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Events & Clinics

We practice what we preach! We love helping you find the right equipment for your adventures, and what we love even more is getting outside with you, and finding moments to inspire you. Throughout the year we offer paddling clinics and tours, workshops, film festivals and gatherings in local green spaces.

We’re looking forward to offering guided evening snowshoe hikes (when the snow returns!)

Join us weekly (conditions permitting) for a 2 hour guided experience. We’ll explore some local trail under the stars, warm up by a campfire and sip on some hot chocolate and other fireside treats. Cost is $25/person, includes snowshoe rental, Trailhead guides and fireside treats!

Author and well-known paddler, Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) has a new book out Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey. He’ll be presenting on this amazing trip. Kevin and good friend Andy Baxter paddled for three weeks around Ontario’s Algonquin Park – completing over 100 portages that add up to 68 kilometres. Andy says Kevin isn’t allowed to organize any more canoe trips. Don’t miss this presentation. It’s a classic.

This is a FREE in store event, but please RSVP with us so we know how many chairs to rent! You can RSVP by calling the shop 613.546.4757, or drop us an email info@trailheadkingston.ca with “I’m coming to see Kevin” in the subject line

Kevin Callan (a.k.a. The Happy Camper) is an outdoor writer who has published several best selling books. He’s a columnist for Explore Magazine and Paddling Magazine and has been a key note speaker across North America for over 30 years. Kevin has won several writing and film awards. Check out his You Tube channel KCHappyCamper.

Paddling Clinics

Summer 2019 dates coming soon!!


Our most popular paddling adventure! This 90 minute clinic will introduce you to the balancing art of Stand Up Paddling; a great way to explore your favourite waters. You will learn the fundamentals of efficient board movement, safety and maybe a party trick or two!

Mondays 5:30pm. $50/person

Loughbourough Lake boat launch on Division Street/Perth Road

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Our signature learn to clinic, this 3 hour introduction to kayaking will give you confidence to venture out on your own for short excursions. Paddlers will learn efficient forward stroke, turning strokes as well as launching.

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A nice follow up to our Discover series, or for those of you that have some paddling experience, and are looking for some company. Join us on Thursday evenings for this 2 hour exploration of Kingston’s inner harbour by SUP or Kayak, followed by a visit to one of our favorite downtown pubs! . ~NEW PRICE~$35/person (pint not included!) 6pm

Douglas Flurher Park, north end of Wellington Street

Choose you own adventure! Like the idea of one of our clinics, but not our date? Not to worry, we can make any clinic happen at any time, you need 5 of your BFF’s and a date and time you’d like to paddle and we’ll make it work! Private and custom built clinics also available.