ABC. Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend
Give canoeing a try with this popular weekend course that combines the ABCs over one weekend. Plus it's at a discounted rate. Start with Friday evening's basic flatwater skills and then spend Saturday learning river fundamentals. On Sunday, you'll spend a full day learning and practicing whitewater skills, finishing with a river run to bring it all together. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
A. Intro to Lake Canoeing
You'll learn the basics in this beginner flatwater canoeing lesson that takes place at Bowness Park. Learn how to track straight lines, turn, brace and how to control your canoe and work together with your partner. We will enjoy paddling in the shelter of the lagoon and down the canal. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
B. Intro to River Canoeing
Build on your flatwater canoeing skills and take them to the Bow River. Join us at Bowness Park where you will learn the skills to safely navigate moving water. You will learn how to do eddy turns and forward ferries in order to increase your confidence on the river. Prerequisite: Canoeing A or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
C. Intro to Whitewater Canoeing
Canoeing just got thrilling! Now that you've moved onto the river, we'll help you to improve river-running and maneuvering skills as you run the rapids from Ghost Dam to Cochrane. This is a full-day course that will equip you to take our moderate level guided canoe trips. Prerequisite: Canoeing B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
ABC. Whitewater Solo Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend/Series
Come get introduced to the world of whitewater solo canoeing! In this course, you'll progress from basic strokes on the Bowness lagoon to beginner whitewater skills on the Bow River. Try something new or build on what you know about canoeing and see the river in a different way. Prerequisite: none, but canoe experience is recommended. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.
World of Watersports
Dive right into a variety of watersports in this week-long paddling camp based out of Bowness Park! We'll go canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding on flatwater in the area, as well as rafting down the Bow River in Calgary. There is no better way to spend summer days than having fun in the water, meeting new people, and learning new skills!Prerequisite:
- Able to swim 50m while wearing a lifejacket
Teen Canoe Expedition
Spend 3-5 days on a canoe trip this summer! Learn about paddle strokes, water safety, and how to pack for a multi-day trip from experienced canoe guides. Trips will be lake-based or river-based in Alberta.
Please Note: camping may not be at designated campsites. This program involves travel in a 15-passenger van, driven by a trained and qualified driver.Prerequisites
- Able to swim 50m in a lifejacket
Expeditions are activity-based, multi-day overnight trips. Please review the list of required items in the details below that you will be expected to bring. Each expedition also has a pre-trip meeting that guardians and participatns must attend. In that meeting, guides will discuss the required items and cover meal planning (food is not included).
Teen Canoe ABC Day Camp
Spend 3 days learning all about canoeing! On the first day, participants will learn the basics at Bowness Lagoon. On day 2, you’ll progress your skills to the eddies with an introduction to moving water. Finally, on day 3, you’ll test out your newly acquired skills on a full day river run from Bowness to Inglewood. Our guides will cover water safety, paddling strokes, river reading, navigation, and what is needed for a day of paddling.
Please Note: Drop-Off/Pick-Up occurs and Bowness Park, except for the Friday afternoon where Pick-Up will be in Inglewood.Prerequisites:
- Able to swim 50m in a lifejacket
Custom Paddle Program
Hire a guide to take you on the trip of your choosing or to give you expert instruction to improve your paddling skills! We also instruct school groups and other non-profits at Bowness Lagoon at an affordable rate. Customize a group booking through the Outdoor Centre today! All gear can be provided by the Outdoor Centre.
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to book now.The programs listed in this section are for custom groups to register only and not open to the public. If you are interested in booking a custom program yourself, please fill out the form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Paddle Canada Certification Courses
Paddle Canada Skills or Instructor certification courses being offered by the Outdoor Centre.