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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 experience. 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 of the Lower Kananaskis River. This is a full-day course. Prerequisite: Canoeing B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

ABC Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend

Save money with this popular course that takes you through the canoeing ABC lessons in one fun weekend. 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 perfecting whitewater skills, finishing with a river run to put it all into practice. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear.

ABC Solo Whitewater Intro Series

 In this 3-evening introductory series, you will move from flatwater to the exciting whitewater at Harvie Passage.  We will start at the lagoon at Bowness park, move to the eddies and end up at Harvie Passage on the last night.  We'll focus on teaching the essential strokes and build up your skills so you are comfortable on the river. Our solo canoes are designed for those wanting to progress to whitewater. They are smaller with thigh straps and a saddle—easier to maneuver in moving water.Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.

Solo Canoe Refresher Weekend

You've completed the solo canoeing ABCs and are ready for an early season refresher. Spend Saturday and Sunday with our experienced instructors, working on skills while paddling and surfing the waves and drops on rivers close to Calgary. Depending on water levels, the course may be on the Kananaskis, Highwood, Elbow or Sheep Rivers. Prerequisite: Solo Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear. $40 discount if you bring your own boat.

Paddle Canada Skills or Instructor Courses

Paddle Canada Skill or Instructor Courses

Custom Canoe/Kayak Program - Schools

Want to give your students the trip of the year? Customize a group booking through the Outdoor Centre. Our guides can teach your students the canoeing/kayaking and wilderness skills needed while on a single day trip or weeklong expedition. All gear can be provided by the Outdoor Centre. Fill out the Outdoor Centre Custom Group Activities Booking form to learn more.

Custom Paddle Program

This program is for a custom group only to register and not open to the public.    If you are interested in booking a custom program yourself, please contact