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Venturer Whitewater 2

Event Status

Registration Open

Event Location

Madawaska River

Event date

06/01/2018 - 7:00pm - 06/03/2018 - 3:00pm

Event Description

Venturer Whitewater 2

Hosted by Voyageur Council VAF

Cost: $110 + HST plus equipment rental of $50 + 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

The main course on this weekend will be this Level 2 canoeing course, with a full day at Palmers Rapids followed by a downriver run from Aumond’s Bay to Buck Bay on Sunday. A mini WW1 and a Kayak 1 course will also be offered at the same location on the same weekend.

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.

Professional instruction will be given by Paddler Co-op of Palmer Rapids. There will be 1 instructor for 4 or 5 canoes.

Level 2 is not suitable for novice canoeists. Rapids are much more difficult than those encountered on Level 1, and a basic competence in moving water is assumed. The prerequisite for WW2 canoeing is WW1 canoeing. Participants may wish to brush up on a flat water skills pre-training and safety course. A pre-training course is scheduled for 10:30 am on April 29 at Camp Opemikon. Some canoes, paddles and PFDs will be available from the camp at that clinic. Register Now for the Pre-training

There will be ample opportunity to practice at this course - each participant will have a seat in a canoe available at all times and there will be a maximum number of participants. Venturer companies are expected to bring or rent a sufficient number of white water canoes.

Paddler Co-op will rent white water canoes for $50 per person (plus tax) for the weekend. This rental fee includes the paddles, PFDs and helmets.  You must be able to transport it yourself for the Sunday downriver run, or negotiate a fee with Paddler Co-op for this service.

You may bring your own canoes, but be certain they are suitable for white water (normally, this means ABS, at least 16 feet long). Each must have a bailer. PADDLER CO-OP DOES NOT WANT PAINTERS ON THE CANOES. 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 BOOKING WITH PADDLER CO-OP. There are NO REFUNDS. If you are bringing your own canoes, you must arrange the Sunday shuttle together with other participants. Paddler Co-op conracts this service out, so there will be an extra fee if you need them to do it.

You will spend the first day at Palmer Rapids, a very good and exciting rapid for training.

The second day, Level 2 canoeists will move downstream, and participants will have the opportunity to attempt 8 different rapids between Aumond’s Bay and Buck Bay. Most rapids are Class II, and there are 2 or 3 Class IIIs, depending on water level. Level 1 canoeing and kayaking participants will not be going downriver except by special arrangement with the trainers.

All groups must be self-contained for camping and food. Camping will be at Paddler Co-op in the village of Palmer Rapids. Each group must be self-sufficient; there will be no camp mug-up or formalities.

Groups should arrive at camp on Friday evening. A map accompanies this information. A Scouts Canada sign will be set up at the side of the road. Be sure to register shortly after your arrival.

On Sunday a car shuttle will be necessary. We must drop enough vehicles at Buck Bay to transport all of the drivers back to Aumond’s Bay at the end of the day. All of the remaining vehicles will proceed to Aumond’s Bay on Sunday morning. If you are renting a canoe from Paddler Co-op, you must transport it yourself or arrange it with Paddler Co-op for a fee.

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

Questions? Please email Bill Bowman at

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