Club Events

Club Events

Hike the Dumoine – Why? Summary

On Wednesday March 10, 2021 Wally Schaber gave an interesting seminar on Zoom dealing with the history of the Dumoine River and a project to create a hiking trail along the old cart path.

He began the seminar by acknowledging the tragic fire at the Auberge Rivière Noire.

The first part of the presentation covered the history of the river. Along with the Noire and Coulonge, the Dumoine are major undisturbed tributaries of the Ottawa River. The history described covered the time when it was used by the Algonquins, through the logging era until today.

There was a logging road that ran from the Ottawa River to Lac Dumoine. Friends of Dumoine is creating a hiking trail along the path of the road from the Ottawa to Grand Chute. They have completed 14 of the 22 Kms of the trail. The trail will have campsites, resting spaces and thunder boxes.

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Winter Seminar- HIKE THE DUMOINE…WHY?

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

The Dumoine is one of the premiere wild whitewater rivers in the Ottawa Watershed….why would one want to hike it?

Did you know…..In the 1800s more people hiked into lumber camps to work than canoe the river today. In the early 1900s early sportsmen and women hiked into exclusive fishing clubs for a week or two of rugged vacationing. In 1840 a road was started at the mouth of the Dumoine into the interior timber limits. By 1850 this tote road for lumbermen and their supplies was extended all the way to Grande Chute. FRIENDS OF RIVIERE du Moine have been reopening this historic trail, older than the Chilkoot.

Not everyone is a whitewater paddler. This trail allows flatwater canoeists and kayakers to access the trail by crossing the Ottawa to the flatwater inlet at the mouth of the Dumoine or by driving to Grande Chute.

Come and learn more about the trail and How you can help make it a reality in 2021

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.

Winter Seminar - Sea Kayak Expeditions on the Great Lakes and Coastal Waters

Wednesday 03 March 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Rick Wise has been paddling the North Shore of Lake Huron for over 20 years and Lake Superior for over 10 years. He is a Level 4 paddler and Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer for Paddle Canada . He has a University of Waterloo degree in Recreation and Environmental Studies. Rick now leads expeditions for Horizons Adventures and teaches many of the courses. He has been involved with a number of Northern Ontario programs including instruction at Laurentian University and Cambrian College. Rick is a Senior Instructor for Sirius Wilderness Medicine and is a First Aid and CPR instructor for the Canadian Red Cross.

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.

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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