Our People

Instructors are the backbone of our programs.

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 & disciplines
  • Practical experience with whitewater river safety & rescue
  • ORCKA and or Paddle Canada Instructor Certifications

But above all… are both passionate teachers & paddlers!


Where is Paddler Co-op?

Located at: 6535 Palmer Road, Palmer Rapids, Ontario K0J2E0

Office Hours:  Daily 9:00 am -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

Membership Details…

Members make this organization possible… Thank you for your continued support!

Season Membership: $10

  • 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-Paddler Co-op Instructional Membership: $20 (Annually)

For Non-Paddler Co-op Instructors facilitating courses at Paddler Co-op:

  • Provides river access, parking access, liberty to instruct courses at our location
  • Facilitate group instruction at Paddler Co-op
  • Utilize Paddler Co-op indoor teaching classroom
  • Support insurance cost and maintenance of our equipment and facility
  • Fund environmental initiatives, such as river maintenance and education

Not receiving our member Newsletter?  Send your current e-address to: mel@paddlerco-op.ca

Find Us

Paddler Co-op


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

What is camping at Paddler Co-op 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

Tent 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 (May long weekend) so register in advance!
  • Entire site available for events upon request.

Don’t like Camping?  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

Shuttle Services Nearby

  • Madawaska River Rentals: 613-758-2165 Madawaska River Rentals
  • Greater Madawaska Shuttle & Canoe Rentals: 613-333-2240

Contact Us