WW1 MADAWASKA RIVER

 

INFORMATION  

 

Bill Bowman 613 828-3362 wbowman@ncf.ca

Web site http: http://web.ncf.ca/ad554/Mini WW1.htm

 

 

The main canoeing course will be a Level 2 course.  But this small WW1 course will run at the same time.  Level 1 participants will train at Palmer Rapids on both days.

 

Professional instruction will be given by Paddler Co-op of Palmer Rapids.  There will be 1 instructor for 4 canoes.

 

This Level 1 course will be comparable to the main WW1 course on the previous weekend.  It is designed for those who absolutely cannot make it to the Petawawa course, or for those whose other company members are taking WW2 or kayaking.

 

Level 1 is suitable for novice canoeists.  However, they MUST take a FREE flat water skills pre-training and white water safety session.  A pre-training course is scheduled for 10:30 am on April 29 at Camp Opemikon.  Some canoes, paddles & PFDs will be available from the camp. Register Now for the Pre-training

 

There will be ample opportunity to practice at these courses - each participant will have a seat in a canoe available at all times and there will be a maximum number of participants.  Venturer companies are expected to bring or rent a sufficient number of white water canoes.

 

Priority will be given to Venturers and advisors from Voyageur Council.  If space permits, Joint Council units and other Scouting members will be considered.  The course is not open to members of the general public.

 

Paddler Co-op will rent white water canoes  for $50 per person (plus tax) for the weekend. This rental fee includes the paddles, PFDs and helmets.

 

You may bring your own canoes, but be certain they are suitable for white water (normally, this means ABS, at least 16 feet long). Each must have a bailer.  PADDLER CO-OP DOES NOT WANT PAINTERS ON THE CANOES.  Wooden paddles are not recommended.  You may also be able to rent one of the 7 Camp Opemikon white water canoes. These canoes rent for $40 for the weekend, and can be booked using the standard Opemikon booking form  through, the warden mailto:opewarden@scouts.ca

The Opemikon canoes come with float bags, but no paddles or other accessories.  Lastly, you might be able to make a deal with another Venturer company which is not using all of their canoes.  YOU MUST MAKE THESE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO BOOKING WITH PADDLER CO-OP.  There are NO REFUNDS.

 

You will spend both days at Palmer Rapids, a very good and exciting rapid for training.  It is a 15-minute paddle from the campsite at Paddler Co-op.

 

All groups must be self-contained for camping and food.  Camping will be at Paddler Co-op in the village of Palmer Rapids.  Each group must be self-sufficient; there will be no camp mug-up or formalities.

 

Groups should arrive at camp on Friday evening.  A map accompanies this information.  A Scouts Canada sign will be set up at the side of the road.  Be sure to register shortly after your arrival.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

You must be confident in flat water canoeing and understand the theory of eddy turns and ferrying.  Those who are not must take a pre-training course (no charge), which will take place at Camp Opemikon on April 29 at 10:30 am, following the work weekend. Others are encouraged to take this pre-training too, in order to maximize their benefit from the white water course!  Register Now for the Pre-training

 

A helmet is mandatory for this white water course (water sport or hockey helmet).  Bike helmets are NOT PERMITTED ON THIS COURSE.

 

An approved PFD is mandatory and must be worn at all times when on or near the water.

 

Swimming - Participants must be able to swim, and not panic if under water.  You do not need to be an excellent swimmer to enjoy white water canoeing, but it is always an asset.

 

 

PARTNERS

 

If at all possible, we would like to have youth paddling with youth, and adults with adults.  We feel that this will be better for learning for all concerned.  Try to avoid having partners with greatly differing weights.  Do your best.

 

We would also like partners to have roughly equal time at both bow and stern positions.

 

Companies that have an odd number of people will be paired with another company in the same situation.  If the extra person is a youth member, he or she should paddle with a youth from the other group. 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

There is no simple direct route to Palmer Rapids.  Refer to the Ontario Road Map. Take Highway 417 and 17 west from Ottawa until you reach Renfrew.  Take the second exit (Highway 60).  From there you have options.  You can stay on Highway 60 to Eganville, turn south on Highway 41, and soon after, west on Highway 512 to Foymount.  Alternatively, you can take Highway 132 out of Renfrew as far as Dacre, turn north on Highway 41, and soon after, west on the Opeongo Road (#64) to Foymount.  (The latter route may be slightly shorter).  Either way, at Foymount, take Highway 515.  Cross the Madawaska River at Latchford Bridge, and re-cross it again at Palmer Rapids.  Paddler Co-op Boathouse is on your left past the sawmill, at 6535 Palmer Road. See map insert.

 

 

SOME SIMPLE RULES

 

No one is permitted on the water at any time without supervision by Paddler Co-op or by special permission from the camp chief.

 

Please look after the camping area, and leave it clean and tidy.

 

Please respect and obey the instructors.  They are there to make sure that you have a quality white water experience.

 

Above all, HAVE FUN.

 


SPECIAL NOTE ON CLOTHING

 

On one of the courses in 2009, the majority of participants showed up with only warm weather gear, including cotton sweatshirts.  Reality hit in the form of a snowstorm and high winds. Organizers had no choice but to cancel the training for the day.  Participants and advisors are strongly advised to prepare for inclement weather and to be sure that they bring appropriate clothing as detailed in the following page.

 

 

WHAT TO BRING

 

All camping gear and food.

 

Drinking water.  There is running water on site.

An approved PFD, whistle, paddle, and seat in a canoe for each person - these may be rented from Paddler Co-op by prior arrangement, if desired.

 

If you are bringing your own paddling gear or borrowing it, make sure everything is marked with your name.  Paddles and PFDs all look the same, and there will be lots of them.

 

One helmet per person.  Wearing of these will be mandatory, and bike helmets are not permitted.

 

Bug juice.  Bug jackets are an environmentally-friendly alternative.  Black files and mosquitoes can be quite bad at this time of year.

 

Sunscreen and sunglasses.

 

Glasses strap.

 

A water bottle for drinks.  Keep these small items in a day pack tied to a thwart.

 

Warm clothing.  Quick dry materials such as polypropylene, polyester fleece, and a nylon wind jacket and pants are recommended.  Avoid cotton.  A rain suit can double as an extra layer in cold weather.  Rubber or neoprene gloves and a wet suit are possible additions to the kit list if cold weather is expected.

 

Knee pads.  These are optional, but are a welcome luxury.  Some, but not all, canoes have built-in kneepads.

 

A wet suit is strongly advised if cold or rainy weather is in the forecast.  Contact Paddler Co-op or any outfitter in town.

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

The main thing is that you will get WET, even if you don't dump.  There are generally several dumps during the weekend.

 

It could be rainy or cool.  Bring extra warm clothes. Since you will be only a short paddle away, you can leave these at your campsite.

 

If you can afford it, renting a wet suit is a good idea.  Past experience has shown that 2 or 3 dumps are a possibility, and by then you will be quite cold.  Old sneakers or aqua socks are great for wading in the river; wet feet are a given.  Open-toed footwear are not allowed.