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Madawaska River on next MVFN paddle

Paddle the Madawaska River

For this summer MVFN paddle we will travel on the Madawaska River, upstream from Clay Banks Marina on White Lake Rd. south of Arnprior to the picnic site below the Stewartville hydro dam. Keep an eye out for herons, ducks, swallows, otter, and snapping turtles.  Note: At times strong downstream currents may be present as flow is affected by hydro dam operations.

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2015

Car-pooling: Meet at the Antrim Truck Stop located at 580 White Lake Rd. (County Road # 2) on the south side of Hwy 417 (exit 184 westbound) at Arnprior for a 9 am departure.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, lunch, bug repellent. Also  life jackets, bailer, heaving line, whistle and all required safety equipment are mandatory.

Registration: You must pre-register for this event and your MVFN membership should be be up-to-date.

For registration and further information, please contact Olga Janoska at 613-622-0910 or . If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Olga and she will try to match you up.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Olga’s cell phone (613-622-0910) before 8 am to check.

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Madawaska Canoe/Kayak Trip 2009

 Second Summer Canoe/Kayak Trip

When: Sunday, July 26
Where: Madawaska River at Burnstown (Note change of location from schedule)
Launch Site: Municipal Park, on highway # 508, ½ km east of intersection in village,
Launch Time: 9:30 A.M.

Where to Meet: Eastern Lanark: Esso Service Station, Almonte, for departure 8:45 A.M.
Western Lanark: Come to Esso Station or, take #511 to Calabogie and east on #508 to Burnstown and launch site. Ottawa and area: take highway 417 and 17 past Arnprior to Calabogie, turn on highway #508 to Burnstown and launch site. (Note: you get to launch site before the village).

What to Bring: lunch, binocs, bug juice, sun screen etc.

Note: Please let Cliff know if you are coming and also if you need a partner. He will do his best to match you up. In case of foul weather, this trip will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Cliff before 8:00 a.m

For more information: Call Cliff at 613-256-5013 or email .

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Other Canoe Journeys – Burnstown 1 and Madawaska River

Burnstown 1 and Madawaska River

Burnstown is a small, historic Hamlet, north of the Village of White Lake. For this canoe journey, there are two ways to get to the canoe launch. Go north of Arnprior on highway 17 to the turn off at highway 508 to Burnstown and Calabogie. About a km before Burnstown is a municipal park along the Madawaska River where you can put in the canoe. Depending upon availability, there is a gal who collects $1.00 for launching canoes. The second way to get there is to turn west in the Village of Pakenham on Waba Road (Scoops is just around the corner) and travel to White Lake. Turn north at the intersection and Burnstown is the next hamlet. At the junction just over the big bridge, turn right and the park is down that road about a km. Launch your canoe and travel down stream (to the left) following the shoreline and exploring the little bays. Depending upon the season, there are many rare wildflowers on the bands and in the forests. Upon arriving before the big Stewartville Dam, glide across the river to a sloping cow pasture, where you can stop for lunch (with permission of property owners). After lunch, follow the south shoreline back to the park.

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