2019 Spring Paddle Announcement

2019 Spring Paddle Announcement

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce that we will be leading trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak on April 28th and May 12!

To register for the events please contact our events team by email (fomwevents@gmail.com). In your email please include the following information for each participant: full name, email, phone number and type of watercraft (kayak vs canoe) you will be joining us in. Please note that we only take 12 guest boats per trip, so register early to reserve your spot!

The exact route will be chosen at the discretion of the leaders based on water levels, as well as wind direction and speed. Final trip details such as route, locations to put in and take out boats will be emailed to participants on the Wednesday before the trip.

Regardless of the trip route we will meet at 8:30 a.m. and the trip will take approximately 5 hours, as this is approximately an 18 km paddle.

There is a maximum of 12 boats per trip which is reflected in the amount of tickets available. Due to the 12-boat limit, we have to estimate the amount of tickets for each watercraft type. As a result, we have made less kayak tickets available.

At least a basic paddling know how is required for this trip. Participants are expected to bring their own vessel, equipped with all of the required safety equipment (life jackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope). We do not rent equipment however if you need a vessel (kayak or canoe) there are at least three local providers you can contact. Contact fomwevents@gmail.com if you require the contact information for local outfitters.

There is a minimum age requirement of 14 years of age to join the trip.

Fee is $25 per person. This includes safe passage with certified leaders and ecological interpretation of the Minesing Wetlands.



Snowshoe the Minesing Wetlands

Join us on March 10 as we lead a snowshoe trip into the Minesing Wetlands.

The snowshoe will take us to one of Ontario’s oldest Great Blue Heron nesting sites (Heronry) if the conditions are right with enough snow and ice. Regardless of where we end up, along the way expect to be dazzled by the landscape and possibly encounter some hardy wildlife that endure Canada’s winter. On past snowshoe adventures we have encountered Snowy Owls and Bald Eagles! FOMW will provide ecological interpretation of the Minesing Wetlands.

Cost is $10 per person. Please bring cash on the day. Departure time is at 1:00 pm.

The adventure will require approximately 3 hours of snowshoeing, which includes periodic breaks. Bring your own snacks, water and warm drinks, and dress appropriately for winter weather! Extra socks and extra clothing, just in case.

Don’t have a pair of snowshoes? Our group recently purchased 2 pairs (one pair will fit a medium to small stature female and one pair will fit a medium to small stature male) to rent out during the hike for a fee of $10 per pair (in addition to the hike fee of $10). This is a perfect opportunity for first timers! They will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Please register by email (fomwevents@gmail.com) for more details and to reserve your spot.”

Another Successful Bioblitz

We had 35 dedicated volunteers who helped us collect 445 species observations in 6 different hike locations. Stay tuned for our report coming out soon!

Species ID from the pictures above:

Top Right: Delta-spotted Spiketail

Top Left: Group looking at Swamp Darner

Middle 1: Leopard Frog

Middle 2: Juvenal’s Duskywing

Middle 3: Crayfish

Bottom Left: Blacknose Dace

Bottom Right: Me holding a Common Green Darner


A special thanks to our photographers who got some AMAZING shots of the day.

A look back at 2017…in pictures

Another year of outreach and education from the Friends of Minesing Wetlands. As usual we were very busy.

This collage of pictures shows:

  • Our annual spring paddle through the Minesing Wetlands
  • FOMW volunteers doing a roadside cleanup
  • Viewing platform upgrade at Mayers Marsh
  • Our annual curling bonspiel
  • Ontario Nature members at the Minesing Wetlands along the Mad River hiking trail

Thanks to all our members and partners for another successful year!