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Our Programs

Canoeing Program

Launched in 1971, with the latest edition launched in 2009, saw the start of some significant changes for national instructors. The canoe programs have expanded into Big Canoe, Coastal Canoeing and Style from it's foundational base of Lake, Moving Water, Poling and Canoe Tripping.

Sea Kayaking Program

Includes nationally recognized certifications in five skill levels, five instructor levels, and four instructor-trainer levels.

Stand Up Paddling Program

This program teaches paddlers how to safely and efficiently use stand up paddleboards in a wide variety of waters.

River Kayaking Program

Includes nationally recognized certifications in four skill levels and four instructor levels, earned through course participation.

Waterwalker Film Festival

A tribute to the late Bill Mason, the great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker.

Bill Mason Scholarship

A tribute to the late Bill Mason, a Canadian recognized as an avid canoeist, environmentalist, filmmaker, photographer and artist.


Latest Instructor News

Camping in Georgian Bay. Photo by David Johnston

Draft Camping Program Available For Review

Over the past two years the Program Coordination Committee, in collaboration with members of the Program Development Committees (Canoe, Sea Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board), have been working on a new camping stream which we are pleased to make available for your review. Download the Paddle Canada Draft Camping Program Syllabus The new program […]

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New Stand Up Paddleboard Regulation Updates

The new updates to SUP regulation equipment carriage requirements came into effect May, 2018.  Read the Small Vessel Regulations – Exemptions for SUP on Transport Canada’s website Otherwise it basically states if a paddleboarder is wearing an approved lifejacket / PFD and has a pea-less whistle with them, they are no longer required to carry a throwbag […]

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Seeking Canoe Instructors in BC

Hello Instructors, Ridge Wilderness has recently accepted an amazing opportunity to work along side the Department of National Defense. We are now in search of some fellow Paddle Canada Canoe Instructors to join us on this exciting journey over the next 4 weeks. There will be several different programs happening from July 12 – August 10. […]

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