Whitewater Canoe and Kayak

Paddler Co-op whitewater courses are facilitated by incredible instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  We maintain high program standards and offer exciting whitewater experiences.

Core whitewater programs are designed for…

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skill levels.
  • Kayak, Tandem and Solo Canoe disciplines.
  • Approx. Age 12 and older (depending on size and motivation).

Our expert instructors shape programs to meet YOUR needs.

Custom Group Programs

Bachelor Parties, Bachelorette Parties, Women’s groups, School groups, Yoga retreat, Summer Camp or a Family Reunion!?

We can focus your expectations and goals into an incredible program, support you on a new river, fine-tune skills or develop overnight and wilderness camping skills.

Downriver Trips/Guiding

Join us for river running instruction and tips or allow us to guide you down your dream trip.  We will take you to any exceptional rivers in Ontario, western Quebec or any other dream location. Focus on developing river running skills, decision making approaches, risk management or a variety of specific needs.


Beginner Kayak or Canoe

Recommended for folks who…
  • Have NEVER experienced whitewater
  • Have NEVER experienced the boat they want to try
  • Haven’t paddled in YEARS
  • Want to learn how to paddle with a new partner who has no experience.
What will I learn!?
  • How to enjoy whitewater paddling!
  • Details of the boat and proper use of equipment
  • Strokes required to steer a boat
  • How to navigate whitewater maneuvers
  • How to identify whitewater hazards

Gather your friends and organize your own course or book into a scheduled course

ORCKA and Paddle Canada Certifications are available, inquire for details 613-758-2772

“The Madawaska River is warm, clean & offers a variety of rapids very appropriate for beginners developing new skills.”~ Bill Anderson, Infamous Whitewater Instructor



Group Courses: $160 per person, per day! 

Private Courses: $200 per person, per day!

Intermediate Kayak or Canoe Course

Intermediate Kayak or Canoe

Fine-tune strokes & perfect whitewater maneuvers!  Get ready to negotiate more challenging rapids.

Intermediate programs help you achieve personal paddling goals.

Whether you aim to be self-sufficient, capable of running multi-day trips or you would simply like to brush up on skills, we can get you there!

  • Available for kayak, solo or tandem boaters.
  • Gather your friends and organize your own course or book into a scheduled course
  • If you are a tandem boater without a partner, no worries,  we’ll find you a partner!


Group Courses: $160 per person, per day! 

Private Courses: $200 per person, per day!

Advanced Kayak

Advanced Kayak Play-boating courses are suitable for those with experience in whitewater

Paddle the Madawaska or the Ottawa River

  • Learn new techniques
  • Receive coaching for an instructor course
  • Refresh your skills with the support of an instructor.
  • Your instructor will work with you to make the course suit your needs!


  • Always rolls in whitewater
  • Self Rescues in Class 3 water
  • Owns personal cold water immersion gear (Dry Top)

We have a range of play boats and equipment for our courses.

Please notify us of boat or river preferences at the time of booking.


Whitewater Trip Guiding


  • Planning your own excursion?
  • Need a refresher on how to safely navigate a wilderness trip?
  • Want to graduate from flat-water trips to whitewater adventure?

Our experienced whitewater tripping guides can offer support with river running approaches, whitewater rescue, wilderness first aid and safety and general tripping practices.  We can even join you on your trip!

All of our guides have extensive back country experience, Wilderness First Responder certification and Whitewater River Rescue certification.

Cost varies-please inquire

ORCKA Canoe and Kayak Certification

In house ORCKA Certified Instructors offer a variety of whitewater canoeing and kayaking certifications & coaching.

Please see our course calendar for group course dates and inquire regarding private or specific courses.

ORCKA courses are offered as group, semi-private or private.

Please email Trevor regarding ORCKA course information-