other 10 spring flowers common to Lanark?

You do not need to be an expert to participate in this project. iNaturalists helps with identification if you can take some photos of the subject. To learn more about this project and to join, go to our website for more information.

Also on the website is information on typical spring flowers found in Lanark.

Let’s show the world the beauty of Lanark County!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep sharing!