Our People

Who will be my Instructor?

Instructors are the backbone of our programs.

Did you know… our instructors are some of the most experienced in the outdoor industry!

They have…

  • Extensive experience guiding overnight trips
  • Strong facilitation skills for a variety of courses and disciplines
  • Practical experience with whitewater river safety and rescue
  • ORCKA and or Paddle Canada Instructor Certifications
  • Wilderness First Aid (min 40 hours) and Whitewater Rescue Certification (30 hours)

But above all… are both passionate teachers and paddlers!


How do I find Paddler Co-op?

We are located at: 6535 Palmer Road, Palmer Rapids, Ontario K0J2E0

Office Hours:  Daily 8:30-5:00, Sunday can vary, please phone in advance for rentals.

  • From Palmer Rapids: via Hwy 514: Left onto Hwy 515, drive through town of Palmer Rapids.
  • Approx. 2 km past town, cross over Madawaska River.
  • Stay on this highway for another 1 km and as the highway bends to the left, slow down.
  • Our site is on the left hand side of the road.  Civic address is: 6535. You will notice the large green and blue buildings as well as the Paddler Co-Op Boathouse sign.
  • From Combermere: via Hwy 62: Right onto Hwy 515 towards Palmer Rapids.
  • Just after Dam Road, you will reach our site on the Right, before you come to the river.
  • If you cross the river, you have gone too far.

What you see from Palmer Road (Hwy 515):

A large boathouse with a kayak on the roof, seriously, a kayak.  We have a U shaped gravel Driveway and a “house” that is our office!

Lost? Call our office @ 613-758-2772… we won’t judge…

Membership Info

What does a “membership” mean?

First of all… members make this organization possible… Thank you for your continued support!

Membership Details

  • Annual Membership fee: $10
  • Allows you access to our high quality, at cost whitewater instructional programs
  • Allows you access to our Community Night Paddle Sessions @ $25/session
  • Provides access to rental gear: Canoes, Kayaks, Solo Boats, Life Jackets, Paddles, Helmets, Skirts and Wetsuits
  • Receive our membership letter and news updates
  • Supports our insurance fees and maintenance of our equipment and facility
  • Funds our environmental initiatives, such as river maintenance and education

Non members are welcome to camp at our site for a daily fee

Are you a member, but not receiving our E-Newsletter?  Send your current e-address to mel.paddlercoop.com

Find Us

Paddler Co-op


6535 Palmer Road, Palmer Rapids, ON K0J 2E0, Canada

What is the site like?

Our Place
Our base operations are located on the shore of the Madawaska River in Palmer Rapids, down stream from the second set of Palmer Rapids, below the Palmer Dam.

Our Boathouse

  • Large indoor teaching facility
  • Large whiteboard for lessons
  • Fridge for food storage
  • Paddlers Lounge for those indoor rainy nights
  • Electrical Outlets to recharge
  • Indoor storage while on site

Our Camping

Our site is beautiful place among gorgeous pines and backs right up on to the river.

  • Warm running water in our outdoor sink
  • Classy new outhouses with lighting.
  • Communal campfire pit by the beach
  • Two Propane BBQ’s

Camping… Fine Print…

  • Camping is first-come, first-served available to the public throughout the season.
  • No formal booking required, however we do book full during Palmer River Fest so register in advance! (May long weekend)
  • Entire site rental for events available upon request.

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