The Halton Outdoor Club

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About Paddling

Experience adventures on the water with like-minded paddlers. Paddlers of all levels are welcome. The Club begins the season with a focus on safety, offering a variety of introductory and refresher safety and rescue courses. Paddle Canada Instructors provide the courses to help paddlers learn and improve at any skill level. From the first- time paddler to the more experienced paddler, the Club offers opportunities to learn and practise throughout the season. Then we go have some fun on the water.

Club paddles include local day trips to the Grand River, Guelph Lake, Lake Muskoka, Waubaushene, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Georgian Bay. Weekend and extended trips take paddlers to such locations as Franklin Islands, Whales Back, Benjamin Islands, Lake Superior and Frontenac Provincial Park to name a few. Some of our day and weekend trips utilize the resources of outfitters who provide rental kayaks and equipment so you don't always need to own a kayak to get involved. There are regular Club workshops and social paddles where we learn from each other. Workshop topics may include water safety guidelines, paddle strokes, rescues, wilderness trip packing, navigation and much more. Many of our paddlers also participate in various kayak symposiums around the country.

Don't paddle alone. Share your paddle in the safe and friendly group environment the Club provides.

Paddling is Magic, Come join us

  • We are all here to have fun, be safe and learn from each other.
  • We are all volunteer leaders who enjoy organizing and sharing our experiences.
  • We ask that you have the proper kayak, safety equipment, training, skill level required for the various trips and courses.

Safety Requirements

  • Proper kayak for the conditions of the paddle. Double bulk heads mandatory.
  • Proper clothing for air and water temperature. Never wear cotton on the water. Wet suit and dry suit based on water temperature recommended.
  • Proper fitting PFD worn at all times.
  • Proper safety devices required by law: whistle, bailer/pump, paddle, tow rope.
  • In order to paddle with Club on car camping wilderness or extended trips, you must have completed a wet exit, self-rescue, assisted rescue in current season.

Lessons

The Halton Outdoor Club welcomes all levels of paddlers but especially beginners. Our goal is to make it easy for a new paddler to get started. We offer lessons in both the pool (April) and lake (June) with all equipment included. There are easy day trips that follow when rentals are available. In addition, we offer dryland and water workshops (May-June) to share and practice with other club members. Whatever you’re level of experience, we are happy to have you join us. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.

Trips

The Halton Outdoor Club provides several trip formats based on Paddle Canada Skill Level, wave and wind, pace and endurance. Trip Leaders have the right to refuse anyone who they think does not have the proper skill level or equipment required for their trip. Please check with Trip Leader of you have any questions. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.

Day Trips

Throughout the paddling season, we offer day trips that are within 2 hours drive time of the Halton Region. Every outing has a volunteer Club Leader and a detailed paddling plan. Check the events calendar for the schedule and to register.

Car Camping Trips

We offer weekend car camping trips through-out Ontario during the season. We book a camp site on an inland lake, paddle for the weekend and enjoy each other’s company. Check the events calendar for the schedule and to register.

Wilderness Camping Trips

We offer wilderness paddling trips throughout the season. This is usually on open water, waves and wind conditions are considered. Paddle up to 20 kms per day based on conditions. Certified Outfitters may be used to guides. Check the events calendar for more details and to register

Extended Trips

Halton Outdoor Club will offer extended out of province and country throughout the year. This is guided by a certified Outfitter, normally 5-7 days either in the back country or coastal areas. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.

Related Links

Paddling Events - See upcoming paddling events here

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