• Paddling is a source of enrichment and inner renewal - Pierre Trudeau

  • A man of WISDOM delights in water - Confucius

  • Yes, I do have a retirement plan. I plan on paddling! - Unknown

  • Everyone must believe in something! I believe I'll go canoeing._Henry David Thoreau

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Copyright 2018 - OSSCC

2018 Trip Schedule (OSSCC Members)


Trips for the current season are planned in the late winter and early spring.  Therefore, trips might be cancelled or changed from the schedule, often due to adverse water levels or weather conditions.  Every effort will be made to adhere to the schedule if possible. Members meet at a designated location to sign in, pay and organize canoes.  A more detailed trip schedule will be emailed  or mailed (snail mail) to people without email.





May 1


* Grand River - Riverview to Colbeck

A new trip near the headwaters of the Grand River.   Caution: cold water


May 8


Eramosa River - Eden Mills to Stone Road (needs to be scouted on river)

Experienced moving water paddlers only (cold water). Revival of a delightful, long-overlooked, day trip

May 10


Hespeler Pond

Easy-Breezy outing.   Open to all members.



May 15


Grand River - Elora Gorge Conservation Area (Low Bridge) to West Montrose

Excellent views of the countryside. Lots of islands. Pass junction of Carroll Creek and then Swan Creek between Elora and Inverhaugh.   Takeout at West Montrose Covered Bridge. A few challenging turns.

May 22


* Saugeen River - Walkerton (Lobie's Park) (River Access #5) to Conc. 10 (River Access #7)

Some moderate rapids.   Spectacular scenery as we meander north viewing high cliffs, observing the flora and fauna. Experienced paddlers only.

May 29



Grand River - Freeport to Pioneer Sportsman Club

Open to all members. Please join us at Pioneer Sportsman Club Seasonal Camping Area (211 Pioneer Tower Road) for a potluck lunch.   Please come out and welcome the new members. More info to come via Blog!

May 31st


Floradale Dam (Woolwich Reservoir)

Easy-Breezy outing.   Open to all members. Great outing...usually followed by lunch at Bonnie Lou's Cafe in Floradale.

June 5


Conestoga River - St. Jacob's to Kaufman's Flats (Grand River)

Picturesque pastoral scenery with significant rise in water depth as we join the Grand.


June 12


* Beaver River - Epping Sideroad  19 (River Access #2) through Heathcote to Slabtown (River Access #4)

Lower section contains a delightful series of moderate rapids. Nature at its best, ending with the dam and rapids at Slabtown. Excellent habitat for birds, egrets, green herons, great horned owls, and beavers.

June 14


Shade's Mill, Cambridge

Easy-Breezy.   Entry fee.



June 19


Fun day at Paradise Lake

A fun day of water sports, games, and paddling. Bring PFD and water. Snack & lunch provided. Cost $20.00


June 26


Speed River - Niska Road, Guelph,   to Hespeler Pond, Cambridge (needs to be scouted on river)

Takeout at Queen St. and Spring St. before dam.


June 28


Guelph, Royal City Park

Easy- Breezy outing.   Where the Speed and Eramosa Rivers meet. Open to all members. One of our all-time favourites, followed by ice-cream at a riverside outlet.

July 3


Guelph Lake

No motorized vehicles.   Swimming available. Bring bathing suit. Entry fee.

July 10


* Saugeen River, Concession 10 (River Access #7) to Paisley (River Access #9a)

Great river practice for everyone.   A few small rapids.



July 12


River Bluffs, Cambridge

Easy-Breezy outing.   Open to all members. Real handy and a good time and place to try "at stern".


July 17


Grand River -Bean Park, Paris to Brant Conservation (Wilk's Dam)

A lazy, hazy summer paddle with wide river vistas and a chance to see Bald Eagles!!

July 24


* Nottawasaga River - Edenvale Conservation Area (Hwy 26) to Wasaga Sports Park, 1888 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach

Open to all. Enjoy a wide range of scenery. Jack's Lake is a wildlife sanctuary with an opportunity to see blue herons, bald eagles, egrets, cormorants, and more!

July 26


Puslinch Lake

Evening moonlight paddle.   Open to all. Meet at shed at 6 p.m. Eat at the Old Marina Restaurant. 1947 McClintock Dr., Cambridge. Bring usual canoeing gear and a headlamp.


July 31


Grand River - West Montrose to Conestogo

From the picturesque covered bridge, the river winds through gently rolling farmland. Note on your left where Cox Creek enters the Grand. Watch for golf balls as we pass the Conestogo Golf and Country Club. Exit on left.

August 7


Grand River - Brant Conservation Area (Brantford) to Erie Blvd. in Brantford

Several good rapids and a quiet, secluded paddle through the heart of Brantford.



August 14


* Saugeen River - Paisley (River Access #10) to Hwy. 17 Bridge (left at Burgoyne) (River Access # 13)

A great river with lots of challenges along the way. Treat yourself to a swim at Port Elgin and an ice cream in Mildmay. Bring cash for fish and chips at the beach!

Aug. 16


Stratford Lake

Easy-Breezy.   Open to all members. Manicured lawns on either side with stately homes and the Festival Theatre ...and swans! Enjoy the corn roast provided.

Aug. 21


Grand River - Otterbein Road to Freeport (King St.)

A pretty stretch of river and pleasant to paddle. We will pass the Waterloo Airport on the left and the Chicopee Ski Area on the right.

August 28


Luther Marsh

Incredible wildlife & bird life. Expect to see waterfowl, egrets, osprey, herons & loons. A wonderful place to enjoy the tranquillity of paddling in one of Ontario's largest inland marshes.

August 30th


Conestogo Lake

Easy-Breezy. Entry fee.

September 4


* Big Creek, Norfolk County (3rd Concession Road)

to Port Royal, (just outside of Port Rowan, near Long Point)

Another new adventure.   Excellent opportunity for spotting wildlife. Meandering waterway through Norfolk County toward Lake Erie's Long Point Bay. Surrounded by Carolinian forests. Referred to as the "Canadian Amazon".

Sept. 11


Grand River Petro Can, Cambridge,   to Birley Gates

Lots of adventure in this popular stretch of the Grand.

Sept. 13


Nith River, New Hamburg


Sept. 17 - 21


Bondi Village, Muskoka

A memorable getaway in an Algonquin highlands setting east of Huntsville, complete with day paddles and evening wolf howling. Ragged Rapids on the Oxtongue River is spectacular!

September 25


Rockwood Conservation Area

Canoeing, potluck supper (bonfire, wiener roast) High limestone outcrops with rock base grottos and narrow passages for exploring. Meet at the shed at 2 p.m.

October 2


Regatta-Laurel Creek, Waterloo

Games, canoeing and fun time.   Potluck lunch. Meet at Laurel Creek, Waterloo.


Grand River Conservation Authority - River Data (information about river conditions)


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