Sunday, June 21, 2015

Palmer’s Rapids Make-Up Assignment

Outdoor Education
Mr. Sven Brouwer
June 16, 2015
  1. Ottawa River Runners
    1. They provide a wide array of different courses and summer camps for all ages.  They have youth summer camps and programs, junior programs, masters programs, advanced development, winter pool sessions, coaching training and opportunities, recreational paddling, and all sorts of competition options.
    2. The Pumphouse Whitewater Course just next to the Canadian War Museum.
    3. They encourage use of personal equipment, but if people do not have their own gear the River Runners have plenty of their own that they can lend to people in their programs.
    4. The cost is ~$25-$30/hour for private lessons and ~$15-$20/hour for semi-private or group lessons, including all equipment.  Regular adult membership is $48 annually.  There are special rates for students, families, and first time members in conjunction with course registration.

Madawaska Kanu Centre
  1. They offer beginner’s courses, family programs, short camps, weekend programs, advanced & slalom courses, and actual canoe trips as well - they also offer this all for kayaks.  They also have family rafting, all kinds of first aid and rescue training, a resort option for people to stay at their location, and they even do weddings.
  2. Bark Lake, just near Algonquin park and a little ways out from the township of Madawaska.  Closer to Ottawa then Algonquin though.
  3. They provide all gear that people might need - though they don’t sell it.  People are still always more than welcome to bring their own gear to the club and to courses of theirs though.
  4. $55 per person + HST /session.   Or $165 for a private class.   All equipment provided.  This is for their basic canoeing program - prices vary drastically for everything else.

  1. Paddle Canada
    1. They offer introduction, intermediate, and advanced level courses for canoeing, river kayaking, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding as well as instructor training and a store.
    2. They operate out of Kingston, Ontario.  But, they are also connected to many smaller groups - which means that courses can be found with them in many places all over the country.
    3. Gear is provided for participants of all of their programs.
    4. Unfortunately I was unable to find programs costs for the individual programs on their website.
Boreal River Rescue
  1. They provide 2-3 day outings for beginner, intermediate, or expert level paddlers on which people learn whitewater paddling skills or further their current knowledge.
  2. The programs they conduct all take place on the upper Gatineau river.
  3. They don’t provide participants with any gear; they must provide all of their own, including canoes and paddles.  These programs are strictly more of opportunities to better your skills with instructors while on a camping trip.  Although you can rent all of the gear you might need from their company at individual item costs separate to the program cost.
  4. The cost for two days  is $279/person.  The cost for three days is $399/person.

  1. Palmer Rapids
      1. Class II/Class III
      2. Pool-Drop
      3. 8-12 Km depending on putin
    1. Equipment can be rented from a number of different canoe companies closeby.
    2. From what I could find it does not seem to be so.
    3. The main putin is at Aumond Bay but you can also putin at Hass Hole - no shuttle required.
Rideau River: Hog’s Back Falls

    1. Class II/Class III OR Class IV+ if running Hog’s Back Falls
    2. Continuous (the falls)
    3. 600 metres (the falls)
  1. Equipment can be rented from a number of nearby canoe rental places.
  2. No costs.
  3. Putin either above or below falls depending on desired start location.

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