Currently run by the family’s third generation, Madawaska Kanu Centre was the vision of Christa & Hermann Kerckhoff. Winning the individual Canadian whitewater kayak title in 1968 the couple was inspired to get more paddlers out on rivers. The first whitewater school in the world was born. Modeled after the European ski school concept where paddlers are divided into skill level groups, good food, and a great atmosphere lead to the ‘Rapid Education’ we know as MKC today! The Madawaska River location became the River of choice with its technical rapids and guaranteed surface water releases providing warm whitewater all summer long.

Overview

The 5-Day course provides the ideal amount of time to master river running skills in Tandem or Solo Canoes - plus river reading, river safety and a lot of fun on the water. A great week of learning on our front door section of guaranteed daily mid-week class I-IV whitewater, aided by video analysis, technical gate practice and multitude of . eddies and surf spots. Certification available. Please read our Covid protocols for summer 2020 https://www.mkc.ca/covid-19/
The day begins with local roasted coffee, personal yoga or stroll down to the river which is resting before flows begin again at 9am. A healthy breakfast at 8am, before you meet up with your skill level group at 9am to head to the river. Paddling until noon, we walk up from the river for lunch. Back on the water, paddling the 5kms of the middle Madawaska River where learning comes naturally. Wednesday afternoons everyone takes a break, and we head over to our beautiful Bark Lake property for casual diversion practice your roll, test drive different boats, toss a Frisbee, or just relax . Dinner is a lakeside grill. The final day of each week is a river trip to near-by Ottawa, Petawawa, or Lower Madawaska River - you get to test your new skills under the tutelage of your instructor. Choose from camping or lodge accommodation or glamping in a cabana. Famous for our food, our meals are homemade, locally sourced and delicious.
Starting at
$560 USD
$700 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • the middle Madawaska has guaranteed warm water flows every Mon - Thursday
  • mealtime is more than just delicious food - camaraderie & time to recover
  • 5 days provides you with sufficient time to master your new river skills

Currently run by the family’s third generation, Madawaska Kanu Centre was the vision of Christa & Hermann Kerckhoff. Winning the individual Canadian whitewater kayak title in 1968 the couple was inspired to get more paddlers out on rivers. The first whitewater school in the world was born. Modeled after the European ski school concept where paddlers are divided into skill level groups, good food, and a great atmosphere lead to the ‘Rapid Education’ we know as MKC today! The Madawaska River location became the River of choice with its technical rapids and guaranteed surface water releases providing warm whitewater all summer long.

Quick Facts

Paddlesport

  • Kayaking

Activity

  • Whitewater

Experience/Service

  • Instruction or Skills Clinic

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class III

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 5 days Days

Accomodation

  • Lodge or Resort-Based

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Custom

Special Interest

  • Family
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Accreditation

  • Skills Certification

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

GPS: 45.414850° N, 77.756885° W

Meeting Place

https://www.mkc.ca/about-us/contact-us/

Barry's Bay, Ontario

Arrival on Sunday evening. Course finished Friday after dinner. Accommodation and meal options, please call us for a quote: 613 756-3620

Dates & Packages

5 Day Kayak Course

https://www.mkc.ca/about-us/

What Guests Are Saying

The best five days of my summer(s) - whitewater kayak school! I have been going to MKC every summer for 20 years now. I can't think of a better holiday - great people, great food and great fun. Five whole days of playing outside in the water - being physically active, learning new skills and immersing oneself in nature.

- Michael Hodgins, Ottawa
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Currently run by the family’s third generation, Madawaska Kanu Centre was the vision of Christa & Hermann Kerckhoff. Winning the individual Canadian whitewater kayak title in 1968 the couple was inspired to get more paddlers out on rivers. The first whitewater school in the world was born.

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Currently run by the family’s third generation, Madawaska Kanu Centre was the vision of Christa & Hermann Kerckhoff. Winning the individual Canadian whitewater kayak title in 1968 the couple was inspired to get more paddlers out on rivers. The first whitewater school in the world was born.

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Location

The Madawaska River is celebrated as one of the best places in North America to learn whitewater paddling. Flowing past our front door, through a forest of hardwood and pine, the dam-controlled water is warm, clean, and dependable all summer long.

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Location

The Madawaska River is celebrated as one of the best places in North America to learn whitewater paddling. Flowing past our front door, through a forest of hardwood and pine, the dam-controlled water is warm, clean, and dependable all summer long.

Read More