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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.

Waves and Rescues Canoeing Weekend

Build your whitewater and rescue skills over one weekend. On Saturday morning at Canoe Meadows, we'll practice eddy turns and ferries—focusing on river safety. In the afternoon we'll travel downstream to Seebe and work on river-reading skills. On Sunday you'll have a chance to develop your canoe rescuing skills in a full-day workshop. We'll cover prevention, throw-bagging, self rescue, swimming and boat towing. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all canoe gear, safety equipment.

Custom Paddle Program / Schools

Want to give your students or group a fun outdoor experience on the water? 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.
These programs are for custom groups only to register and not open to the public. If you are interested in booking a custom program yourself, please fill out the form or contact

Whitewater Paddling Club

Come paddle with us on Thursday evenings in the U of C pool to work on your kayaking skills over the Winter! You will have the chance to learn and practice a kayak roll, play kayak polo and get involved with a fun paddling community during these open pool sessions. Must be a member of the club to sign up. Contact Erik at for details. Student discounts availableIncludes: river kayaks, paddles, spraydecks.

Paddle Canada Skills or Instructor Courses

Paddle Canada Skill or Instructor Courses