ABC Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend
Save money with this popular course that takes you through the canoeing ABC lessons in one fun weekend. Start with Friday evening's basic flatwater skills and then spend Saturday learning river fundamentals. On Sunday, you'll spend a full day learning and perfecting whitewater skills, finishing with a river run to put it all into practice. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
A. Canoeing With Kids
This fun, family-friendly course offers the same skills as our 3-hour Intro to Lake Canoeing with a focus on getting kids involved and having fun at the same time. Each parent and child over 10 years old needs to register separately, but parents can put 1-3 children under 10 into the middle of their boat for no extra cost. Location: Bowness Park lagoon. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
A. Intro to Lake Canoeing
You'll learn the basics in this beginner flatwater canoeing lesson that takes place within Calgary city limits. Choose a 3-hour course or a full-day program and learn how to track straight lines, turn and brace. The full-day course includes an afternoon tour where we'll cover safe travel and basic rescue techniques. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
B. Intro to River Canoeing
Build on your flatwater canoeing skills and take them to the Bow River. Join us at Bowness Park where you will learn the skills to safely navigate moving water. Choose from a 3-hour lesson, or a full day where you'll enjoy a downstream paddle and learn about safe river travel. Prerequisite: Canoeing A or equivalent experience. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
C. Intro to Whitewater Canoeing
Canoeing just got thrilling! Now that you've moved onto the river, we'll help you to improve river-running and maneuvering skills as you run the rapids of the Bow River west of Cochrane. This is a full-day course. Prerequisite: Canoeing B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
Canoeing Expeditions - Teens
In 101, spend 3 days learning all about canoeing while paddling the Red Deer River upstream of Drumheller or the Bow River south of Calgary. Our guide will cover water safety, paddling strokes, river reading, navigation and how to pack for a multi-day trip. In 201, you’ll spend 5 days on the North Saskatchewan River near Rocky Mountain House learning canoe tripping skills, backcountry cooking, self-care and more. Required: check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite: ability to swim 50m while wearing a lifejacket. Must attend pretrip meeting with a parent to discuss required items and cover meal planning (food is not included). Includes: paddling guide, all canoe/group gear, transportation.
ABC Solo Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend
Go from lake to whitewater in just one weekend. In this course, you'll progress from basic solo canoeing strokes to beginner whitewater skills on the Bow River between Ghost Dam and Cochrane. We'll finish it all off on Sunday afternoon with a river run to put it all into practice. We will be using solo whitewater boats with saddles. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.
A. Intro to Lake Solo Canoeing
Our solo canoes are designed for those wanting to progress to whitewater. They are smaller with thigh straps and a saddle—easier to maneuver in moving water. In this 3-hour introductory flatwater lesson, we'll focus on teaching the essential strokes you'll need to challenge yourself on the river. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.
B. Intro to River Solo Canoeing
Expand on your solo canoeing skills and learn how to paddle safely in moving water. This session takes place at the Bowness eddies on the Bow River, and you can choose from either a full-day or an evening lesson. We will be using whitewater solo canoes with saddles. Prerequisite: Solo Canoeing A or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.
C. Intro to Whitewater Solo Canoeing
Now that you've moved onto the river, the real fun begins. In this 3-hour solo canoeing lesson, you'll have a chance to improve your river-running and maneuvering skills as you paddle the swiftwater rapids of the Bow River west of Cochrane. Prerequisite: Solo Canoeing AB. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.
Solo Canoe at Harvie Passage
Build your solo canoe skills while paddling the drops and waves of the Harvie Passage. Meet weekday evenings and develop your skills with pro coaching. Choose between single lessons or register for the series and save.
Waves and Rescues Canoeing Weekend
Build your whitewater and rescue skills over one weekend. On Saturday morning at Canoe Meadows, we'll practice eddy turns and ferries—focusing on river safety. In the afternoon we'll travel downstream to Seebe and work on river-reading skills. On Sunday you'll have a chance to develop your canoe rescuing skills in a full-day workshop. We'll cover prevention, throw-bagging, self rescue, swimming and boat towing. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABCD or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear, safety equipment.
South Saskatchewan River, AB
The South Saskatchewan River is a beautiful prairie river with deep valley walls and badland scenery. This trip covers a stretch near Medicine Hat which is a fantastic section to view wildlife and birds. We'll paddle through Prairie Coulees Natural Area and random camp along the river where you can hike or just relax at the campsite. This trip is for those who want to learn and develop trip planning and canoe-handling skills in a calm river. Prerequisite: Canoeing AB or equivalent. Includes: guide, all canoe/group camping gear.
Custom Canoe/Kayak Program - Schools
Want to give your students the trip of the year? Customize a group booking through the Outdoor Centre. Our guides can teach your students the canoeing/kayaking and wilderness skills needed while on a single day trip or weeklong expedition. All gear can be provided by the Outdoor Centre. Fill out the Outdoor Centre Custom Group Activities Booking form
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Green River, Utah
Explore the Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River in Utah with us. On this 10-day canoe trip we'll have 7 days of floating through red canyons and stunning desert landscapes. You'll be awe-inspired by the magnificent canyon walls that tower over your small canoe. There is great camping in the side canyons, and we will have plenty of time to explore. We’ll also get the chance to hike the trail that ascends the canyon wall to view Bowknot bend. Prerequisite: Canoeing A recommended. Includes: guide, canoe/group gear, transportation from Calgary, camping fees, permits. *Participants will need a valid passport.
Bow River, AB - Canoe
This 2-day canoe trip is the perfect introduction to overnight tripping for families, or anyone who wants to learn the basics of wilderness camping. On Saturday morning we'll start paddling the scenic stretch of the Bow River from Fish Creek Park to Carseland, and spend the weekend enjoying picturesque prairie and woodland landscape. We'll cover all the logistics at the pre-trip meeting a week in advance. Prerequisite: pretrip meeting. Includes: guide, all canoe/group camping gear.
Canoe Tripping 101
Have you ever wanted to learn the tips and tricks from a guide to do your own canoe trips? On the first night, you will learn all about planning the logistics of a canoe trip. The second night we will focus on cooking and packing food for a trip. The third evening will be spend planning your own trip with the direction of a guide to a location that is appropriate for the whole group. You will pick your location as a group, and do all the planning. The finale of the course will be an overnight canoe trip of your choosing so you can apply your news skills under the supervision of a guide! Prerequisites: nothing, but a willingness to learn and participate.
Churchill River, SK
Paddle through a succession of shimmering lakes, connected by short portages, rapids and waterfalls. Follow the path of early explorers and discover great camping and fishing in the Canadian Shield. Come alive in the land of wind, water, and rock! We will follow the voygeur route from Stanley Mission and portage the famous Frog Portage and finish on the Sturgeon Weir River. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes guide, all canoe/group camping gear, shuttle.
Columbia River Wetlands, BC - Canoe
A birding paradise! Join us for a canoe trip in the warm valley of the Rocky Mountain trench away from the towns. We'll paddle through bird-filled marshes and down the Columbia Valley that boasts spectacular mountain views. There are so many photo opportunities in this short weekend, easy paddling trip—perfect for families. Prerequisite: Canoeing A or equivalent experience, pretrip meeting. Includes: guide, all canoe/group camping gear.
Fond du Lac, SK
The Fond du lac is a unique canoe trip that has beautiful topography, from sandy beaches and benches to the granite rock of the Canadian Shield. Spectacular sandstone cliffs and two sets of falls make this one of the top canoe trips in Northern Saskatchewan. There are also many runnable rapids and only 2 mandatory portages. Amazing campsites, great fishing and photography make this an unforgettable trip. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABCD or equivalent. Includes guides, all canoe/group camping gear, 2 floatplane shuttles.
Frenchman River, SK
Paddle with us through the heart of southern Saskatchewan's Grasslands National Park on this week-long canoe trip. You'll experience the prairies as the early settlers would have—native grasslands, buffalo and antelope roaming the hillsides, and some of the best dark skies for star gazing. You'll learn interesting tidbits on the many hiking routes that we'll explore. The river through the park is narrow and shallow with plenty of small rapids and beaver dams. Prerequisite: Canoeing AB or equivalent. Includes: guide, canoe/group camping gear, park fees.
McLennan Lakes, SK
Relax on this week-long canoe trip on some of the hundreds of lakes that are interconnected with short portages. McLennan Lakes is a gem of a spot in Northern Saskatchewan where you can fish for lake trout, swim in crystal-clear waters and take in the stunning northern lights. The trip begins just north of Missinipe. Prerequisite: none but Canoeing A recommended. Includes guides, all canoe/group camping gear, transportation from Calgary.
Paull River, SK
Variety is the theme on this week-long canoe trip. We'll paddle through scenic island-filled lakes, play in the fun whitewater, and take in the scenic beauty of Tuck falls. This stretch of the Paull offers great camping on the Precambrian sheild, incredible fishing and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. Access to the put-in is via a short floatplane ride. You will finish the trip on the mighty Churchill where there are plenty of rapids and channels to play in and explore before the trip ends. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: guide, transportation from Calgary, hostel accommodation before and after the trip, all canoeing/group camping gear.
Quetico Park is an Iconic and world-famous backcountry canoeing destination in Ontario. Spend a week with us exploring the vast network of lakes. At the end of each day, relax in a hammock by the lake or catch the last fish of summer. We'll sleep under the spectacular northern lights. This is the perfect trip to finish up the paddling season—all while enjoying the beautiful fall colours of the classic Canadian Sheild landscape. A highlight of this trip is that we'll have a thanskgiving turkey feast in the woods. Prerequsites: Canoeing A or equivalent experience. Includes: guide, transportation from Calgary, all canoeing/group camping gear.
Red Deer River, AB: Big Valley to Morrin Bridge - Canoe
This is an easy canoe trip for the whole family—perfect to develop canoeing and camping skills. The gentle section of the Red Deer River from Big Valley to Morrin Bridge features desert-like badlands scenery and beautiful places to explore. From camp you can hike up into the hoodoos and search for dinosaur bones. Prerequisite: Canoeing A or equivalent experience, pretrip meeting. Includes: guide, all canoe/group camping gear.
Rose Bud River, AB
The Rose Bud River is a quiet, scenic tributary of the Red Deer River that flows in a deep coulee. We'll start the day canoeing through Alberta’s prairie landscape, then as we move closer to the Red Deer River, we'll see stunning badlands scenery. In this day trip you can progress your canoeing skills from the basics to something a little more challenging, as we practice skills and move down the twists and bends of this beautiful reach. Prerequisites: Canoeing AB or equivalent. Includes: guide, all canoe gear.
Slocan Lake, BC Paddle and Hike - Canoe
Located in the beautiful Kootenays, this 39km long lake is surrounded by scenic mountains. Over 5 days (including driving), we'll paddle along the west bank in Valhalla Provincial Park and enjoy beach camping only accessible by water. Stunning waterfalls and hiking opportunities will add more variety to this paddling trip. Prerequisite: Canoeing A or equivalent experience. Includes: guide, all canoe/group camping gear.
Wind River, YT
The Wind River in the Yukon Territory is a northern gem, and paddling it is a true wilderness adventure. It is situated in the Peel River watershed and Mackenzie mountain range and is a rich habitat for northern wildlife. It is a Class 11 moving water, which makes it a perfect canoe destination. The area is filled with pre- and post-settlement history from the Telit Gwich'in and Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nations to the ill-fated Lost Patrol (a NWMP patrol who lost their way and perished in the early 1900's). It is one of the largest unspoiled natural environments in the world, but is currently under the threat of industrial development. If you've ever dreamt of paddling this pristine environment, now is the time. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: guide, canoe/group camping gear, 2 floatplane shuttles, transportation.
Horton River, NWT
Join us for an epic Arctic paddling adventure on the most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada. We'll paddle and hike through rolling tundra and if we are fortunate, we'll see caribou, musk oxen, grizzly bears and wolves. The fishing for char, lake trout and grayling is outstanding in this crystal-clear water. In the first 2 weeks we'll paddle from close to Horton Lake to the confluence on the Whaleman River (floatplane from Inuvik, fewer rapids and no portages), and the last 2 weeks we'll paddle from the Whaleman River to the Arctic Ocean (floatplane from Inuvik, canyons, whitewater and potentially 1 portage). Choose one or both trips. We'll get the chance to see the Smoking Hills near the end of the trip and take a dip in the Arctic Ocean. Prerequisite: Upper: Canoeing AB, Lower: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: guide, floatplanes from Inuvik, all canoe/group camping gear.
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