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Keener Program

Whitewater Kayaking

The Keener Program is Wilderness Tours’ top “youth development through kayaking” program focusing (in order of priority) on:

  • Graduating fine young men and women
  • Producing world class junior paddlers with the ability to compete and win internationally (the 2015 World Championships held here at Garberator 30 Keeners compete with 7 making the podium)
  • Providing Keeners with the skills (first aid, CPR, Swiftwater Rescue) to paddle safely
  • Prepare Keeners for future work in the whitewater industry as river guides, kayak instructors, video boaters etc.
  • Providing senior Keeners with an opportunity to earn compensation working part time within Wilderness Tours as they train
  • Big Water Week

    Sun, June 12 – Sat June 18, 2022

    $1175
  • Session 1

    Sun, June 19 – Sat, July 9, 2022

    $1175/wk
  • Session 2

    Sun, July 10 – Sat, July 30, 2022 SOLD OUT

    $1175/wk
  • Session 3

    Sun, July 31 – Sat, Aug 20, 2022

    $1175/wk
  • Competition Week

    Aug 21 – 27, 2022 ($1175 if not combined with a regular session)

    $995

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 3 Weeks

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Industry Best Coaching

    The Keener Program can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the coaching provided within this program is the best in the world.

  • Meals Included

    All meals are included with the Keener Program and dietary restrictions can easily be met.

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Located on the banks of the Ottawa River just below McCoy Chute, Keenerville perfectly situates this program to optimize time on the water. At the end of the day the Keener Bus awaits to bring tired Keeners back to Keenerville

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Kayak and Equipment Rental

    Rent all the equipment you'll need for $189 per week.

  • Ottawa Airport Shuttle

    $149 each way for this service. Please send flight information in 15 days prior to flight.

WHO CAN AND SHOULD BECOME KEENERS

Keeners are young people between the age of 12 and 17 who are “keen” about kayaking and have a positive attitude about life. Younger paddlers (age 12 and 13) are welcome provided they are mature and physically able to kayak. A strong whitewater kayak roll is required. Parents who are not sure their teens are “keen” on kayaking can put their child into Wilderness Tours’ Teen Resident Camp which is a week long kayak program starting Sunday evening and ending late Friday afternoon. Parents can then decide at that time whether to enroll their son or daughter into the Keener Program. Please keep in mind Keeners is not a traditional summer camp. It’s sole purpose is youth development through high-performance kayaking.

 

Keener Program focuses on the following:

  • Personal Demeanor, Attitude, Work Ethic, Conduct, Youth and Character Development
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking – ice breaker speeches on Sunday night and formal speeches every Monday
  • Written communication – Keeners must post at least weekly to weblog
  • Skill Development
  • Competitive Training – Keeners compete weekly
  • Cross-training
  • Kayak Swiftwater Rescue Training
  • First Aid, CPR Certification
  • All aspects of becoming a PRO Boater
  • Movie making – Keeners have access to movie-making equipment and cameras
  • Travel to other rivers (at extra cost)
KEENER PROGRAM HISTORY

Wilderness Tours’ keener program was founded in the late 1980’s by paddling legend Jerry Marquis. Jerry was a high school teacher in Tupper Lake, New York (near Lake Placid). Jerry managed Wilderness Tours’ nearby Hudson River operation and spent his summers with Wilderness Tour’ as River Manager. Jerry loved kayaking and he would hand pick his best students to come to the Ottawa as “Jerry’s Kids” or “keeners” (for keen and enthusiastic). Originally, Keeners were Jerry’s students but the program expanded to include other applicants. Some of the best paddlers and skiers in the world were keeners – World kayak champion Ken Whiting, Wilderness Tours’ Kayak School Director James Roddick, extreme skiers extraordinaire Scott and Robb Gaffney and more. It was a great program but ended with Jerry’s death in 1994.

Because the legend of the Keeners still lived on, several years ago, parents of children in our Teen Resident Camp asked if we would bring back the program. In response to their request, we resurrected the program a few years ago. The program was a tremendous success in regard to youth development through kayaking. It is also a success on the river with Keeners dominating junior kayaking. In 2004, the top Canadian, American and Mexican junior kayakers were Keeners. In 2009 21 Keeners competed in the World Championships in Thun, Switzerland and 7 made their way to the podium. The goal of the program is to turn out fine young men and women. That they happen to dominate junior paddling is just a bonus

WHEN AND WHERE

Keeners will be accommodated at “Keener Heaven” at the base of McCoy Chute and in cabins at Wilderness Tour’s when appropriate. The program operates June through Labor Day Weekend. We prefer Keeners to arrive Sunday afternoon and depart on Saturday morning but we can be flexible.

COST

The program includes instruction, coaching, competition training, supervision, meals, cabin, bedding, local transportation, and traveling to other rivers (shared expense). Keeners are also required to purchase the clothing/gear package.
A minimum of three weeks stay is required for the keener program.

A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking, 85% is refundable up to 120 days prior to the trip date. At 120 days prior the balance payment is taken automatically from the card on file and the total becomes non-refundable.

We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance outlined on the application.

TRAVEL TO OTHER RIVERS

Training involves traveling to other rivers. Keeners must have a credit card on file to cover the cost of the trip. Trip cost is approximately $50 – $95/trip depending on distance and time away. The trip schedule is tentative based on water levels on other rivers.

INSTRUCTION

Keeners are under the daily supervision of the Keener Coach Stephen Wright and his assistants. Guest instructors are a big part of the training and include Tyler Curtis, Claire O’hara, Eric Jackson, Bren Orton, Dane Jackson, Tyler Fox, Clay Wright, etc. Rounding out the Keener instructional team is our Keener graduates and now instructors Nick Troutman and Joel Kowalski.

COMPETITIONS

Keeners are encouraged to compete. Keeners are responsible for their own entry fees or have a credit card on file with Wilderness Tours (for Wilderness Tours to enter the Keener in the competition). Keeners run their own competition (with supervision) each week on the Ottawa. What if your long term kayaking plans don’t involve competing. No problem! The weekly competitions are friendly and serve the dual purpose of providing valued practice for those Keeners who plan to compete and valued training for those Keeners who don’t.

SUPERVISION

Keeners are supervised 24/7. Smoking, drinking, drug use, profanity, disrespect, and “conduct unbecoming” are grounds for immediate dismissal without refund. Off river supervision is provided by our Keener Coordinator, Sydney Nixon.

 

FOOD

Keeners are well fed with a vegetarian alternative at every meal. Keeners share household chores including dishes, house cleaning, bathrooms, grass cutting, etc. Any allergies or special requirements should be included in the notes on the application or provided to the Keener supervisors on arrival.

SAFETY AND LIABILITY

Safety is our #1 concern. Keeners are always supervised on the river during instruction and are not allowed to paddle on their own without written parental permission in the Keener application. A signed release is required of all participants. Note that all keeners must have CPR/First aid and SRT (swiftwater rescue) certification, keeners who have it from another company can supply their certificate, keeners who have not taken the training can either take the classes prior to arrival or will need to take the classes available during their session, the cost per class is $249 plus tax.

A TYPICAL KEENER WEEK

Sunday – arrival 3 pm; 6 pm dinner and meeting
Monday – Friday – formal kayak training from about 9-5
Formal kayak training takes place Monday through Friday with about 6 hours on the river.

Each evening there is an activity session. Sometimes it’s kayaking related, sometimes just going to the movies. Depending on water levels and features, training can be at 6 am or after dark with glow sticks on helmets. Keeners have high speed internet access as well as movie making equipment for video analysis.

Another weekly highlight is the Friday afternoon “Keener Competition” where the Keeners organize, judge, scribe, time and compete.

Saturday – departure day – free paddling/chores

We operate a 2 day First Aid/CPR Red Cross Certification Program as part of every 3 Week Session, usually on the first weekend. The certification is valid for 3 years and is required for all river guides and kayak instructors. We also operate a Swiftwater Rescue Course, usually in the second week. Both courses are mandatory for Keeners not possessing the certifications.

COMPETITION TRAINING

With a stated goal of dominating international junior kayaking, Keeners participate each week in the weekly Ottawa Kayak Pro/Am competition. This competition is operated by the Keeners. Not only do Keeners compete but they judge, scribe and time the event (under OKS supervision).

 

 

WORK TRAINING

A goal of the keener program is to graduate kayak professionals ready for work in the paddle sports industry as river guides, kayak instructors and video/photo boaters. Keeners progress to Senior Keeners and Keener Instructors. Senior Keeners are compensated if appropriate and Keener Instructors are compensated less room and board.

KEENER LIVING

Keeners live in several cabins at the base of McCoy Chute, the best location on the Ottawa River. The cabins have bunk beds, mattresses, pillows and sheets. Keeners bring a sleeping bag. Keeners have Wifi access, telephone, TV and computer.

PADDLING SAFETY

With written parental permission and head coach permission, Keeners can “paddle on their own” under certain conditions.

NO ONE BOATS ALONE

No one leaves the Keener area without signing out and back in
Keeners “paddling on their own” follow a safety protocol from the head coach

SPENDING MONEY

While little is required, parents can provide money to their children by emailing Joe with the amount. Wilderness Tours’ accounting department will advance the money and the amount will be debited to the parents on file credit card. We also have a new RFID wristband program, you can authorize a specific amount available to spend on the wristband, monitor it online from home and increase the limit if required from your login. This should be set up in advance if you prefer this option.

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Keeners can add sessions on site if space is available
  • Parents who are unsure about their child’s enthusiasm for kayaking can enroll their child in the Teen Resident Camp. If the child is “Keen”, he or she can then be booked into the Keener Program (if space is available)
  • Space for the Keener Program is limited and is on a first come, first served basis with reservations required
  • Cabins include mattress, sheets and pillow (bring a sleeping bag)
  • Parents are welcome to visit and may rent a cabin or campsite at Wilderness Tours.

Contact keener coordinator Joe Kowalski (joe@wildernesstours.com) for information and request a keener application form to make your reservation or use the online application on this page.

 

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Adult Keener Program OKS Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

Adult Keener Program

Whitewater Kayaking

Designed for adult Intermediate/Advanced paddlers this program follows the same fast-tracked progression used in our Keener Program.

 

Come visit Ottawa Kayak School and treat yourself have a paddling vacation like no other, on some of the world’s most renowned whitewater.

 

Taught by the world’s best on the world’s best play river. You’ll have a great experience while improving your skills! The Ottawa is the finest playboating river in the world and we know it best. That’s why OKS was chosen to host the 2006 World Cup of Kayaking, the 2007 and 2015 Freestyle World Championships. If the International Canoe Federation (Olympic governing body of paddlesports) has faith in us, you can too. 

  • Two Week
    $2385
  • Single Week
    $1399
  • Montreal Weekend
    $299

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 5 - 14 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School guides are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • Meals Included

    For single week participants Monday breakfast through Friday lunch. For two week participants Monday breakfast through the following Friday lunch.

  • 5 - 14 Nights of Shared Accommodations

    Shared accommodations included with Adult Keener Program, additional accommodation upgrades available.

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Kayak and Equipment Rental

    Rent all the equipment you'll need for $139 per week.

  • Accommodation Upgrades

    40% discount on all accommodation upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

  • River Shop Retail Shop at Wilderness Tours

    2. Dress for the River [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Meet Your Instructor Ottawa Kayak School

    3. Meet your Instructor [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet your instructor for your class. They will explain what to bring, what to wear and the schedule for the day. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Intermediate Gear Up List

    4. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Ottawa Kayak School Safety Briefing

    5. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Adult Intermediate Ottawa Kayak School Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    6. Let's Kayak!

    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor will help you achieve your goals!

  • Lunch Sea Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park Ottawa Kayak School

    7. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Adult Intermediate More Kayaking

    8. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    9. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

  • Adult Beginner Day 5

    Day 2 -5

    Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1 focusing on the skills, drills and technique that will take your kayaking to the next level!

  • MontrealLachineOttawa

    Montreal Weekend

    Included in the two week Adult Keener Program or can be an add on for the one week program: Head to Montreal to the Lachine Rapids for more fun in the sun!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Surfing Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    Week 2

    Following the same progression as the first week of the Adult Keener Program means five more days of fun on the mighty Ottawa River!

Bring 4 friends and your trip is 50% off. Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season.

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EJ Signature Week Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

Eric Jackson Signature Week

Whitewater Kayaking

Isn’t it time to join me on the Ottawa River for a week long paddling camp and vacation? This is as good as it gets for a learning environment here at Ottawa Kayak School.

We have the incredible Ottawa River in August, averaging around 15,000 cfs and 70 degrees at that time of year. Two separate channels sharing the same put-in and take-out make the 5 mile stretch a kayakers dream.

I will be breaking the instruction into several distinct courses each day. You need a decent roll to start but then we will take our rolling and bracing to the next level, learning hand rolls, speed rolls, offside, onside, and every which way, with a goal of bombproofing your roll.

You will learn EJ’s Strokes and Concepts program, which will be a fun way to lay down the right foundation, or erase bad habits for river running, playboating, or even racing. There will be more playboating than your body can handle, guaranteed. How much you can do simply depends on your fitness level.

You won’t get off the river with energy left over. We will learn a variety of key river running skills and put them to the test. At the end of the week you will receive a feedback sheet filled out by me, that you can use to coach yourself back at home.

EJ
  • Week 1

    August 1st – 6th 2021

    $1649
  • Week 2

    August 8th – 13th 2021

    $1649

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 6 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. EJ is the consummate professional and always prioritizes your safety enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School guides are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • 14 Meals Included

    Breakfast the first day of the course through lunch the final day.

  • 6 Nights of Camping

    Camping included in this package.

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Kayak and Equipment Rental

    Rent all the equipment you'll need for your six day class for $179

  • Accommodation Upgrades

    40% discount on all accommodation upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

  • River Shop Retail Shop at Wilderness Tours

    2. Dress for the River [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • EJ Signature Week Ottawa Kayak School WT National Whitewater Park

    3. Meet EJ [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet the man, the myth and the legend Eric Jackson. At this time EJ will provide you with the daily itinerary. This is the perfect time to ask any last minute questions.

  • Intermediate Gear Up List

    4. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • EJ safety briefing OKS WT National Whitewater Park

    5. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Adult Beginner Day 5

    6. Let's Kayak!

    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor will help you achieve your goals!

  • Lunch Sea Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park Ottawa Kayak School

    7. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Adult Intermediate More Kayaking

    8. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    9. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

  • EJ WEEK DAY 2-6 OKS WT National Whitewater Park

    Days 2 - 6

    EJ's signature week is designed as a weekly progression. As such, the each day of world class instruction will build upon each other.

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Teen Kayak Camp National Whitewater Park Ottawa Kayak School Ontario Canada Wilderness Tours

Intermediate Teen Kayak Camp

Whitewater Kayaking

Wilderness Tours is famous for youth development through kayaking. This specially designed resident program is geared to ages 12-17 who have already taken our beginner teen program and have a whitewater roll. 

 

Teens are welcome alone in the resident program or as day students if the family is at WT for an Adventure Week Program or lives in the area. They will learn advanced river running, playboating, river reading, and whitewater safety skills under the guidance of our professional certified instructors. 
 
The Teen Kayak Program is the first step on the road to good summer jobs as river guides and kayak instructors. Successful graduates of the Teen Kayak Program are eligible to enroll in WT’s world famous Keener Program.
  • Monday - Friday

    Sunday Arrival

    $949

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 5 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • Equipment Included

    All the kayaking equipment you'll need for this course is included.

  • 14 Meals Included

    Monday breakfast through Friday lunch.

  • Shared Accommodation Included

    Shared accommodation in bunk houses available for teen's in the stayover package.

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

  • River Shop Retail Shop at Wilderness Tours

    2. Dress for the River [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Teen Week Instructor Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours Canada National Whitewater Park

    3. Meet your Instructor [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet your instructor for your class. They will explain what to bring, what to wear and the schedule for the day. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Teen Camp Ottawa Kayak School Gear Up National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    4. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Kids Week Safety Briefing National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours Ottawa Kayak School

    5. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Teen Kayak Day Kayaking Camp Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    6. Let's Kayak!

    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor will help you achieve your goals!

  • 7. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Kayaking Ontario Canada Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    8. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    9. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

  • Teen Kayak Camp Day 4 Kayaking Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    Day 2

    Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1 focusing on the skills, drills and technique that will take your kayaking to the next level!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Day 3 Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    Day 3

    More whitewater fun while continuing to build skills.

  • Teen Kayak Camp Day 5 Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    Day 4

    Another incredible day of fun on the mighty Ottawa River!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Surfing Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    Day 5

    One more awesome day of fun in the sun on the Ottawa River.

Bring 4 friends and your trip is 50% off. Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season.

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Teen Kayak Day Camp Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

Teen Kayak Camp

Whitewater Kayaking

Wilderness Tours is famous for youth development through kayaking. This specially designed resident program is geared to ages 12-17 and might just be a life-changing experience for your child. Just drop your teen off for the week and we will watch over them!
 
Our Teen Kayak Camp is the perfect day camp for your active teen. You can also combine it with any of our week-long programs and the whole family can have an adventure on the Ottawa River.
 
The Teen Kayak Camp is the first step on the road to good summer jobs as river guides and kayak instructors. Successful graduates of the Teen Kayak Camp are eligible to enroll in WT’s world famous Keener Program.
  • Monday - Friday

    Sunday Arrival

    $899

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 5 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment! Arrive Sunday evening, depart after class Friday.

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • Equipment Included

    All the kayaking equipment you'll need for this course is included.

  • 14 Meals Included

    Monday breakfast through Friday lunch.

  • Shared Accommodation

    Shared bunkhouse accommodations are included for teens in the stayover package.

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

  • Teen Kayak Camp River Ready Ontario Canada Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    2. Dress for the River [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Teen Week Instructor Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours Canada National Whitewater Park

    3. Meet your Instructor [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet your instructor for your class. They will explain what to bring, what to wear and the schedule for the day. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Teen Camp Ottawa Kayak School Gear Up National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    4. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Kids Week Safety Briefing National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours Ottawa Kayak School

    5. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Teen Kayak Day Kayaking Camp Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    6. Let's Kayak!

    A short walk away is the start of your day! Starting on flat water and focusing on technique, your instructor will help prepare you for the rapids on the mighty Ottawa River!

  • Lunch Sea Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park Ottawa Kayak School

    7. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Kayaking Ontario Canada Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    8. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    9. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your on site supervisor will have activities lined up for you to round out the day.

  • Teen Kayak Camp Day 4 Kayaking Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    Day 2

    Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1 focusing on the skills, drills and technique that will take your kayaking to the next level!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Day 3 Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    Day 3

    More whitewater fun while continuing to build skills.

  • Teen Kayak Camp Day 5 Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    Day 4

    On Day 4 participants will navigate their way down the Middle Channel of the Ottawa River!

  • Teen Kayak Camp Surfing Ottawa Kayak School National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours

    Day 5

    One more awesome day of fun in the sun on the Ottawa River.

Bring 4 friends and your trip is 50% off. Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season.

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Kids Week Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours Kayaking National Whitewater Park

Kids Kayak Week

Whitewater Kayaking

Teaching your kids to kayak will change their lives forever. Externally we teach them about kayak paddling skills and water safety. Internally, we teach them self confidence.

 

Kayaking is no longer just an adult sport. Because kids learn at different rates and in different ways than adults our instructors tailor your little kayakers’ experience with this in mind. 

 

Running from Sunday night to Friday, your little kayaker will learn on the safe and warm waters of the Ottawa River which provides the perfect arena for kids to try whitewater kayaking.

 

Children are only supervised during instruction and spend the rest of the time enjoying the resort with their parents.

 

Are you local to the Ottawa River Valley? Ask about the day camp option! Drop off at 8am – 9am and pick up at 4:30 pm.

  • July 12 - 16, 2021
    $999
  • July 26 - 30, 2021
    $999
  • August 9 - 13, 2021
    $999
  • August 16 - 20, 2021
    $999

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 5 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • Equipment Included

    All the kayaking equipment you'll need for this course is included.

  • 14 Meals Included

    Monday breakfast through Friday lunch.

  • 5 Nights of Camping Included

    Camping equipment not included

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Accommodation Upgrades

    40% discount on all accommodation upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

  • Kids Kayak Week River Ready Canada Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    2. Dress for the River [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Kids Kayak Week Meet Instructor Wilderness Tours Ottawa Kayak Canada National Whitewater Park

    3. Meet your Instructor [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet your instructor for your class. They will explain what to bring, what to wear and the schedule for the day. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Kids Kayak Week Ontario Canada Gearing Up

    4. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Kids Week Safety Briefing National Whitewater Park Wilderness Tours Ottawa Kayak School

    5. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Kids Kayak Week Canada Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    6. Let's Kayak!

    A short walk away is the start of your day! Starting on flat water and focusing on technique, your instructor will help prepare your little kayaker for the rapids on the mighty Ottawa River!

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    7. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

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    8. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    9. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

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    Day 2

    Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1 focusing on the skills, drills and technique that will take your kayaking to the next level!

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    Day 3

    More whitewater fun while continuing to build skills.

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    Day 4

    On Day 4 the kids will navigate their way down the Middle Channel of the Ottawa River!

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    Day 5

    One more awesome day of fun in the sun on the Ottawa River.

Bring 4 friends and your trip is 50% off. Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season.

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Private Instruction

Whitewater Kayaking

The Ottawa River is a mecca for the world’s best boaters, all who love to share the magic found in whitewater kayaking. 


A private lesson gives you one on one instruction with one of Ottawa Kayak School’s instructors.


Tailor your class to your needs from bomb proofing your roll (or teaching first-timers to roll) to advanced playboating we’ve got you covered.


  • Saturday - Sunday

    Each additional person $150/per/day

    $499
  • Monday - Friday

    Each additional person $150/per/day

    $449

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 1 Day

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • 1 Meal Included

    Lunch provided with class.

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Kayak and Equipment Rental

    Rent all the equipment you'll need for your two day class for $50.

  • Accommodation Upgrades

    40% discount on all accommodation upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

  • River Shop Retail Shop at Wilderness Tours

    2. Dress for the River [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Meet Your Instructor Ottawa Kayak School

    3. Meet your Instructor [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet your instructor for your class. They will explain what to bring, what to wear and the schedule for the day. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Intermediate Gear Up List

    4. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Ottawa Kayak School Safety Briefing

    5. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Whitewater Kayaking Ottawa Kayak School

    6. Let's Kayak!

    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor will help you achieve your goals!

  • 7. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Adult Intermediate More Kayaking

    8. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    9. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with information about media viewings and the evening's entertainment options.

Discover the National Whitewater Park

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Intermediate 5 Day

Whitewater Kayaking

For adults 18+ spend 5 days improving your skills and techniques in your own kayak or rent the latest freestyle boats. Whether learning to cartwheel for the first time or attempting to loop, we will help you achieve your goals.

 

Analysis, practice, and video feedback are part of this high-level program. The only requirement is a reasonable roll. We’ll help you “bombproof” it.

  • Monday - Friday

    Sunday Arrival

    $1099

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 5 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • 14 Meals Included

    Monday Breakfast through Friday Lunch.

  • 5 Nights of Camping Included

    Camping equipment not included

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Kayak and Equipment Rental

    Rent all the equipment you'll need for your five day class for $129.

  • Accommodation Upgrades

    40% discount on all accommodation upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    Arrival & Check-In

    Our 3 Day programs begin with a Sunday night arrival and meet and greet with your instructor who will walk you through the itinerary for Day 1.

  • Getting Dressed [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Meet Your Instructor Ottawa Kayak School

    1. Starting the Day [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to start the day. Your instructor will brief you on the daily itinerary, what to bring on the water and cover again what to wear. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Intermediate Gear Up List

    2. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Ottawa Kayak School Safety Briefing

    3. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Adult Intermediate Kayaking

    4. Let's Kayak!

    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor will help you achieve your goals!

  • 5. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Adult Intermediate More Kayaking

    6. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    7. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

  • Adult Intermediate Day 2

    Day 2

    Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1 focusing on the skills, drills and technique that will take your kayaking to the next level!

  • Adult Intermediate Ottawa Kayak School Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    Day 3

    Continue working on new skills and having a blast while doing it!

  • Adult Beginner Day 5

    Day 4

    The Ottawa River is home to many incredible freestyle features. No doubt by Day 4 you'll have your favorite.

  • Adult Intermediate Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park Whitewater Kayaking

    Day 5

    It's culmination day. Take the skills you've been honing and put them to the test throughout the day with coaching from your instructor!

Bring 4 friends and your trip is 50% off. Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season.

Kayak Club Services

Choose any one of our preexisting beginner or intermediate 2, 3, or 5-day programs with the added benefit of an included boat rental. Book 5 for one instructor and 10% off
5+ for two instructors and 20% off
10+ for three instructors and 25% off
Add additional instructors for $175 per day

Discover the National Whitewater Park

Adult Intermediate Surfing Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

Intermediate 3 Day

Whitewater Kayaking

For adults 18+ spend 3 days improving your skills and techniques in your own kayak or rent the latest freestyle boats. Whether learning to cartwheel for the first time or attempting to loop, we will help you achieve your goals.

 

Analysis, practice, and video feedback are part of this high-level program. The only requirement is a reasonable roll. We’ll help you “bombproof” it.

  • Monday - Wednesday

    Sunday Arrival

    $619

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Included

  • Trip Duration: 3 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Instructors

    Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • 8 Meals Included

    Monday Breakfast through Wednesday Lunch.

  • 3 Nights of Camping Included

    Camping equipment not included

  • Daily Shuttle Included

    Each day begins by meeting your OKS instructor at the Park Village. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at the Park Village within walking-distance from your vehicle and to the Pavilion.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Kayak and Equipment Rental

    Rent all the equipment you'll need for your three day class for $75.

  • Accommodation Upgrades

    40% discount on all accommodation upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Do you get cool easily? Add a wetsuit to say warm on the water!

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    Arrival & Check-In

    Our 3 Day programs begin with a Sunday night arrival and meet and greet with your instructor who will walk you through the itinerary for Day 1.

  • River Shop Retail Shop at Wilderness Tours

    Getting Dressed [ -00:30 ]

    No cotton clothing. Closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap.

  • Meet Your Instructor Ottawa Kayak School

    1. Starting the Day [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to start the day. Your instructor will brief you on the daily itinerary, what to bring on the water and cover again what to wear. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before your day starts.

  • Intermediate Gear Up List

    2. Gearing Up

    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.

  • Ottawa Kayak School Safety Briefing

    3. Safety Briefing

    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.

  • Adult Intermediate Kayaking

    4. Let's Kayak!

    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor will help you achieve your goals!

  • Lunch Sea Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park Ottawa Kayak School

    5. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Adult Intermediate More Kayaking

    6. More Kayaking!

    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of your instructor's lesson plan.

  • Park Village Return Ottawa Kayak School

    7. Your arrival back to Park Village

    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

  • Adult Intermediate Day 2

    Day 2

    Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1 focusing on the skills, drills and technique that will take your kayaking to the next level!

  • Adult Intermediate Ottawa Kayak School Kayaking Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    Day 3

    Continue working on new skills and having a blast while doing it!

Bring 4 friends and your trip is 50% off. Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season.

Kayak Club Services

Choose any one of our preexisting beginner or intermediate 2, 3, or 5-day programs with the added benefit of an included boat rental. Book 5 for one instructor and 10% off
5+ for two instructors and 20% off
10+ for three instructors and 25% off
Add additional instructors for $175 per day

Discover the National Whitewater Park