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“Fabulous ride”

Madawaska Kanu Centre
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US$700,11*
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Algonquin Park Adventure Lodge 4-Day Trip
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Classes are small, the river clean, warm & uncrowded. Two hour Family Rafting Trips for ages 2 & up! Five fun-filled kms of beautiful scenery and tumbling whitewater in the Algonquin Park area. Our skilled guides steer the raft down river as you hold-on and enjoy the adventures! Our Riverside Shop & Café has souvenirs, clothing, snacks and beverages for purchase before or after your trip. Fun for the whole family!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I had an awesome ride with fabulous staff who are skillful and a lot of fun! Beautiful surroundings and facilities. If you forget your shoes like me, a wonderful gift shop saves the day!

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Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you kindly for leaving a review of your Madawaska Rafting Trip! We so enjoyed welcoming you to our shop and having you on the river with us!

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

I have had the privilege of doing several canoe courses at MKC, and have now transitioned to kayaking. This week long course really helped build my skills: paddling, safety, river reading and confidence. We saw some gorgeous parts of Ontario and Quebec and were taken great care of by all the MKC staff. Our two instructors (John and Ryan) were absolutely superb. They were able to help each of us (at very different skill levels) reach our goals, and they excelled at teaching adults (which is never easy)! They brought a level of reflection and gratitude to this activity that was unparalleled. I recommend MKC without reservation.

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Madawaska K, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Wow! We so appreciate your review of the Week of Rivers program. We have received great reviews on Trip Advisor from the whole Week of Rivers crew now! Haha. Thank you kindly for your recommendation Kate! -Bethany

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I just completed the MKC's Week of Rivers Program (WOR) and I came away so impressed that I am returning for another week of MKC Instruction next month. I have attended 4 different kayak schools in Canada & the US and MKC provided me with the best overall experience. The MKC lodge experience was topnotch from the food to the staff. The WOR was great - the rivers were challenging without being terrifying and the instructors were skilled at motivating each paddler to safely expand their skills. I highly recommend MKC to any paddler.

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MadawaskaRiverRaft, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

We so appreciate you taking the time to review the Week of Rivers program and your time here at MKC. Week of Rivers is one of our favourite programs for sure! Our Instructors also had an incredible time with all of you (they are still talking about it :) It's sound like you all have some special memories to take away from that week. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for more paddling good times this summer!

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Reviewed 31 May 2018

We had the most amazing time on a 5 day whitewater kayak/canoe course. We are beginners on whitewater and cannot fault the instruction we had. Their safety is second to none and both instructors ( Ken and Emily ) were extremely patient with us senior citizens!!! The whole atmosphere is relaxed but well organised..... from getting up in the morning for a hearty breakfast to getting on the water! The video critique was most helpful and fun! We met some great other paddlers............... We are looking forward to going back.

Thank skibunny53
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MadawaskaRiverRaft, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us at MKC. We will make sure Ken and Emily receive your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you both back to our riverside community!

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This was the second year my wife and I took a paddling course with MKC. On both occasions, the food was fantastic; the accommodations were quaint and comfortable and the resort and staff were very welcoming. Days are well structured with ample down time to relax and to really be "in the moment" on and off the river. What really sets them apart, though, is the quality of their instructors. They are highly accomplished, extremely experienced and well travelled educators who simply love the river as much as they love teaching. They're able to strike the perfect balance of challenge and confidence building while prioritizing safety. The instructors are truly exceptional! As William Ward said: "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." We have both been inspired to keep paddling. Highly recommended!

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Wow! Your review is inspirational! Thank you for taking the time to write something so kind and quite frankly, poetic :) We are very proud of the Instructors who teach here and are so glad you have both been inspired to keep paddling! That is our goal at MKC!

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