You are invited to GLSKA’S 29th Annual Rendezvous which will be held at Oak Point Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, 2017. The campground is located next to the Wasauksing Marina, at the west end of Parry Island (about 25 km from Parry Sound).
The route will be well signed. We have enjoyed this location for many years because of its central location to many Georgian Bay destinations. The weekend will kick off with a welcoming social including a cheese tray and your own choice of beverage. On Saturday there will be a variety of on-land and on-water skill seasons led by White Squall and some member-led trips. During the evening, your appetite for good food will be more than satisfied at our pot luck dinner where the offerings of the many chefs among us will guarantee that you don’t go to bed hungry. Afterwards we will be entertained by Katherine Wheatley who is coming back for a second time.
The fees remain the same as in previous years and cover the cost of camping, the White Squall sessions and the entertainment. You must of course bring your own gear, food and any pot luck contribution you plan to make. Camping sites are on a first come first served basis. A final program notification will be communicated in early June – we hope to see you there!
To attend, please download, complete and mail the registration form. Remember that if you bring a guest, please have them sign our waiver and include it with the registration form. Participants wishing to pay the registration fee online through their bank can do so by sending the payment, payable to glska, to karen granville’s email: (if you have any questions about this method of payment please contact karen). The amount remitted must match that of the total on Page 2 of your completed registration form. Please note that the registration form (and waiver for your guest, if applicable) must still be sent by mail to Chantal Locatelli.
This is your invitation to join us at this year’s 28th Annual Rendezvous. Build your knowledge and skills, renew past acquaintances and expand your circle of kayaking friends. The Rendezvous will be held Oak Point Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19. The campground is located next to the Wasauksing Marina, at the west end … Continue reading Rendezvous 2016→
Rendezvous is the premier annual event of the year. Members, guests, and friends gather for three days of car camping, workshops, skills development and day paddles. Of course socializing, the famous pot luck dinner and entertainment will also be highlights of the event. Renewing friendships, making new ones, and exchanging tales of favourite trips are all part of the event.
The Rendezvous Committee is excited to bring you two days of workshops run by White Squall as well as our regularly run member programs on the Saturday.
The availability of time, money, and the resources to run the White Squall programs is limited. Due to the limited number of participants that can be accommodated in the White Squall workshops at one time a lottery will be run to make the final selection of participants for each workshop.
Rendezvous is the premier annual event of the year. Members, guests, and friends gather for three days of car camping, workshops, skills development and day paddles. Of course socializing, the famous pot luck dinner and entertainment will also be highlights of the event. Renewing friendships, making new ones, and exchanging tails of favourite trips are all part of the event.
by Sandra Howe Rendezvous 2012 was my first venture into sea kayaking and I had a marvellous time. The setting, camaraderie, instruction, entertainment, and games were all great fun. I loved being part of a community of paddlers in such a beautiful location. If you have yet to experience Rendezvous, I would highly recommend attending … Continue reading Rendezvous Recollections→
by Lori Moffitt I had been eagerly anticipating the Paddling Rendezvous 2012 as every GLSKA member whom I had met had recommended the event. It lived up to the built up expectation as it was a well organized and fun weekend.
by Nancy Morgan Photographs by Gerry Felsky Undaunted by rain, lush poison ivy or the distance travelled, kayakers gathered at Cape Croker Park, on Sydney Bay, on the Bruce Peninsula near Wiarton, to socialize and reminisce about past trips, plan new ones, and for new members, to get acquainted with our club. We were welcomed … Continue reading GLSKA Spring Rendezvous 2011→
Nick Donovan The sound of beating drums drifts over the water. Soldiers dressed in crimson-red tunics, one bearing a large flag, dash up the hillside amid shouts and war cries. Rising Tide’s The New Founde Lande – Trinity Pageant is in progress. This re-enactment of a very early and tumultuous time in Newfoundland’s history creates … Continue reading Rendezvous with Whales→
OUR FIRST RENDEZVOUS by Beth and Simon Mielniczuk Spring 2004. Two semi-experienced paddlers become members of a group called GLSKA and join them at Rendezvous, their kick-off to another paddling season celebrated on Georgian Bay. Neither of us really knew what to expect – other than we’d be camping with a lot of people, most … Continue reading Our first Rendezvous→
The good news first – the club remains solvent, about the same number of trips were enjoyed this year as last, and our 2016 Rendezvous was greatly enjoyed. On the disappointing side of the ledger, our membership numbers continue to experience a slow decline. On the 29th October 20 members turned up at the Port … Continue reading GLSKA Annual General Meeting 2016→
Our Annual General Meeting for 2014 took place on Saturday, October 25 in the comfortable boardroom of Oetiker Ltd. in Alliston – premises generously made available to us by Sam Wyss. After coffee and socializing Ralph Gardave welcomed members and guests. To get us started two short workshops were offered – Ralph gave a practical … Continue reading GLSKA 2014 Annual General Meeting→
by Ralph Gardave For those of you who know me you know that I’m a strong proponent of training and practice. It is this be-lief that was behind the offering of the White Squall workshops at Rendezvous. As I write this on Dec 05 it has been less than two weeks since I was in … Continue reading Qayaq Corner – Training and Practice→
Most kayakers who enjoy multi-day or overnight trips will sooner or later come across some evidence of a bear, or even meet the animal in person. The more you know about bears and their behaviour, the safer you (and the bears) will be. Mike McIntosh is a committed to improving our bear knowledge and was … Continue reading Get Wise About Bears→
The benefits of continued learning are many. For some of us this means learning new things for the first time. For others it may be getting a refresher on things that we knew but have either forgotten or not practised for some time. I recently had the opportunity to take a wilderness first aid course … Continue reading The Benefits of Learning→
by Sandy Richardson ” Cheers to a long life, well lived.” Founding member and former GLSKA President, Stephen Trelkeld, died in Hamilton on January 10, 2014. Stephen was born in the U.K., December 27, 1924. During WWII, he was in the Home Guard and the RAF. After the War, he worked as a shepherd on … Continue reading STEPHEN THRELKELD 1924-2014→
It is with sadness that GLSKA notes the death of Stephen Threlkeld on January 10, 2014. Stephen was a founding member of GLSKA and a member of the first Board of Directors; he was an active trip participant and leader, newsletter contributor, and served as Trip Coordinator and club President.
Selected articles (from Volume 10 on) are available on this website and are shown as links in the index. Copies of entire newsletters (from Volume 23 on) are now available as pdf downloads and are shown as links in the index. We are working to complete the transfer to pdf of Volumes 22 – Volume … Continue reading Newsletter index→
GLSKA is a non-profit association whose goal is to promote the activity of sea kayaking, particularly in the Great Lakes area. The club is run entirely by its volunteer members. We employ no paid staff and in general charge no fees for our trips or activities other than those designed to recover shared costs and … Continue reading About Us→
Rendezvous committee Description of what the rendezvous committee does and link to committee page. Trip Committee Description of what the Trip committee does and link to committee page. Georgian Bay Committee Description of what the Georgian Bay committee does and link to committee page.
Welcome to our website. GLSKA is a non-profit association whose goal is to promote the activity of sea kayaking. Our trips and activities are organized and led by club volunteers: we charge no fees other than those designed to recover shared costs and expenses. We offer: a variety of trips – day trips, weekend camping … Continue reading Home→
by John Fitzsimons Although starting off cooler than normal in 2013, the weather in southern Ontario had fallen into that all too familiar pattern of high heat and humidity, made all the worse by a persistent Bermuda high. With climate change, paddling in southern Ontario during the peak season has at times meant enduring high … Continue reading Stay Cool the Superior Way→
by John Fitzsimons Once again several dedicated members of GLSKA held their noses for the annual clean-up weekend this past September and ventured out to Franklin Island to see what man (the motorized type) had wrought.
by John Fitzsimons On the weekend of September 17 to 19, nine hearty souls were treated to some of the best and some of the worst that Georgian Bay can dish out all in the quest to make the Bay a better place to paddle.
by Rob Muylwyk I was looking to my right, scanning the shore for a suitable campsite, ideally one with Brian camping on it, when I suddenly saw a huge, hardly submerged rock in my peripheral vision. It was right in front of me, about a paddle stroke and a half away! The adrenaline kicked in, … Continue reading Minks and McCoys the Long Way→
by Šárka Lhoták I arrived at the Paradis Marin campground, parked the car and walked to the office to register. As I looked over the wide waters of the St.Lawrence estuary, I saw two white backs that slowly dove under water. Belugas! It couldn’t have been anything else, white like this! So they are really … Continue reading Paddling With Whales→
by Jocelyn Bertheau “There’s a small watercraft warning and a thunderstorm coming up later in the day … the local kayak outfitter is not renting!” we heard from the ranger at the new visitor centre of Fathom Five National Marine Park, just outside Tobermory.
by Rob Muylwyk This was the third year in a row that Šárka Lhoták had organized an overnight trip to the Umbrellas and Cathcarts, island groups south of Parry Sound; but it would be the first time that her group would actually make it to the Umbrellas.
by Jennifer Heppner In the spring of 2007 I joined a dragon boat team for a fundraising competition. Little did I know that this would be the start of something great – learning to kayak! Reaching the second half of my life was an awakening to try new things before the body wasn’t as able … Continue reading How to get into a Kayak and Other Mysteries→
Betty Brown Our summer kayaking trips weren’t happening as planned. An extended trip in early July had to be cancelled because of an urgent family matter. Summer holidays were passing by quickly, and other than the GLSKA Rendezvous we hadn’t been on any trips yet and Georgian Bay was calling.
Donna Griffin-Smith Monday, August 2, 6 a.m.: Our group of eight kayakers stood on the beach staring into a dense pea soup fog. Contrary to its reputation, Lake Superior was flat calm. Not a whisper of wind and no waves. Somewhere before us, were the Slate Islands. We knew they were out there somewhere, but … Continue reading Slate Islands Sojourn→
by Melissa Hachkowski Everyone who has kayaked, backpacked or tripped solo for any length of time has developed a list of top secret spots: places which bear personal significance, aura and importance. These are the places we return to many times and still have the ability to find something new that we didn’t recognize before.
by Daniel K. Jenkins Well this is a first for me so don’t be too hard on me. I feel like I’m in grade school and doing a “What I did on my summer vacation” report. Having only been on a few day trips, the Rendezvous and one extended trip with one other member it … Continue reading Killarney to Hartley Bay→