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

This Weekend Retreat provides an opportunity to learn new skills or fine-tune previously acquired paddling techniques in your choice of whitewater Canoeing or Kayaking. Once mastered, these skills open up unlimited paddling possibilities for wilderness travel on the water. Our team of talented female paddlers, will guide you through a fun-filled and confidence-boosting weekend on the water.
The quiet of the surrounding forest provides a unique ambiance for après-paddling relaxation, mealtimes and overnights. This all-inclusive retreat is enhanced by our amenities which include a log cabin sauna, outdoor showers, wash house, yoga retreat, and cozy chalet with fireside lounge and library. A wine & cheese tasting and yoga are included in the Wild Women Expeditions Retreat! Read on to see what’s included and the itinerary.
Starting at
$444 USD
$555 CAD
Per Person

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy perks: wine and cheese tasting, yoga, and more
  • Learn from amazing and inspiring women on and off the river
  • Share awesome experiences with new and old friends

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
  • Canoeing

Activity

  • Whitewater

Experience/Service

  • Instruction or Skills Clinic

Waterway

  • Whitewater Class I
  • Whitewater Class II

Destination

  • North America

Length

  • 3 Days

Accomodation

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

Guided

  • Yes

Outfitted

  • Custom

Special Interest

  • Women
  • 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:

7:15 am - Yoga 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 7:30pm - Instructional Video 8:00pm - Wine & Cheese Tasting

Day 2:

7:15 am - Morning Yoga 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 4:30 pm - Return to MKC 6:00 pm - Dinner 7:30 pm - Evening Session

Day 3:

7:30 am - Breakfast 8:30 am - Shuttle leaves for River Trip 12:30 pm - Lunch by the River 1:30 pm - Continue downriver 4:00 pm - Snack on the shuttle back to MKC 5:00 pm - Departure from MKC

What Guests Are Saying

I grew in confidence and competence. The retreat provided wonderful nourishment for body, heart and soul. It was wonderful to connect with women from many different places to learn together and support each other through our love of paddling.

- Kathleen
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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