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From CA$413

New to whitewater or a seasoned veteran? We have a course for you! For those without formal whitewater training we have beginner whitewater kayak courses. For those with formal instruction and experience under their belt, we have intermediate/advanced whitewater kayak courses! Try out a new whitewater discipline or brush up on skill in beautiful Ontario. Our guides are the best of the best when it comes to teaching first-time paddlers or experienced veterans.

Paddle for Benny is in honour of Leah Kindree’s son Ben, who sadly died by suicide in October 2020 after living with mental illness for more than 20 years. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the pressing need for mental health support, and to raise funds to help the many individuals,  who like Ben, need our support.

Join us on September 20-22 for our fall edition of Palmer River Festival! River Fest is an exciting weekend event featuring instructional clinics, camping, live entertainment and vendors as a fundraiser for support Paddler Co-op’s youth and adaptive paddling programs. Put the finishing touches on your progression and connect with other awesome paddlers!

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The recent changes have affected many of us and we are doing our best to keep Paddler Co-op thriving. We are asking for support from our community!

If you are able to purchase your yearly membership, buy some of our merchandise or donate to helps us pay bills like utilities and rent, we would appreciate the support! Every donation goes a long way.

Choose Your Adventure!

Connect. Adventure. Nature.

Paddler Co-op is a nonprofit, member-owned organization in business to build a better paddling community for everyone.

We offer high-quality whitewater instruction training, certifications, youth camps, group programs, trips, equipment rentals and river guiding at an affordable cost tailored your specific needs and schedule.

We value inclusivity, accessibility, sustainability, responsibility, integrity and quality, and believe in a “people first” culture. In this spirit, we offer some of the most affordable youth whitewater programs in Ontario, and have family and group discounts available.

Our campground is open to the public, bookings can be made online or over the phone!

Not a member? NO PROBLEM! Membership is only $15 and helps offset insurance costs and our community projects.

Join a pre-built group course – browse our offered dates by clicking the calendar tab at the top of this page – or request a custom course by email or by calling 613-758-2772!

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Top-Rated Whitewater Instruction in Ontario

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"Friendly, knowledgeable staff made sure we were properly outfitted before setting out on the beautiful Madawaska River for an afternoon of paddling. Campground area nestled under large red pine trees was very clean and all amenities clearly marked. A great experience!"

– Polly Y., Google
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"Had an excellent 2 day trip with Paddler Coop. Our guide was Trevor. He was knowledgeable, patient and very funny. I would recommend them and would go on a trip with them again."

– Raymond K., Google
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"Went for 2 days. First day spent locally in rapids out front and 2nd day we did a trip down lower Madawaska. Adrien and Ben are 2 very highly knowledgeable white water instructors. Paddlers Coop is a first class outfitter. All we talked about on drive home was when we can arrange to go back. Can't wait."

– Jeff T., Google
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"We have been going here for years, 6 I think. It's a great place, especially their kids programs. They won't just teach your kids to paddle the will give them a love for the water and nature in general that will last for years."

– Kevin D., Google