What to Wear Cold Weather Paddling

It’s starting to get chilly, and I know you’re thinking, it is time to pack away the boat for the season. Well, you’ll miss the best paddling season of the year. Watching the leaves change, and enjoying the peace and quiet from the seat of your canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board, is magical…. Read More

#TrailheadTips: Boat Storage

The seasons are changing, and the cold wind will start to blow in thoughts of storing your canoe, kayak or SUP for the winter months. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about prepping for winter and storage for your canoe, kayak or SUP, (Stand Up Paddleboard) for winter, or a year-round storage solution…. Read More

Wavesport Recon 83 Review

Wavesport Recon 83 Reviewer:  Age 33, paddling ~12 years but the past few years have been pretty sporadic.  Weight of 170, shoe size 9, inseam 32”, height of 5’9”. So, admittedly, this is a review based on one day of paddling, but I’ll give you my thoughts as a few things stood out. The boat is really… Read More

Dagger Mamba 8.6 Review

Dagger Mamba 8.6 By Philip Kompass Me:  Six feet tall, size 8.5 feet, 200 lbs, 32” inseam. Paddling 13 years, consider myself a pretty experience paddler with loads of class fours and fives under my belt.   That said, I’m now a new father of three kids and find myself with less and less time for… Read More

Kokatat Hydrus 3L Mythic Shorty Review

By: Kalob Grady One thing I have mentioned to Kokatat over the past couple seasons is colors.  To maybe look into having gear that POPS as well as being the driest and most durable on the river.  Well, it’s easy to say that issue has been taken care of!  The new Mythic Shorty Drytop features… Read More

2014 Whitewater Grand Prix Athlete Experience: Kalob Grady

These past few weeks, a magical thing took place on the rivers of Quebec.  35 of the world’s best kayakers descended upon the shores of some of the biggest whitewater and steepest creeks in the world.  Competing over 14 days in 6 diverse events to crown the best overall Man and Women kayakers in the… Read More

The Creek Boat VS River Runner Debate

By: Mike McKay I get a lot of questions from folks in the Ottawa area about what is the best ‘creek’ boat for them. Often I will reply that a creek boat may not be the best fit at all and since our area is filled with mostly big rivers and that a river runner… Read More

Rescue For River Runners: Video Saftey Series

As spring paddling is upon us and we are all about to hit the river, it is more important then ever to be safe out on the water. We are very proud to be apart of this series spearheaded by OPS Paddler Mike McKay of Five2Nine Productions and Jim Coffey of Esprit Rafting. Let this… Read More

Gens-De-Terre – An Adventure Waiting Around the Corner

I first heard of this river almost a decade ago. I was just getting confident in my creeking, and the crew I was with had kicked around the idea of trying to have a go at this river.  No one really knew much about it; just rumours, bad internet beta, and a topo map that… Read More

6 Steps to Moving Past Class 3 With Confidence

By: Mike McKay I’ve been running harder whitewater for  about 5 years now.  In the fall of 2007, I made the conscious decision that I wanted to start pushing the limits past running class 3 and 4.  Since that time I have exceeded even my own expectations with where I took my paddling. I have… Read More