EJ's 2024 TBD

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.


Founder | Apex Water Craft

  • Week 1

    2024 Dates TBD


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

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  • Trip Duration: 6 Days Instruction

    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.

  • 17 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 $330

  • 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 - 7

    EJ's signature week is designed as a weekly progression. As such, the each day of world class instruction will build upon each other. 6 Days of instruction total. Day 1 is arrival day, no instruction.