select dates July 3 - August 28 – Algonquin Park Safe Canoeing Workshop

The Friends of Algonquin Park are pleased to offer on-the-water Experience Algonquin Workshops for visitors who wish to learn the basics of canoeing. Designed for participants that have no, or little, canoeing experience, spend 3-hours learning the fundamentals of tandem canoeing with a certified canoe instructor. Discover canoe strokes from the bow and stern, how to safely enter and exit a canoe, how to stay upright, what to do in an emergency, portage techniques, and much more. An excellent workshop for family members, or for former canoeists, wishing to improve their skills on the water and build their confidence with safe canoeing practices.

Events scheduled for July 3, 10, 17 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2024.


  • No canoeing experience is required. This in an introductory course to learn the fundamentals of tandem canoeing.
  • Participants must be 13 years of age or older. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a registered and participating adult aged 18 or older.
  • All participants must weigh 25 kilograms (55 pounds) or more.
  • Participants need to come prepared for the weather conditions and the possibility of getting wet. See the Algonquin Park weather forecast in advance at
  • Participants should bring personal items such as water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, appropriate clothing, etc.
  • All participants are required to wear the provided personal flotation device (PFD) when near or on the water.
  • The late arrival by a participant will result in a shortened experience. Please arrive on time.

Equipment and Materials Provided

  • Canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices (PFDs), and safety kits are provided.
  • Expert instruction from a certified canoe instructor for three hours.

How to Register

Pre-registration required. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. A minimum number of participants is required to run this workshop. Please book early to avoid disappointment. See the age and participation requirements in the “Requirements” section above.

To register for this workshop, or for more information, contact Christine Tessier at The Friends of Algonquin Park at (613) 637-2828 extension 236. When you call to register, please have the following items ready: a contact phone number, e-mail address, and a Visa or MasterCard number. The cost for this workshop is $60 plus HST for members of The Friends of Algonquin Park. Non-members pay $80 plus HST for the workshop and a one-year individual membership. Refunds are not possible after registering for this workshop.

Workshops may be cancelled or modified by The Friends of Algonquin Park for safety reasons, including high wind, lightning, etc. Workshops cancelled by The Friends of Algonquin Park for inclement weather reasons will result in participants receiving a full refund (minus any membership fees). A participant who fails to follow instructions provided by The Friends of Algonquin Park, or who fails to use safety equipment and/or gear correctly, will be asked to leave the workshop and not receive a refund.

All workshop proceeds support the charitable work of The Friends of Algonquin Park.

For complete event details please follow the link provided.

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