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Madawaska Kanu Centre

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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...more
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247 River Road, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
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All reviews white water the river top notch whitewater kayaking great food next year owl rafting meal plan lots of fun beautiful setting my son spent days great instruction family rafting trip fantastic weekend look forward last week
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

Lots and lots of fun on the rafting trip due to excellent guides. If you are looking for a skill-based experience, this is NOT the rafting for you. Having rafted near Pittsburgh and on the Ottawa River, this was super tame and very calm. What...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

My wife and I booked a week-long session at the Madawaska Kanu Center August 2018. When we first showed up we found the entrance to be blocked by vans towing kayaks, so we parked on the street. A woman, who turned out to be the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Madawaska K, Owner at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Hello Greg. We are sorry to hear of this less than stellar experience at Madawaska Kanu Centre. We are taking all of your feedback into serious consideration. We put a lot of focus on ensuring people are in the best learning progression for their experience...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

Spent an exciting, fun and educational week at MKC this month. Did so in the company of an adventurous and young at heart crew of 55+ adults. Tandem canoe instructors were knowledgeable and paid great attention to individual student/client needs and interests regarding on-water skills...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bill R
Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

Thank you for your review Bill! We so enjoyed having you at MKC. It was such a fun week of adventures. I definitely recommend returning for the kayak program :) We look forward to welcoming you back! - Beth

Reviewed August 17, 2018

Highly reccommend! A beautiful setting, friendly staff and expert instructors all combined to make my first weekend course in whitewater kayaking a memorable event and foundation for future adventures!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Beth S
Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you for your recommendation and welcome to the river community! We look forward to welcoming you back for some more whitewater kayaking fun!

Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

It was a great rafting trip for my daughter age 10 and nieces 10 and 17. It was their first exposure to rafting and would certainly enjoy another trip. We are hoping to maybe go to Owl next year for a little more challenging raft....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lava533
Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip! We are glad your family enjoyed the afternoon and hope to welcome you to our sister company, OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River!

Reviewed August 16, 2018

The family rafting was a great introduction to having fun in white water. The raft was a perfect size and the rapids are perfect sized too. Our guide, Meghan/Megan (spelling) was great. Her bright personality and obvious command of her raft really made it enjoyable...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ross C
Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you for your review of your raft trip down the Middle Madawaska River with Meagan! We will make sure she receives your kind words.

Reviewed August 13, 2018

My name is David and I just got back from the Whitewater Riders program at Madawaska Kanu Centre and Owl Rafting. During the first week we did creek style and technique kayaking and we also got to hop into slalom boats on the Madawaska River....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Thank you so much David for this amazing review of your time in the Whitewater Riders program! It was a joy having you a part as a Rider and we hope to welcome you back again next year - either to the Ontario program or...More

Reviewed August 12, 2018

Last summer I did a canoe course (weekend), a 3 day women's retreat (canoe), and this summer I just finished the 5 day kayak course. Both were excellent. The first time I stayed in a private room (small, comfortable), the second in the more dorm-style...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank meganaleslie
Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Wow! Thank you so much for this awesome run-down of your experience with us Megan! We also appreciate that you keep on coming back to our riverside community - where you most certainly have a home :) We look forward to welcoming you back Megan!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

We had a great time on the 2-hour rafting trip. All of the rafting guides were very informative, helpful and fun!!! Would definitely go again.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Thank you for your rating and for joining us for a fun-filled rafting trip!

Reviewed August 10, 2018

Very well organized. Very safe. Yet enough adventure to make it really fun. The guides were really good.

Date of experience: August 2018
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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Owner at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2018

Thanks for the great review Jaswinder D! We hope to have you back soon. Have a great rest of your summer!

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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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