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Madawaska Kanu Centre

Pack your paddle and plan to join us this summer for another great season of adventure on the water.Whether you're a beginner or ready to go pro, we'll help you improve your skills in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.

Choose a 5-Day Whitewater Vacation or try one of our Weekend Clinics and discover why MKC is not just another Paddling School. It is a unique, Whitewater Vacation Centre. Started in 1972 by (our parents) Hermann and Christa Kerckhoff. MKC is now internationally rated as one of the best paddling schools worldwide.

Our instructors come from all over the world, returning here each year, back by popular demand. They all have a love for the sport and a keen interest in sharing it with others. they tell us the Madawaska is an ideal learning river -- with its warm and clean currents and remote wilderness setting. We realize your holiday time is precious. We have a tradition to please the needs of every student. So don't settle for anything less.

Kayaking: Kayaking is the kind of challenge that makes your heart pound and your toes tingle. It's a fast, exploding, roller-coaster kind of ride and best of all you do it solo. The ideal craft for whitewater, the Kayak is sleek, maneuverable, fast and has a unique feature it can be righted when capsized by doing the Eskimo Roll. When starting out in whitewater, we strongly recommend taking your first course in a Kayak. Your skills are easily transferable to either the Open Canoe or Sea Kayak.

Choose a 5-Day Kayak Vacation or try one of our Weekend Clinics and discover why MKC is a world renowned Kayak School.

Canoeing: The Open Canoe is all but synonymous with Canada and paddling flatwater or portaging rapids are skills and experience widely enjoyed.

But for many, the spirit of adventure beckons farther. And as we search for new canoe routes we find the river systems of Temagami, The Bay, Atikaki, Labrador and the North West Territories are the ultimate canoe tripping challenge. But are we prepared to paddle whitewater? How often have you stood on the portage, wistfully watching the rapids, wondering if you dare try running that stretch of whitewater? Not even sure if the rapid is runnable.

At Madawaska Kanu Centre, we have designed a program specifically for the canoeist interested learning the skills, techniques, and safety required to paddle class II-III and even IV whitewater -- we call this Sport Canoeing.

We teach Tandem Canoeing as well as Solo for those who like to take to the current on their own. You should have some flatwater experience priorto attending MKC.

Sea Kayaking: MKC is offering weekend introductory courses leading to Paddle Canada's Flatwater and Sea Kayaking Level I (formerly known as CRCA) certificates.

This two-day course is the perfect introduction to sea kayaking. Our instructors will cover everything you need to safely enjoy a day of sea kayaking in sheltered water and light winds. The weekend course is based out of MKC's Centre, where delicious meals, camping or lodge accommodations and equipment rentals are included. Ramp up your kayak touring skills in style!

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Paddling Ontario

Madawaska Kanu Centre
PO Box 635
Barrys Bay, ON K0J 1B0
Phone: 613-756-3620
Fax: 613-756-3667


Secondary Contact Info:
39 First Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1S 2G1
Phone: 613-594-5268 Fax: 613-234-4097

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