Introduction to Canoe Poling

This is a Paddle Canada introduction to solo canoe poling certification course only for members of the Wilderness Canoe Association ( ). The cost to you will be only $5 (Yes, "five dollars), which is the administration fee to Paddle Canada. (If could be as much as $8 if there is low registration.)
... So, finally the opportunity to stand up in a canoe and learn to navigate shallows, still waters and currents... in both directions! In spite of the slightly "scary" idea of negotiating a watercourse with a twelve foot pole, this was a standard skill for canoeists until the last fifty years or so. It just got lost, but the value remains. It can be taught to novices and is actually easier and more intuitive than paddling. It will open up local opportunities when water levels drop in the summer or allow you to travel creeks or upstream with relative ease. For a look see, here is my YouTube Channel: "Canoepoler".
Please note: We won't be doing "most" of what you may see on these demo videos. :)

The Basics
Event Location: 
Guelph, Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Event Duration: 
Full day. Hopefully done by 16:30... but be prepare to go over.
Difficulty Rating: 
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Anyone of reasonable canoeing fitness and ability, who is willing to trying something new. Experience in river travel is an asset, but not necessary.
Maximum Group Size: 
Minimum Group Size: 
Itinerary description: 

There will be a little bit of canoe theory and history of poling, but for the most part you will be in your boats practicing and hopefully going for a little trip... up the river.
We will be in a public park in the City of Guelph with a washroom open (though only one, but there are some bushes).
... poles will be provided.

Required Items to Bring: 

A stable, standard 16 foot (or longer) tripping canoe. No keel. Not a white water boat. Something like a Prospector. Not a tippy boat. It will be in very shallow water, so you must be happy to let it get rubbed on the bottom. Royalex is ideal, but it doesn't matter (pfd, 25m floating rope, whistle, bailer) a shallow water paddle (again... nothing nice, not a long, sleek otter tail), a helmet ( I don't know anyone who has fallen and hit their head, but it puts one at ease... a bike helmet is fine), folding chair, lunch, lots to drink. sunscreen, sun hat, what you would take on a day paddle. Scrappy shoes for walking in shallow water.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

a watertight food barrel (I know, trust me.), Maybe paddling gloves or those tight knit gardening gloves or mechanics gloves, for grip, but not necessary. Bug repellant. As I said, if it might rain... rain gear.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

Riverside Park, Riverview Drive, Guelph Ontario

Carpool Info: 

- N/A

Cancellation Policy: 
The student to instructor ratio is small (5:1), so please do not register if you are not serious about attending. Contact the coordinator.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Stephen Coutts
1-519-830-0025 (after 4 p.m. weekdays, weekends anytime)