David Johnston

Photo Credit: Michael Connor

Photo Credit Goh Iromoto

Beginner Canoe Value Package

Similar to our Introduction to Canoeing Day 1 and 2 combined developed over 4 nights plus a full day!

This program offers similar content to our Canoe Introduction Day 1 and 2 combined, but in a different format. The Beginner Value Package consists of four evening classes and one full day of instruction, running over a 2 week period. The instruction is designed to provide you with basic safety and functional paddling skills for canoeing in relatively calm conditions. Over the five sessions, you will have the opportunity to gain repeated experience and application of the safety and skills being taught. This longer-term learning approach and progression is along with other aspiring paddlers who could become life-long paddling buddies. The Beginner Value Package aims to solidfy your basic canoe paddling skills and will save you money!

Is this program for you? Yes, if you appreciate repeated practice and a steady, lasting progression of your paddling skills …especially if you wish to take young children out to keep everyone safe.

Prerequisite: Curiosity (and time) to learn how to safely paddle a canoe, with other like-minded participants, in the heart of Toronto

Course Runs4 Evenings + 1 Full Day

Maximum Participants: 8

Course Dates and Times

 July 8, 10, 15, 17, 20
 Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-9pm, Sat 9:30-4:30


5 days


$445  +HST

What You Will Learn

  • Basic Functional Tandem Canoe Strokes from both front and rear seats
  • Docking, Portaging
  • Assisted Rescues
  • Some Solo Canoe skills
  • Toronto Island Tour

Course Prerequisites

  • An interest and curiosity in learning how to safely paddle the watercraft that developed Canada.

Course Includes

  • Canoe
  • lifejacket
  • Paddle
  • Pontoon boat ride from our mainland office to & from our starting point on the Toronto Islands

What to Bring

  • Your completed and signed waiver (download the waiver).
  • Snacks (bagged lunch if participating in a full day excursion)
  • Water/sports drink
  • Active clothing you don’t mind getting wet
  • Secure footwear you don’t mind getting wet
  • Extra layers in case it cools off during the day
  • A change of clothes and shoes
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses with floater string
  • A rain jacket/pants (optional)

Course Location

Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre

This course starts at our mainland office at 283 Queen’s Quay West. Get driving directions.

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The Fine Print

Minimum Age

13 years of age accompanied by an adult or 16 years of age without

Our Cancelation Policy

To receive a full refund or to switch to another date, we require 7 days notice by email (ask@paddletoronto.com) prior to the start of your program. Exceptions at our discretion. No refunds or reschedules for no shows.

We reserve the right to cancel any program with less than 24 hours notice due to changing weather conditions such as strong winds or thunderstorms. Please check your email for cancellation notices before leaving for your program. In this case, we will try to re-schedule to another date or offer a full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but your safety and well-being on the water is our top priority.