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Address: 247 River Road, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-756-3620
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The Madawaska Kanu Centre provides personal instruction in Whitewater...

The Madawaska Kanu Centre provides personal instruction in Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing, as well as sea kayaking. Located just outside of Algonquin Park on the Madawaska River, MKC offers all the comforts of a European-style vacation resort. Classes are small, the river clean, warm & uncrowded.

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My son and I did the 2-day canoe whitewater course. Everything from the instruction to the food, equipment and accommodation was excellent. The instructor and other staff were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My son and I did the 2-day canoe whitewater course. Everything from the instruction to the food, equipment and accommodation was excellent. The instructor and other staff were super-friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely come back for a week long course. All the other individuals - of all kinds of ages and from all over eastern Canada and the eastern... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and for giving a shout out to your fellow students. They are a huge part of what makes coming to MKC such a positive experience - the camaraderie and support of your fellow paddlers on the water! More 

Barry's Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Get here early and explore the grounds. Then take the family on a rafting trip. Nature's rollercoaster won't disappoint.

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your adventures on and around the Madawaska River with us! Nature is the best playground! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

My son and daughter and I took the 5 day whitewater kayak course. My daughter and I took the beginner course while my son took the next level up. An awesome experience on the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers. Instruction was top notch and very supportive. Thanks to Steve and Zofia. Awesome job. We stayed in campground which was fun. The... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Hey Scott! Thanks for sharing yours and your family's experience with us. We have passed your kind words on to Steve and Zofia. We look forward to welcoming you back next year! More 

Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Having next to no experience with white water - being a flat water sort - wasn't sure my age and out of shape condition could handle the rigors. It was tough both mentally and physically but I learned so much and in a safe environment and top notch instruction and encouragement (thanks Colin!). Sadly it was the last weekend of... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

We truly believe whitewater is for everyone! :) Good for you for proving to yourself that this is something you can do and excel at. The incredible rivers of Ontario and Canada await you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Our family of four had a blast on this white water rafting excursion. The guides were awesome. They explained how best to keep us safe and the history of the area and the centre. We highly recommend this place even for families with young children. Great opportunity to also push your own personal comfort zone. Shout out to Colin, Johnny-Ray... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Hello Lisa! Thanks for your review on our Family Rafting trips! We are so glad you and your family loved it and we have passed your kind words on to our awesome team of raft guides - such a fun bunch! More 

Clarksville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My husband and I took the 5 day whitewater kayak class. It's well paced with friendly staff and fellow paddlers. We learned quite a bit. It's better for beginners than advanced paddlers, but there's something to learn for everyone. The facilities and food are excellent. A very relaxing vacation. Tip: get the food plan. You won't feel like preparing meals... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We agree - meals prepared for you and dishes done for you are a real plus! A big thanks to our hard working Kitchen & Operations team! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My 5-day tandem canoe course took me from zero whitewater experience to confidently running Class II and III rapids. Everything about MKC was perfect: food, facilities, atmosphere, schedule, staff, and instructors. I'm looking at my schedule for next summer and trying to find a way to come back. Thank you MKC!

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Thanks Chris! We were so impressed how well you transitioned from tandem to solo last week. We are excited to welcome you back next season! Cheers! B More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Fantastic father/son week! Instructors are top shelf in all respects and the staff have a high attention to detail and customer service. The food was memorable, the sauna was perfect and the evenings were filled with music and conversation. You won't be disappointed!

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Thanks Dave! I had so much fun learning with you last week (it's Beth ;) We are so glad you both had a good time and we look forward to welcoming you back for more father/son time on the river. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I was at the MKC for 5 days taking a white-water canoe course. It was AMAZING! I learned so much more than expected. My instructor Dana was an incredibly skilled paddler and was very friendly, thorough, and patient. I learned the how why of different paddle strokes, river reading and how to navigate rapids. There was ample time to practice... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

Hello Mary-Lynne! We have passed your kind words along to Dana. He was so happy to hear about your positive experience. Thank you so much for your detailed review and we hope to welcome you back for more "growling across the eddy lines :)" More 

Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Our 2 kids (age 10 and 7) loved the adventure! Body surfing through Claudia's roller was a huge hit and they are still talking about it. Definitely a great memory making adventure and not too scary for the kids but still adventurous enough for the adults. It was POURING rain during our day but Johnny Ray and Nick kept our... More 

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre - Day Trips, responded to this review

We are so glad you and your kids loved your adventure, even in the pouring rain (you get wet anyway don't you ;) More 

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