Lake Canoeing Lessons

Lake paddling.

Lake Canoeing on the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit.

Our Lake Canoeing Lessons are designed to help you build a foundation of skills and knowledge before venturing out on your own expedition.  Whether it’s packing tips, stroke improvement or rescue skills, we tailor each class to the learning needs and levels of the participants.

Building and enhancing competence in canoeing skills will help you to relax and enjoy the incredible freedom that wilderness canoeing has to offer.

On select weekend mornings throughout summer, we offer these Lake Canoeing Courses and welcome paddlers of all ages. Check for exact dates below.


Elements Adventure Company clinics are based out of Vernon, BC, located at the north end of the Okanagan Valley. We are easily accessible along HWY 97 from anywhere else you may be staying in the Okanagan. Driving distances from a few other popular places are:

  • From Kelowna: 50 km
  • From Penticton: 113 km
  • From Kamloops: 116 km
  • From Revelstoke: 147 km

Depending on local weather conditions, we will choose a location in the Vernon area.  Most courses are held on Swan Lake, where Meadowlark road dead-ends into the lake., just off Hwy 97, North of Vernon, BC.


One lake canoeing lesson is $79 + 5% gst per person for a 3-hr course and includes all paddling equipment. If you bring your own equipment, the fee is only $65 + gst per person. Sign up for yourself or your family today.  As us about group rates.


All paddling equipment that you need for your canoeing lesson is included. Please come prepared with sun protection such as a sun hat, sun screen, sun glasses, water, snacks, and a change of clothes for after that unexpected swim!

Dates for 2020

Most canoe lessons run on Saturdays or Sundays from 9 am to noon, so you have the rest of the day to go paddling on your own and practice what you’ve learned.

  • Sunday May 24, 2020
  • Saturday May 30, 2020
  • Sunday September 27, 2020
  • Sunday October 11, 2020
  • Saturday October 17, 2020
  • or ask us about booking a private course for your family or friends.

We would be pleased to schedule a private lesson for you.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL OUR CLIENTS: We have been given the green light to operate again! We are back on the water with all our courses and trips as of May 24, 2020! - with covid-19 precautions in place. Please see our covid-19 response page for details. More information here