Ottawa River Expedition: July 5 - 9, 2023

Join TRAK and Nanook Expeditions as we invite paddlers of all skill levels out on our five-day expedition and skills development trip on the beautiful Ottawa River. The trip will cover waters from Deep River to Rocher Fendu along the mighty 1,271 km long Ottawa River. 

It will be a fun trip full of opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills. Lead by experienced guides and instructors, joined by TRAK Pilots you will explore the vast beauty of the shores of the Ottawa River. You will also get the chance to see the full might of the river in the dynamic water section which includes paddling and boat handling in current.

We’ll be meeting in Deep River, ON!

  • Country:  Ottawa River, ON, Canada
  • Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Skill Level: All Skill Levels

    What we're going to do

    This trip combines everything that a developing paddler will need to gain confidence and competence in a variety of paddling and outdoor skillsets. This unique trip combines a moving expedition with a basecamp skills clinic, enabling us to provide instruction in some diverse settings. Main topics will include: 

    • Paddling skills & Boat control 
    • Kayak safety & Rescues
    • Navigation
    • Useful rope skills + Knots
    • Basic survival
    • Kayak fishing
    • Photography
    • Low impact camping and cooking - be prepared to eat well!

    There is something here for every paddler, are our primary goal is to get you more familiar with your TRAK kayak.


    Tour Itinerary

    Expedition Training Plan:

    • Day 1: Depart Wilderness Tours
      • We will arrange transportation to the put-in (transportation to Wilderness Tours is Possible)
      • Basic safety overview
      • TRAK assembly walkthrough
      • Pack your TRAK
      • Paddle to your 1st campsite 
      • Dinner
    • Day 2: Full day on the water
      • Breakfast and camp tear down 
      • Boat handling and skills 
      • Lunch and theory talks
      • Paddle to second campsite and learn rescue skills
      • Dinner
    • Day 3: Trip continues, final flatwater day
      • Breakfast and camp tear down 
      • Learn more boat handling and skills 
      • Lunch and theory talks
      • Paddle to take-out and learn more rescue skills
      • Travel to Wilderness Tours
      • Dinner
    • Day 4: First day of dynamic water camp
      • Breakfast
      • Travel to paddling location 
      • Dynamic water paddling and skills
      • Play in dynamic water in your TRAK kayak
      • Travel back to Wilderness Tours
      • Dinner
    • Day 5: Final day
      • Breakfast 
      • Travel to paddling location
      • More dynamic water skills
      • Play in your TRAK kayak some more
      • Travel Back to Wilderness Tours
      • Closing remarks and dismissal

    Meet Your Guides

    Nanook Expeditions 


    Nanook Expeditions is based in the Ottawa region, and provides high quality paddlesport instruction and guiding to paddlers of all skill levels and personal backgrounds.

    As qualified Paddle Canada instructors and passionate kayakers ourselves, we are confident that any attending paddler can leave this trip with a very solid foundation for future paddling pursuits, all delivered by mindful instructors in a positive adult learning environment. 

    Sign up for an orientation call for more info!  


    Chelsea Josue

    “It was very exciting to be around such a culture of people and find myself on the open waters of the wild pacific coast with such an inviting and welcoming group, in these amazing high-performance kayaks. Never in my wildest dreams would those few basic skills that we learned on the first day, would progress to where we went today.”

    Chelsea Josue

    Natalie Kelly

    “That was really fun. He just broke it down… It’s funny when you have someone take the time to go through things that might be natural. He broke down the surf process into little bitty pieces that made me way more comfortable. I would have never just dove in and done that on my own.”

    Natalie Kelly

    Where we're going


    What's included in the tour

            • Any Transportation During the Trip Time
            • Campsite Accommodation
            • Three Meals a Day Including Drinks and Snacks
            • Skills Training equipment and materials
            • All Coaching and Instruction
            • PC Level 1 Skills (Optional)
            • PC Basic Camping Skills (Optional)
            • Legally Required Paddling Gear (highly suggested to bring your own)

    Not included

          • Transport to and from Wilderness Tours before and after the trip (transport from Ottawa Airport to Wilderness Tours and vice versa and be arranged ($100/person))
          •  TRAK kayak (Free rental available to [TRAK Passport Holders], otherwise US$300/5 days)
          • Expedition Camping Gear (can be rented)
          • Sleeping Bag and Personal Items
          • Gratuities
    JULY 2023

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