Recreational Kayaking

Recreational kayaking is perfect for those who like to paddle on calm lakes and slow moving streams. A perfect way to get into kayaking.


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A. Recreational Kayaking - Intro to Lake

Recreational kayaks are stable boats designed for casual paddling on calm water—perfect for newbies. Join us for a 2.5-hour session at Glenmore Reservoir or Bowness Park and learn the basic strokes you need to enjoy a short tour. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

B. Recreational Kayaking - Easy Rivers Intro

Learn basic river maneuvers and safety in this 2.5-hour session while paddling from the Bowness eddies (or Baer Park) to Shouldice Park. You'll gain the confidence to navigate easy rivers in you recreational kayak. Prerequisite: Recreational Kayaking A. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

Paddle Fitness

This is a smart, fun fitness program in a recreational kayak designed to give you a great core workout. We'll meet in the evening, once a week for five weeks, and work on strength, balance, endurance and injury prevention. With both on-water and dryland fitness components, this program is sure to improve your strength and paddling skills. Prerequisite: Recreational Kayaking A or equivalent experience. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

Custom Canoe/Kayak Program - Schools

Want to give your students the trip of the year? Let our experienced guides introduce the basics of canoe/kayak tripping on a variety of lakes and rivers across western Canada.

Programs are highly customizable, running from a single day trip to week long expeditions. Our instructors can cover all the paddling instruction needed along with the wilderness skills needed to spend time safely in the back country. All required gear can be provided by the Outdoor Centre.

To set up a program please contact Matthew Steele at (403)220-4205, swapple@ucalgary.ca

Fun Paddle

We’ll bring the boats! Our Fun Paddles at Glenmore Reservoir make it easy to get out on the water and keep active. An instructor will help you launch a boat at and give some quick pointers to get you paddling. The session is 2.5 hours but advanced registration is required so we can get the boats organized. Beginners welcome. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

LED Light Up Kayaking

Experience kayaking under the stars with our boats that are lit up to illuminate the water in the dark. Learn the basics, and then explore the ponds and canals of Bowness Park with us in a magical evening of stargazing, easygoing paddling and great selfies. This will be a night to remember and share—perfect for date night. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.

Recreational Kayak Day Trips

Learn the basics of recreational kayaking on this scenic day-paddle that's out of the city in a beautiful, mountain destination. This trip includes instruction on recreational kayaks, basic strokes and paddling safety. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, all kayaking gear.