Canoe the Carp River Set for May 1

Canoe the Carp Set for May 1

April 5, Carleton Place—The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), the Friends of the Carp River and Trailhead Paddle Shack, are teaming up to host the second “Canoe the Carp River.”

The event will be held on Sunday, May 1 between 10AM and 3PM. Canoes will be launched at Carp Road and Rivington Street by the bridge. Paddlers will travel upstream as far as Huntmar Road and then return to Carp, a round trip distance of 11 kilometres which will take approximately three hours at a leisurely pace. This stretch of the river showcases its natural beauty with shaded banks, wetlands and meadows that host wildlife such as turtles, river otters and herons.

No canoe? No problem! Trailhead Paddle Shack is generously donating canoes and kayaks for the event, making Canoe the Carp River more accessible than ever.

“We are thrilled to have Trailhead Paddle Shack as a partner this year,” said MVCA Community Relations Coordinator Shannon Gutoskie. “By providing canoes, it eliminates the guesswork for people who want to participate, but don’t have their own canoe or means to transport it. It’s a great opportunity for the public to see firsthand the true beauty of the Carp River, while getting some fresh air and exercise at the same time.”

“Trailhead Paddle Shack is all about the outdoors we are pleased to support an event related to the activities we promote with our business,” said co-owner of Trailhead Paddle Shack Jason Yarrington. “We are happy to provide this service and encourage residents throughout the Mississippi Valley watershed to participate.”

A rest stop along the route will feature refreshments, bathroom facilities and a unique look at a wetland restoration project undertaken by Ducks Unlimited Canada.

“Sue Prior has graciously offered her Oakleigh Wetlands Restoration Project property as a rest stop so the public can see the initial stages of a large wetland restoration,” said Friends of the Carp River Chair Janet Mason. “The wetlands were constructed in the winter of 2015, and it’s exciting to see the waterfowl, frogs, and other wetland creatures populating the area as the vegetation fills in.”

Trailhead Paddle Shack will also offer a shuttle service between Sue Prior’s property and the initial launch site for people who don’t wish to paddle the entire round trip distance.

Registration is free, but all participants must register ahead of time and sign a waiver. Donations to Friends of the Carp River are appreciated. Visit www.eventbrite.com for more information.

The Carp River is the only river to lie entirely within the City of Ottawa. Its headwaters are the marshes on National Capital Commission land near Eagleson Road in Kanata from where it flows north for about 44 km into the Ottawa River at Fitzroy Harbour.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Friends of the Carp River is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to restoring the ribbon of life along the Carp River. For more information, visit www.friendsofthecarpriver.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
B: 613-253-0006 ext. 225
C: 613-793-2848
sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

Janet Mason
Friends of the Carp River
613-276-1066
carpriver@friendsofthecarpriver.com

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