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Canoeing  Beginner

Introduction to Canoeing Evening Lesson

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Enjoy learning the basics of canoeing in one evening within the wonderful Toronto Islands.


3.5 hours


$95  +HST

 Course Includes

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

There’s nothing more Canadian than being able to paddle a canoe. Whether you’re starting a new outdoor activity, hobby, or needing to refresh your paddling skills from the years past, this Evening Introduction to Tandem Canoeing has been designed to satisfy all. The evening will focus on the basic functional skills needed to get you safely started and continue your skill development of this significantly historical pursuit. Learn to launch and land safely, coordinate paddling with another person, pivoting, steering, reverse paddling and stopping. Come out and become part of Canada’s history. Most past participants of this course feel confident enough with their skills to rent a canoe from us when the conditions are appropriately calm. Alternatively, this course has been used as an annual refresher to brush up on the basics.

This course is our most popular class so register early to avoid disappointment. This course is offered per person and while most participants will sign up with a paddling partner, we are happy to pair solo paddlers up.

To see Minimum Age for this course and our Cancelation Policy, scroll down to The Fine Print.

Is this course for you? Of course it is! Come out and enjoy an evening on the water.

Prerequisites: Interest in learning basic safety and functional skills for canoeing.

Course Runs:  5:30-9:00pm
Maximum Participants: 8

 What You Will Learn

  • On-land safety and preparation.
  • On-water basic strokes to build both confidence and skills.

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 Course Dates and Times

Wednesday June 5, 2024
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday June 26, 2024
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday July 30, 2024
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Monday August 12, 2024
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Tuesday August 20, 2024
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

 Course Prerequisites

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

 What to Bring

  • Your completed and signed waiver (download the waiver).
  • 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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Tandem Canoe Introduction Lesson Day 1

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 The Fine Print

Minimum Age

13 years of age if accompanied by an adult on the course, 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 will be given 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 is our top priority.