School Groups

Learning by doing. Learning by doing is what experiential education is all about. 1000 Islands Kayaking provides a complete curriculum based, fun, outdoor leadership experience that develops qualities needed for tomorrow’s leaders. Students will be challenged physically, emotionally, and spiritually to promote character building through leadership development.

Who is this program geared for? Our outdoor education programs are suitable for all students (grades 7 and up), environmental clubs, sports teams, student councils, leadership camps, year end trips, professional development, teacher retreats, and STSE (Science, Technology, Society and Environment) integration.

Beyond the classroom. Learning beyond the classroom context affords the opportunity to relate to the broader community and develop a keener sense of place. Students focus and build on their strengths to develop meaningful relationships with peers and our environment. Research* supports that outdoor experiential education promotes holistic development of the individual, through activity and reflection, leading to greater self-awareness and new perspectives. *Chawla, L. (1998) Significant life experiences revisited: A review of research on sources of environmental sensitivity. Environmental Education Research. 4(4), 369-382.

Kayaking experiences provide students with the building blocks to move forward as capable, confident and self-aware young peopl.

Our team. All of our instructors are nationally certified professionals who exceed school board standards in safety certificatons. We will assist you with all the documentation to meet the risk management requirements of your school board, in order to make your experience as easy and worry free as possible.

How we meet OPHEA’s Guidelines:

  • Instructors have National Lifeguard Certificate
  • All instructors are trained in First Aid/ CPR ( with Red Cross, St. John’s or equivalent)
  • Operate in an 8:1 ratio. 8 students to one guide
  • Access to safety motor boat, supplied with first aid kits and AED
  • First aid kits and emergency communication devices in all guide boats
  • * Check out the link below for more information on OPHEA guidelines*

OPHEA Guidelines

What will you experience? On this adventure, students will experience a personal glimpse into the 1000 Islands geology, history and ecology through visits to historical sites and ecologically significant areas. They will be able to observe the ever-changing natural flora and fauna while being physically active and emotionally engaged. Actual trip routes may vary because of wind, water and weather conditions, and participants’ age, experience and skill level.

This is a great opportunity to show students the beauty of our landscape, connect to our heritage and build strong relationships with nature.

Students may visit and learn about…

  • Sunken ships and Half Moon Bay
  • Ancient sandstone and granite cliff formations
  • Endangered and exotic species within the natural biosphere
  • Osprey and bald eagle recovery program
  • Optional biosphere and historical hikes on Thousand Islands National Park islands

Our program offers to your students…

  • Equipment overview, expectations and safety procedures.
  • A chance to develop safety awareness, judgement and foresight.
  • Essential strokes and boat control.
  • Experiential activities to engage fun learning.
  • Natural history and geology
  • A chance to intimately get to know the area through unique experiences it has to offer.
  • Customized programming developed to cater to teacher and student needs, goals, and expectations.


Price: $55 + HST per student and additional supervisor. Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 64 participants.

For every 16 students, one parent-volunteer or teacher-supervisor on the trip is free of charge.

Multi-day programs and overnight camping programs are also available. Please call our office for additional information and pricing!

Cancellation policy for school programs

In order to encourage a quality experience for our paddlers, 1000 Islands Kayaking insists on a ratio of one instructor to 8 students, during our school group programs. The maximum number of participants for the school group program will be 64 students. Due to the logistics and planning for these larger programs, we are happy to adjust the invoice, for cancellations and additions, up to one week prior to the trip date. If cancellation occurs within one week or less, of the intended trip date, a refund will not be issued.

Please understand that even if you have a sudden medical problem or family emergency, we are unable to adjust the invoice, unless proper notice is provided.

Our school group programs operate rain or shine, with lots of water based and land based activities.

If 1000 Islands Kayaking cancels a program due to weather, we will offer to alter your dates, free of charge, or provide you with a full refund.

Click here to read our company policies.

Registration for Guided Kayak Tours

Please contact the office directly at 613-329-6265 to book your tour and provide your payment details. Submitting a request IS NOT confirmation of a booking.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT have parking specific to our facility. Parking is available along residential streets ( Main Street,John street, and South street) free of charge. A public parking lot ( overnight and day parking)can be found at 760 Stone Street free of charge. Please note this parking lot requires a taxi to get to our facility.  Parking can also be found at the Gananoque Municipal Marina for daily and overnight parking, there is a fee at this lot.