Happy Paddling
Happy Paddling
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Lessons & WorkshopsGear RentalsStand Up PaddleboardingKayaking & Canoeing
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As many of you know we have been working over the last couple of months to wind down Happy Paddling and make more time for ourselves and our family. Ann and I would like to thank all of you who have joined us on the water over the years, and of course our great summer staff! Thank you again and all the best! Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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DrRichard23
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Paddle boarding with HAPPYPADDLING was an extremely enjoyable experience! I had a great time and would definitely come back again in the future!
From the moment we arrived to the very end, everyone went above and beyond what was required, and was super friendly, patient, and helpful!
We arrived having never done paddle boarding before, and the HAPPYPADDLING team was super helpful in explaining the safety requirements, and how to get onto the board and how to move around on the water.
They provided a small airport-style cubbie where we could store our valuables (wallet, phone, etc.), which was locked with a key that we held onto during the rental.
When we got onto the water and appeared to be struggling, they were super patient in helping us make the experience as enjoyable as possible.
The COVID setup was also very well done. At no point did I feel unsafe or that I was too close to other people. They required using hand sanitizer and a wearing a mask for everyone, and made sure that everyone was socially distant from the other guests.
The website to book a rental spot was also super easy to use and informative!
Overall, this was a really great experience, and I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone who is thinking about trying this out!
Written July 20, 2020
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Thank you DrRichard23 for the great review. We are fortunate to have a great team that is focused on everyone's safety while they are here having fun and enjoying our beautiful waterfront! We are so pleased you had a great experience and we look forward to your return. Happy Paddling Mike, Ann, Tori, & Paige
Written July 22, 2020
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sharon l
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I highly recommend Happy Paddling! Safety is #1 here! And so is great customer service! The owner and team have their process down. pat. Be sure to wear a good mask, show up early. (If possible) and know you will be well taken care of! 

The Happy Paddling team took time to run me through a mini lesson, made sure my life preserver was on properly, had a place to lock my phone and other valuables, gave me clear guidance on where to paddle and where not to, took my picture and air dropped it to me and even sprayed my feet to get the sand off before putting shoes on to leave! 

I also eves dropped a bit and realized others SUPing with me were return customers! I look forward to going back again!
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you sharonll769BN for the great review. I will pass your compliments onto our staff. We are so fortunate to have great staff and great customers. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Written August 7, 2021
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Joy
Innisfil, Canada1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
Mike and Ann were so beautiful in many ways for my first experience on stand up paddling. They made sure I was comfortable in what I was doing and their instructions were very clear and made me feel safe in anyway. I strongly recommend anyone who is interested in paddling to definitely try this for great experience and we are very lucky to have Ann and Mike to provide this experience.
Customer service was excellent!
Joy
Written June 28, 2021
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Thank you Vacation567477 for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Written July 22, 2021
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Mariela B
Barrie, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This was our first time kayaking, my daughter and her friend went on one kayak and said they had a blast. I took my brother who has disabilities and what I though would be hard for him was actually very enjoyable. The happy paddling team was great they showed us how to use the paddle and helped him in and out of the kayak. Over all a great experience and can’t wait to do it again.
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you 10marielab for the great review! We are so happy everyone enjoyed their time with us! I will pass your compliments onto our staff and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Written August 7, 2021
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Dave H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Last Christmas, I received a gift certificate for a one-on-one lesson of SUP. I tried to go last summer but had to reschedule since it was too windy. Then, summer was over... This year, I went back on July 30th and took that lesson. I learned a lot from Ann, a great teacher. A week after, I decided to go back to practice what I learned and booked a one-hour rental. Thanks to Ann and Mike, I was in control of the situation and really enjoyed myself. I would recommend Happy Paddling to anyone who wants to try something new or just enjoy a quite time on the water in a safe way.
Written August 8, 2021
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Thank you davehY9316UZ for the great review! I will pass your compliments onto to Ann. We could tell the two of you (both you and Ann ) were having fun out there and it was great to see you come back to consolidate those skills. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Written August 9, 2021
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NataliMa
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is my third summer with Happy Paddling. I can tell all freshmen coming to kayak or paddle for the first time: Paddling and kayaking are not only about outdoors, sports, physical activity, loosing extra pounds, etc. Paddling and kayaking make you HAPPY, make you forget about all your problems and push you to breathe full chest and appreciate that little time we have on water, soak in sunshine and watch tiny fish swim around, clouds moving way slower than you move on your board/kayak. The owners, Mme Ann and Mr MIchael (respectfully), are the most dedicated people in watersports field, kind, patient, accomodating , knowledgeable and are always happy to see you either for a lesson, or safety recap, or when they are bringing equipment straight to the "launch spot" for you. Also, there are three fantastic young associates working every summer who does an excellent job teaching new bees skills needed for this type of sport and doing everything else needed around . Come 30 min before your time to sign the waiver and get familiar with surroundings (learn where not to kayak else motor boats will teach you a lesson!) Looking forward to my next visit coming weekend! Bring your family and friends-you will have lots of fun!
Written August 26, 2021
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Thank you NataliMa for the great review! We appreciate your in depth review and that you have made us part of your summer over the last 3 years. I will pass your compliments onto our staff and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Written August 29, 2021
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William P C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I booked mine for my birthday August 8, and booking was simple, with helpful feedback from staff. I have experienced multiple paddling rentals, but Happy Paddling provides one the best services out there! Very accommodating, kind, and helpful. The staff are very friendly and informative. They prioritize safety measures ensuring both customer's and staff's safety especially during the pandemic.
Written August 9, 2020
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Thank you williampc2020 for the great review. I will be sure to share you comments with our team. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy paddling Mike, Ann, Tori & Paige
Written August 10, 2020
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E B
Newmarket, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I highly recommend Happy Paddling. The process for booking was seamless. He actually made a change in booking to accommodate to use our paddle board booking at the same time as our kayaks. We had an amazing time.
This trip was during Covid-19 closures and the guidelines for safety and sanitation were very well managed and followed.
We will certainly booked again next year a few times.
Written September 7, 2020
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Thank you Adventure749182 for the great review! We are so pleased you had an amazing time with us. We look forward to your return next year! Happy Paddling Mike, Ann, Tori & Paige
Written September 8, 2020
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escapeforever
Newmarket, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Was a great experience! They did a great job ensuring everything was safe and they had great social distancing and sanitizing measures in place. Was our first time kayaking and they took the time to give us some helpful tips to ensure we had a great time in the water. Staff was very friendly from the owner to the lovely gal who checked us in and staff in the water to help us get back in. Great time, they even took photos for us and sent them too us so we didn’t need to bring our phones. We are returning! Mike even took time to ensure we received a 10% coupon to return! Thanks so much.
Written August 18, 2020
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Thank you escapeforever for the great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us a look forward to your return. I was happy to help you find the returning guest discount in your email. Happy Paddling Mike, Ann, Tori & Paige
Written August 19, 2020
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Global_Passerby
Cleveland, OH4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Booked three tandem kayaks in mid-August for our extended family of six with members aged from pre-teen to senior. The online portal was easy to use as I had booked the service from the U.S. in advance of our visit.

Everyone had a thoroughly good time! The operators, Mike, Ann, and Tobi, were excellent! Mike made sure we were all properly suited up and provided thorough instructions. And he was obviously conscientious about ensuring all Covid protocols were followed. He also gave comprehensive answers about the differences in life jacket regulations btw Canada and the U.S.

As a bonus: the photography service ensured we'll always have pictures to remind us of our happy experience! Will definitely revisit!!
Written August 28, 2021
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Thank you Global_Passerby for the great revew. We are so pleased everyone had a good time. I will pass your compliments onto Ann and Tori and we look forward to seeing you again soon! PS. We all hope some of those pics will find their way to the front of the fridge. :-) Happy Paddling Mike & Ann
Written August 29, 2021
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