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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:

 

  • 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
    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
    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
  • Félix Leblanc Avatar

    positive review  Une super expérience d’apprentissage autant utile qu’intéressant! Raph et Francis savent de quoi ils parlent et partagent leur connaissances dans... read more

    Félix Leblanc 20 Jul 2020
    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
    Kate Brennan Avatar

    positive review  The instruction was top notch. They created a great learning environment and realistic scenarios that helped me imagine myself in... read more

    Kate Brennan 05 Dec 2018
  • Véro Gratton Avatar

    positive review  This is the second time I am taking the WFA course and every time it is on point! Danny explains... read more

    Véro Gratton 10 Nov 2020
    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
    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
  • Dan Robertson Avatar

    positive review  Took the Boreal whitewater river technician course and really enjoyed it. Learned a lot of skills in a hands on,... read more

    Dan Robertson 28 Oct 2020
    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
    Shawn MacDonald Avatar

    Fantastic course! Well organized, thorough and very hands-on. Highly recommended for winter recreationalists and rescue personnel alike.

    Shawn MacDonald 24 Feb 2020
  • Sheba Dowlatshahi Avatar

    Excellent WRT course! 4 days were packed with hands on training. Julian is an outstanding and knowledge instructor that knows... read more

    Sheba Dowlatshahi 10 Aug 2020
    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
    Calder Patterson Avatar

    positive review  I took the two day ice rescue safety course, the instructors where friendly and knowledgeable and the experience was invaluable... read more

    Calder Patterson 20 Jan 2020
  • Félix-Antoine Courtemanche Avatar

    positive review  Super cours avec de supers moniteurs! J'ai passé un excellent 4 jours.

    Félix-Antoine Courtemanche 24 Sep 2020
    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
    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
  • 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
    Lynette Chubb Avatar

    Re: Boreal's Wilderness First Responder 3-day recert course: Danny & Trevor did an AMAZING job... TRULY. Hard... read more

    Lynette Chubb 07 Nov 2018
    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
  • Olivier Boutin Avatar

    My friend and I took this course in preparation for a climbing expedition next year and I can't believe I... read more

    Olivier Boutin 03 Sep 2020
    Tamara Tarasoff Avatar

    positive review  Three of us who are « bubbled », my husband, me and our dear friend, took the 2-day Wilderness First... read more

    Tamara Tarasoff 09 Nov 2020
    Agathe Moreau Avatar

    positive review  Incroyable expérience pour quiconque souhaite être plus à l'aise en eau vive! Je recommande fortement.

    Agathe Moreau 26 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
    Louis-Philippe Champagne Avatar

    The team at Boreal River is an outstanding group of exceptional individuals who are not only passionate about what they... read more

    Louis-Philippe Champagne 27 Nov 2016
    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
  • Bill Mitchell Avatar

    Ten years in and Boreal River is the industry leader. Whether you are looking for first aid training, whitewater rescue... read more

    Bill Mitchell 12 Jun 2019
    Em Beirnes Avatar

    Wonderful Course - took the 2 day Whitewater Rescue Course

    Em Beirnes 13 Sep 2017
    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
  • 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
    John Pinkerton Avatar

    positive review  The 2 day Wilderness First Aid course presented a very good combination of theory and practical knowledge. We learned... read more

    John Pinkerton 10 Nov 2020
    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
  • 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
    Ben Gunn Avatar

    positive review  Just wrapped up a WFR-Bridge course run by Boreal River Rescue at the beautiful "Barn" near Wakefield, Quebec.
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    Ben Gunn 10 Dec 2018
    Joseph Zebrowski Avatar

    positive review  Instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Learned way more useful information and tools than in basic first aid courses!

    Joseph Zebrowski 09 Dec 2019
  • Bill Gadzos Avatar

    Just finished the 5 day WFR course in Wakefield with Danny. Loved every minute of it. The course is really... read more

    Bill Gadzos 11 Apr 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
    Edwina Wall Avatar

    I learned a lot from the 5-day course that I can apply in many aspects of my professional life. For... read more

    Edwina Wall 24 Nov 2015
  • Olivia Perryman Avatar

    Incredibly thorough and practical rescue course. Instructors are knowledgeable and very hands-on. I always come away with more confidence and... read more

    Olivia Perryman 04 Sep 2020
    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
    Taleah Schulte Avatar

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

    Taleah Schulte 15 Oct 2019
  • Klade Kerr Avatar

    The Whitewater Rescue 4 day Course will blow your mind, you learn SO much!! Julian was my instructor, he is... read more

    Klade Kerr 17 Jul 2020
    Cameron MacPhail Avatar

    positive review  Incredibly experienced and knowledgeable instructor and tons of hands-on training. Huge confidence booster for anyone working in whitewater.

    Cameron MacPhail 25 Jun 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