Canoeing & Kayaking
Welcome to the Canoeing and Kayaking Activity Group:
Our goal is to paddle every other Wednesday weather permitting starting late May until the end of September. Most of our paddles will be within approximately 1-1.5 hrs. from Thornbury. As the season progresses, we will evaluate interest in exploring new locations. Our planned paddling locations include Christie Beach, Beaver River at Epping, Lake Eugenia, Sauble River, Nottawasaga River (Wasaga Sports Park), Saugeen River, Collingwood Harbour and Bell's Lake.
This is a “casual” level of Kayaking and Canoeing. The water we tackle is quite easy to paddle and the outings are between 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length. If forecasted conditions aren’t suitable for our paddle day, we may either go to an alternate location, reschedule within that week or cancel. It is recommended to wear sunscreen, a hat and to bring water for your paddle.
The paddling locations will be posted online and a sign-up email will be sent out a week in advance with directions, details and meeting place. A reminder email will be sent out the night before. Space will be limited to 5 boats per leader. We currently have three leaders (Kirby, Lucie & Glen) and would appreciate any volunteer to co-lead which would give us the ability to expand the group.
If you don’t own a canoe/kayak, there are rental options with reasonable prices available at: (Free Spirit Tours in Heathcote. Tel: 519-599-2268). Those people who will be renting should call well in advance to ensure availability. We would advise picking up your rental the night before. You will need an inexpensive roof top transport kit (available at Canadian Tire). Free Spirit Tours also rents Canoes and Kayaks out of the Wasaga Sports park for our paddle on the Nottawasaga River.
Ontario Transportation Safety Regulations for canoes and kayaks:
Note: The Marine Safety Kit available at Canadian Tire would have all the above items except the PFD
See you on the water!