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Join us September 16th & 17th at the Trailhead Demo Center for our annual Been There and Back Sale. We will be selling our demo fleet of Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards as well as paddling accessories. Come early – first come first served. The sale runs from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Dates
September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free 0.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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Take your stand up paddling skills to next level with world renowned water-man Dave Kalama. The course’s main objective is maximizing efficiency through integration of body weight, leverage, and mechanics, with an increased awareness of flow and rhythm.

If you’ve got the basics down and are looking to improve your SUP paddling technique this clinic is for you.

The clinic covers the following material:

  • Explanation of paddle stroke philosophy, concepts and mechanics.
  • Initial manual integration of modified paddle stroke.
  • Stroke feed back, and integration drills.

Dates
June 9, 2017
8:00 - 12:00 PM
Dave Kalama Clinic 400.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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Join us and Eagle Creek Thursday July 27th for an even of learning the secrets of packing light. Register here… pssst it’s FREE!

Dates
July 27, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free 0.00
Location Trailhead Paddleshack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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Please join us for a a free XC ski waxing clinic with Swix and Fischer representative Bryan Ayler.

In this 1 hours clinic, Bryan will be focusing on classic ski waxing (base cleaning, base prep, grip waxing, glide waxing) but will also be touching base on skate ski waxing method.

Dates
January 19, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free 0.00
February 9, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free 0.00
Location Trailhead Paddleshack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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An hour and 15 minutes of fun with instructor Tara Hamilton. Never been on a stand up paddle board? This clinic is for you!

Skills Covered:

  • Choosing and holding a paddle
  • Lifting and carrying a board
  • Mounting a board at beach or dock
  • Prone Paddling
  • Paddling while kneeling
  • Standing up
  • Paddling in a straight line
  • Forward stroke
  • Braking stroke
  • Falling off safely
Dates
July 18, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Intro to SUP Clinic 40.00
July 27, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Intro to SUP Clinic 40.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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Basic Kayak introduces the novice to paddling a kayak in calm sheltered water.

Skills Covered:

Rescue skills

  • Wet Exit
  • Retrieving a swamped kayak
  • Assisted Rescue
  • Rafting

Paddling skills

  • Lifting and carrying a kayak
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Forward and reverse sweep strokes
  • Draw stroke
  • Low brace

Knowledge

  • Boat design
  • Boat outfitting
  • Clothing
  • Safety Equipment
  • Paddles
  • Injury prevention
  • Equipment care
  • Kayaking resources
Dates
June 25, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Kayak Skills 160.00
July 16, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Basic Kayak Skills 160.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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This 2.5 hours course introduces novice paddlers to paddling in enclosed sheltered waters and calm conditions. Successful participants will receive the Paddle Canada “Basic Stand Up Paddleboard Skills Award.”

Skills Covered:

Safety skills

  •       Falling off safely
  •       Remounting the board
  •       Use of a leash
  •       Understanding weather and paddling conditions

Paddling skills

  •       Lifting and carrying a board
  •       Choosing and holding a paddle
  •       Mounting a board at a beach or dock
  •       Prone paddling
  •       Paddling while kneeling
  •       Standing up
  •       Paddling in a straight line
  •       Forward stroke
  •       Braking stroke
  •       Sweep strokes
  •       Paddling in windy or turbulent conditions; kneeling, sitting or prone

Knowledge

  •       Board design
  •       Board outfitting
  •       Clothing
  •       Safety equipment
  •       Paddles
  •       Injury prevention
  •       Equipment care
  •       SUP resources
  •       Transporting a SUP
  •       SUP heritage
Dates
July 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Paddle Canada Basic SUP Skills 70.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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Much more in depth than the Basic Skills Course, the level 1 course provides the skill and knowledge necessary for day-long sea kayaking trips in sheltered waters.

Overview

Rescue skills

  • Bow rescue
  • Unassisted re-entry
  • Assisted re-entry
  • Towing
  • Communication/signals

Paddling skills

  • Forward stroke
  • Brace low/high
  • Sweep
  • Draw
  • Stern rudder
  • Edge control

Knowledge

  • Equipment
  • Journeying and seamanship
  • Safety
  • Kayaking resources
Dates
July 9, 2016 - July 10, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 1 290.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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Looking for a fun and exhilarating new sport to try this summer? Join us for SUP Polo at the Trailhead Adventure Center! What is SUP Polo? Click here to watch a video of the newest craze in paddle board sports!
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Games: 3 on 3 play of SUP Polo with each team allowed 1 substitute per half. Teams play (2) 7 minute halves with (1) 5 minute half-time where teams switch sides. If needed there will be a 5 minute overtime, followed by a shoot out, then a sudden death shoot out as needed. Each team will play two games per night! The 7 minute halves may seem short, but falling off and getting back on your board many times during the game will tire you out, it really is a workout!

What You Need: No SUP board? No problem! We supply all equipment needed to play the game, all you will need to bring is clothing that can get wet and a towel to dry off after … trust us you will fall in!

Teams: Teams are made up of 3 players with 1 substitute player. Due to the nature of the sport this year we are opening the league to individuals aged 19 years and older (at time of registration). We want our SUP Polo League to be an equal opportunity sport, so both genders must be represented on every team, male and female players must play in every game. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry we can help organize a team for you! Each team must appoint a captain to be the liaison with the Trailhead Adventure Center Staff.

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Dates
Available Spaces
June 29, 2016 4
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
July 13, 2016 1
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
July 20, 2016 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
July 27, 2016 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
August 3, 2016 1
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
August 10, 2016 0
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
August 17, 2016 0
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUP Polo Drop In 0.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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Demo Lake

When: Wednesdays, May 17 – Aug, 4pm-7pm *Extra demo day Saturday June 10th 9am-5pm during our Paddlecopia event, come join the fun!

Where: Trailhead Adventure Center, 3119 Carp Road. (Directions Below)

Price: Free

Boats Available to Demo

(*Boat availability subject to change. Only the boats on this list can be test paddled.)

Sit On Top

  • Perception Tribe 11.5
  • Pescador Pilot (Pedal Drive)
  • Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 (Pedal Drive)
  • Wilderness Systems Tarpon 12

Recreational Kayaks

  • Dagger Zydeco 11
  • Wilderness Systems Pungo 120
  • Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite
  • Wilderness Systems Pungo 140
  • Jackson Tupelo 12.5

Tandem Kayaks

  • Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145 Tandem

Light Touring Kayaks

  • Perception Tribute 12
  • Perception Tribute 12 Ultralite
  • Perception Carolina 12
  • Perception Carolina 14
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 with rudder
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with rudder
  • Boreal Design Halo 130 XT
  • Boreal Design Compass 140 XT
  • Dagger Alchemy L
  • Dagger Stratos L
  • Riot Edge 13
  • Riot Edge 14.5

Touring Kayaks

  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 with rudder
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175 with rudder
  • Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
  • Wilderness Systems Tempest 170
  • Boreal Design Storm 15
  • Boreal Design Storm 16
  • Boreal Design Storm 17
  • Boreal Design Greenland Exp

Fishing Kayaks

  • Mirage Pro Angler 12 (Pedal Drive)
  • Mirage Pro Angler 14 (Pedal Drive)
  • Jackson Cruise 12 Angler
  • Jackson Coosa HD
  • Jackson Mayfly

Stand Up Paddleboards

  • Starboard Blend 11’2″ x 30″ ASAP
  • Starboard Touring 12’6″ x 29″ Starlite
  • Starboard Touring 14′ x 30″ Starlite
  • Starboard All Star 12’6″ x 24.5 Hybrid Carbon
  • Starboard All Star 14′ x 27 Hybrid Carbon
  • Imagine Icon XT 10’2″
  • Imagine Mission XT 11′
  • Imagine Mission XT 12’6″
  • Perception Escapade
  • SIC X 12’6″ TWC
  • SIC X 14′ TWC
  • Hobie Eclipse (Pedal Drive)
  • Hobie Apex 4R 14′
  • Blu Wave Woody 10’6″
  • Blu Wave Armada 10’8″
  • Blu Wave Catalina 12’6″ x 30″
  • Blu Wave Big Woody 12′

Canoes

  • Trailhead Canoes Bob Special 15
  • Trailhead Canoes Prospector 16
  • Trailhead Canoes Prospector 17

 

Directions:

  • From the east: From the 417 take the Carp rd. exit and turn right onto Carp rd.
  • From the west: From the 417 take the March rd (Carp) exit, turn left onto March rd. and then turn right onto Carp rd.

 

Weather: Demos days are held rain or shine unless there is lightning out. In most cases thundershowers do not last very long and we will wait them out. If there is a cancellation it will usually be determined on the day of the demo and participants will be notified by email.

We want to make sure you’re in the right craft, if you can’t make a demo event we also offer a 30 Day Boat Exchange Guarantee on all our canoes, kayaks, and sups!

Dates
May 17, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
May 24, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
May 31, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 10, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 14, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 21, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
June 28, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 5, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 12, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 19, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
July 26, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 2, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 9, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 16, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 23, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
August 30, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
September 6, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
Location Trailhead Demo Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Adventure Center
3119 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0
613-722-4229
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One of the original 1976 founders of Trailhead and Black Feather, Wally Schaber, will be taking us on a trip through time to the historic Dumoine River Valley. The Riviere du Moine has been a favourite river trip for Trailhead and Black Feather clients for nearly five decades. Wally Schaber has been guiding on the Dumoine for that long and will bring into his talk pictures, personal anecdotes as well as stories from his detailed research about the First Nations, priests, traders, loggers, and sportsmen that paddled the river for 5000 years.

Please join us for this fun and informative evening of stories. Buy your copy of LAST OF THE WILD RIVERS at the store and Wally will autograph it dedicated to whomever you wish. Learn the latest on the efforts of CPAWS to gain permanent conservation status for the Dumoine, a wild river treasure.

Dates
March 15, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free 0.00
Location Trailhead Paddleshack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1 613-722-4229
Hosted By Trailhead Paddle Shack
2148 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1H1
613-722-4229
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