2017 Flatwater Explore Dates

Wed, May 10th 2017 : Flatwater Explore by Canoe Season Opener – ‘spring birds & early bloomers’ – 

Wed, May 24th 2017: the Little Mississippi Conservation Area

Wed, June 14th  2017, 5:30 - 8:30pm : Mocassin Lake

Wed, June 21st 2017, 8:00-11:00am : Summer Solstice on the Little Mississippi

Wed, June 28th 2017, 5:30-8:30pm :Conroy Marsh Conservation Area

Wed, July 12th   2017 : the Little Mississippi Conservation Area

Wed, July 26th  2017 : Negeek Lake and Conroy Marsh Conservation Area

Wed, August 9th  2017 : Lake Clear

Wed, August  23, 2017 : Raglan Lake Island Hop

Wed, Sept 13, 2017 : ‘Palmer Rapids to Aumond’s Rapids’ on the Madawaska River

Wed Sept 20, 2017 : Charlotte Lake 4-7pm

Friday Sept 22, 2017 : Equinox on Lake Clear

Here we glide along in our canoes. Cast a line, take a swim, spot an otter, enjoy the breeze ..... perhaps a shore snack around a stone firepit.

Flatwater Explore is a paddle-season long series, visiting some of our favourite area wetlands, lakes and waterways, in the Lower Madawaska River Watershed. We aim to make exploring by canoe, accessible, affordable, safe and easy -

Meeting on-site, at the designated put-in & time, participants can expect to get of the vehicles, be outfitted (whistles, bailers, throwropes, paddles and lifevests) and board their waiting canoe. Enjoy paddling with the group, or feel free to embark on your own adventure, meeting back at a designated time, generally a 3 to 4 hour timeframe. Timing might vary, depending on the length of the excursion,  and adjusting also for the shortening days of August and September.


Please call ahead 613-758-2165 to confirm your seating reservations, directions, outfitting details, etc; space is limited.Cost: $20/per person.

Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing for the weather. As this series is afternoon-evening, please bring along a flashlight, extra layers, snacks, water, and a safe place to keep your car keys.  Paddle Smart Review link

We hate to let the weather get us down - we watch the weather radar from Franktown, if we see that there is constant hard rain, lightning, or high winds, we may need to cancel. We always bring along a tarp or two, and watertight vessels for gear and cameras.  From experience, we find that often the radio stations can blow things out of proportion; paddling in light drizzle or intermittent sprinkles can be an amazing experience (with waterproof clothing, of course).

These excursions are for people with paddling experience; individuals requiring canoe lessons, please get in touch and we can make arrangements for introductory canoe lessons with a local instructor.