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Venturer Whitewater 1

Event Status

Registration Open

Event Location

Petawawa River

Event date

05/25/2018 - 7:00pm - 05/27/2018 - 3:00pm

Event Description

Venturer Whitewater 1

Hosted by Voyageur Council VAF

Cost: $75 + HST plus $8 camp fee plus equipment rental of $55 + HST, if required

Registration deadline: May 1, 2018 when payments need to be collected by the Council Office

Payment method:credit, debit, cheque or cash

Once again in 2018, Voyageur Council is offering a Level 1 white water canoeing instruction camp.  Level 1 will be offered at a base camp on the Petawawa River on the weekend of May 25-27.  This course is for Venturers and their advisors.  Senior Scouts may also attend with their Venturer Company.  It has been found to work well as a linking adventure.

Professional instruction will be given by Bear Creek Outdoor Centre.  There will be 1 instructor for 4 or 5 canoes.

Level 1 is suitable for novice canoeists.  However, they MUST take a FREE flat water skills pre-training and white water safety session.  A pre-training course is scheduled for 10:30 am on April 29 at Camp Opemikon.  Some canoes, paddles & PFDs will be available from the campRegister Now for the Pre-training

There will be ample opportunity to practice at the Level 1 course - each 2 participants will have a canoe available at all times.  Companies are expected to bring or rent a sufficient number of white water canoes.  

Priority will be given to Venturers and advisors from Voyageur Council.  If space permits, Joint Council units and other Scouting members will be considered.  The course is not open to members of the general public.

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre will rent and transport white water canoes for $55 per person (plus HST) for the weekend. Paddles, PFDs, and helmets are included in the above fee.  But, please bring your own PFDs and helmets if you can.  The supply of rental equipment might be limited – first come, first served.  If you are too late, you will have to rent elsewhere and transport it yourself.

If you bring your own canoes, be certain they are suitable for white water (normally, this means ABS, at least 16 feet long). Each must have a bailer.  Wooden paddles are not recommended.

You may also be able to rent one of the 7 Camp Opemikon white water canoes. 

These canoes rent for $40 for the weekend, and can be booked using the standard Opemikon booking form, through, the warden  

The Opemikon canoes come with float bags, but no paddles or other accessories.  

Lastly, you might be able to make a deal with another Venturer company which is not using all of their canoes.  YOU MUST MAKE THESE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO REGISTERING.  There are NO REFUNDS.

Participants will begin on easy Class I rapids and progress to more difficult Class II rapids as they become more adept.

All groups must be self-contained for camping and food.  Level 1 camping will be at a base camp accessible by car, made available to us at nominal cost by CFB Petawawa.  It is only 10 minutes away from the canoeing area.  A map accompanies this information.

Groups should arrive at camp on Friday evening, set up and register.  We will have instruction on Saturday morning and afternoon, with a suitable break for lunch.  There is nothing planned for Saturday evening.

We will have instruction again on Sunday morning and, hopefully, have a chance to try some more difficult rapids in the afternoon.  We will wind up in time to get home for a late supper.

For more information, including Requirements, Registration, Rules, and What to Bring, please visit:

Questions? Please email Bill Bowman at

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