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About Boreal River

Boreal River – established in 2008 – has two main divisions:

  • Boreal River Rescue provides whitewater and wilderness skills training and certification courses across Canada and internationally
  • Boreal River Adventures, for wilderness trips and adventure travel

Building confidence, skills and knowledge

At Boreal River, you can expect to be challenged. Whether it is whitewater rescue courses, wilderness first responder training or leadership development, you will gain huge amounts of hands-on experience with long lasting results.

High-quality, professional training courses, adapted for you and your group

Each training program’s success is built on our commitment and effort towards great customer service, quality training, and high safety standards. We sweat the details and put in hours of prep time and refinement, striving to make each course the best one yet.

Experienced, professional instructors

With years of experience under their drysuits, our instructors are experts in their fields who enjoy helping participants gain confidence and have great experiences in the outdoors.

Who we work with

By tailoring our rescue programs to meet specific needs, Boreal River creates excellent opportunities for organizations such as:

 

  • Taleah Schulte Avatar

    positive review  Amazing instructors, teaching and the course was a blast! I highly recommend.

    Taleah Schulte 15 Oct 2019
    Megan Norland Avatar

    Excellent training that combined theory and hands-on learning better than any other First Aid course I have taken. I feel... read more

    Megan Norland 04 Dec 2019
  • Jose Atienza Avatar

    I really enjoyed the course and the outdoor hands-on exercises were useful.

    Jose Atienza 08 Apr 2019
    Robyn Stevens Avatar

    I took the 2-day Whitewater Rescue course and was thoroughly impressed with the quality of instruction and training. The time... read more

    Robyn Stevens 17 Jul 2018
    Adam Potts Avatar

    positive review  Great team of highly trained staff that made it such a fun and rewarding course

    Adam Potts 27 May 2019
  • Em Beirnes Avatar

    Wonderful Course - took the 2 day Whitewater Rescue Course

    Em Beirnes 13 Sep 2017
    Colin Bunge Avatar

    positive review  Solid. I have now taken a WFR and a River rescue course with Boreal and they are excellent. Professional, amazing... read more

    Colin Bunge 05 Jun 2019
    Shane Snowboy Avatar

    positive review  me and my crew had fun while learning about new things and meetings new people

    Shane Snowboy 21 Jan 2020
  • Olivia Perryman Avatar

    Took the two day Whitewater Rescue Certification course and had a phenomenal experience. Instructors were very professional and approachable. The... read more

    Olivia Perryman 13 Sep 2017
    Eein Pi Avatar

    I took the WAFA course in Wakefield with Danny. Great course run by an excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable and progressed... read more

    Eein Pi 03 Apr 2018
    Marc Auger Avatar

    positive review  attended the WMA WFR course and was impressed by the quality of instruction and instructors

    Marc Auger 20 Dec 2019
  • Paul Mason Avatar

    I was fortunate to join a wilderness first responder first aid course last winter and was so impressed with the... read more

    Paul Mason 13 Sep 2018
    Jordan Kent Avatar

    positive review  Incredible training. I have since had to use my WFA training and was able to stay cool-headed and provide great... read more

    Jordan Kent 12 Oct 2019
    Les Flavoureux Avatar

    Awesome class!! We had Julian has an instructor and he made our time at Boreal a a great learning opportunity.... read more

    Les Flavoureux 01 Jul 2020
  • Peter Kasurak Avatar

    Recerted both my WRT and WFR with Boreal this fall and both courses were both challenging and enjoyable. In... read more

    Peter Kasurak 05 Nov 2019
    Stephane McDermott Avatar

    I recently finished the 5 day WFR course with Danny and Kelly as instructors. What an unbelievable experience. Extremely engaging... read more

    Stephane McDermott 01 Dec 2016
    Robyn Stevens Avatar

    Took the 2-day Whitewater Rescue course and was thoroughly impressed! High quality instructor and training - I learned a lot... read more

    Robyn Stevens 16 Jul 2018
  • Mark Brophy Avatar

    3 day WFR recert with Danny & Trev.
    Excellent course, very hands on, and hit all the important stuff home hard.
    Thanks guys

    Mark Brophy 07 Nov 2018
    Shaughn McArthur Avatar

    These guys are tops - they know their material, and keep up a great level of energy (even when freezing... read more

    Shaughn McArthur 06 Jul 2020
    Hernâni Lima Avatar

    Finished 4 day WRT course at Gatineau River with Julian and loved it ! Super knowledgeable and always able to... read more

    Hernâni Lima 18 Jun 2018
  • Cameron MacPhail Avatar

    Super experienced, knowledgeable instructor and the course offers tons of hands-on experience. The time spent in the water and in... read more

    Cameron MacPhail 25 Jun 2020
    Pascal Bredin Avatar

    positive review  Boreal River is an amazing organisation, with great instructors that are very knowledgeable. Super fun courses 😀

    Pascal Bredin 30 Apr 2019
    Natacha Labonte Avatar

    Amazing course and instructor. Thanks Danny! Will be back soon to complete the technician level.

    Natacha Labonte 13 Jul 2015
  • Shaughn McArthur Avatar

    positive review  these guys know their stuff, and maintain lots of energy throughout their courses. definitely recommend to anyone looking to build... read more

    Shaughn McArthur 02 Jul 2020
    Heather Gough Avatar

    positive review  Completed my WFR recertification with Boreal River this month. They did an excellent job with Covid-19 precautions and it still... read more

    Heather Gough 22 Jun 2020
    Ben Gunn Avatar

    positive review  Just wrapped up a WFR-Bridge course run by Boreal River Rescue at the beautiful "Barn" near Wakefield, Quebec.
    Led by Danny...
    read more

    Ben Gunn 10 Dec 2018
  • Curtis Mark-Stewart Avatar

    Real good instruction, they respected people's limitations/comfort zone, offered other ways and individual short instruction for who are not so... read more

    Curtis Mark-Stewart 19 Sep 2015
    Matt Price Avatar

    I took the 5-day WFR course in December 2015. Both the course material and the instruction were terrific. ... read more

    Matt Price 05 Jan 2016
    R. J. Wall Avatar

    I cant say enough positive things about this course, and the company. They are engaging, and highly knowledgeable. ... read more

    R. J. Wall 05 Aug 2020
  • Emily Edwards Avatar

    Just finished WFR with Boreal River Rescue. The course exceeded my expectations in all respects. Absolutely amazing coverage and discussion... read more

    Emily Edwards 27 Aug 2020
    Kathleen Miln Avatar

    positive review  Awesome people, beautiful location, and a solid course (WFR recert).

    Kathleen Miln 19 Mar 2019
    Grant Bowles Conover Avatar

    Took my WRT recert this past weekend on the Magnetewan river and it lived up to everything Boreal is known... read more

    Grant Bowles Conover 30 May 2019
  • Natasha GOLD Avatar

    I loved this course! It's certainly challenging and the instructors take their job seriously but also make it fun and... read more

    Natasha GOLD 20 Dec 2019
    Sean Musclow Avatar

    Last weekend, a group of us took the 2-day Whitewater Rescue Course at Gatineau River, and we absolutely loved it!... read more

    Sean Musclow 14 Sep 2018
    max finkelstein Avatar

    Mike was a great instructor, a nice combination of experience and knowledge. this was by far the best WFA course... read more

    max finkelstein 10 Apr 2019
  • Dan Wong Avatar

    Danny always delivers a high quality course. I've taken two. Honestly the best outdoor courses I have ever taken - consistently.

    Dan Wong 25 May 2018
    Susan L'Heureux Avatar

    Danny was a great instructor. I learned so much during the WFR course and I now feel confident that I... read more

    Susan L'Heureux 17 Dec 2019
    Stephanie Hewson Avatar

    This is the second whitewater rescue course I've taken with Boreal -first in Ottawa and now in Squamish - and... read more

    Stephanie Hewson 09 Jul 2020
  • Kevin Morton Avatar

    Impressive Team. Danny and Julio were extremely professional and knowledgeable. Appreciated their responsible handling of the Covid-19 reality, creatively adjusting... read more

    Kevin Morton 09 Aug 2020
    Gareth Hamilton Avatar

    I took the WFR Bridge course and it was awesome. The instructor Sam really knew her stuff. I would definitely... read more

    Gareth Hamilton 23 Mar 2019
    Nicolas Roulx Avatar

    positive review  J'ai suivi les cours de Wilderness First Responder et de Ice and Safety Rescue avec Boreal River. En comparant avec... read more

    Nicolas Roulx 23 Jan 2020
  • Vadim Belotserkovsky Avatar

    Excellent all around. Danny was very knowledgeable, organized, caring and dedicated. And we had a great time. Thank you Boreal!

    Vadim Belotserkovsky 20 Jun 2018
    Kate McKerlie Avatar

    positive review  Enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors who will teach and challenge you to apply and practice skills in various scenarios - highly recommended!

    Kate McKerlie 21 Jan 2019
    Paul Dunn Avatar

    I recently completed the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, it was nothing short of fabulous. I would honestly say... read more

    Paul Dunn 22 Dec 2019