Canoeing

Beginner to advanced canoeing lessons. Extended multi-day canoe trips. 

Become a skilled canoe tripper

Take our progressive canoeing lessons, then practice on an extended canoe trip with our certified guides to explore some of Canada's most beautiful heritage rivers. We offer skill-building clinics and backcountry cooking lessons as well.

What sets us apart? 

Unique experiences. Our paddling program manager Angela Harder is a seasoned canoe-tripping guide. She plans trips to a variety of remote places creating unique paddling/wilderness experiences.

Community catered. All participants and guides take turns providing and cooking group breakfasts and suppers. This helps to keep the cost of the trips affordable.

Shuttled or self-drive. Many trips offer the choice of driving to the put-in instead of paying to join our van shuttle.

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Canoeing

Canoeing lessons and trips

Take our progressive canoeing lessons - the ABCs, then join our experienced guides on extended wilderness canoe trips to beautiful remote locations. We also offer skill-building clinics to build your confidence for the paddling season. 

Learn to plan, prepare and cook tastier backcountry meals. Backcountry Cooking

Highlights

tandem canoe

Whitewater Canoeing Clinic

This is our capstone canoe instruction program! Challenge your whitewater skills on either the Kananaskis or Upper Red Deer Rivers in this 2-day clinic. These rivers have some of the best whitewater around – our skills will be tested, so you must be comfortable on the water and have a good grasp of eddy turns and ferries. More information.

Horton River, NWT

NEW Horton River, NWT

Join us for an epic 4-week Arctic paddling adventure on the most northerly flowing river in mainland Canada. We'll take floatplanes from Inuvik to paddle prestine rivers to the ocean, and hike through rolling tundra and witness all the wildlife it offers. More information.

Quetico, ON

NEW Quetico, ON

Quetico Park is an Iconic and world-famous backcountry canoeing destination in Ontario. Spend a week with us exploring the vast network of lakes. This is the perfect trip to finish up the paddling season—all while enjoying the beautiful fall colours of the classic Canadian Shield landscape. More information.

Montreal River

NEW Montreal River, SK

Spend a week with us paddling down the Montreal River in this perfect early-season adventure ideal for those new to tripping. This river has lots of fun, small technical rapids great for learning introductory whitewater skills. More information.

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Contact

Extended Canoe Trips

Angela Harder
Manager of paddling programs, Instructor, Guide

paddle@ucalgary.ca
T. 403.220.7021

Our program coordinators

Canoeing Instruction

Finlay MacNeill
Program Coordinator, Instructor

paddle@ucalgary.ca
T. 403.220.7022

Our program coordinators

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