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Saving the best for last on enjoyable MVFN Fall Colours Paddle

 

Trip leader Doug Younger-Lewis (left) and Neil Carleton at the beginning of a day of paddling and exploring on MVFN’s Fall Colours trip. Photo Howard Robinson 

Press Story

October 15, 2010

Saving the best for last on enjoyable MVFN Fall Colours Paddle

by Cliff Bennett

Record numbers participated in the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) Annual Fall Colours canoe/kayak trip on Sunday, October 3, the last paddle of the season. Thirty enthusiast MVFN members and guests in eleven canoes and eight kayaks assembled at the north arm of Crotch Lake to launch their craft and explore along the shorelines of bays and islands. The group enjoyed the awe inspiring beauty of the colours of Laurentian Shield rock outcrops backed by magnificent multi-coloured maples, poplars, oak and sumac, shouldered by the rich greens of many pines.

The cool north winds kept the flotilla close to shore, allowing for good viewing of fall asters and goldenrod. In the small wetland bays, a few ducks, mainly female and juvenile common mergansers plus one small flock of Canada geese, took to the air as the group approached. Also noted were one woodduck and one hooded merganser. A five lined skink, Ontario’s only lizard, dashed across a rock ledge and a Northern water snake was found in the gravel by the edge. Birds listed, in addition to the ducks, were a sharp-shinned hawk, two merlins, a blue jay, a small flock of pine siskins, a pair of kingfishers, crows and ravens and a few ring-billed gulls.

Organized and led by MVFN member Doug Younger-Lewis of Almonte, the group proceeded onto the Mississippi River and settled at the King Lake dam for lunch. After the group retraced their route and packed up, they re-assembled at the Dalhousie Lake Restaurant for afternoon refreshments and farewells to another great year of seeing nature from the water’s edge.

The outing concluded the MVFN canoe/kayak outings for this year. These outings all operate as part of MVFN’s Programme Committee and the theme is always ‘Seeing Nature from the Water’s Edge.’ Sixty-six different members and invited guests took part in the outings this year, setting a record for the number of participants in the programme, best yet since it began in 2002. In addition to the Crotch Lake trip, other trips this year included Mississippi River from Dalhousie Lake; Mississippi River from Appleton to Almonte; Mississippi River from Pakenham to Blakeney and Clayton-Taylor Lake. The programme will resume next year.

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Annual Fall Colours Canoe Trip 2010

Annual Fall Colours Canoe Trip

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Canoe the north end of Crotch Lake (Ompah access; South Bush Road).

Carpooling: East Lanark meet at Union Hall at 9:00 am; west Lanark meet at Hopetown General Store 9:15 am.

Driving Route: a backwoods drive through Lavant, county road 16 (50 minute drive from Almonte)

Bring: lunch, rain gear, binoculars, camera, all necessary canoe /kayak safety gear.

To register or for more information, please contact trip leader Doug Younger-Lewis at 613-256-2738 or .

In the event of severe weather the trip will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Doug before 8 am.

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MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing – Taylor and Clayton Lakes

MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing – Taylor and Clayton Lakes

Sunday, August 22, 2010, – 9:30am launch

(A combination of #14 and #16 on the canoe brochure)

No Car Pooling required. Meet at Taylor Lake Boat launch at the north end of Concession 12, Lanark before 9:30am.

To get there from Almonte, take County road 16 (Wolf Grove Road) west 12 km to Lanark Conc. 12, and turn north (i.e. turn right) to the boat launch area. Lanark Conc. 12 is approximately 3 km from Union Hall.

Lunch will be at Howard and Mary’s place on Clayton Lake. Bring your bathing suits if you wish to swim. Everybody is invited back after the canoe trip for drinks and munchies.

Bring: lunch, binoculars, rain gear, bug juice, suntan lotion, bathing suits.

Please register beforehand by calling or emailing Howard & Mary Robinson, 613-256-0817 () and provide your phone number.

Let us know if you have a canoe and need a partner or, if you wish to partner with someone who has a canoe.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Howard or Mary before 8:30am.

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Paddle scenic Mississippi River from Pakenham to Blakeney

Paddle scenic Mississippi River from Pakenham to Blakeney

Sunday, July 25

Meet:  9:00 am in Pakenham in the park behind the school (Jesse St. to the stop sign & turn right to enter the park-no charge).

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

Please register beforehand with Olga:  613-622-0910 or  .

 Please let us know if you have a canoe & need a partner or if you wish to partner with someone who has a canoe.

 In case of severe weather this event will be cancelled. If in doubt call Olga.

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Canoe/Kayak the Mississippi River from Appleton to Almonte

Mississippi River from Appleton to Almonte

Sunday, July 4

 Meet at 9 a.m. at the boat launch site in Appleton, on River Road just below the Appleton dam.

When we reach Almonte, we will stop at the Almonte beach where we can swim in the river. We will lock our canoes and go for lunch at a restaurant in Almonte. We will paddle back to Appleton. Each way takes about 2 hours.

Bring: lock, binoculars, rain gear, bug repellent, suntan lotion, hat, paddles, life jacket, bailing bucket and other safety equipment you may need.

Please register beforehand by contacting Suzanne Rebetez at 613- 253-2172 or .

Let us know if you have a canoe and need a partner or, if you wish to partner with someone who has a canoe.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, please contact Suzanne.

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