Canoeing Kayaking and Stand-up Paddling Ontario

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Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddling

With over half a million lakes and rivers, and thousands of kilometres of coastline, it is fitting that Ontario means ‘Shimmering Waters’. Get out and enjoy spectacular paddling in one of the world’s greatest fresh water destinations.

Stand-up Paddling

Stand-up Paddling (SUP) is a popular paddling trend with origins that have a long history in surfing communities. Outfitters across the province are now offering SUP gear and lessons.

Outfitters across the province offer SUP rental gear and lessons. Learn to SUP at one of the many Surf and Stand Up Paddleboard Schools in the GTA, Eastern Ontario and Guelph area.

See Toronto from a different perspective with SUPGirlz, who run SUP classes, workshops and events from the Beaches.

Catch a wave on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures. Paddle the beautiful flat waters of Haliburton Highlands, Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes and Algonquin with SUPnorth.

Test your skills at SUPing  events like the Grand River Challenge or during the Ontario SUP Series.

Learn more about SUP certifications with the Paddle Canada SUP Program.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Embark on a guided or fully outfitted canoeing or kayaking adventure. The types of paddling excursions you can experience are as varied as the scenery you’ll see along the way.

Check out the new paddling routes and itineraries along the Trent Severn Waterway in Northumberland. “Lock 8 to Percy Reach” is where Champlain paddled in 1615! Discover why the Georgian Bay has the best sea kayaking in the world. 

Take a BIG trip to paddle with caribou on the Slate Islands, Lake Superior or try a train, plane and canoe wilderness trip to Wabakimi Provincial Park, one of the world's largest wilderness paddling areas. 

Watch this paddling videoread stories and articles on Best Places, Short Getaways, Essential Skills and more. Start planning your next Ontario paddling trip.

Man and women canoeing in front of waterfalls


Real wilderness, real easy! Explore the Agawa River, Algonquin Provincial Park, Madawaska River and more. Guided canoe adventures are an easy, no hassle and safe way to go paddling in Ontario’s wilderness. Everything is supplied - the canoes, tents, food and more. Top notch guides add great value with excellent care, lessons and knowledge of the area.  

Couple in a canoe taking photos.


Canada’s national river conservation program promotes, protects and enhances historically important waterways.