Paddling Camps

Summer Paddling Adventures

For over 10 years, The Canadian Canoe Museum has offered summer paddling day camps and multi-day canoe trips for youth ages 8-14. We provide a fun, safe and supportive environment for kids to interact with nature, hone their paddling skills, meet new friends and enjoy summertime in the Kawarthas to the fullest!

With a wide variety of sessions and program offerings, we’ve got something for everyone! From novice paddlers to the seasoned soloist, we’ve got awesome adventures awaiting all our campers.

We’re proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles as well as skill levels laid out by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA). Our camps are run by ORCKA-certified instructors with years of experience facilitating on-water programming for youth. Our camp staff are also certified with a minimum of Wilderness Advanced First Aid and NLS lifeguarding certification.

Do you have questions about our camp programs? Not sure if they’re a good fit for your child? Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or call 705-748-9153 ext. 218. We love to talk about camp and would be happy to chat with you!

Don’t forget – Canoe Museum Members receive discounts on summer camp registration. Become a member today and save!

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Ian Burke:  Ian joined the team at the museum in May 2018. He is an avid canoe enthusiast and a certified ORCKA Basic Canoe Instructor. He completed his first year in the nursing program at the University of Ottawa earning his HCP level of CPR with the Canadian Red Cross. Having studied French Immersion throughout his elementary and secondary school years, he is now putting his proficiency to use by volunteering at St. Catherine’s Elementary school in Peterborough. Ian is a strong swimmer and Bronze Cross certified. Ian has loved the outdoors and has been actively involved in Scouting for most of his life, first as a child then later as an adult volunteer.  


Ryan Moffatt: New to the museum in June 2018, Ryan comes to us with a diploma in Outdoor & Adventure Education from Fleming College. Originally from Pickering, Ontario, he has split the past 2 years between the classroom and wilderness, leading canoe trips through Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks with Tim Horton Memorial Camp, and leading trip in the Haliburton Highlands with Fleming College first-year OAE students. Ryan is an ORCKA certified Basic Canoe Instructor, as well as a certified Wilderness First Responder, Basic First-Aid/CPR Instructor, and holds his Bronze Cross. Ryan enjoys exploring nature whenever possible. Ryan also volunteers his time assisting in the delivery of ORCKA programs, and with various student associations in leading multiple backpacking, skiing, and snowshoeing experiences.

Victoria Lombardi: Joining the museum staff as a summer paddling instructor is Victoria – a well versed and certified Youth Worker. With over ten years of experience she has travelled Ontario and the East Coast involved in outdoor adventure camping and retreat programs as both a camper and camp leader. Victoria has had an active role in a youth leadership initiative in her hometown of Mississauga Ontario for six years and uses sports and athletics to connect with the communities around her. Having been a performance level athlete at York University in 2008, Victoria values teamwork and teachability which is why she rounds out her degree in Youth Work with certifications such as Bronze Cross, CanFitPro Training, First Aid and Mental Health First Aid. She is excited for a summer on the water. 

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  • If minimum camp capacity is not reached we will contact you and issue a full refund.
  • Registrations include a $50 non-refundable administration fee.  If withdrawal is made on or before June 1, all amounts paid, other than the non-refundable $50 administration fee, will be refunded.  No refund of camp fees will be made under any circumstances after June 1.
  • There will be no reduction in camp fees if the camper arrives late, leaves early, or misses any scheduled camp dates.