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 Post subject: Minden area?
PostPosted: August 18th, 2008, 12:53 am 
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In mid-Sept I might make a trip from T.O. to the Haliburton area to see my brother's new cottage. I understand that Haliburton is very near to Minden, and in Minden, I understand there's some whitewater (Gull R.?)! :P

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If a guy were to roll into Minden mid-week in mid-Sept, with little or no gear, is there a way of going for a paddle?? Preferably in a ww solo canoe.

Is there a rental shop?
Might there be other paddlers around?
What's the difficulty of the river there?
Is there any nice camping?

Also, Minden and Palmer's Rapids are different places, correct? I don't get out east much (but when I do, I'd like to go canoeing!).

Thanks, PY.

p.s. Without counting time to stop and look at the river - and with out fibbing - how long is the drive from T.O. to Haliburton?

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PostPosted: August 18th, 2008, 6:11 am 
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Boatwerks is nearby. I don't know if they rent canoes, I've never actually been in the store.

If you're there on a weekend, there will most certainly be other paddlers there.

The top half of the run is class 4, the bottom half is class 2,

There is camping at the top of the run.

Palmers is a different place. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the gull, unless there was water in the middle Mad (MKC section), in which case I would go there.

I'm sure you could borrow a boat from a ccr member. I haven't been to the gull this year yet and if your dates worked I'd go for a paddle on the gull and could bring a boat for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Minden area?
PostPosted: August 18th, 2008, 6:31 am 
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In mid-Sept I might make a trip from T.O. to the Haliburton area to see my brother's new cottage. I understand that Haliburton is very near to Minden, and in Minden, I understand there's some whitewater (Gull R.?)! :P

Also, Minden and Palmer's Rapids are different places, correct? I don't get out east much (but when I do, I'd like to go canoeing!).

google maps>get driving directions< can be your friend.

Driving directions, so as to get Minden and Haliburton in one map: Minden to Haliburton

Of course, it depends on where in "Haliburton" (a region as well as a town) your brother's cottage is located. You can refine the whole thing by plugging in actual addresses, or coordinates if you've got them.

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p.s. Without counting time to stop and look at the river - and with out fibbing - how long is the drive from T.O. to Haliburton?

It would depend....which part of Toronto?

A rather useless "Toronto to Haliburton" map....it's ok if you're starting out in downtown TO, I guess: Toronto to Haliburton

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Have you checked out the Boat Werk's site yet? The Boaters Board may be of some help.
http://www.boatwerks.net/whitewater/


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There always boaters there.....this is Ontario. :wink:
Great Camping right at the site.
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The Gull River Open Canoe Slalom is Sept 6/7, its a great event.......needless to say I'm a sponsor. :wink:
What week are you going as I'll be up there a few times in Sept.?
What kind of a boat were you looking for?
This year there's been no shortage of H2O
Yep Minden and Palmers are to different places...... about 1-3/4 hours away

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Hi,

Thanks for the scoops, I'll check out Boatworks for info.

Yes, finding some you ON boaters to paddle with would be ideal. Actually, I guess ideal would also involve guaranteed sunshine, a playboating clinic, free beer, and lots of other stuff, but it would be pretty good just to check out the Gull and meet some of you anyway - especially if you have extra boats!

If this is to happen, I'd probably be at Minden parts of the Thurs-Fri the 18-19th of September. Close, too bad I couldn't be there for the Gull race, because I don't know anything about slalom, and I'm organizing an OC slalom race in Vancouver Sept 13-14th!

I'll post here if the trip to T.O. gets confirmed and I can spare the time to get to Minden. If other canoes could be there too, that would really make the whole thing worthwhile!

Cheers, Pat.

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Confirmed.

I'll be in Ontario Sept 16-20 and around Minden approximately 18-20th.

My availability will depend on my brother's schedule a bit, and I have a flight on Saturday evening, but I'd like to canoe a bit on the Gull if anyone (and their spare boat) is available, Thursday would probably be my best bet.

Let me know if anyone might be paddle in Minden 18-20th, and hopefully we can work something out!

Cheers, Pat.

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 Post subject: Re: Minden area?
PostPosted: September 11th, 2008, 8:34 pm 
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So, is it any use me bringing any paddling gear and hoping to get a canoe (and some company) on the Gull, probably sometime Friday if possible?

Pat.

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PostPosted: September 11th, 2008, 10:33 pm 
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You are more than welcome to borrow my Zephyr.

Call me and we can work out the details.

I live 10-15 min from pearsons. It is 2:10 min to the Gull river from my place.

The gull is 25 min from Haliburton

The river is PUSHY!!!! but alot of fun for working on technical moves. Its not a great place to swim. Don't swim the "falls" and don't swim the otter slide (last drop) everything else should be fine.

There is a chance I can paddle that weekend, possibly the Sunday.



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 Post subject: Re: Minden area?
PostPosted: September 11th, 2008, 11:37 pm 
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Hi Pat,
Looks like I won't be able to make it up as my girls are racing C1 up in Ottawa that weeked. I was so looking forward to meeting you...... well I'm just going to have to come boat out in BC. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Minden area?
PostPosted: September 12th, 2008, 1:17 am 
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Thanks a lot Dan! I won't take you up on it, but thanks! Feel free to expect the same when you're out west.

Too bad Al, I was not-so-secretly wishing for an informal lesson!

DougB? Gail? Anyone?

Pat.

p.s. Wish me luck with organizing the Tamihi Five-0 Open Canoe Slalom here this weekend! All rookies hitting the gates (literally I'm sure)!

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PostPosted: September 12th, 2008, 6:51 am 
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Pat, I might be able to make it for the 19th or 20th. I'll know by Sunday this week.


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Hi Pat,

Wish I could go. Missed the Gull races myself.
Weekend of the 20th is a big Dance comptition (s) in NY state.

You will try and take some pictures of your slalom race and fill us in on the details?

Boatwerks (www.boatwerks.net) is a great place to hook up with gull paddlers. Collin is going to Gauleyfest so maybe some of his crew derreck dan etc might be around.
Thanks for thinking of me eh!
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PostPosted: September 16th, 2008, 12:28 am 
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I'm in Toronto. I'll be headed towards Minden Thurs-Sat (but fly Sat dinner time). If anyone (DougB?) can get me on the river, I brought some basic paddling stuff (minus a paddle and boat - but Dan, I don't think I could put a boat on my brother's car - I think he's still got a convertible).

Otherwise, I'll just stop in to look at the river and check out Boatwerks.

Cheers, Pat.

p.s. The 1st annual "T50" slalom near Vancouver was fun, I was happy with the turn out, I'll put up some more info somewhere as photos & results come available.

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Pat,

I'm planning to be at the Gull all day on Saturday. I'm driving up with another person. I will try to tie a 3rd boat on for you. If not, you can take a few runs in my boat. I can bring an extra paddle and PFD. Look for the fools in Neoprene with a Vertige X, an Ovation, and or possibly a Zephyr, or identify our campsite by the empty cans of Old Milwaukee.

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