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Being Your Own Weatherperson…Forecasting Weather from Nature: Summary

On Wednesday March 17, 2021 David Phillips Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada gave a truly wonderful presentation on the weather.
The presentation was rife with amazing photos.
He started off by talking about how people have developed systems to try to predict the weather – or weather lore. It then moved on to:
• Common weather sayings and where they come from;
• Seasonal weather lore and its attempt to predict the oncoming season;
• Key date or anniversary weather lore;
• Weather myths;
• Canadian weather folklore;
• How we can use current observations of the weather to get a sense of what is to come; and
• A list of weather apps and websites.
Mention was made of Weatheradio. Receivers are available from most electronics sites, Amazon, etc. Best to check Weatheradio Canada  to find location of transmitters.

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Winter Seminar - Being Your Own Weatherperson…Forecasting Weather from Nature

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Long before meteorologists discovered cold fronts and jet streams, people relied on nature to foretell tomorrow’s weather. Farmers, mariners, and hunters quickly connected weather changes to the behaviour of birds, animals, plants or humans. Most weather folklore is a kind of whimsical nonsense. Meteorologists scoff at it but naturalists swear by it. Most useful weather signs relating to the coming weather are based on keen observations of our surroundings, such as the character and movement of clouds, the colour and appearance of the sky, or the direction and strength of the wind.
David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

David has been employed with Environment Canada's weather service for 50 years. His work activities relate to the study of the climate of Canada and to promote awareness and understanding of meteorology. He has published several books, papers and reports, including a book on The Climates of Canada, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather. He was the originator and author of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. David frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters. He has been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and has twice received the Public Service Merit Award. David is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from the universities of Waterloo and Windsor and Nipissing University. In 2001, David was named to the Order of Canada.

Because of the COVID restrictions all this year's seminars will be held on Zoom.

Details for joining the meeting are provided here for logged in club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website here. A 1-2 minute review of the guidelines will be held at the beginning of the seminar.

Hike the Dumoine – Why? Summary

On Wednesday March 10, 2021 Wally Schaber gave an interesting seminar on Zoom dealing with the history of the Dumoine River and a project to create a hiking trail along the old cart path.

He began the seminar by acknowledging the tragic fire at the Auberge Rivière Noire.

The first part of the presentation covered the history of the river. Along with the Noire and Coulonge, the Dumoine are major undisturbed tributaries of the Ottawa River. The history described covered the time when it was used by the Algonquins, through the logging era until today.

There was a logging road that ran from the Ottawa River to Lac Dumoine. Friends of Dumoine is creating a hiking trail along the path of the road from the Ottawa to Grand Chute. They have completed 14 of the 22 Kms of the trail. The trail will have campsites, resting spaces and thunder boxes.

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Winter Seminar- HIKE THE DUMOINE…WHY?

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

The Dumoine is one of the premiere wild whitewater rivers in the Ottawa Watershed….why would one want to hike it?

Did you know…..In the 1800s more people hiked into lumber camps to work than canoe the river today. In the early 1900s early sportsmen and women hiked into exclusive fishing clubs for a week or two of rugged vacationing. In 1840 a road was started at the mouth of the Dumoine into the interior timber limits. By 1850 this tote road for lumbermen and their supplies was extended all the way to Grande Chute. FRIENDS OF RIVIERE du Moine have been reopening this historic trail, older than the Chilkoot.

Not everyone is a whitewater paddler. This trail allows flatwater canoeists and kayakers to access the trail by crossing the Ottawa to the flatwater inlet at the mouth of the Dumoine or by driving to Grande Chute.

Come and learn more about the trail and How you can help make it a reality in 2021

Because of the COVID restrictions all this year's seminars will be held on Zoom.

Details for joining the meeting are provided here for logged in club members. For security reasons and to help ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of our Zoom account, please do not share the login details with people who are not members of the RA Canoe Camping Club.

Non-club members can get the joining instructions by contacting Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Basic level guidelines on Zoom are on the club website here. A 1-2 minute review of the guidelines will be held at the beginning of the seminar.