Nanook Expeditions

Nanook Expeditions

Paddling school and guide-led expeditions in the Ottawa area and beyond

Summer Paddling School

  • Basic Skills Course
    Basic Skills Course

    Ottawa | Our Fundamentals of Sea-kayaking instructional program is a great program to get started, and to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

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  • Level 1 Skills Course
    Level 1 Skills Course

    Toronto, Ottawa | Want to feel confident you can paddle efficiently and safely, and enjoy your kayaking excursions even more. This course teaches you the key paddling strokes, self- & assisted- rescues, safety standards and regulations, and more.

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  • Surf and Current Clinic
    Surf and Current Clinic

    Prep & Refresh | This 2½ day program on the Ottawa River will introduce people to dynamic water and develop the skills and recues needed for Level 2 Certification.

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  • Level 2 Skills + Wilderness Camping
    Level 2 Skills + Wilderness Camping

    Ottawa Area, Georgian Bay | Take your skills to the next level! Now that you can successfully operate your kayak, learn how to make the most of your paddling skills and practice them on a wilderness adventure trip.

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In addition to our full summer calendar we’d like to highlight one of our exciting paddle opportunities. Through our Strategic Partnership with TRAK Kayaks, we are excited to invite paddlers of all skill levels out on our five-day expedition and skills development trip on the beautiful Ottawa River. Visit the TRAK website for more details.

Canoe & Kayak Wilderness Adventures

This year we pleased to be able to offer Canoe trips in Algonquin Park and Kayak trips on Georgian Bay in cooperation with the good people at Wilderness Adventures.

  • 5 Day Kayak Trip
    5 Day Kayak Trip

    Georgian Bay Spend 5 days paddling through the inner and outer island chains of the 30,000 island group of Georgian Bay.

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  • 3 Day Kayak Trip
    3 Day Kayak Trip

    Georgian Bay This trip is intended for those people interested in experiencing the awesome wilderness beauty of the 30,000 Islands

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  • 6 Day Wilderness Canoe Trip
    6 Day Wilderness Canoe Trip

    Algonquin Park This canoe trip will be an event that will change and enhance your experience of wilderness canoe travel forever more.

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  • 3 Day Canoe Trip
    3 Day Canoe Trip

    Algonquin Park This Algonquin Park canoe trip is ideal for those with little or no canoe experience.

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Shirley’s Bay Rentals – Sea kayaks and Paddle boards

Want to try sea kayaking or a paddle boarding? Come out to Shirley’s Bay, and rent one of our vessels!Whether this is your first adventure to see if you like the sport, or you want to try out different types of kayaks or boards before you decide which one is right for you, renting from Nanook Expeditions is a great experience.
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Nanook Expeditions, based in the Ottawa area, offers paddling experiences throughout Ontario.  

We offer Paddle Canada certified courses and paddling clinics to help you improve your paddling skills, including Level 1 and Level 2 Sea Kayaking Skills courses. These courses and clinics focus on paddling stroke development, rescues and other great skills that will help you feel more confident to plan your own kayak trips.

In addition, we offer our outdoor adventure trips combining paddling, camping and tasty meals with our experienced guide-instructors. These expeditions are great for families, friends and Corporate groups.

Join us for the 2024 summer season! We are looking forward to seeing you on one of our courses, clinics, and trips  – see our Schedule of Events for 2024 for our full program schedule. 

And if you have something in mind that you do not see, please give us a call. We are always looking for new adventures.

Guide-led Expeditions

Phillip Edward Island

A beautiful series of islands on Georgian Bay, Phillip Edward Island is one of the outer islands of the Bay. There is plenty to explore...
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Ottawa River

Experience the beauty of the river – paddling during the day and camping along the shore under the stars at night. Enjoy paddling and camping...
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