Paddling Courses

Programs Notice

The Canadian Canoe Museum is temporarily closed, and our programs are on pause as we prepare to move to our new museum.

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Kawarthas and travel by canoe with The Canadian Canoe Museum. Our adult canoeing programs are suitable for anyone over the age of 16 looking to learn the basics of canoeing or build skills for your next on-water adventure. We are proud to teach skill levels laid out by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing & Kayaking Association (ORCKA). Our ORCKA-certified instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and keen to help you make the most out of your time on the water. We’ll help you perfect your strokes and hone your technique to make paddling more efficient and fun!

All required equipment is supplied by the museum (canoes, paddles, PFDs and safety kits). See recommended packing lists below. And, don’t forget! – Canadian Canoe Museum members receive discounts on workshops and courses. Become a member today and save!

For more information contact Peter Vooys, Programs Manager, at [email protected].


  • Please note if we do not reach minimum capacity this program will be cancelled and you will be refunded.
  • Each person will be required to complete a waiver before they are permitted in the canoes.
  • Please be advised that this program runs rain or shine.  The course will only be cancelled due to weather if it is deemed by the instructor to be unsafe.  This includes electrical storms, high winds, or torrential rains.  If the tour is cancelled due to weather the participants have the option of switching their tour date/time or receiving a full refund of all amounts paid.
  • We regret to say that these programs are not wheelchair accessible at this time.
  • Part of your course fee is a $50 non-refundable administration fee.  If you cancel with more than 2 weeks notice all amounts paid, with the exception of the administration fee will be refunded.  If cancellation is made with less than two weeks notice than no refund will be provided.
Custom Paddling Course

Do you have a group of people who require ORCKA levels for employment? Want to take a course with a group of friends? Gather a group of 4-10 people and we will schedule a custom course just for you!

Contact Peter Vooys, Programs Manager, here for more information.

Packing List

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