Canoeing

Beginner to advanced canoeing lessons. Extended multi-day canoe trips. Paddle Canada certification courses.

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 Paddle Canada courses as well.

What sets us apart? 

Unique experiences. Our paddling staff are seasoned canoe-tripping guides that plan 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.

Canoe trip descriptions

All canoe trips include an experienced guide, group gear, and optional van transportation. Choose from below based on skill level and location, then browse our canoeing trips


Easy trips

Bow River This 2-day canoe is the perfect introduction to overnight tripping for families, or anyone who wants to learn the basics of wilderness camping. A pre-trip meeting covers logistics, then enjoy a weekend of picturesque prairie and woodlands along the Bow River between Fish Creek Park and Carseland.

Upper Milk River This peaceful, historic river in southern Alberta boasts rolling grasslands and broad vistas perfect for an early-season paddle with the whole family. Over 3 days between Delbonita and the town of Milk River, we'll watch for red-tailed hawks, ospreys, and red-winged blackbirds, and camp along the way.

Slocan Lake Paddle & Hike Located in the beautiful Kootenays, this 39km lake is surrounded by scenic mountains. Over 5 days (including the drive), we'll paddle along the west bank and enjoy beach camping only accessible by water, with stunning waterfalls and hiking opportunities to add variety

 

Moderate trips

Lower Milk River Spend a weekend winding through vast, rolling grasslands and unique semi-desert landscapes between Gold Springs Park and Writing-on-stone Provincial Park. This Southern Alberta river has many small rapids and rocks to maneuver around, plus intimate sandstone canyons, hoodoos, and indigenous petroglyphs and pictographs

North Saskatchewan River Spend a weekend with us paddling one of Alberta's best canoe routes. The North Saskatchewan River offers fun waves with lots of easy options. Starting in the scenic mountains and flowing into lush forest, this river is a must for all paddlers looking to build their river-tripping skills.

Kootenay River Paddle one of the best canoe-tripping rivers around. You'll see hoodoo-lined canyons, and paddle through mountain valleys with scenic waterfalls, turquoise water and exhilarating rapids. We will put in at Horseshoe Rapids and take out at the Canal Flats.

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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. 

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Paddle Canada Certification Courses

We offer a variety of Paddle Canada certifiations, including both Skills and Instructor courses. Keep your current certifications up to date or gain new ones.

Do you spend a lot of time in remote, backcountry locations? Take Wilderness First Aid

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