Nothing excites paddlers more than a strong spring sun accelerating the change of seasons. The early spring has paddling enthusiasts scrambling to get their gear together to take advantage of the great weather.
One of the best ways to prepare for the upcoming paddling season is to attend Trailhead’s annual Spring Runoff Festival in Ottawa. This free, one day event takes place on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Novice & expert paddlers alike will have the chance to meet the outdoor adventure companies, clubs, conservation groups and schools that passionately create paddling opportunities for you to enjoy. Over 30 groups will provide free information about where to go, what to see, how to prepare and how to get in on the fun.
Ontario Parks staff will be there with advice about paddling destinations featuring canoe routes across our provincial park system. The 2010 Ontario Parks Guide will be available, plus information on how to obtain park canoe route maps.
With stunning landscapes found in Quetico, Killarney, and the Temagami group of parks, fabulous experiences are guaranteed. Along with these popular paddling destinations, Woodland Caribou, Wabakimi and Missinaibi are among the lesser known but equally as stunning provincial parks that offer true northern wilderness and solitude. Frontenac Provincial Park is a southern gem, combining great paddling with spectacular hiking. Visit www.OntarioParks.com for more information.
Find web links below for major Ontario Parks paddling destinations. Click on the “Canoeing” links or other links to “Friends” organizations for further information on paddling in these parks;
Algonquin Provincial Park
Bon Echo Provincial Park
French River Provincial Park
Frontenac Provincial Park
Killarney Provincial Park
Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park
Lake Superior Provincial Park
Makobe-Grays River Provincial Park
Massasauga Provincial Park
Missinaibi Provincial Park
Nagagamisis Provincial Park
Obabika Provincial Park
Quetico Provincial Park
Spanish River Biscotasi Lake Provincial Park
Sturgeon River Provincial Park
Wabakami Provincial Park
White Lake Provincial Park
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
The Spring Runoff begins at 9 a.m. Saturday April 24th in the Trailhead parking lot (1960 Scott Street, Ottawa – Westboro), with a fundraising pancake breakfast in support of the conservation groups in attendance. Trailhead will also be holding its ANNUAL SPRING RENTAL SALE in the parking lot and offering great bargains on used and new store products..