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Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. When do you open and close your season?
A. We generally open the first week of May and close the last week of August.
Q. When is the best time of year to take a course?
A. Anytime during the summer! The part of the Madawaska we are on is dam controlled, so the water runs fairly steady Monday to Thursdays. Temperatures rise to around 20 degrees Celsius during July and August.
Q. Can I rent a canoe or kayak from you? Do you do shuttles?
A. Our boats are only available for students taking our courses. If you are in the area and want to rent a boat, we recommend Greater Madawaska Canoe Rentals, 613-333-2240, or Madawaska River Rentals, 613-758-2165. They do shuttles too!
Q. What happens when it rains?
A. We instruct rain or shine; you are going to get wet in either case.
Q. What should I wear on the river?
A. What to wear varies, depending on the time of year. Best is to ask the instructors as they’re on the river all the time and can recommend the most appropriate clothing for the time of year.
Q. Are wetsuits available & should we reserve them now?
A. MKC offers wetsuits for a nominal rental fee for both weekend and 5 day courses. No advance booking is necessary, you can decide on the day of your trip. There are enough for everyone.
Q. When can I get my wetsuit/paddle/boat?
A. After the Paddler’s Meeting at 9:00 a.m. all the gear will be distributed.
Q. Where should I take my boat?
A. You can bring your boat down to the rental area in the morning before the course. Please leave it down on the gravel so as to ensure it doesn’t get mixed up with the rental boats. After that, it will stay with all of your class boats either on a trailer or by the river.
Q. Where should I hang up my wet gear after paddling?
A. There are two breezeways: one under the stairs to the loft and another behind the lodge and dorm building. Please do not take your wet clothes to your rooms.
Q. Is kayaking or canoeing dangerous?
A. With all MKC’s activities, an element of risk is inherent & beyond human control; this is often what attracts people to these sports. MKC spares no effort to make you aware of the risks and to teach you risk avoiding practices. MKC cannot assume responsibility for your personal safety or loss of your personal equipment.
Q. Should I tip my instructor? How much is normal?
A. Tipping is always appreciated by the instructors and the support staff. Any amount you feel reasonable is greatly appreciated.
Resort & Accommodation Related:
Q. Where are you located?
A. We are a 1 hour east from the East Gate of Algonquin Park; around a 2 and half our drive west of Ottawa and 3 and half hours north-east from Toronto. (see google links on our contact/directions page)
A. MKC has free parking throughout our resort. We ask that rafters park on River Rd.
Q. Are there indoor accommodations?
A. Yes, we have lodge rooms, with either Queen Beds, or 2 Twin Beds with a single bunk. We also have Dorm Rooms which sleep 6. All the Queen beds include bedding, please bring your own sheet, blanket or sleeping bag, and pillow for the other rooms.
Q. Do the rooms have power?
A. Yes, the rooms do have an electrical outlet with lighting but no plumbing.
Q. Is there camping at MKC?
A. Yes, for guests that are attending a clinic or 5 day course; we are not a public campground. Rafters may not camp on-site.
Q. Do you allow campfires?
A. Only in our pavilion.
Q. Do you have showers?
A. Yes, hot showers are available, along with indoor toilets and sinks.
Q. Can I stay over on the last night of my course?
A. If you are camping, that is not a problem. There is a charge of $15/person, so let the office know you’re staying and they will arrange it for you. However, we will have people checking in for the next upcoming course and the lodge needs to be cleaned, so we ask that staying over Sunday night be limited to camping. As for Friday night, please double check with the office when you sign in.
Q. Where can I put my beer/wine/drinks?
A. The big red fridge just by the breezeway is for students’ beer and drinks. Please do not use it for food. Beer empties go in the wooden bin under the breezeway.
Q. I’m making my own meals – where should I cook? And what do I do about garbage/recycling?
A. Since there are no fires allowed at your campsite, you can use a campstove at your site or use the pavilion at breakfast and dinner for an open fire. The dining room and decks are classified as a restaurant so we ask that you do not bring your own meals into these areas. Bagged garbage should be placed in the blue garbage trailer just behind the chalet and recycling is placed in the appropriate bins by the breezeway.
Q. Can I start a tab in the store for purchases throughout my stay?
A. Definitely. The office will post a list on the last day of the course of people who owe money for tabs. You are able to start one whenever you like.
Q. Is there internet access anywhere? Do you have WIFI?
A. As a remote location we have limited access to internet. WIFI is not available The only internet access customers will have is on your own smart phones. Bell has a good signal at MKC and Rogers has access in spots. We suggest that US customers purchase a Canadian data roaming package before you arrive if you anticipate needing access to the internet.
Q. What is the User Fee?
A. The User Fee covers access to the rivers and liability insurance.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. Registration is only valid if accompanied by a deposit of $50 per person per day. Deposit is non-refundable & non-transferable within 30 days of course date. The full balance is due 30 days prior to trip date. ALL BALANCES OWING WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED TO THE CREDIT CARD PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING, 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DATE. A $20 administration fee will apply to all transfer or cancellations outside 30 days of course date. Full refund if a cancellation is received 30 days prior to original trip date. No refunds for any cancellation or transfers within 7 days of original trip date.