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What is BRANDstream
The Trip at a Glance
Adventure Provider: Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC)
Length: 2 days, 2 nights
When: Weekends from May to August
Trip Fee: $300 to $460 per person depending on choice of accommodation
Trip Rendezvous: Madawaska Kanu Centre, Barry’s Bay


These two-day kayak or canoe weekend clinics are a great introduction to whitewater, or if time is a factor, a refresher clinic for the more experienced paddler. The course begins with a review the basic strokes in easy currents. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be surfing, catching eddies or running Class II rapids.

MKC takes pride in serving healthy, hearty and delicious meals. They source locally when possible and add a special touch with herbs and edible flowers from their garden. Listen to local music around the evening campfire. 

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What’s Included

Two days of professional instruction, full use of MKC’s facilities, including hot outdoor showers, log sauna, choice of camping, lodge or cabana accommodation along with gourmet meals. You can bring your own paddling equipment or rent it from MKC for an additional cost.   

About the Guides

The instructors come from all over the world and bring a wealth of international skills with them. They all have a passion for the sport and a keen interest in sharing it with other. 

“The guides at MKC are top notch. They are all accomplished, at the top of their field, professional and a whole lot of fun!” Read more about what The Planet D, world-renowned travel bloggers, experienced when they went Whitewater Kayaking with Champions in Canada.

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Getting There

Check in at MKC, 247 River Road, Barry’s Bay on Friday evening between 7:00pm and 10:00pm. Later arrivals can be accommodated.

Latitude 45.40891°    Longitude -77.77971°

MKC is situated near Algonquin Park, just a few hours drive from either Ottawa or Toronto. 


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About the Adventure Provider

The Madawaska Kanu Centre is located on the Madawaska River, just south of Barry’s Bay. Owned and operated by Dirk and Claudia Van Wijk (Ten times Whitewater Kayak Slalom Canadian Champion) since 1988, MKC offers some of the best whitewater clinics in Canada. 

More Options 

MKC offers 5-day whitewater canoe and kayak courses, family courses, splash week for kids, an ultimate women’s retreat week and more. These active vacations combine learning with fun, in a stunning environment.

Don’t Miss

Explore the scenic Madawaska Valley and its quaint communities of Barry’s Bay, and Wilno. Be sure to visit the Wilno Tavern and the Red Canoe Café and Bakery, which features paintings by local artists.  

For regional travel information, visit Ontario’s Highlands.





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