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Paddle for Benny

Paddle for Benny is in honour of Leah Kindree’s son Ben, who sadly died by suicide in October 2020 after living with mental illness for more than 20 years. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the pressing need for mental health support, and to raise funds to help the many individuals,  who like Ben, need our support.
Join us for a paddle down the Lower Mad, paddling clinics, a BBQ, raffle, live music by the Valley Cats and a bonfire, all in support of mental health wellness programs!

Shuttle for Paddling Lower Mad @10 am
Intro to Whitewater Paddling Clinics: Kayaking, Canoeing, Packrafting 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cash BBQ 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speakers 6:30 – 7 pm
Fundraising Raffle 7 – 8:00 pm
Live Music – the VALLEY CATS starting at 8:00 pm
Camping & Bonfire – Fri and Sat nights

Clinic cost is $100 per person with rental costs included, camping is extra. The available courses are on Saturday, October 1st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Introduction to Whitewater Tandem Canoe
  • Introduction to  Whitewater Kayak
  • Introduction to Whitewater Packraft

Click HERE to donate!

All donations will go to the ROBBIE DEAN FAMILY COUNSELLING CENTRE, a much needed organization in Renfrew County that supports the mental well-being of residents at no charge. To learn more about the services they offer please visit their website at


Call to book! A booking fee applies when you book online.