Core Programs – Canoe and Kayak

Paddler Co-op courses are facilitated by incredible instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  We take pride in maintaining high program standards and offering inspiring outdoor learning experiences.

Core 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 effective instructors shape each program to meet YOUR needs.

Custom Group Programs

Women’s groups, school groups, yoga retreat, summer camps 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

What will I learn!?
  • Details of the boat and proper use of equipment
  • Strokes required to steer a boat on flat and gentle current
  • How to navigate simple whitewater maneuvers
  • How to identify whitewater hazards

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.

Programs are safely paced to particular needs and abilities

ORCKA and Paddle Canada Certifications for beginners are available, inquire for details or discuss directly with your instructor.

“The Madawaska River is warm, clean and offers a variety of rapids very appropriate for beginners developing new skills.” ~ Bill Anderson, Highly Qualified & Experienced ORCKA Instructor

Group Courses: $160 per person, per day! 

Private Courses: $200 per person, per day!

Intermediate Kayak or Canoe

Intermediate Kayak or Canoe

Fine-tune your strokes and perfect your whitewater maneuvers!  Be prepared to negotiate more challenging rapids.

Intermediate programs are designed  to 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, this course can get you there.

  • Available to kayak, solo or tandem boaters.
  • If you are a tandem boater without a partner, no worries, you can paddle with another participant or with the instructor.
  • Gather your friends and organize your own course or book into a scheduled course.

Group Courses: $160 per person, per day! 

Private Courses: $200 per person, per day!

Advanced Kayak or Canoe

Advanced Canoe and Kayak Play-boating courses are suitable for those that have experienced the water and are comfortable in their boats.

  • Learn new techniques
  • Receive coaching for an instructor course
  • Refresh your skills with the support of an instructor.
  • We can create an advanced course suitable to your needs.
  • We are also able to venture to other rivers for an added challenge!
  • 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)


  • Basic River Running Knowledge
  • Completes Advanced Paddling Moves at Jessup’s, (S Turn, Ferry, Enter/Exit Current)
  • River Rescue Knowledge and Practice

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

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

Group Courses: $160 per person, per day! 

Private Courses: $200 per person, per day!

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-

ORCKA River Running Instructor Challenge

Dates: May 27 & 28 2017
Cost: Pending Enrolment
COST INCLUDES: Rental equipment, instruction and testing.
Cost does not include price of annual ORCKA membership fee and program fee ($85). This fee needs to be paid directly to ORCKA prior to course start. 
Please contact Trevor for further details:

"Weekend With Aleks" July 22 & 23

Join Alek’s & Friends for a weekend at Paddler Co-op!
Save 10% on all instructional courses and equipment rentals!
  • Camping Special Rate: 12$/Person/Night
  • Trailer Camping Special Rate: $40/Trailer/Night
Overnight Tent & Trailer Camping
Whitewater Kayak Courses- Pre-registration required, click below!- Use coupon code: Aleks
Whitewater Canoe Courses-Pre-registration required, click below! Use coupon code: Aleks
Flatwater Canoe Rentals- Phone 613-758-2772 to book!

**Please bring a cooler for any caught/raw fish**

  • First come-first serve
  • Potable water
  • Community Kitchen/Outdoor sinks
  • Community Fridge
  • Propane BBQ’s
  • Campfire pit
  • River Access
  • Swimming Access
  • On-site Parking
  • Clean Outhouses
  • Indoor space