About Paddling

Experience adventures on the water with like-minded paddlers. Paddlers of all levels are welcome. The Club begins the season with a focus on safety, offering a variety of introductory and refresher safety and rescue courses. Paddle Canada Instructors provide the courses to help paddlers learn and improve at any skill level. From the first- time paddler to the more experienced paddler, the Club offers opportunities to learn and practise throughout the season. Then we go have some fun on the water.

Club paddles include local day trips to the Grand River, Guelph Lake, Lake Muskoka, Waubaushene, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Georgian Bay. Weekend and extended trips take paddlers to such locations as Franklin Islands, Whales Back, Benjamin Islands, Lake Superior and Frontenac Provincial Park to name a few. Some of our day and weekend trips utilize the resources of outfitters who provide rental kayaks and equipment so you don't always need to own a kayak to get involved. There are regular Club workshops and social paddles where we learn from each other. Workshop topics may include water safety guidelines, paddle strokes, rescues, wilderness trip packing, navigation and much more. Many of our paddlers also participate in various kayak symposiums around the country.

Don't paddle alone. Share your paddle in the safe and friendly group environment the Club provides.

Paddling is Magic, Come join us

  • We are all here to have fun, be safe and learn from each other.
  • We are all volunteer trip leaders who enjoy organizing and sharing our experiences.
  • We ask that you have the proper kayak, safety equipment, training, skill level required for the various trips and courses.

Safety Requirements

  • Proper kayak for the conditions of the paddle. Double bulk heads mandatory.
  • Proper clothing for air and water temperature. Never wear cotton on the water. Wet suit and dry suit based on water temperature recommended.
  • Proper fitting PFD worn at all times.
  • Proper safety devices required by law: whistle, bailer/pump, paddle, buoyant heaving line.
  • In order to paddle with Club on car camping wilderness or extended trips, you must have completed a wet exit, self-rescue, assisted rescue in current season.


The Halton Outdoor Club welcomes all levels of paddlers but especially beginners. Our goal is to make it easy for a new paddler to get started. We offer lessons in both the pool (April) and lake (June) with all equipment included. There are easy day trips that follow when rentals are available. In addition, we offer dryland and water workshops (May-June) to share and practice with other club members. Whatever you’re level of experience, we are happy to have you join us. Check the events calendar for more details and to register. 


The Halton Outdoor Club provides several trip formats based on Paddle Canada Skill Level, wave and wind, pace and endurance. Volunteer trip leaders have the right to refuse anyone who they think does not have the proper skill level or equipment required for their trip. Please check with the volunteer trip leader if you have any questions. Check the events calendar for more trip details and to register. 

Day Trips

Throughout the paddling season, we offer day trips that are within 2 hours drive time of the Halton Region. Every outing has a volunteer trip leader and a detailed paddling plan. Check the events calendar for the schedule and to register. 

Car Camping Trips

We offer weekend car camping trips through-out Ontario during the season. We book a camp site on an inland lake, paddle for the weekend and enjoy each other’s company. Check the events calendar for the schedule and to register. 

Wilderness Camping Trips

We offer wilderness paddling trips throughout the season. This is usually on open water, waves and wind conditions are considered. Paddle up to 20 kms per day based on conditions. Certified Outfitters may be used to guides. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.

Extended Trips

Halton Outdoor Club will offer extended out of province and country throughout the year. This is guided by a certified Outfitter, normally 5-7 days either in the back country or coastal areas. Check the events calendar for more details and to register.

Paddling Committee

As part of the Halton Outdoor Club (HOC) paddling community, we formed a Paddling Committee consisting of volunteers who want to make an impactful contribution to the HOC.

Our mission is to create a positive, safe, respectful, inclusive paddling community for novice, beginner and intermediate paddlers.

Our vision is to grow the Halton Outdoor Paddling Community by providing a respectful and encouraging environment where we develop our paddling skills, respect the environment and nurture each other resulting in a positive paddling experience.

Our values are safety, respect, inclusiveness which enable us to offer the best member experience while paddling with HOC.

We are open to comments and suggestions. The paddling committee consists of Paul Humber, Ed Brunato, Sandy Nay,  Anne Marchildon and Mike Eaton. We meet once a month for the purpose of coordinating and planning meaningful paddling experiences for our Halton Outdoor Club members.

Paddling Committee Meeting Minutes

Club members can find the business of our meetings by logging into the the website and clicking here.

Paddling Trip Leader Development Program

As a volunteer organization we rely on people who are willing to help out in all capacities, from organizing paddling excursions behind the scenes to volunteer trip leaders who lead them.  Our goal is to grow as an organization and to continue our robust paddling program.  Here are some resources to guide you along this journey.

2021 HOC Volunteer Trip Leader Organizer Guide.pdf

2021 HOC Trip Leaders Best Practices.pdf

2021 HOC Float Plan.pdf

Paddling Season Schedule

Online Paddling Schedule (Tentative) - This calendar is for organizing and planning paddling trips for the season.  Events become official when they are active on the club's events calendar. (They can also be found in the Paddling Events list below.)  Keep in mind that we sometimes overlap wilderness camping trips, car camping trips and day trips.  If you have a trip in mind, be sure to contact our paddling director!

Paddling Events

Active paddling events can be found on the club calendar or list here below. If you wish to bookmark the paddling events on it's own webpage, click here. By clicking on an event you will find all trip information and the opportunity to register for our paddling events!

Safety Guidelines for Paddling During COVID-19

Guidelines for Safe Paddling During COVID-19 (PDF)

HOC Trip Rating Tool
How we grade our trips for expected conditions and skills required

We endeavor to have everyone remain safe on our paddling excursions and to have participants make informed decisions regarding the suitability of such trips. Therefore, we have adopted a trip rating system based on the typical conditions that one may face on any trip and the skills needed to meet such conditions. It is the discretion of the volunteer trip leader to increase a trip grade depending on changing conditions on the day of the paddle. 

Special thanks goes to Jeff Arbing (O.S.K.C.) whose input and paddling experience was instrumental in its creation. 


Grade A - Beginner
Grade B - Comfortable Beginner
Grade C - Intermediate
Grade D - Comfortable Intermediate

Recipes and Food Options for Paddling Excursions

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Camping Resources for Paddling

HOC Packing List for Kayak & Canoe Camping.pdf

Day Trips

  • No events currently scheduled

Lessons, Workshops, Pool Sessions

Car Camping

  • No events currently scheduled

Wilderness Camping

  • No events currently scheduled

Related Links

Paddling Locations (PDF) - this is a small library of paddling locations within our region. While we have worked to ensure it's accuracy, it cannot be guaranteed.

Paddling Day Trip Planner (PDF) - Please note that this is not the actual spreadsheet of the planner, but a tool to start the planning details.

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Email Us info@haltonoutdoorclub.ca

Call Us  905-634-2012

Mail Us 3023 New St.
P.O. Box 91565
Burlington, ON L7R 4L6

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