Club Events

Club Events

Winter Seminar - Whitewater Paddling in a COVID Year

Wednesday 31 March 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

The 2021 whitewater paddling season will begin under COVID restrictions. These may relax during the year as individuals are vaccinated and group travel is restored. This presentation will discuss the paddling opportunities available both with bike and limited car shuttle and also with more extensive car transportation. The general features of the rivers will be outlined and length and difficulty of the shuttles will be presented.

Peter Kasurak is the Whitewater Coordinator and an instructor. He has paddled all the rivers he will discuss (although he may have walked some parts of them!).

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.

2021 Discounts for RACCC Members

A benefit of being a member of the RACCC is that some retailers and course providers give discounts to club members.

Also, the RA has a number of community partners that represent a wide range of sectors offering benefits to RA members.  Click here for more information.

Note that a new listing for Nanook Expeditions has been added on August 6.

Read more: 2021 Discounts for RACCC Members

Being Your Own Weatherperson…Forecasting Weather from Nature: Summary

On Wednesday March 17, 2021 David Phillips Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada gave a truly wonderful presentation on the weather.
The presentation was rife with amazing photos.
He started off by talking about how people have developed systems to try to predict the weather – or weather lore. It then moved on to:
• Common weather sayings and where they come from;
• Seasonal weather lore and its attempt to predict the oncoming season;
• Key date or anniversary weather lore;
• Weather myths;
• Canadian weather folklore;
• How we can use current observations of the weather to get a sense of what is to come; and
• A list of weather apps and websites.
Mention was made of Weatheradio. Receivers are available from most electronics sites, Amazon, etc. Best to check Weatheradio Canada  to find location of transmitters.

Read more: Being Your Own Weatherperson

Winter Seminar - Being Your Own Weatherperson…Forecasting Weather from Nature

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

Long before meteorologists discovered cold fronts and jet streams, people relied on nature to foretell tomorrow’s weather. Farmers, mariners, and hunters quickly connected weather changes to the behaviour of birds, animals, plants or humans. Most weather folklore is a kind of whimsical nonsense. Meteorologists scoff at it but naturalists swear by it. Most useful weather signs relating to the coming weather are based on keen observations of our surroundings, such as the character and movement of clouds, the colour and appearance of the sky, or the direction and strength of the wind.
David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

David has been employed with Environment Canada's weather service for 50 years. His work activities relate to the study of the climate of Canada and to promote awareness and understanding of meteorology. He has published several books, papers and reports, including a book on The Climates of Canada, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather. He was the originator and author of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. David frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters. He has been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and has twice received the Public Service Merit Award. David is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from the universities of Waterloo and Windsor and Nipissing University. In 2001, David was named to the Order of Canada.

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.