canoe lessons instructed by Becky


World renowned canoeist Becky Mason has been teaching her Classic Canoeing clinics on Meech Lake, Quebec for more than 30 years. Through these solo and tandem classes you can discover the joy of handling a canoe with poetry, confidence and grace in any conditions from the quiet of a misty morning to the pounding waves of a stormy lake.

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BASIC SOLO (classic beginner)

Designed to introduce new canoeists to canoeing or for people who like to learn nice and slowly. Includes canoe and paddle appreciation, paddling strokes and safe canoeing practices. Learn the skills that will enable you to put your canoe exactly where you want it to go. Skills covered: forward and back paddling, pivots, side-slips, C-Stroke and controlled stopping.

ADVANCED SOLO (novice to advanced) Prerequisite is Basic or a couple of years of canoeing experience. The aim is to make your stroke the most efficient it can be so all the momentum of the canoe is utilized. Content covered: A review of Basic Solo plus a selection of these strokes: Canadian, Indian, Box, Bow Jam & Cut, Circle, Low Brace Turn, and Sculling draw and more.

CLASSIC TANDEM (novice to advanced) Designed to introduce both novice and experienced canoeist to the finer points of efficient tandem canoeing skills. Content will include: forward & back paddling, stationary and power pivots, side-slips, and landings with an emphasis on communication. A class everyone will enjoy even if your skill levels vary.

Canoe courses run spring to autumn at Meech Lake in Gatineau Park, Quebec, 20 mins north of Ottawa. Other dates and times offered upon request. All equipment can be provided but due to Covid19 it's preferable that you bring your own paddle and PFD. You can also bring your own canoe but I am happy to provide the canoe and all equipment too. Fee amount includes tax.

NEW: It's preferable that canoeists are from the same household or friends in the same “bubble” but it's working well with unrelated too. If you want to choose private lessons they are $35 extra per lesson. One person or more in your private it's the same fee. 

  • 2 sessions of 2 hours each = 4 hours total.

  • Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs. evenings. (other evening combos welcome)

  • 6:30pm to 8:30pm (mornings & afternoons also available).

  • Max. 3 person for Solo and 4 people Tandem clinics.

  • Fee = $130. per person for SOLO or TANDEM.

Other times offered: morning 9:30am - 11:30am & afternoon 12pm - 2pm or 3:30pm - 5:30pm.


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Payment: Give my booking process a try or mail cheque or bring cash.

  • Payment due before or at the start of the first class.

Mail:  Becky Mason, P.O Box 1735, Chelsea, Quebec, J9B 1A1 Canada.

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Happy Classic Canoeing clients:


Thank you so much for the awesome lessons you gave us!!  Your paddling style is so elegant, efficient and fun! A real pleasure to learn ... Your strategy on teaching the tandem course is inventive, perceptive and lots of fun! :-) 

Catherine Presseau.


For a customized Certificate please send the name and type of lesson and I'll make one for you.


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Style Canoeing is similar to Classic Canoeing.


   Accommodations near Meech Lake:

  • Alpengruss Motel 831 Riverside Dr, Wakefield.


Chelsea, Quebec

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