Club Events

Club Events

Lightweight Tripping Seminar Summary

On Wednesday February 24, 2021 Nigel Ward gave a very informative seminar on Zoom dealing with lightweight packing.

This was a virtual version of the in-person session he gave last year.

He provided an insight into why canoeists tend to over-pack, and many guidelines and suggestions on how to avoid over-packing. Following these guidelines makes it possible take some of the burden out of portaging, and to facilitate single-pass portaging, something that is essential when going on trips with multiple long-distance portages.

Indigenous Trails in Ottawa-Gatineau Seminar Summary

On Wednesday February 17, 2021 Dr. Peter Stockdale and Max Finkelstein gave a highly informative seminar about indigenous trails in the Ottawa-Gatineau and surrounding areas.

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Winter Seminar - Lightweight Tripping

Wednesday 24 February 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Ever wished portaging wasn't so arduous? Ever wished that canoe pack was a lot lighter? Come along to this seminar and hear from an experienced lightweight tripper how you can lighten that load with minimum effort and expenditure.

The presenter, Nigel Ward, established a reputation in the Club some years ago for leading long, ambitious single-pass portaging trips. Come and learn how to achieve single-pass portaging!

Because of the COVID restrictions all this year's seminars will be held on Zoom.

Details for joining the meeting are provided here for logged in club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website here. A 1-2 minute review of the guidelines will be held at the beginning of the seminar.

Missinaibi: Hell's Gate AND High Water Seminar Summary

On Wednesday February 10, 2021 Scott, Jennifer, Jeff, Bruce, Don and Max gave a wonderful virtual presentation to over 70 people about their trips on the Lower Missinaibi River.  The Missinaibi is a Canadian heritage river and the longest undammed river in northeast Ontario.

Read more: Missinaibi: Hell's Gate AND High Water Seminar Summary

Winter Seminar - Indigenous Portage Trails in the Ottawa Region

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Dr. Peter Stockdale will discuss the over 20 indigenous trails that he has mapped in the Ottawa-Gatineau area in 2020, many of which are portage routes. In recent months, a small group has been created to investigate routes, particularly portage routes in the area. Max Finklestein is a leading member of the group. The intention is to share some of our findings and engage the canoe club in what steps might be taken towards unearthing, announcing and bringing back these ancient routes today.

Peter Stockdale is a researcher, one of whose interests are indigenous matters. He has also been active in developing peace and nature paths in Ottawa. Stockdale is one of the founding members of Free the Falls, which is dedicated to fostering Grandfather William Commanda’s vision to protect the 7,000 year old Akikodjiwan/Chaudiere Falls sacred site, and reconciliation with the Algonquin Anishinabe.

Because of the COVID restrictions all this year's seminars will be held on Zoom.

Details for joining the meeting are provided here for logged in club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website here. A 1-2 minute review of the guidelines will be held at the beginning of the seminar.