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Madawaska Kanu Centre

247 River Road, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
+1 888-652-5268
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5 Day Whitewater Kayaking Course

Great time, great place, incredible instruction, wonderful food, fantastic people. Just went there... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2016
Skiyak
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Northampton, Massachusetts
Family rafting trip

We took our girls, 6 and 4 on the family raft trip last week. It is a float trip and perfect for... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2016
Kat B
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Toronto, Canada
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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. Two hour Family Rafting Trips for ages 2 & up! Five fun-filled kms of beautiful scenery and tumbling whitewater in the Algonquin Park area. Our skilled guides steer the raft down river as you hold-on and enjoy the adventures! Our Riverside Shop & Café has souvenirs, clothing, snacks and beverages for purchase before or after your trip. Fun for the whole family!
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247 River Road, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
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Reviewed July 17, 2016

Great time, great place, incredible instruction, wonderful food, fantastic people. Just went there for the 3rd time, though first time in 8 years. I can't say enough about the quality of MKC. They have service down pat! World class instruction and a great learning river....More

Thank Skiyak
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2016

Wow! We are blushing. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on your time with us and for commenting on the quality and service. I have made sure our hard-working team sees your review!

Reviewed July 16, 2016

We took our girls, 6 and 4 on the family raft trip last week. It is a float trip and perfect for kids....plus we had a great time too! Our guide (Naomi) was knowledgeable, engaging and funny! All the staff we encountered were great. Jumping...More

1  Thank Kat B
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2016

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and to let us know the highlights of your trip with us! We are so glad you enjoyed riding the waves of the Madawasa!

Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We took our 2 grandchildren ages 7 and 9. They were thrilled and we as adults also enjoyed the ride. The body surfing in the rapids was an added bonus. Our guide was a very pleasant young man who navigated well and kept us informed...More

Thank john c
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2016

We are so glad you had a great time! Some people don't know we run Family Raft trips from Monday to Thursday throughout the summer so your review is greatly appreciated! You are welcome back anytime for more family fun!

Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The MKC was such a wonderful experience for me and my family. We all had so much fun surfing on the water, crashing throughout the waves and swimming through the Rapids. I also found the counsellors / instructors very people friendly, very enthusiastic, and so...More

1  Thank Hayley C
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2016

We have passed on your kind words to your guide! We love your description of our Family Raft Trips! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience.

Reviewed July 10, 2016

MKC is a great training centre. I was challenged & supported. I grew in confidence and competence. The retreat provided wonderful nourishment for body, heart and soul. It was wonderful to connect with women from many different places to learn together and support each other...More

Thank Kathleen H
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2016

Hello Kathleen! Thank you for joining us for a fun-filled Women's Week and for your review on your experience with us. Enthusiasm is contagious and our Instructors remarked on the incredible energy and positivity of the paddlers we welcomed this season for Womens Week! Thanks...More

Reviewed July 5, 2016

The Week of Rivers was better than expected and I highly recommend it to anyone in the class III/IV skill range. The combination of fun rivers and awesome people just can’t be beat. We hit a different river every day with mostly big water rivers....More

Thank Jennifer G
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2016

Thanks for your thoughts Jennifer! I know this week was a real highlight for Matt as well and we are trying to get the word out to more class III/IV paddlers about how incredible Week of Rivers is! We hope to see you next season...More

Reviewed July 5, 2016

My first experience WW kayaking. We had an amazing instructor (Emily). The time she took on the first day going over all the tipping/rescue scenarios and all the different strokes in the calm of the bay set us up for success the rest of the...More

Thank 2tracytravel
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2016

Such a great review with tips and tricks included for interested students :) We appreciate the time you have taken to give such a helpful review and look forward to welcoming you back for future fun on the river!

Reviewed July 3, 2016

Cheers to our instructors Ingrid, Colin, and Steffy who were more than patient and supportive in trying to teach this old dog some new tricks! I had a blast!

Thank Mark-Christine S
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2016

Thanks for your shout out to some of our fantastic Instructors :) We are so glad you had a blast and we hope to have you on the water with us again to learn some more tricks!

Reviewed June 29, 2016

After many years away from kayaking MKC reawakened my spirit for the sport and the unique access to nature it provides. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in whitewater sports.

Thank Matt O
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2016

Thanks so much for your review Matt! W appreciate the props and also enjoyed having you at MKC :)

Reviewed June 27, 2016

MKC provides intense training for people who really want to learn and improve their skills in an environment that encourages learning AND fun. I'm returning to the open boat after paddling kayak for several years AND receiving a total hip transplant 8 weeks ago. I...More

Thank Pejibaye
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2016

Learning and fun are our number one priority! We are so glad you felt a healthy dose of both during your course with us and felt "positively pushed". Take care until we meet again :)

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JoAnneBallandies
August 2, 2015|
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Response from OttawaDvw | Property representative |
Hello JoAnne, the Madawaska River Family Rafting is available Mondays to Thursdays through July and August. Adults are $50 + HST, while kids are $40 + HST. The trips run at 10am, 12 & 2pm although we advise you give us a... More
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