Weekend River Canoe Courses

Elements Adventure Company’s weekend river canoeing courses in BC are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of the river environment.  Find the ease of working with currents, refresh your strokes, and connect with the natural beauty that rivers have to offer.

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The following canoe courses are designed for the beginner to the seasoned river paddler, are taught by Paddle Canada certified instructors, and are held on one of the many rivers near the Okanagan, BC.


Beginner Canoeing Course – Currents and Saskatoons

Tuition $260 per person

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Learning the basics can help you get your whole family out on the water safely.

This 2-day introduction to river canoeing is for you if you want to progress your paddling from the lake to the river environment, or want to build some skills before heading out on your own expedition (such as the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit, which includes ‘the Chute’).

At the end of this canoeing clinic, you will:

  • be able to identify hazards on the river
  • feel comfortable with using the essential safety equipment that is needed on a river
  • be familiar with common features of a river
  • be able to use the fundamental river-paddling strokes to navigate across currents, and,
  • know how to choose a section of river that matches the abilities of your family or paddling group.

Prerequisites – Proficient lake canoeing skills are required.  Minimum age is 16, or with instructor consent.

Beginner Clinic Dates


Intermediate Canoeing Course – Manoeuvres and Mergansers

Tuition $260 per person

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Join our River Canoe Clinics to get more proficient in your paddling.

Now you know the canoeing basics, let’s learn more about the river’s habits, hazards, and features, and how we can use them to our advantage.  This 2-day course is a great way to prepare for your own wilderness adventure, or take your river-paddling to the next level.

By the end of this weekend course you will:

  • feel confident to lead a small group on an easy river canoe trip
  • know how to turn a canoe without making paddle strokes – or Jedi mind control!
  • know the names of common river features
  • be able to navigate class 2 (or higher) water confidently with your paddle partner

Prerequisites – Beginner clinic or equivalent.  Minimum age is 16, or with consent of instructor.

Intermediate Clinic Dates


Advanced Canoeing Course – Wave Trains and Back Pains

Tuition $275 per person

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One of our Whitewater Canoeing Courses held near the Okanagan Valley.

Did you know you could “carve” a turn in a canoe?  Ever wonder how some people can make that move in one or two paddle strokes, and you need to work your butt off to make it happen?  Our advanced whitewater clinics will unlock the river’s secrets and your boat’s technology to soar effortlessly across currents and into that hard-to-catch eddy pool.  These 2-day weekend courses in BC are an exciting way to increase your confidence in grade 3 whitewater or if you intend to lead others on river trips.

Prerequisites – Intermediate clinic or equivalent.  Minimum age is 18, or with consent of instructor.

Advanced Clinic Dates

  • June 2 – 3, 2018
  • Custom courses available.  Please inquire.


Be sure to turn your player to 1080 HD to experience the crystal clear waters of the Shuswap River!

If you’d like to learn more about any of our clinics or programs, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us.

Solo Whitewater Canoeing Course

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The solo whitewater canoeing lessons are the perfect match for intermediate paddlers looking for customized instruction.

Tuition $275 per person
Our 2-day solo canoeing courses in BC are the perfect, safe environment to increase your confidence in whitewater.  Learn how to eliminate those pesky friction strokes and glide across river features.  Intermediate moving- water tandem canoeing skills required.

2018 Course Dates

  • Book a custom course this spring!
  • May 14, 2018 – 1-day whitewater technique clinic
  • Sept 8 – 9, 2018



Weekend Cost Per Person For All River Canoe Courses

The cost for these 2-day weekend canoeing courses is $260 + tax per person (with the exception of advanced and solo courses) and includes instruction, and transport to the river from the Vernon Tourist Information Center at 3004 – 39th avenue, downtown Vernon.  Bring your own canoe and paddling gear, or see below for rental rates.

DISCOUNTS: 10% for groups of 3-5; 15% for 6 or more. No individual payments please.

REGISTRATION only valid if accompanied by a deposit of $60/weekend (non-refundable or transferable within 7 days of course date). Balance due 7 days prior to course start. No refunds within 7 days of course start.

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Equipment Rentals

We offer high-quality, fully-outfitted river and lake canoes for rent.  Participants are responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement of any damaged or lost boats or equipment.  Normal wear is expected.

Prices are for 2-days, per person. All prices are subject to applicable taxes.

   CANOE    Canoe Paddle $10
   Tandem (pp) $25    Helmet $10
    Solo $35    Lifevest $10
   Wetsuit $20
   Small Dry Bag FREE
   Large Dry-bag or Barrel $10

Prices are for 2-days, per person. All prices are subject to applicable taxes.



Clinics are usually held on various sections of the Upper, Middle, or Lower Shuswap River.  Please contact us for more information or to register.

See Paddle Canada’s Canoe Skill Levels here if you are interested in skill level certification.


Need a great place to stay while attending a course, or in advance of an expedition? Please see our list of highly recommended local accommodations here.