Adult Canoeing Programs


Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Kawarthas and travel by canoe with The Canadian Canoe Museum. Our adult canoeing programs are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 looking to learn the basics of canoeing or build skills for your next on-water adventure. We are proud to teach skill levels laid out by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing & Kayaking Association (ORCKA). Our ORCKA-certified instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and keen to help you make the most out of your time on the water. We'll help you perfect your strokes and hone your technique to make paddling more efficient and fun!

All required equipment is supplied by the Canoe Museum (canoes, paddles, PFDs and safety kits). Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch. Check out our recommended packing list here. 

For more information or to register for a course, contact us at or call 705.748.9153 x218. 

Don't forget - Canoe Museum Members receive discounts on workshops and courses. Become a member today and save!

2018 Course Dates & Pricing

ORCKA Basic canoeing Level 1&2 (tandem)

Wednesday May 16, 2018
Thursday May 31, 2018
Saturday July 14, 2018

Saturday August 18, 2018

This one-day course provides an introduction to tandem canoeing and skill development. Participants will learn safe canoeing practices, basic theory and an introduction to strokes and maneuvers. Lay a solid foundation of skills while learning proper terminology and technique. There are no canoeing pre-requisites for this course.

Member Price: $120
Non-Member Price: $130

ORCKA basic canoeing Level 2&3 (tandem)

Sunday July 15, 2018
Sunday August 19, 2018

This one-day course focuses on advanced tandem skill development. Build on the skills introduced in Basic Canoeing Level 1 by refining paddling techniques and performing maneuvers with more precision. Pre-requisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 1, equivalent certification or comparable skills (with permission from the course director).

Member Price: $120
Non-Member Price: $130

Orcka basic canoeing level 4 (solo)

Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th, 2018

This two-day course introduces the canoeist to solo paddling. We'll spend the first morning reviewing tandem skills, then spend the remainder of the course mastering the fundamentals of solo paddling. Pre-requisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 3, equivalent certification or comparable skills (with permission from the course director).

Member Price: $240
Non-Member Price: $260


Do you have a group of people who require ORCKA levels for employment? Want to take a course with a group of friends? Gather a group of 4-10 people and we will schedule a custom course just for you! Contact for more information.