Instructor News


Photo Contest 2021

We’re holding a good old fashioned photo contest! We’re seeking photos to use on our website, soical media paltforms, and newsletters. To sweeten the deal, we have THREE prize packages that will include our 50th Anniversary Trucker Hat, a handful of  Paddle Canada stickes and whistles. Prizes will be randomly drawn from all submitted photos … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: David Wooldridge

Dave has been a member of Paddle Canada since 2009 when he transferred in from British Columbia. In 2010, he was invited to the Canoe Program Development Committee to help develop a national Big Canoe program. He has contributed to that committee many times over the last decade. Dave has traveled across Canada delivering Big … Continued

Woman in red canoe

50 Years, 50 People: Dorothy “Dot” Bonnenfant

Dot loves to share her passion for canoeing, and it shows in the number of Paddle Canada Instructor certifications she holds: Lake, Big Canoe, Moving Water, Style, and Camping. Dot has been a huge supporter of the Paddle Canada program in the Ottawa area. Her two greatest assets as an instructor are her obvious joy … Continued

Kids paddling a canoe as part of a waterfront canoe course.

Waterfront Instructor & Big Canoe Leader Price Change

There is a price change coming in 2022 for all Waterfront Instructors and Big Canoe Leaders memberships.  Big Canoe Leader will increase to $50/yearWaterfront Instructors will increase to $50/year **NEW** We will offer a Youth Waterfront Instructor Membership at $25. This will include all youth to the age of 25.  This youth membership level will have … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Andrew Westwood

Andrew’s earliest memories of canoeing were at summer camp and having to kneel on some old life jackets because he couldn’t reach the floor when seated. His passion grew and during high school Andrew spent his summers paddling and hiking with his friends. Andrew’s early jobs allowed time for more paddling adventures and a fierce … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Charles Burchill

Charles Burchill, of Winnipeg Manitoba, has had numerous nominations to have his name on this list. The common theme in each nomination is of his generosity when it comes to sharing the art of canoeing with others. Be it through his free, online instructional videos, donating proceeds from his courses to the Bill Mason Scholarship … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: David Johnston

David Johnston first started with Paddle Canada (then still under the name Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association) in 1998 as an employee. At the time, we owned a building in Merrickville, Ontario where we offered programs on-site, and David was hired as the Program Coordinator. He held this position for four years, leaving the position as … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Claudia Kerckhoff-Van Wijk

Claudia is perhaps one of the most influential women in paddling in Canada. She has inspired thousands of people to either try whitewater canoeing, kayaking and rafting or to train and polish their paddling skills.  Officially this has been done through courses and paddling at her family-owned business (also celebrating 50 years!) Madawaska Kanu Centre … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Becky Mason

Becky Mason acquired her paddling skills and her fondness for canoes from her father, Bill Mason, the author and filmmaker of the Path of the Paddle series. She continues the family tradition of sharing her passion for canoeing through her paddling instruction, film-making, writing, paddling workshops, demonstrations, and presentations. She is also a visual artist with a … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Blair Doyle

A lifelong paddler, volunteer, and leader in the Nova Scotia paddling community, Blair Doyle is always enthusiastic about getting people outside and helping them safely enjoy their environment. He served on the Board of Directors of Paddle Canada from 2007-2013, as our Nova Scotia Director, Treasurer, and finally as President from 2010-2013. When he first … Continued