2017 WO Spring Newsletter



Newsletter June 2017

Message from President


Good news.... whitewater paddling is strong.  As we have seen from more events, news on site construction, and paddlers' posts on social media - whitewater kayaking and canoeing is enjoying a strong resurgence.   

Despite questions of a short spring, we have had a number of rainy days, so rivers have been high and paddlers took advantage of it for an extended Spring.  This year we began promoting all whitewater events, whether WO club or just a reputable organizer,  to encourage information sharing and greater participation. 

Tragically our province also had ill-equipped citizens head out in river trips only to flip and drown without lifejackets.  There were 2 paddler drownings in the GTA and 1 in Muskoka - factors were inexperience, and lack of PFDs.    Since many of our clubs are considered the subject matter experts, I encourage you to talk with your local OPP Marine Officer, Conservation Area, how you as a paddler or your club can promote proper PFD use, and safe river paddling. 

Clubs are the safest and most effective way to paddle.  Below you will read news on recreational whitewater events, fun and serious competitions, athlete training, upcoming Nationals Championships, and Ottawa Clubhouse construction, and the Fix-The-Gull project. 

We have a fantastic sport.  As much as we get out of it, we should put into it.  It is a responsibility to share it with others.  If you wish to get involved locally with a club, or on a specific event or whitewater project, please reach out to myself or Eric Betteridge (VP - Ottawa) for who to connect with. 

Thank you for being a member and supporting whitewater, 

    Dave Gillespie - WO President 


 Complete 2017 WO Newsletter attachment includes:

Minden Update

Canoe Slalom National Team Trials

Ottawa River Runners excited to open the dorrs on a new clubhouse !

Hell of High Water 9











2017 Spring Newsletter Request

Dear WO members,


The deadline is fast approaching for our spring newsletter! If you have any pictures or information about events having passed or coming this season please send them along to Celeste at

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We are looking for photographs or news pieces on:

  • Hell or High Water Nine
  • MACKfest
  • Downriver Team Trials
  • Pool sessions
  • Any items on River access or conditions


Happy Paddling!

WO executive 

2017 Member Newsletter E-Blast

Follow the link to the Apr.24.17 WO Newsletter



2017 WO Member E-Blast

Good day WO member (current or past),

Whitewater Ontario and whitewater clubs have been making great strides this Spring.   The following is just a sampling of news pieces.


  • Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers hosted a very successful M.A.C.K. Fest in Marmora a few weeks ago.  Over 200 paddlers.  More news coming in the full May e-Newsletter.  Jake Fell did a fantastic 3min video on what MACK 2017 was all about.   Click here.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2qmILr8eG8
  • Hell or High Water is coming up in Petawawa on May 13, 2017.   There is a full range of events for recreational paddlers, and the new Rafting Competition. for more info click here...  http://www.hohw.ca
  • Ontario Slalom Competitive Team has been actively training with Anthony Colin in Ottawa this winter. Winter training program has been the Performance and Development group in the same facilities in Carleton University Performance Centre.   Sessions included strength and conditioning, ergs paddle machine, technical session at the pool. Some Saturday skiing and locally working at the club house at the Pumphouse.

They did a 4 week training camp in February-March which finished in Pau (France).  Why Pau? We were able to share the slots with some of the best nations in slalom, the course, accommodation and flight was cheap.  The athletes funded this themselves.  In 2 weeks, we will have 11 athletes of the 2 training groups at the National Team Trials in Kananaskis Canmore with the majority of them trying for National Team then onto the international stage. We will have 3 senior athletes + the 11 juniors, so 14 athletes of WO will represent Ontario at the trial.  More info and photos in May e-Newsletter.


  • Minden Whitewater Preserve is now working on a new look.  Work Weekend: April 29-30. Campsite prep, Getting showers working, putting up signage, and building benches.  Dinner provided.  In future, Lower camping rate for club members, higher for non-members.  Details to be announced @ Work Weekend and online.  Summer student, Carley is returning and introducing onsite electronic payment for Visa/MC payment.   Campground is opening May 19th. 
  • The WO-OWWA Family Reunion has been moved to Fall 2017.  
  • Whitewater Ontario BoD is working on a breakdown of finances, revenue, costs, grants, memberships, etc and what it means to you as members.  This graphic 1 page will shared in May e-Newsletter.



If you have info for the May e-Newsletter - please forward to the office.  In the meantime, we hope to see you on a river.

In Service,

     - Dave, Eric, Celeste, Cale, Sherri, Scott, Kathleen, Anthony, Donna, Jen, Carolyn, Marc, John, Dave, Jennifer, Andy, and Carley,  (the WO Board of Directors & Staff)

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MackFest Apr. 8/9, 2017

MACKfest is April 8/9, 2017.

The home-base venue is Bunkers Restaurant (aka Iron Grill) located at 239 Station Rd. , Marmora, On.

Breakfast is available for purchase on Saturday morning. There will be an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Saturday night, raffles, draw prizes, silent auction and a social. There is an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday morning.

Dinner buffet and entry (+ 3 complimentary draw tickets) is $20.
Breakfast buffet is $10.

Paddler's are encouraged to meet at Bunkers on Saturday morning for river wiki, join-a-group and shuttle arranging. Coffee will be provided.

Got stuff to sell? Bring that too.

Camping is available at Bunkers for $10/person/night for tents and trailers or anything else you want to use to sleep in.

Contact Tony Whetham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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