Since 1972, Black Feather has introduced thousands of paddlers to the fun and excitement of whitewater canoeing. We primarily teach a style of paddling designed to let you safely descend rapids in a loaded, tandem, tripping canoe. We’ll also try out a few more adventurous moves, just for fun. With whitewater skills, a whole new world of wilderness travel is open to you. Black Feather’s “Whitewater Canoeing” week-end is the perfect opportunity for you to learn the paddling skills and safety techniques you will need to enjoy our wilderness rivers. The program is designed to provide excellent instruction in a relaxed and enjoyable setting at Palmer Rapids on the Madawaska River. Beginners, “false”-beginners and those with a bit more experience will all get the chance to develop their skills on this action-packed weekend.

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Click here to access a detailed trip package with an itinerary and a full list of inclusions and exclusions for our 2 day clinic, and for more information about our 3 day clinic, click here.  Click here for a recommended packing & rentals list.

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
Sat. June 1 - Sun. June 2, 2024 $725 CAD 2 day clinic* Book Now
Sat. June 22 - Sun. June 23, 2024 $725 CAD 2 day clinic* Book Now
Sat. June 29 - Sun. June 30, 2024 $725 CAD 2 day clinic* Book Now
Fri. May 24 - Sun. May 26, 2024 $825 CAD 3 day clinic* Book Now
Fri. June 14 - Sun. June 16, 2024 $825 CAD 3 day clinic* Book Now

Whitewater Paddling Clinic with Black Feather

What's Included


  • 4:1 Ratio


  • 2 Day Clinic
    • BBQ Dinner on Saturday
  • 3 Day Clinic
    • Lunch & Dinner on Friday
    • BBQ Dinner on Saturday

Paddling & Camping Equipment

  • whitewater canoes, throw lines, and other safety accessories
  • paddles, paddling helmets, PFDs (you may bring your own)
  • “kitchen”: tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.

Local Transportation

  • guides, group gear, canoes, and equipment to and from the clinic location

Safety Equipment

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

Camping Fees

  • 2 Day Clinic
    • Day Use & Camping Fees for Saturday & Sunday
  • 3 Day Clinic
    • Day Use & Camping Fees from  Friday to Sunday