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Paddle Canada's 3,000 instructors run canoe, kayak and SUP courses from coast to coast.

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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

Welcome Michelle – Paddle Canada’s New Executive Director!

Our newly appointed Executive Director, Michelle McShane will be officially starting on October 15, and has already spent some time getting to know office staff and board members. A few words from her: Hello Everyone, I am super excited to be joining Paddle Canada, and I look forward to meeting and working with many of […]

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Safety Handout British Columbia

Transport Canada and Recreational Safe Boating has issued a safety handout about safe water practices around Orca Whales on the West Coast. Please feel free to email Paolo in the office at [email protected] if you would like the PDF version of these handouts. […]

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Volunteer Awards

Recently, two of our incredible volunteers were recognized for their outstanding hard work and dedication to the Paddle Canada organization. The Kirk Wipper Award in recognition of 20-plus years of volunteerism was presented to David Johnston. A Volunteer Recognition Award was also presented to David Johnston – in recognition of his outstanding work on the […]

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