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MVFN Tay River & Canal Paddle 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Join hosts Simon & Carolyn Lunn for a trip up the Tay River & Canal, as we paddle this gentle but interesting 6 km route from Upper Beveridges Lockstation to Perth. During the trip we will visit a quaint lock station, get a peek at Parks Canada’s oTENTiks, immerse ourselves in the Tay River marsh, and paddle through a beautiful tree-lined river corridor right into the downtown core of historic Perth. May be greeted by bullfrogs and black terns, a marsh wren or twelve-spotted skimmer, or maybe the American bittern we saw last year! It’s always fun to see what our paddles and senses will help us discover. And for those interested, we could visit O’Reillys pub to quaff down a well-deserved cold one with a wee bite to eat after the trip!

Leader: Simon Lunn

Departure Time & Duration (estimated): 9:30 a.m., 3-4 hours paddling

Starting Point & Destination: Upper Beveridges Lockstation (off Port Elmsley Road) to Last Duel Park (off Craig Street), Perth

Car Pooling:  For those in Eastern Lanark County, meet at Union Hall at 8:45 a.m., or you can drive directly to the lock station.

Upper Beveridges Lockstation can be reached by heading for the junction of County Road #43 with the Port Elmsley Road (#18). Turn south onto #18, drive 2.6 km south and turn left onto Beveridges Lock Road, drive straight on this dirt road and then veer right under the road bridge and several hundred yards up to Upper Beveridges Lock.

Shuttle service will be arranged from Perth back to Upper Beveridges Lockstation.

Bring: lots of water, munchies/packed lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binocs, camera . . . the usual. Don’t forget your mandatory safety equipment i.e. lifejacket, bailer, whistle, throw line/rope, extra paddle & flashlight.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event by emailing Simon at:  

If you need someone to paddle with, or have an extra seat in your canoe, please let Simon know. He will do his best to team you up with someone.

In case of forecasted severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, heavy rain or winds, or extreme heat), call Simon at 613-283-6663 before 8 a.m. to confirm.

Marsh Wren, photo Simon Lunn


Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

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Paddle Down the Tay Canal

Paddle down the Tay Canal

Canoeists and kayakers are invited to come for a paddle down the Tay Canal, on Saturday, September 27, with the Friends of the Tay Watershed and the Lanark County Stewardship Council.

Our trip will start at 10:00am, at Last Duel Dock, on the east side of Perth, and run down the Tay to Beveridge Locks, a distance of about 10 kms. We will provide refreshments at the Locks and bus transportation back to Perth to pick up vehicles. There is no cost for this trip.

This tour is to provide an early look at the Tay Canal and Marsh, in preparation for its upcoming 175th Anniversary in 2009 – and to mark the canal receiving World Heritage Site designation last year, by UNESCO. We will take advantage of this tour to do a shoreline cleanup, tying into the TD Bank’s annual national Program, taking place across Canada from September 21-28 (participation is optional).

This is a beautiful wildlife area that we believe you will enjoy. It is a quiet paddle, with no rapids, down the Tay Canal and River for a few kilometres, before opening into the provincially significant Tay Marsh, home to many bird species. After several kilometres, the route turns down the second Canal arm to Beveridge Locks. See the website at  for more description and aerial photographs.

If you plan on participating, please advise by e-mail or telephone (613-264 0094) – particularly if you wish to take the bus back from Beveridge Locks to Perth to pick up your car.

Please join us – and don’t forget to bring the required canoe equipment with you (a list of this and a link to the MOT official website is provided at the above website).

Friends of the Tay Watershed Community Stewardship Council for Lanark County
Friends of the Tay Watershed
P. O. Box 2065, 57 Foster St.
Perth, ON, K7H 3M9
(613) 264 0094

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