A bit about Peninsula Paddlers

The Peninsula Paddlers Kayaking Club was founded in 1991 by a group of like minded, paddlers who wanted to add a social aspect to their paddling. Over the years the club has grow and we now have an average annual membership of 80-90 members. While the majority of our members live in the Niagara Peninsula we also have members from outside the region including Hamilton, Buffalo, and Kitchener to name a few.

The official start to our paddling season is the first Sunday in May. Our regular schedule includes weekly, evening paddles to give our working members an opportunity to unwind during the week. These paddles are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays and generally paddlers are out for about 2 hours exploring the various waterways around the region. We also offer Wednesday morning Ad Hoc Paddles for our more adventuresome paddlers.

Our weekend, day paddles often extend outside the Niagara Peninsula but they are generally no more than an hour’s drive from the heart of Niagara. Weekend day trips include: e.g. the Toronto Islands, Burlington Bay, Cootes Paradise, Bellwood Lake and Binbrook Conservation Areas, Dunnville Marsh, and Lakes Erie and Ontario.

We also include a number of “special event” paddles such as night paddles to watch the Canada Day fireworks, “costume” paddles for Halloween and Christmas
(weather permitting!), as well as summer and winter solstice celebration paddles.

The club also offers at least one multi-day trip each year. Some of the trips that club members have paddled over the years include: the Rideau Canal, the Trent Canal, the Bruce Peninsula, Massasauga Provincial Park, Huntsville, the Kawarthawa Lakes and the Adirondack area. Depending on the area, multi-day trips can be self-contained, back country trips, trips with arranged accommodations or a combination.

A number of socials are also planned throughout the season – the annual season opener pot-luck, the mid-summer corn roast and our year-end social are always well attended.

We are strictly a recreational club, therefore we do not offer any instruction, however our membership is comprised of friendly, helpful paddlers who are always willing to provide support and guidance.