2020 Canoe Club Trip Reports

Barron River June 2020 00072020 Canoe Club Trip Reports

A description of how club trips were run in a safe manner during the pandemic is given below followed by links to the trip reports.

If you would like more details about these trips, click here.

We all know 2020 did not go according to plan.  Usual plans were all on hold.  When some Ontario Provincial Parks opened June 1st we were eager to leave our homes where we had “isolated” for months.  Day trips seemed like the safest way to begin.  Initially we used the terms “Together Apart” trips.  They matched the public health messaging of the time.  Due to the pandemic, we would not share vehicles or food.  We would not touch the belongings of others and would stay 2 metres apart at all times.  Everyone arrived self-contained – they had their own gear.  We all carried hand-sanitizer.  No club equipment was used because the club was still closed.  Participant numbers on each trip were kept small.  Anyone with any Covid-19 symptoms or exposures was not to come.

For our first trip on June 1st even the Algonquin Provincial Park staff had no idea how to work during the pandemic, so we self-registered, as if they weren’t present.  As time passed park and lock officials figured out how to work during the pandemic.  The RACCC officially opened in late June and we could post official club trips again.  Instead of doing just one trip to get us outside, we went between one and three times each week!  Our blank calendars allowed us to choose the days with good weather.

 

In addition to these trips, the club ran over 30 whitewater day trips last year on rivers where bicycle shuttles were possible.  This included the Lower Madawaska, the Middle Madawaska (near MKC), the Petite Nation, and the Ottawa.  Unfortunately, none of us posted trip reports, but if you are interested you can learn about these trips and our 2021 plans at the RACCC Zoom Whitewater Trip seminar on March 31st 7 pm. Details are on the homepage or in the calendar or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

1) Barron Canyon June

2) Crotch Lake June

3) Rideau River June 

4) Crotch Lake July

5) Stevens Creek July

6) Chaffey’s Locks to Jones’ Falls July

6b) FW Canoe Skills Coaching July

7) Lac La Peche August

8) Crotch Lake Weekend Trip August

9) Crotch Lake Day Trip August

10) Jones Falls to Seeley’ Bay August

11) Appleton to Almonte August

12) Pakenham to Blakeney Rapids September

13) Burnstown September

14) Gracefield Camp Volunteer Day September

15) Mississippi River - Pakenham to Blakeney October

16) Poonamalie October

17) South Nation River October

18) Manotick to Kars October

19) Kilmarnock to Merrickville October

20) Ottawa River November

21) Petrie Island to Lower Duck Island November