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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:

 

  • 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
    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
  • 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
    Tim Irvin Avatar

    I have taken several courses with Boreal River Rescue including Wilderness First Responder and Ice Safety. The instructors and... read more

    Tim Irvin 13 Jan 2021
    Bill Gadzos Avatar

    Just finished the whitewater rescue technician course. This is the third course I have done with Boreal River Rescue and... read more

    Bill Gadzos 21 May 2021
  • 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
    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 22 Jun 2020
    paul mason Avatar

    positive review  Just finished a Boreal River WFR recert. They are working really hard to follow every Covid protocol. Course was 4... read more

    paul mason 22 Oct 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
    Madeleine Loewen Avatar

    Great place to gain confidence with swimming in rapids in a very fun and hands-on way

    Madeleine Loewen 20 May 2021
    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
  • 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
    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
    Camila Davila Avatar

    I've taken various rescue courses, but the Boreal River course is very comprehensive and supportive both online and onsite. They... read more

    Camila Davila 23 Sep 2020
  • Jonathan Oldenburger Avatar

    I did my WFR course with Boreal River Rescue. It was fantastic. Even though we couldn't practice techniques directly on... read more

    Jonathan Oldenburger 21 Feb 2021
    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
    Robyn F Avatar

    I did my whitewater rescue technician and wilderness first responder certs with Boreal and thoroughly enjoyed both. Danny was especially... read more

    Robyn F 04 Jun 2021
  • Christine Lamothe Avatar

    I literally only have great things to say about my training and what my keen entrepreneurial eye observed about this... read more

    Christine Lamothe 04 May 2021
    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
    Morgan L Avatar

    I just completed an Ice Safety Workshop with BRR and have previously completed a whitewater rescue course with them as... read more

    Morgan L 06 Jan 2021
  • 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
    Mackenzie Fulton Avatar

    Great course and knowledgeable instructors. Having never swam in swift river water before it was a brand new experience and... read more

    Mackenzie Fulton 02 Nov 2020
    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
  • 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
    Trenton Spence Avatar

    I have now completed swift water rescue and ice rescue training with Boreal River. Both courses were completely hands... read more

    Trenton Spence 25 Mar 2021
    jamus meyer Avatar

    I completed my swiftwater/whitewater course with Boreal. Initially I did the course in Quebec and I recently re-certified with... read more

    jamus meyer 04 Jun 2021
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Nicholas Castel Avatar

    The 4-day WFA course was of great value. I would recommend anyone who takes this course do the full 8-day... read more

    Nicholas Castel 18 Jun 2021
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Kieran McGuire Avatar

    Great course! The instructors were more than knowledgeable and professional, and their enthusiasm helped keep the mood up in... read more

    Kieran McGuire 28 Dec 2019
    Kielyn Marrone Avatar

    I had the pleasure of spending 4 intensive days with Boreal River to re-cert my WFR-80 hr.

    Danny is highly knowledgeable...
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    Kielyn Marrone 17 Jun 2021
    David Lazar Avatar

    Just completed the WRT re-certification course and I found it very stimulating as the course built nicely on previous skills... read more

    David Lazar 02 Jul 2020
  • Clare Elsie Avatar

    Wow, what an experience. Educational, exciting, and professional. From sign-up, through pre-course material, to assessments, this course has it all.... read more

    Clare Elsie 28 May 2021
    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
    Paimei Lew Avatar

    Very useful course if your an outdoor person and or work outside. The course was well prepared, the instructor take... read more

    Paimei Lew 06 Mar 2021
  • 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
    Ronald Herodier Avatar

    positive review  This was a very good experience learned some new things on how to do ice water rescue and self rescue... read more

    Ronald Herodier 22 Jan 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