Paddling Day Camps

For over 10 years, The Canadian Canoe Museum has offered summer paddling day camps 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! And don’t forget – Canadian Canoe Museum members receive discounts on summer camp registration. Become a member today and save!

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? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or call 705-748-9153 ext. 203. We love to talk about camp and would be happy to chat with you!



  • 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 1st.
  • There will be no reduction in camp fees if the camper arrives late, leaves early, or misses any scheduled camp dates.
Camp FAQs

I have questions about registering for your camps, who do I call?

I have questions about the content of your camps who should I talk to?

What type of canoeing certifications do you offer?

We offer canoeing levels through the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA).

My child has never been canoeing before, can they still attend this camp?

Yes our camps are a great option for kids who’ve never canoed before!  We recommend they start with ORCKA level 1 to get their basic skills.

My child is a bit younger/older than the ages you’ve listed for your camps, can they still attend?

We’ve set our camp ages based on years of experience.  Please do not register your child for a camp they do not fit the age range for.

We’re a lower income family do you offer any subsidies? 

As a not-for profit we run our programming at the lowest cost possible.  However, there is funding available from the City of Peterborough to help with the cost for recreational activities. 

Camp Staff

Mary Elizabeth Konrad

ORCKA Paddling Instructor

Mary Elizabeth has been an avid canoeist since childhood when she spent summers paddling at the cottage and attending a canoe tripping camp in Algonquin Park. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from Trent University, and taught Outdoor Education for two years at Lakefield College School. Mary Elizabeth has nine years of experience guiding canoe trips and teaching flatwater and whitewater canoeing to paddlers of all ages. She is a certified ORCKA Basic Canoeing Instructor, as well as ORCKA Canoe Tripping Instructor Level 2, National Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder. Mary Elizabeth is excited to join the Canadian Canoe Museum staff team this summer and share her skills and enthusiasm for the outdoors and canoeing with participants in the museum’s paddling camps

Ian Burke

ORCKA Paddling Instructor

Ian joined our Summer Paddling Camp team 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. Ian is a strong swimmer and National Lifeguard Society certified. He has loved the outdoors and been actively involved in Scouting for most of his life, first as a child then later as an adult volunteer.

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