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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:

 

  • 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
    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
    Ana Inés Tellería Avatar

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

    Ana Inés Tellería 14 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Natalie Gauvin Avatar

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

    Natalie Gauvin 15 Sep 2019
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Becky Mason Avatar

    Boreal River directs an excellent Wilderness First Aid course and I enjoyed taking it.

    Becky Mason 23 Mar 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
    Kathleen Miln Avatar

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

    Kathleen Miln 19 Mar 2019
  • Jose Atienza Avatar

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

    Jose Atienza 08 Apr 2019
    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
    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

    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
    Em Beirnes Avatar

    Wonderful Course - took the 2 day Whitewater Rescue Course

    Em Beirnes 13 Sep 2017
    Nicholas Anderson Avatar

    awesome course! really enjoyed the whole experience:)

    Nicholas Anderson 09 Sep 2019
  • 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
    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

    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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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