Our 3 day beginner kayak course has just the right amount of days to jump start your paddling.  This can also be used as a great opportunity to brush up on your skills if you’ve been away for a while.  Arrivals for this program happen every Sunday of our season.


Beginners and novices spend 3 days progressing at a comfortable pace from flat water strokes and concepts to running class 1-3 whitewater.


The Ottawa River provides the perfect venue for learning how to whitewater kayak. With its deep, warm waters and endless channels, there is a fun adventure for everyone.


Teens are welcome for our 2 and 3 day programs when accompanied by an adult 18+


Are you local to the Ottawa River Valley or don’t need the overnights and meals? Ask about the day camp option! Arrival 8am and we are typically done our days at 4:30 pm. To book use this link or the Locals Booking link below. Note: booking day is the Sunday, but your arrival time everyday is still 8 am.

Most Popular Kayak Program
  • Monday - Wednesday

    Sunday Arrival Only

  • Locals Rate

    Lunch only no stay over


*Price is subject to 13% HST & $15/day/person

Choose Arrival Day to Begin Booking or Quote


  • 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.

  • Equipment Included

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

  • 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

  • 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 [ –00:45 ]

    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 ]

    It's Day 1 of your program, to be best prepared for your time on the water please do not wear any cotton clothing and choose either closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap as your footwear.

  • 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.

  • Gearing Up Ottawa Kayak School

    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.

  • Ottawa Kayak School Lets Kayak

    4. 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

    5. Lunch

    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!

  • Whitewater Kayaking Ottawa Kayak School

    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.

  • Day 2 Ottawa Kayak School Kayaking

    Day 2

    Day 2 starts with a bang! Focusing on the implementation of the skills covered during Day 1 but in whitewater!

  • Beginner 3 Day Ottawa Kayak School

    Day 3

    It's time to put your skills to the test! Paddling the Middle Channel of the mighty Ottawa River!

Ways to Save

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

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