ORCKA Certification Courses | Canoe Lessons

For ORCKA Canoe Certification & ORCKA Instructors Certification in Ontario... Dragonfly Paddling offers an excellent instructional course 1 hour west of Toronto, near Paris, Ontario.

Dragonfly Paddling is owned by Pippa Creery... who has a passion for teaching. 

Pippa offers a very high level of customer service and accreditations... we consider her to be the best instructor in the Grand River Valley.... and are delighted to partner with her company. 

Dragonfly Paddling is located one hour west of Toronto near Brantford-Paris in Southern Ontario. The canoe lessons are at the Pinehurst Conservation Area Lake. The instruction is thorough and practical... taught with patience.

Courses are taught by a certified and experienced ORCKA Basic Canoeing Program and Canadian Style Paddling Canoeing Instructor, with Ontario teaching certification.  Course sizes are kept small, with an instructor participant ratio of no more than one instructor to every five canoes.  This ensures lots of time for individualized attention from the instructor.

What to Bring... A list of what to bring will be sent to each course participant prior to the trip 


For dates and upcoming courses please contact Dragonfly Paddling:

Email: info@dragonflypaddling.com
Phone: 519-588-1644
Mail: Dragonfly Paddling, 60 William Street, Paris, Ontario, N3L 1L5

The Dragonfly website is this link.


For those not wishing canoe certification... you can take a "On-River Instructional Course" for beginners with Grand River Rafting.

This is a one hour canoeing lesson followed by a 2-3 hour canoe trip on our Cayuga Beginner's Route.

This canoe route averages 1 meter in depth with a gentle current to help you paddle downstream.

Learn to canoe lesson ... a 1 hour practical hands-on lesson with the choice of doing a guided or self guided trip after.

Learn to kayak lesson ... a 1 hour practical hands-on lesson with the choice of doing a guided or self guided trip after.

The canoe lesson route has an early take out with picnic area and washrooms for those wanting a break.

For Reservations Call 519-442 2519 or email us at info@grandriverrafting.ca   

Map of Cayuga Route on the Grand River ... about 13 km