July 1 -8, 2023

We’re so excited to announce the Boyd Ruppelt signature week for Summer 2023!


Hey guys! Come spend a week with me on the Ottawa River for Big Water Confidence Week. We’ll work on the skills to get you feeling comfortable in bigger, higher-volume whitewater so you can step up your kayaking game confidently.


We’ll start by mastering foundational skills like edge control, combination strokes, and paddle dexterity. We’ll work on transferable skills like surfing and using various river features to your advantage. Then we’ll put it all together into the specific skills you’ll need to feel comfortable stepping up to bigger, higher volume whitewater.


We’ll work on paddling through boils, different methods for punching holes, how to paddle in big waves, and more. We’ll be working in a supportive, challenge-by-choice environment on the best, friendliest, and warmest big water training ground in the world, the Ottawa River.


In order to make the most of this experience, you’ll need to have a reliable combat roll and feel comfortable in at least class III whitewater.


I’m so excited to offer this opportunity with Ottawa Kayak School, and I can’t wait to spend the week with you. I’ll see you on the river!

  • July 1-8, 2023

    New for 2023!

    $1999 CAD

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


  • Trip Duration: 6 Days

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Benny is here to prioritize your experience.

  • 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.

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    3. Meet Boyd [ 00:00 ]

    It's time to meet the one and only Boyd Ruppelt! At this time Boyd 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.

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    5. Safety Briefing

    Boyd has your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, Boyd will explain the safety procedures for the day.

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    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!

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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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    Days 2 - 6

    Boyd Ruppelt's signature week is designed as a weekly progression. As such, each day of world class instruction will build upon each other but isn't limited only to whitewater kayaking.