White Squall Paddling Centre

White Squall Paddling Centre

White Squall Paddling Centre
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Kayak in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada 30,000 islands. Sea Kayaking in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. Kayak lessons, kayak trips, kayak courses, kayak rentals. Kayak, canoe, SUP sales, rentals, free test paddling in Parry Sound, Ontario. White Squall was born in 1985 with the simple desire to share the outdoors and paddling with others. Beginners of all ages, experience the fun of paddling with us in a quiet and easy way. We are leaders in sea kayak instruction and tripping. Our two shops in the Parry Sound region are full of specialty paddling accessories and camping gear & clothing. Open by appointment October-March, Open 7-days a week April-September.
Nobel, Ontario, Canada

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Winman
1 contribution
May 2022
I recently took my second Paddle Canada course at White Squall and both surpassed my expectations. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. The Instructors, Claire, Kathleen and Tim know their stuff and more-so has an effective style of teaching with explaining, demonstrating, observing and providing feedback on what you are doing well and what and how to improve. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will go back
Written June 2, 2022
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Gareth H
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
I recently took a Paddle Canada course at White Squall instructed by Claire, Tim and Kathleen and it was a great experience. You can tell that they are passionate about kayaking and they created an environment that made learning fun and easy.

There’s a lot of character in the place as well and it has a great vibe (especially the outhouses)!
Written May 20, 2022
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Road347355
1 contribution
May 2022
Did a 1/2 day level 1 paddling lesson with White Squall. What a fabulous morning. Great instruction. Great place. Love to just hang around and absorb the fabulous atmosphere around every White Squaller!
Written May 18, 2022
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Janet M
New York City, NY13 contributions
Aug. 2019
We just returned from a 5 day paddling trip to the Cathcarts with White Squall. Amazing from start to finish. Highly competent and fun guides (Marlene and Paula), excellent equipment (ok, those Thermarest sleeping pads weren't all that comfortable on the rocks!), gorgeous scenery, wonderful group of people, great meals. We aren't the most experienced paddlers, but we always felt safe and supported by the guides and the rest of the group. We had never been to Georgian Bay and we plan to return again and again. We are already planning another White Squall trip. Thank you, thank you!
Written August 21, 2019
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Michele D
Newmarket, Canada61 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Friends
We comprised of older adults with some ability issues. We took the beginner lesson and I can't begin to tell you how great Ethan and Julie were that day. Patience in abundance; Supportive & comforting encouragement; Strength and agility in helping when people tipped. There were three of us in our group that tipped that morning and I was one of them.
I only wish I had brought our own life jackets as it would have been better fit.
Highly recommend! Teachers are well trained.
Written August 13, 2019
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55Puffin2018
Orangeville, Canada7 contributions
Jul. 2019
After paddling our own kayaks for several years, we decided to find out how to do this more competently. We took the beginner course in the morning and the rescue course in the afternoon. Well, we thought that we knew something about kayaking, but the wonderful staff really taught us a lot of tips to help us out. As for the resuce course, although I was intimidated at first, our instructor Hannah made me feel confident that I could do this. By the end of the day, I did feel confident and wished that I had come to White Squall years earlier.
With the experience of using their kayaks (and we were encouraged to try out any kayak/paddle that we wished), I also learned that I was much more confortable in a shallower, narrower kayak. The wonderful, knowledgable staff answered all of our questions, allowed us to "test drive" and in the end, we were very happy with our new puchases.
Many thanks to White Squall for your very friendly, very helpful and very knowledgeable staff!
Written August 10, 2019
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B Gemsen
4 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Family
We had a remarkable day paddling with our two guides. We started at the centre and they went over safety protocols, etc. They set us up with pfd's and paddling jackets as it was a grey/drizzly day. There were 8 of us and we were all in tandem kayaks. The guides were in single kayaks and stayed interspersed with us. We ventured forth from Snug Harbour and wove in and around islands. We stopped for a shore lunch and they set up a type of tent canopy with kayak paddles just in time to shelter us from a down pour. Even though we provided our own lunches they surprised us with brownies and hot tea! The youngest fella got a chill and they provided him with a spare fleece. Even though it was overcast and drizzling the paddling was wonderful. They assured us that had it been bright and sunny it would have gotten too hot to cover the distance that we did. Very enjoyable excursion and highly recommend this outfitter!
Written July 14, 2019
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Robin
Stirling, Canada34 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
Highly recommended. Well organized. Fun, safe great variety. We needed a third day so will be returning next year
Written July 12, 2019
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Barbara B
Boston, NY5 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
This is our “go to “ place for renting kayaks and paddle boards while on our annual cottage week vacation Great selection on rentals and the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Excellent service and friendly atmosphere. They even loaded and helped tie down our kayaks.
Written July 3, 2019
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Bill G
Brampton, Canada2 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Solo
These people are amazing; super friendly and helpful and they offer the best customer service!! I ordered a solo canoe from them. I mistakenly thought that it came with a removable yoke. That was my fault, not theirs. At first, I thought that wouldn't be a problem but when I took it on a canoe trip it did become one. When I got back home I sent them an email, not to complain but just to explain my problem and see if they had any suggestions. I got an immediate response from Peter. He was fantastic; so understanding; so kind! Without hesitation he volunteered to, and did, arrange to have a yoke shipped to me free of charge! Unexpected but totally appreciated, amazing customer service!
Written May 29, 2019
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