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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

Bill Mason Scholarship Recipient 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Wiley is this year’s recipient of the Bill Mason Scholarship. We had a total of 9 applicants this year, and our committee had an enjoyable time reading through all of the applications. Sarah has a long history of exploring with her family by canoe, and the true spirit […]

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We have a plan! Our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

In 2016, Ron Leduc and Andrea Griener shared a Twin Otter air charter with Brian Johnston of Paddle Canada. They met over a shared interest in a Horton River canoe trip after connecting online discussing tents for Arctic canoe trips. Two years later, Ron reached out to Brian (by then our VP) with an interest […]

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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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