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Learn to Canoe Trip

  • Sat, July 17, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Pinawa, Manitoba
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This course is designed to help novice paddlers and inspired canoe trippers gain valuable insight and basic experience with certified wilderness guides. Using the knowledge and expertise of experienced guides, this foundational full day course will give you the tools for safe and responsible canoe tripping in Manitoba. Special focus is placed on safety, planning, environmental responsibility, comfort, and of course spending actual time on a local waterway.

We're here to support your journey! Join Backcountry Women and professional local guide Matt Peters from Wilderland Adventure Co. in a welcoming environment with other like minded individuals from the Backcountry Women community. This engaging and interactive learning experience will surely provide you with confidence and a foundational skillset to build upon a lifetime of outdoor adventure.

Please read on for full details!

Time & location: The course begins promptly at 9:00 AM - please allow extra time for arrival and settling in (at least 15 min; more if the location is unfamiliar). The timeline and a detailed itinerary is broken down below; please review it. Further instructions and important information will be emailed out to participants.

Course Format & Objectives: 

1. Self Care While Outdoors (9:00 to 10:00am) - We begin the day with understanding the importance of self care in the outdoor context. We discuss topics that build up a knowledge base to ensure students have insight into comfortable, safe and responsible outdoor activity.

  • Motivations & Personal Goals.
  • Dressing for the Conditions.
  • Maintaining Energy Levels (nutrition & hydration).
  • Environmental Responsibility.
  • Hygiene & Toileting.

2. Trip Planning (10:15 to 11:45pm) -  Students will be able to choose an appropriate destination to paddle and create a realistic trip plan. Together, we will build a well thought out plan with with an easy to follow Trip Planning worksheet.

  • Activities, Route & Scheduling.
  • Risk Management (Identifying Hazards & Creating Defences).
  • Emergency Planning & Preparedness.
  • Equipment Planning & Packing.
  • Permits, Permissions, & Etiquette.

3. Camping Skills (12:15 - 1:45pm)  - Students will learn important outdoor skills for practical use as well as for emergency situations. The skills taught MAY include and are not limited to:

  • Fire Building & Safety.
  • Knife/Axe Safety.
  • Stove Use & Outdoor Cooking.
  • Water Purification.
  • Tarp/Shelter (tent) Set Up.
  • Packing & Outfitting a boat.

4. Canoe Skills (2:15 to 3:15pm) - Students will learn basic canoe skills to establish sound habits of safe entry & exit, balance, communication with other paddlers, emergency procedures, and water safety.

  • Basic Canoe Skills (Lifting & carrying, paddling strokes, safe entry & exit, and more).
  • Transport Canada Regulations.

5. Canoe Tripping Tour (3:30 to 5:00pm) -  This short canoe tripping tour is designed to provide practical experience loading a canoe for a multi-day trip, establish a solid skillset of paddling strokes, understanding how to safely and wisely travel through moderately challenging water and environmental conditions, and getting comfortable in the canoe for longer periods of time. Overseen with a certified guide, this beginner friendly paddle will be at a more leisure pace and include ongoing practice and discussion of safe and responsible paddling.

  • Pre-trip Checks.

  • Paddling, Pacing, & Breaks.

  • Basic Navigation & Landmarking.

  • No Impact Paddling (Leave No Trace).

  • Environmental Awareness.

  • Local Heritage.

Participant Expectations:  Students are expected to fully participate in this course with no exceptions. Students are responsible for transportation, personal food, hygiene, and equipment throughout the course. Students must also acquire appropriate Manitoba Parks Vehicle Permit (if applicable to course location). Students must be comfortable in water, though we wear mandatory PFD’s & may not actually get wet. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

What is Provided:  Students receive a pre-trip email with an updated packing list, and course itinerary. We provide a Student Course Manual, emergency communication device, medical kit, and certified Outdoor Council of Canada & Paddle Canada field leader. For class demonstrations and education purposes we provide a diverse set of equipment (tarps, fire starting materials, water filters, cooking stoves, etc) for class use. We also provide boats, paddles, PFD’s Transport Canada approved safety equipment.

This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants and are restricted to any current MB Health Orders at the date of the course.

Gratuities are not included in the course fees and recognition of a good job by your instructor is greatly appreciated. 10-15% of your course fee is recommended as our instructors put diligent effort to ensure your course is all you expected and more.

We look forward to seeing you at our course! 

    Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

    This event allows cancellation no less than 14 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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