Black Feather’s “Canoe Tripping” clinic is designed to prepare paddlers with some previous experience for a significant expedition on our northern river canoe trips in Nááts’ihch’oh and Nahanni National Park Reserves. The focus of this weekend is on whitewater maneuvers, safety techniques and river rescues, gear selection, outfitting, and rigging for wilderness river trips. You will learn how to work as an organized team – scouting, descending, and supporting each other in significant rapids.

Over the course of this weekend, you will receive professional instruction in a relaxed and enjoyable setting at the Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC). Situated right on the Madawaska River, MKC has been Canada’s premier school for whitewater kayaking over 40 years.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All dates listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies. Please contact us to be put onto a waiting list if your desired trip is full.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Fri. June 6 - Sun. June 8, 2025 $975 CAD dates & pricing subject to change!* Book Now

What's Included


  • 6:1 Ratio


  • all meals and snacks from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch

Canoeing Equipment

  • ABS whitewater canoes
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets
  • throw lines and other safety accessories

Local Transportation

  • transportation of guides, group gear, canoes, etc. to and from MKC
  • road transport from MKC to any put-in or take-out points required during the clinic

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)

MKC Facilities

  • lounge
  • showers
  • washrooms
  • lodge accommodation