Spring Trip 2019

Spring Trip Sign-Up is now CLOSED. Email events@cukc.ca or message us on Facebook to inquire about late sign ups. 

The Carleton University Kayak Club runs semi-annual trips to the Ottawa river for a weekend of kayaking. The rapid section of the Ottawa river is one of the worlds best locations for whitewater kayaking as it is very beginner friendly. Spring trip is a great time to get out on the water and tune up your skills for the season. Due to the cold water at this time of year you must have a solid flatwater roll and kayaking skills to attend the trip. However, whitewater experience is not necessary. We will be joined by world class kayaking instructors who will teach all the basics of the sport and who will ensure you have a fun and safe descent down the river. Kayaks and gear can be rented if needed!

Advanced paddlers; we want (and need) you! If you can help lead, instruct, or be available to help with rescue that would be fantastic. You can also just show up and show off all your fancy moves to impress beginners and get them stoked. 

Novice and intermediate paddlers Spring trip is a great opportunity to work on your skills in a river surrounded by tons of paddlers who will help you out.

Also, you do not have to be a university student to join us on this trip. Community members are always welcome. 

We will be camping at PQ Pavillion at Wilderness Tours. Food will be provided by your lovely executives and volunteers. Campfires and sing alongs will definitely be happening, it’s sure to be a good time!

Trip Dates
April 26th to 28th* ( Paddling both Saturday and Sunday)

We only accept payments via PayPal or credit card. All orders are final so please make sure you will attend the Spring Trip before signing up. If you have any questions please email events@cukc.ca.

Food: breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday, and snacks on the river)
Camping Fees: Equipment rental extra (while supplies last).
Transportation: From Carleton Friday evening all the way back on Sunday.

Beginners*  (Very limited whitewater experience, solid flatwater roll and kayaking skills) $195.00/$205 (Includes lessons with instructors and all necessary kayaking gear except a wetsuit – $12 rental)
Novice (Some whitewater experience) – $95.00 (Does NOT include a lesson and does NOT include kayaking gear, whitewater experience necessary, must have completed the First Timers course or equivalent experience)
Intermediate  (Class 2/3 does not scare me) $95.00
Advanced (Can successfully rescue in whitewater and run class 4) $95.00

*First Timers/Beginners: Lesson IS MANDATORY for safety reasons.

**Must be CUKC member. Go to cukc.ca/membership**


Presqu’ile Pavillion at Wilderness Tours in Beachburg, ON. The location will be reserved for members of our trip alone and it has large campgrounds, cabins (At an additional cost), showers (with hot water), Pavillion, beach, and trails. Expect a big party Friday night!!!


Kayaking: We have all of the gear you need, and the rental is included in the price of the trip for First Timers and Beginners. Anyone else can choose to rent equipment when filling out the form below (while quantities last)

Camping: If possible please bring your own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, WARM CLOTHES). If you’re missing something we will rent you sleeping bags and tents (shared) while supplies last, please see the form below.

Personal gear: You will receive a packing list before the trip with some helpful hints of what to bring.

Weekend Overview

4:30pm – Arrive at Carleton early and help load boats and gear into the truck and cars.
5:30pm – Leave Carleton for Wilderness Tours
6:30pm – Buy dinner at the stop on the way in Arnprior
7:30pm – Arrive at Wilderness Tours, fill out waiver, set up camp.
9:00pm – Trip meeting. Party.

Saturday: Breakfast, get ready for the day, paddle, dinner, party, sleep.

Sunday: Pack up camp, breakfast, camp clean, paddle, camp clean, load into cars, back to Carleton (generally by 9pm).

Email events@cukc.ca