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 course begins with learning basic strokes and boat control on flatwater which is then applied on easy current in the afternoon. By the end of day two you will be having fun on the river, paddling up to Class II rapids. Add to this MKC’s hospitality and you have the perfect weekend getaway!
This course will lay a foundation of basic skills - add to this MKC's hospitality and you have the perfect start to your new sport. Full use of MKC's facilities, including hot outdoor showers and a log sauna, choice of camping, lodge or cabana accommodation, along with gourmet meals are included. Courses run every weekend from the beginning of May until the end of August.
Starting at
$265 USD
$330 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Experience whitewater for the first time!
  • Upgrade and refresh your skills
  • Enjoy amenities: hot outdoor showers, sauna, yoga pavilion, and more

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 I
  • Whitewater Class II

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 2 Days

Accomodation

  • Lodge or Resort-Based
  • Glamping
  • Campground or Car Camping

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Custom

Special Interest

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Accreditation

  • Skills Certification

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging

Itinerary

45.414850° N, 77.756885° W

Meeting Place

Madawaska Kanu Centre

Barrys Bay, Ontario

Day 1:

8:00 am - Buffet Breakfast 9:00 am - Welcome Meeting with the Instructors 9:30 am - Off to the River! 12:00 pm - Lunch at MKC 1:00 pm - Drive to Palmer Rapids 4:00 pm - Snack on the van ride back to MKC 6:00 pm - Dinner in the MKC dining hall 7:30 pm - Instructional Video

Day 2:

8:00 am - Breakfast 9:00 am - Off to Palmer Rapids 12:30 pm - BBQ Lunch Buffet served at Palmer Rapids 1:30 pm - Back to the River! 4:00 pm - Snack on the porch 4:30 pm - Departure from MKC

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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