The Lil Ripper program, at the Ottawa Kayak School, is designed for promising up and coming children aged 8-12 who want to take their whitewater abilities to the next level. 


This week-long program (arrival Sunday evening) will take children with a roll and a basic understanding of whitewater and help them step up their game.


Freestyle coaching on some of the Ottawa river’s world-class whitewater, opportunities to learn essential whitewater rescue skills, river reading and line selection, injury prevention, goal setting, and competition preparation. 


Lil Rippers also have to engage in daily diary writing reviews to help improve writing and self-reflection skills, all while having a ton of good old fashioned fun. 


Lil Ripper participants must be supervised by a parent or guardian in the evenings.

Perfect for kids who are paddling on own
  • Monday - Friday

    Sunday Arrival

  • Local / Day Camp Rate

    Lunches only no stay over


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

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  • 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 to 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 stay 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

  • Arrival and Check In Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    1. Arrival & Check-In [ –00:45 ]

    Arrive AT LEAST 45 Minutes before your kayak program begins.

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    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 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.

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    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

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

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    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.

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    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.

The Ottawa river is one of the best training grounds in the world and a brilliant and safe place for kids to step up their paddling level with help from some of our world class International coaching staff. The Ottawa river has hosted Freestyle kayak World championships on three separate occasions, each time at a different feature, there is an abundant amount of world-class whitewater on this river. The water is deep and warm and gives many excellent opportunities to develop both freestyle skills as well as ‘big water’ paddling. 

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