Richmond Fen Wetland Canoe Excursion
members and friends of the Friends of the Jock River
The Friends of the Jock River will be leading two afternoon canoe/kayak excursions on Sunday April 26th and Thursday April 30th, into the Richmond Fen Wetland, the largest provincially significant wetland in Eastern Ontario. This is a repeat of 2 successful and well attended trips that we organized in the spring of 2008. We have had many requests for another trip, so here is the 2009 edition.
you participated in the Upper Jock River Canoe and Kayak Race earlier this
month, this is an opportunity to see a different aspect of the Jock River that
you didn’t see during the race, namely, the river will be back within its banks
and the colours of spring will be starting to show. You will also have an
opportunity to slow down and appreciate this unusual part of the river.
The Fen is an incredibly diverse wetland populated by many birds, aquatic mammals (beaver, otter, muskrat) and plants. At this time of year, the leaves will be just emerging so the trees, ferns and grasses will be electric green. Also, some of the trees will be in flower. NB: this is a special place, a remote part of the wetland that few people get into.
We will be canoeing/kayaking up the Jock River from the Richmond Centennial Golf Course into the Richmond Fen Wetland and will be returning to the same site. The entire trip will take less than 4 hours. A map of the area can be found at: http://www.jockriverrace.ca/Map.html (link is not hot). There are no rapids on the route and for most of the trip there is only a mild current; however, there are occasional short stretches of fast water that may take some effort to paddle up and there will be submerged hazards such as logs and old beaver dams. Further, there are two active beaver dams and a few logs that must be hoisted over, so participants must be comfortable and capable of exiting canoes onto/over potentially slippery and unstable logs and branches. Depending on water levels, you may have to step out of the canoe.
When: Meet at the noted meeting site at 12:00 noon for departure at 12:30PM on either Sunday April 26th or Thursday April 30th. Expected return is about 4 hours later.
are no rain dates; the trips will be cancelled if it is raining heavily.
Drizzle doesn't bother paddlers.
How to get there: From Barrhaven, drive SW past the Village of Richmond 2-3 km along the Richmond Road and turn left at the Joys Road (locals call it Joys Side Road). At Ottawa St. jog right then immediately left and continue on the Joys Road past the Centennial Golf Course. The road becomes a bit rough near the river so do not attempt to go all the way to the river. Park to one side of the road. DO NOT BLOCK THE ROAD. Carry your canoe or kayak the short distance to the river. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
Who may participate: Anyone interested in the Jock River or in the beauty of the Richmond Fen Wetland. This excursion is not limited to members of the Friend of the Jock River. For all, conditions apply (see below).
What to bring: Participants must supply their own canoes or kayaks, safety gear and transportation to the launch site. (NB: Trailhead, a corporate member of the Friends of the Jock River, rents canoes and kayaks.) Dress appropriately to the forecast (hat; rain gear) and the activity (potential for wet feet). Also, sun screen and bug repellent may be appropriate. Bring your camera, water and snacks.
Conditions: Participants are responsible for their own safety. Participants must be comfortable and reasonably competent in a canoe or kayak. They must be able to deal with submerged water hazards, and to traverse logs and beaver dams safely. Please note that your canoe or kayak must be outfitted according to Canadian Coast Guard regulations, which require every canoe or kayak to carry items such as:
• Appropriately sized, Canadian approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for each person in the craft. NB: The water at this time of year is cold so the PFD should be worn.
• Sound signalling device (pea-less whistle)
• Lengths of rope tied fore and aft of the boat
• 15m of buoyant rope for use as a throw rope.
• Manual bailer
Contact for further information: Brian Finch via return e-mail or tel. 613-825-8029
forget our photo contest (closing on October 31st). If you forget your
camera, you will miss some special shots!!!!!
See you there. Pssst -- pass this e-mail on to anyone who might be interested in the excursion.
Friends of the Jock River