Experience adventures on the water with like-minded paddlers. Paddlers of all levels are welcome. This is a sea kayak and recreational kayak friendly club, however, due to safety concerns, inflatable kayaks are not permitted. For more information regarding the recreational kayak program, please read The Halton Outdoor Rec Kayaking Program.pdf
From the first- time paddler to the more experienced paddler, the Club offers opportunities to learn and to practise throughout the season. The Club begins the season with a focus on safety, offering a variety of introductory and refresher safety and rescue options for both sea kayak and recreational kayak paddlers. When offered, Paddle Canada Instructors provide the courses to help paddlers learn and improve at any skill level for both sea kayak and recreational kayak paddlers. Then we go have some fun on the water.
We offer paddles for both sea kayaks and recreational kayaks throughout the season. We travel for our day trips to interior lakes and rivers such as the Grand River, Rockwood, Welland Canal, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Weekend and extended trips take paddlers to such locations as Franklin Islands, Whales Back, Benjamin Islands, Lake Superior and North Channel 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. Any surplus funds which may be generated from the running of our paddling trips or events, will be used to support the running of other other paddling trips or events.
We also have workshops where we learn from each other. Workshop topics may include water safety guidelines, paddle strokes, rescues, wilderness trip packing, navigation and much more.
Don't paddle alone. Share your paddle in the safe and friendly group environment the Club provides.
Paddling is Magic, Come join us
Lessons and Practice Opportunities
The Halton Outdoor Club welcomes all levels of paddling for both sea and recreational kayaking; we really like helping beginners. Our goal is to make it easy for a new paddler to get started. We offer practice opportunities in both the pool (April) and lake (June) with all the equipment included, depending on our arrangement with our chosen paddling company.
In addition, we offer dryland and water opportunities (May-June) to share and to practise with other club members. Whatever your level of experience, we are happy to have you join us. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.
Kinds of Trips
Day TripsThroughout the paddling season, we offer day trips that are within 2 hours drive time of the Halton Region. Every outing has a volunteer trip 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 campsite 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 TripsWe 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.
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 backcountry or coastal areas. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.
Trips and SafetyThe Halton Outdoor Club provides several trip formats based on skill level and conditions while on the water. Safety is the overarching principle of the HOC paddling. In the event that the conditions exceed the skill level of the participants, the volunteer trip leader has the final call to cancel the trip for some or all of the paddlers, before or on the day of the paddle.
As part of the Halton Outdoor Club (HOC) paddling community, we formed a Paddling Committee consisting of volunteers who want to make an impactful contribution to the HOC.
The paddling committee consists of 2 co-directors, Paul Leppik and Ed Brunato, who are backed up by a team of hard working, dedicated individuals to bring HOC a fantastic paddling program. They are Anne Marchildon, Bob Annis, Lise Sorensen, Gabriela Sebestyen, Katrina Blom, Ken Besser and Virginia Martin.
We meet once a month for the purpose of coordinating and planning meaningful paddling experiences for our Halton Outdoor Club members. Contact the paddling directors if you wish to join us.
To Contact Paddling Co-Directors
To reach out to the paddling directors, please send and email to email@example.com
Paddling Committee Meeting Minutes
Club members can find the business of our meetings by logging into the the website and clicking here.
Volunteer Paddling Trip Leader Development Program
As a volunteer organization we rely on people who are willing to help out in all capacities, from organizing paddling excursions behind the scenes to volunteer trip leaders who lead them. Our goal is to grow as an organization and to continue our robust paddling program. Here are some resources to guide you along this journey.
2022 HOC Volunteer Trip Leader Guide.pdf - This is a paddling specific trip leader guide.
2022 HOC Trip Leaders Best Practices.pdf - This is a best practices guide specific to paddling.
Paddling and Camping Resources
Paddling and Camping
Packing Lists for Canoe and Kayak Camping
Recipes and Food Options for Paddling Excursions
Weather Related Links
Publication by Environment Canada
This calendar is for planning and organizing paddling trips for the season. Events become official when they are active on the club's events calendar. (They can also be found in the Paddling Events list below.) Keep in mind that we sometimes overlap wilderness camping trips, car camping trips and day trips. If you have a trip in mind, be sure to contact our paddling co-directors!
The HOC Trip Rating System
How we grade our trips for expected conditions and skills required:
We endeavor to have everyone remain safe on our paddling excursions and to have participants make informed decisions regarding the suitability of such trips. Therefore, we have adopted a trip rating system based on the typical conditions that one may face on any trip and the skills needed to meet such conditions. It is the discretion of the volunteer trip leader to increase a trip grade depending on changing conditions on the day of the paddle.
Special thanks goes to Jeff Arbing (O.S.K.C.) whose input and paddling experience was instrumental in its creation.
Grade A - Beginner
HOC Paddling Launch and Parking Locations Map
DISCLAIMER: We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the locations of the HOC Paddling Launch and Parking Locations Map
Official Scheduled Trips
Upcoming Paddling Events - List Form
Upcoming Paddling Events - Active paddling events can also be found on the club calendar or in list here below. By clicking on an event you will find all trip information and the opportunity to register for our paddling events! You may wish to bookmark this page.
Lessons, Workshops, Pool Sessions