Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Mississippi River Canoe /Kayak Outing

Mississippi River Canoe /Kayak Outing 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Canoe Mississippi River Upstream from Ferguson Falls. This trip is a variation of #4 on the Canoe Brochure now that there is a canoe launch in Ferguson Falls. The trip passes through part of the Innisville Provincially Significant Wetland which is also an ANSI (Area of Natural and Scientific Interest).

 Car Pooling: East Lanark: meet at Union Hall, for departure 9 am. South/East Lanark: meet at Ferguson Falls Public Parking at the Canoe Launch 9:15 am. This is at #1362 Ferguson Falls Road (Lanark Hwy15) next to the Community Centre.

Bring: Lots of drinking water, binoculars, lunch, bug juice, life jackets (mandatory). Every vessel needs a safety kit (Bailer, floating throw-line, pea-less whistle & flashlight). An extra paddle per vessel is recommended.

  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, call Howard or Mary at 613-256-0817 or In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Howard or Mary no later than 8:00  am. For further information, call 613-256-0817.

Please note: You must register beforehand for this event. This is a MVFN members only event! Please contact Howard or Mary at 613-256-0817 or

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MVFN Canoe/Kayak Trip to Stump Lake

MVFN Canoe Trip to Stump Lake

Sunday,  July 8th 2012

Where: Stump Lake at Elphin (# 6 on MVFN’s canoe/kayak guide/map). Please note that there is an outhouse at the launch site

Parking: Enough room for a dozen cars (depending on who gets there ahead of us)

Car Pooling: East Lanark: 8:45 am at Union Hall for car pooling and meeting up; West Lanark: General store in McDonald’s corners for 9:30 am

To Register: Please contact Terry MacIver or call 613-592-5002 (day), 613-623-3414 (evening) to register for this event. If you have a canoe and need a partner or want a partner who has a canoe, please contact Terry.

Bring: binoculars, lunch, bug juice, sun screen, life jackets (mandatory)

Please note: you must register with Terry beforehand for this trip. It is also necessary to sign a waiver. Please identify if you have first aid or CPR training.

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2011 MVFN Spring Canoe/Kayak Outing – Clyde River at Lanark

2011 MVFN Spring Canoe/Kayak Outing – Clyde River at Lanark

(# 12 on the canoe brochure)

Sunday, June 5, 2011 – 9:30am launch

Car Pooling: Eastern Lanark and area: meet at Union Hall at 9:00 a.m. Western Lanark and area: meet at canoe launch in Lanark Village

Launch: at the River Park launch site in Lanark Village (near intersection of George St. & Hillier St.) – aiming for 9:30 a.m. launch

Lunch will be en route – beverages and munchies at Lanark Landing Restaurant after the canoe trip.

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

Please register beforehand by calling or e-mailing 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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MVFN Spring Canoe/Kayak Outing- Mississippi River

Paddle Mississippi River from Dalhousie Lake downriver

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Car Pooling: East Lanark: Union Hall for departure by 9:00 A.M. West Lanark: Hopetown General Store for departure 9:15 A.M.

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

Please register beforehand by calling or emailing. Cliff Bennett 613-256-5013 or  .

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

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

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Field naturalists complete successful canoe/kayak season with Fall colours trip

              

Press Story

Thursday Oct. 9, 2008

Submitted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Field naturalists complete successful canoe/kayak season with Fall colours trip

Canoeing has become a major activity helping the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists meet their purpose of increasing understanding of and respect for our natural world. Experiencing nature from the water by scanning shorelines, bays, marshes and creeks, has brought participants in closer communion with the natural relationships occurring alongside and within our watersheds.

MVFN completed a very successful summer canoe/kayak programme this year with a trip Sunday, October 5. Twenty-four avid members and guests paddled the upper Clyde River and into Widow Lake in Lavant Ward of Lanark Highlands. The group launched their vessels above the control dam on the Clyde, above Joe’s Lake and reached the Clyde again at the north end of Widow Lake, only to be thwarted by beaver dams.

Key to this trip were the magnificent fall colours, especially as they were reflected in mirror-like water the group paddled on. Great blue herons appeared as sentinels along the route and several duck species including golden-eyes and woodducks took off from the marshy edges. A juvenile bald eagle, found perching in a tree on the French Line, set the stage for many of natures wonders discovered on the trip.

The season’s canoe/kayak programme, organized by MVFN member Cliff Bennett, began earlier in the summer with a trip to the western end of White Lake on June 15. This was followed by other explorations including Park Lake in Lanark Highlands, the Tay River into Christie Lake and Bennett Lake in Tay Valley and Bob’s Lake, just out of the County of Lanark west of Bolingbroke.

The highlight of the year’s activity on the water was a four-day September canoe camp in Killarney Provincial Park. A group of twenty-six canoeists/kayakers explored the upper end of Georgian Bay and also George and Freeland Lakes in the Park. This was the first attempt to hold a canoe camp and the event was so successful that members demanded this become an annual event.

In all approximately sixty different MVFN members and friends took part in the canoe/kayak programme this year. All agreed they had learned so much of nature, whether it was the wild flowers along the shores, the birds in the trees, the air and water, mushrooms, amphibians or water plants. A common expression from many stated their pleasure at being able to enjoy this great Canadian experience. For more information about MVFN’s programmes, check their website at www.mvfn.ca.

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