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Learn to Canoe

Have you ever wanted to rent a canoe and venture out on a lake or gently flowing river for a day of paddling?  Or have you always wanted to go canoe camping in Algonquin but felt that you did not have all of the required skills? The Ottawa River Canoe Club offers Recreational Canoe courses, led by certified instructors, which can be tailored to meet your needs and goals.
 
Introduction to Recreational Canoe is an evening course that introduces you to the basic handling and strokes of this beautiful and versatile boat.
  • ORCC Member Cost: $45 per person
  • Non-member Cost: $75 per person
Intermediate Canoeing

Intended for the canoeist with some experience and mileage under the belt, this course will introduce new concepts to allow paddlers to become better technical paddlers as well as more adept at safe boat handling in less-than-ideal weather conditions. 

  • ORCC Member Cost: $45 per person
  • Non-member Cost: $75 per person

  • Intro to Canoe for Families

    A 2-3 hour private lesson for families looking for some time together on the water.  This lesson can be tailored to your families needs, whether you are beginner, novice or intermediate paddlers.  Children should be at least 4 years old.

    • ORCC Member Cost: $35 per person
    • Non-member Cost: $65 per person
  • Please email canoeing@orcc.ca to arrange a date and time.
      Private one-on-one "Learn to canoe" sessions: designed based on individual needs and time schedule and taught at a pace that suits you. 
      • ORCC Member Cost: $105 per person
      • Non-member Cost: $145 per person
    Please email canoeing@orcc.ca to request a private session.

      Intermediate Canoeing

      Intended for the canoeist with some experience and mileage under the belt, this course will introduce new concepts to allow paddlers to become better technical paddlers as well as more adept at safe boat handling in less-than-ideal weather conditions. 

      • ORCC Member Cost: $45 per person
      • Non-member Cost: $75 per person

      Private one-on-one "Learn to canoe" sessions: designed based on individual needs and time schedule and taught at a pace that suits you. Please email canoeing@orcc.ca to request a private session.
      • ORCC Member Cost: $105 per person
      • Non-member Cost: $145 per person


      Please be sure to dress appropriately for the sun and weather as the course is held outside and on-water. 

      What to bring: 

      • swim suit and towel,
      • hat, sunscreen, 
      • long sleeve paddling top
      • secure shoes for walking on the rocky shoreline
      • warm clothes for afterwards, 
      • snack and a bottle of water. 

      Effort level: moderate, with a few instances of relatively high intensity throughout the course. 

      ORCC reserves the right to cancel a course due to bad weather and an alternate day/time will be offered to affected participants.


      Canoe courses are typically scheduled on Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to about 8:00 PM.  Additional sessions may be added during the busy months (July, August) depending on demand.

       For large groups please email us at canoeing@orcc.ca

      Canoe Courses


      Upcoming events

      Email contacts: 

      • info@orcc.ca (general and program information)
      • camps@orcc.ca
      • kayaking@orcc.ca
      • canoeing@orcc.ca
      • sup@orcc.ca
      • programs@orcc.ca
      • dragonboat@orcc.ca

      Location: 1610 Sixth Line, Dunrobin 

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