Canoeing


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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 from Ghost Dam to Cochrane. 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.

D. Whitewater Canoeing

Learn how to read whitewater and practice the skills needed to maneuver your canoe through rapids on class II-II+ rivers. These full-day or weekend long courses are your chance to take your river solo canoe skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.

ABC Whitewater Solo Canoeing Complete Beginner Weekend

Go from lake to whitewater in just one weekend. In this course, you'll progress from basic solo canoeing strokes to beginner whitewater skills on the Bow River between Ghost Dam and Cochrane. We'll finish it all off on Sunday afternoon with a river run to put it all into practice. We will be using solo whitewater boats with saddles. Prerequisite: none, but canoe experience is recommended. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.

D. Intermediate Whitewater Solo Canoeing

Learn how to read whitewater and practice the skills needed to maneuver your solo canoe through rapids on class II-II+ rivers. These full-day or weekend long courses are your chance to take your river solo canoe skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Solo Canoeing ABC or equivalent. Includes: instructor, all solo canoe gear.

Guided Canoe Trips

Paddle some of the best canoe-tripping rivers around. Hop in a canoe and come experience the beauty of the river where you'll see things like hoodoo-lined canyons, gorgeous mountain valleys, scenic waterfalls, turquoise glacier water and exhilarating rapids. These paddlings weekends also offer fantastic camping along the way. Prerequisite: previous flatwater experience (canoeing instruction module A or equivalent) for Easy rivers and river experience (modules ABC or equivalent) for Moderate rivers. Includes: guide, all canoe/group camping gear. Note: Some trips may require a higher level of skill than others.

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 ocprograms@ucalgary.ca

Canoeing Expeditions - Teens

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 an experienced canoe guide. Trips will either be lake-based or river-based in Alberta.

Please Note: camping may not be at designated campsites and will not have toilet facilities.

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 you must attend with a parent. In that meeting, guides will discuss the required items and cover meal planning (food is not included).

Paddle Canada Skills or Instructor Courses

Paddle Canada Skills or Instructor Courses being offered by the Outdoor Centre.