Zero to Hero on the Madawaska River

Dip your paddle, pick your line, and take on the whitewater of the Madawaska River in a canoe or kayak!
Come paddle with us for a day – in either kayak or canoe! Madawaska Kanu Centre, located just east of Algonquin Park, is a world-renowned paddling centre. With three generations of whitewater champions, we are ready to share the love and passion of running rivers with you!
1 Day
Off The Beaten Path
Small Group

Primary Location

Madawaska River, Ontario


Available from Monday to Thursday, May to September


  • Learn to paddle the iconic boats that have travelled these rivers for Millenials
  • No experience necessary! Paddling equipment included
  • 1-day kayak or canoe instruction with an experienced guide, paddling equipment, lunch and transfer shuttle from the resort to the river
  • River access fee

Not Included:

  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • Minimum of 3 participants required
  • Arrival at 8:30 am, departures at 4:30 pm
  • If you’ve never been in a boat before, or never paddled in whitewater before, this course is for you! Must be a minimum Group of 3, or per person price increases
  • Minimum Age 12 years old. Kids under 15 must have an accompanying adult. Available from Monday to Thursday
  • Course location is at a wilderness classroom in the beautiful Middle Madawaska River, located a short distance from the Resort, and just south of the town of Barry’s Bay, Ontario

Optional Extras:

  • Overnight packages available upon request


If you’ve never been in a boat before or never paddled in whitewater before, this course is for you!

You’ve chosen your boat – will it be kayak or canoe? With a gentle start on calm water, we cover the foundation to paddling and get you comfortable on the water. A hot buffet lunch is served at midday to refuel before transitioning into the current.

Putting it all together, the afternoon will see you run a Class I-II set of rapids. This is why we call it “Zero to Hero” - the experience will get you hooked on river running! Your new sport has begun.

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