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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
    T. Watt Avatar

    I took the 2 day swift water rescue course and it was amazing. I learned an incredible amount and the... read more

    T. Watt 23 Oct 2018
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Lynette Chubb Avatar

    positive review  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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Felicia Feather Avatar

    Great instructors-Ben & Ian are fantastic educators. It was a steep learning curve (for me) and they were patient with... read more

    Felicia Feather 05 Jul 2018
  • 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
    Ana Inés Tellería Avatar

    positive review  Todo!!!! su forma de trabajar con seriedad y seguridad para los clientes!!!!!!!

    Ana Inés Tellería 14 Apr 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.
    Led by Danny...
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    Ben Gunn 10 Dec 2018
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    James Leckie Avatar

    The course was excellent, the instructor were engaging and delivered a well organized and through course for river rescue. ... read more

    James Leckie 20 Jul 2018
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    Elyse Quann Avatar

    positive review  5 day WFR course in La Peche (Wakefield) was TOP NOTCH. Incredibly knowledgeable and personable instructor, Danny, made this intensive... read more

    Elyse Quann 21 Dec 2018
    Don Booker Avatar

    I recently took the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course for the second time, re-certifying, with instructors from Boreal River Rescue.... read more

    Don Booker 19 Dec 2019
  • Robbie Mingay Avatar

    Excellent instructors. The situations were interesting and realistic. We did the WRT course at the Blakeney rapids and it was... read more

    Robbie Mingay 24 May 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
    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
  • Nicholas Anderson Avatar

    awesome course! really enjoyed the whole experience:)

    Nicholas Anderson 09 Sep 2019
    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
    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
  • 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
    Kathleen Miln Avatar

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

    Kathleen Miln 19 Mar 2019
  • Marco Petrie Avatar

    Course is well structured and is easy to follow every step of the way. It just flows perfectly. Good instructor,... read more

    Marco Petrie 14 Jul 2015
    Natacha Labonte Avatar

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

    Natacha Labonte 13 Jul 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
  • 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
    Mike Thaler Avatar

    positive review  Boreal River Rescue provides a great program. Having just recertified my whitewater rescue technician, the course met and surpassed expectations.... read more

    Mike Thaler 29 May 2019
    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