Our People

Who will be my Instructor?

Instructors are the backbone of our programs.

Our instructors are some of the most experienced in the outdoor industry!

They have…

  • Wilderness First Aid (min. 40 hours) and Whitewater Rescue Certification (30 hours)
  • 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

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 pm  

  • 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 the 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

  • Access to high quality, cost effective whitewater instructional programs
  • Access to Community Night Paddle Sessions
  • Access to rental equipment: Canoes, Kayaks, Solo Boats, Life Jackets, Paddles, Helmets, Skirts and Wetsuits
  • Support insurance cost and maintenance of our equipment and facility
  • Fund environmental initiatives, such as river maintenance and education

Non members are welcome to camp at our site for the daily fees.

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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 along 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
  • “Paddler Lounge” for indoor rainy nights
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Indoor storage while on site

Our Camping

Our site is beautiful, set between gorgeous pines and backs right to the river.

  • Warm running potable water at 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  for events available upon request.

Don’t like Camping?  Some nearby accommodation options…

  • Ash Grove Inn- Barry’s Bay Ash Grove Website
  • Hudson House B&B – Phone (613) 756-5908
  • Pine Cliff Resort- Pine Cliff Website

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