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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:

 

  • 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
    Emily Edwards Avatar

    positive review  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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Peter Kasurak Avatar

    positive review  Training designed not only to build base skills, but to challenge and increase confidence in ability to deliver.

    Peter Kasurak 05 Nov 2019
  • Kathleen Miln Avatar

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

    Kathleen Miln 19 Mar 2019
    Natalie Gauvin Avatar

    positive review  Amazing weekend course. Two full days. Would recommend!

    Natalie Gauvin 15 Sep 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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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 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
    Marty Laforest Avatar

    positive review  The Barn was an ideal location to stage the WAFA training. Comfort, logistics and outdoor spaces were perfect for this... read more

    Marty Laforest 04 Dec 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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    Nicholas Anderson Avatar

    awesome course! really enjoyed the whole experience:)

    Nicholas Anderson 09 Sep 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
  • Jose Atienza Avatar

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

    Jose Atienza 08 Apr 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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Natacha Labonte Avatar

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

    Natacha Labonte 13 Jul 2015