Trip Reports

Kilmarnock to Merrickville day trip report

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On October 25 a group of six club paddlers went on an "arctic expedition" from Kilmarnock Lockstation to Merrickville community beach and back - total distance about 22 km. Karen H. was expertly leading Salome S., Mark S., Paul H., Anatoly C. and Joanna D.

We expected cold air and cold water and dressed accordingly. All the way to Merrickville we paddled through a mostly wide and shallow, marshy part of Rideau River against an unpleasant chilly breeze. We were really looking forward to returning with a gale at our backs, but instead the wind died in the afternoon. Despite paddling by the Rideau Bird Sanctuary, we saw few birds, apart from a magnificent blue heron.

Our lunch stop on the beach was short, and paddling back was as energetic as in the morning. We made the whole distance in record time and headed to Stella Luna in Merrickville for celebratory hot chocolate and ... ice cream.  We are all proud of having been part of what was likely the last trip of the season and of stretching the paddling season so far into the fall.

Submitted by Joanna (click Read More for photos)


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