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The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre

Calgary, Alberta

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Main Location: Calgary, Alberta

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The Outdoor Centre began in 1976 as a simple rental shop that was primarily focused on providing students camping and outdoor sports equipment at the lowest possible rate.

Over the years we’ve added rental equipment and programs and expanded our service to the public to the point of becoming the largest centre of its kind in North America. Our goal is to provide you the experience, knowledge and equipment you need to make outdoor activity a regular part of your active lifestyle. With our experienced team of coordinators, and thousands of satisfied users every year we feel confident that we can provide you with an excellent experience.

We offer a large variety of instructional programs and trips in canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, river kayaking, sea kayaking and rafting. From adult to youth programs, all are welcome to come and learn new skills or build on what they already know. We provide programs for paddlers of all skill levels throughout the year. Being a part of the University of Calgary keeps us focused on providing a solid educational component with each program.

Languages Offered: English

Disciplines Offered

Canoeing Instruction

River Kayaking Instruction

Sea Kayaking Instruction

Stand Up Paddling Instruction

Other Services

Day Trips

Overnight Trips

Canoe Rentals

Kayak Rentals

Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals



Other Non-Paddle Canada Lessons

Location Amenities


Gear Shop


Wheelchair Accessible