Friends of Minesing Wetlands

Inspiring Respect and Sustainability for a World Class Wetland, for People, Forever


Fall Paddle 2015

Hello Friends of Minesing Wetlands.

FOMW will be leading a fall paddle through the Minesing Wetlands on October 3, 2015.

If you have questions or would like to RSVP please contact Sean Rootham s_rootham@ducks.ca

There is limited space on this trip.

The cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members.

We will meet and depart at the Willow Creek Canoe Coral on George Johnson Road (Cty Rd 28) and take out at the Edenvale Conservation Area.

Plan to meet at Willow Creek Coral no later than 8:30 am. The trip will take approx. 5 hours. At least a basic paddling know-how is required for this trip. All boats must be equipped with the required safety equipment (life jackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope).

Dress appropriately for the weather conditions of the day. Also, bring extra clothing in case you get wet. Bring your own warm drinks and snacks for along the way, and a packed lunch for our break around noon.


Paddling in the Minesing Wetlands

The most popular (and easiest) trip is to launch at the Willow Creek Canoe Corral on George Johnston Road and exit at Edenvale Conservation Area (Hwy 26).  There is a technical “narrows” section about half hour into the trip – follow the staked arrows to find your way – the creek branches here and you can get lost/stuck if you take the wrong branch.  Many people get lost in the Willow Creek marsh – it becomes lake-like and you lose the creek channel.  The “re-entry” point (where it enters the silver maple swamp near the Nottawasaga River) is at  UTM 589089 4918425 (Lat/Long is 44.414226 -79.881549).  From there, the creek channel (and tree markers) should be visible  – water levels are lower once you hit the main river so just follow the river down to Edenvale.  Please note that windy conditions can make the Willow marsh very challenging/unsafe (whitecaps).

The Nottawasaga River (Angus to Edenvale) is also navigable; however, there are significant log jams (up to a couple hundred metres in length) that may require portaging – and very slippery banks to ascend.

The Mad River route is navigable but be prepared for small log jams/tight squeezes/short carry arounds.  The river opens up as it approaches the Nottawasaga – similar to Willow, it can be a lake during the spring freshet with no clear reference points (and attendant dangers).  The “re-entry” point (where it enters the silver maple swamp is at UTM 587350 4917146 (Lat/Long 44.402254 -79.903071).  Please note that the Nottawasaga River often backs up into the Mad River at this point – in these conditions you actually have to paddle upstream (north) to get to the Nottawasaga – though you’re sure you should be heading downstream!

People get lost in the Minesing Wetlands every year – it is important to have a compass and GPS and be familiar with their use.  And ensure you take all safety precautions i.e. all safety gear, clothing for the weather and extras.  Plan the paddle and paddle the plan and ensure that someone (outside of the tripper group) is aware of your plans.  The wind can be a real safety concern in terms of potential for capsizing and exhaustion and we highly recommend checking the wind forecast before you embark.

Be safe and enjoy – it’s a fabulous spot!

 


FOMW Spring Canoe Trips 2015

FOMW Spring Canoe Trips 2015

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce two dates when we will be leading trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak! April 18th and May 9th.

To join us on the 18th of April, please contact:
Kristyn Ferguson at 519-826-0068 x.222/519-400-9140 Kristyn.Ferguson@natureconservancy.ca

If you would like to join us on May the 9th, please contact:
Sean Rootham at
s_rootham@ducks.ca

This will reserve a spot for yourself and anyone accompanying you.
We only take 20 boats per trip.

We will meet at 8:30 a.m. (at the latest) at the Willow Creek Canoe Coral on George Johnson Road (County Road 28) in Springwater Township. This should give us enough time to off-load our canoes and shuttle our cars to the end destination, which is approximately 10 minutes away. Hopefully this will be done quickly so that we can get on the water for 9 a.m. The trip will take approximately 5 hours.

Dress appropriately for the weather conditions of the day, which should include high cut boots or rubber boots for possible portages. Also, bring extra clothing in case you get wet. Bring your own warm drinks, snacks for along the way, and a packed lunch for our break around noon.

At least a basic paddling knowhow is required for this trip. All boats must be equipped with the required safety equipment (lifejackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope). We do not rent equipment, however if you need a boat there are at least three local providers you can contact.

The cost for joining us is $40 for non-members and $20 for members.
This includes safe passage with certified leaders and ecological interpretation of the Minesing Wetlands.

fomw_paddle_pic  FOMW

 


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Winter Adventures in the Minesing Wetlands

Join the Friends of Minesing Wetlands for a winter adventure in the Minesing Wetlands!

We will lead a snowshoe on February 28 to the Mad River heronry. See “Eventbrite” link below for directions to the meeting point.

Snacks, water, warm drinks and warm clothing are essential. The snowshoe will take approximately 3 hours, which includes breaks for historical and ecological interpretation. Departure time is 9:30 a.m.

Please register for the events with the links below. $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 student.

February 28 – Snowshoe to the Minesing Wetlands Heronry

Eventbrite - Snowshoe with the Friends of Minesing Wetlands

For more information contact Naomi Saunders nsaunders@nvca.on.ca


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A Public Evening of Science and Stewardship on the Minesing Wetlands

A public evening on science & stewardship in the Minesing Wetlands

For copies of this evenings presentations please visit the Educational and Cultural Functions page

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Tiffin Conservation Centre in Utopia

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands presents this ​exciting evening on the science and stewardship of the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands.

Local experts will discuss the ecology, hydrogeology and forest health of the Minesing. Special presentations include a discussion on the rare Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and land securement and stewardship activities within this special part of our watershed.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 may be made at the door.

 With limited seating available preregistration is encouraged. Click below to register via Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - MINESING WETLANDS – A PUBLIC EVENING OF SCIENCE AND STEWARDSHIP

 


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Minesing Reeds Fall 2014

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands have captured some of the work that has been done in the Minesing Wetlands during the summer and fall of  2014 in our latest edition of the Minesing Reeds.

Enjoy stories from the Minesing Wetlands including Mike Francis’ day searching for rare orchids in the Minesing fen complex.  Kristyn Ferguson reports on the land acquisition of a “piece of the Minesing” along the southern portion of the Mad River.

You will also read about how the Minesing Wetlands was “spruced up” as part of the TD Tree Days.

Please enjoy the Fall 2014 edition of the Minesing Reeds!

Minesing Reeds Fall 2014


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Minesing Reeds – Summer 2014

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands have had a busy start to year and we have captured some of this work in the Summer 2014 Minesing Reeds newsletter.

Enjoy stories from the Minesing Wetlands including Dave Featherstone relaying results from the Marsh Monitoring Program and scouting the Mad River canoe route!

You will read about how the Friends of Minesing participated in several community events this year including the Water Walker Festival, MEC Paddlefest and the Celebration of Rural Living with Margaret Atwood.

We also show our support for the Nine Mile Portage trail and efforts to improve it’s accessibility.  The Nine Mile Portage is an historic route used by First Nations and early Canadians that connects Lake Simcoe to the Minesing Wetlands.

Please enjoy the Summer 2014 edition of the Minesing Reeds!

Minesing Reeds – Summer 2014