Braiding Rivers

Nourishing gentler relationships with the land, ourselves and each other. Join us on the journey.


This 4-day trip takes us on a journey with the Madawaska River in the heart of Omamiwinini territory. We’ll begin our journey at the Paddler Co-op to hone our whitewater skills before continuing downstream 26 kms through the Lower Madawaska Provincial Park. The Madawaska holds a special place in the hearts of many whitewater paddlers as a river to learn and grow with, featuring fun class I-II+ rapids, with portage trails for easy scouting and walking.
Starting at
$1079 USD
$1475 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Fpr beginner to intermediate paddlers
  • For cis women, trans women and gender-diverse folks
  • Menu featuring produce from local farmers
  • Ecocentric whitewater canoe trip

Braiding Rivers

Nourishing gentler relationships with the land, ourselves and each other. Join us on the journey.

Quick Facts


  • Canoeing


  • Whitewater
  • Canoe Tripping
  • River Running


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class II


  • North America


  • 4 Days


  • Wilderness Camping


  • Yes


  • Partial

Special Interest

  • Women
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


Meeting Place

The Paddler Co-op

Palmer Rapids, Ontario

DAY 1: Meet at The Paddler Co-op to learn river safety skills, have a BBQ and camp DAYS 2+3: Leave in AM from Co-op to begin our trip through the Lower Madawaska Provincial Park DAY 4: Finish trip at Buck Bay before shuttling back to our cars at the Paddler Co-op

Day 1:

DAY 1: LEARNING We’ll meet at The Paddler Co-op and spend our first evening meeting the river and our group. This evening we’ll aim to do a swim thru (yes, we jump into a rapid!) and learn how to communicate with and on the river. The evening is dedicated to getting to know each other and eating g

Day 2:

Today we pack up and leave the Co-op for our downriver journey. Every day, we’ll aim to be in our boats around 9:30/10 AM, and eating dinner in camp between 6-7 PM, but everything is a negotiation between us and the river. We'll travel about 12 kms today with several fun swifts.

Day 3:

We enter into the Lower Madawaska Provincial Park today, travelling about 10 kms through Class I-III rapids. We’ll aim to camp on Night 3 along the river to have our closing ceremony before our final day together.

Day 4:

We’ll spend our last day navigating the end of our whitewater journey, with our final destination at Buck Bay. Once we’ve portaged our gear back to our shuttle vehicle, we’ll drive back to our cars at the Paddler’s Coop and say our “see you laters!”

Dates & Packages

Women+ With The River - Madawaska Whitewater

Camping fees, meals, kitchen equipment, safety equipment, boats, paddles, helmets, lifejackets, waterproof tripping barrels, tent and sleeping system (upon request)

What Guests Are Saying

Braiding Rivers is by far one of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had. This trip showed me strength in a different way, one not measured on how fast I could run a 10k or how much weight I could lift. It reminded me how good it felt to be in nature, away from the busyness and stresses of my regular everyday routine.

- Kendra
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