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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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Tay River Paddle

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Time: Participants should meet at 9:30 AM at Last Duel Park, Perth, ON

Starting Point: Meet near the dock at Last Duel Park.  The park is located at 22 Craig Street in Perth, on the south shore of the Tay River. From Smiths Falls take Hwy #43 into Perth (Hwy becomes Craig Street in Perth) and turn left into the park immediately after crossing the Craig Street bridge over the Tay River. From Almonte or Carleton Place travelling east through the town of Perth from Hwy 7 and onto Drummond St. through town, turn left on Craig and right before reaching the bridge. Park opposite the dock area.

Difficulty: This should be a fairly relaxed paddle down the Tay River, passing through woodlands and extensive open wetlands. A few powered vessels may pass us, but boat traffic is usually not busy on the Tay.

Trip Leader: Simon Lunn, naturalist, photographer, experienced paddler, and former biologist/ecologist with Parks Canada, including the Rideau Canal.

Bring:  lunch, water, insect repellant, binoculars, sun screen. You must also be equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.

Pre-registration: For registration and information, please contact trip leader Simon Lunn at  or 613-283-6663. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date.  You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

NOTE: if you think you might only be able to paddle one-way on this trip (i.e., not paddle back to Perth), contact Simon to discuss alternate arrangements. We might be able to arrange a car or two to be left at Beveridges Lock Station to get you back to Perth.

If in doubt about the weather on Sunday morning, please call Simon before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip. 

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

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Canoe Journeys- #25 Tay River from Glen Tay to Perth

Tay River from Glen Tay to Perth

How to Get There: Five km west of Perth on Hwy. 7 to traffic lights at Glen Tay. South over the railroad tracks to Christie Lake Rd. Left on Christie Lake Rd. and right onto Glen Tay Rd., to bridge over Tay River.

The Launch Site: Northwest corner of bridge across from stone mill. Car park north side of white house by stone wall. Launch site difficult for less able persons.

The Paddle: Either shoot immediate rapids or walk canoe down rapids. Not suitable for less able persons. Paddle downriver to small dam at golf course. Portage (watch for flying golf balls) to point of land by red arched bridge. Beach canoe here to picnic, or cross park to explore.

Watch For: Bountiful wildlife and wild flowers.

Seasonal Information: Shallow in spots during low water. Fair current when water high. Takes longer to return to launch site.


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MVFN Tay River Canoe/Kayak Outing

MVFN Tay River Canoe/Kayak Trip

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Paddle the Tay River from Perth to Beveridge Locks & back (~ 17 Km or about 4-5 hrs incl. lunch time).

Description: The Tay Canal opened in 1834 and consisted of five rubble locks and adjoining dams, between Port Elmsley and Perth. In the 1860s, the canal was re-built and re-routed to Beveridge Bay thereby requiring only one set of locks.The Tay Canal is a little-known gem for recreational boaters, canoeists, fishers, hunters, wildlife watchers and tow path hikers.

Our trip begins at Last Duel Park down a narrow, quiet section of waterway through the wide, provincially significant Tay marsh into a short dug canal section leading to Beveridge Locks where we stop for lunch & bathroom break and then return back upstream to Perth.

Watch For: Herons, bitterns, cardinals, tree sparrows, waxwings in tangled shrubbery along the shore and listen for rails all along the river.

Car Pooling: East Lanark: Union Hall for departure by 8:40 A.M.

Perth: Last Duel Park for departure 9:40 A.M.

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

Please register beforehand by calling Sheldon Scrivens at 613-836-0309 or e-mail . Let Sheldon know which starting point you will be coming to. Let us know if you need a boat, a partner or wish to canoe partner with someone.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled @ 7 a.m. Aug 7th. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Sheldon’s cellphone: 613-720-9506.



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Final Summer MVFN Canoe/Kayak Trip – Tay River 2009

Final Summer MVFN Canoe trip – Tay River

Sunday, Aug 30, 2009

Trip will be to Tay River, Marsh and Canal (#21 on Lanark County Canoe and Kayak Journeys guide)

Carpooling details:
East Lanark: Meet at Union Hall, for departure at 9:00 A.M.
West Lanark: Meet at Last Duel Park boat launch area in Perth
for 9:30 A.M. launch

Bring: Lunch, binocs, camera, bug juice and sunscreen

Please register with Cliff beforehand -613-256-5013 or . If you need a partner, ask Cliff and he will do his best to match you up.

Note: In case of bad weather, this trip will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Cliff before 8:30 A.M.

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