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2019 02 14


WILDS Of Manitoba

Canoeing Courses No Longer Offered

Free clinics or workshops are offered on
Mushrooms, Nature, Canoeing


Canoe Instructor




Yes workshops and clinics are free and are taught by a Paddle Canada certified instructor.

For free customized workshops or clinics, contact drdrkurt at gmail.com.

All workshops or clinics are tailored to the participants' needs, within the national standards set out by Paddle Canada.





Entry into a clinic or workshop is at the instructor's discretion. Assessments can be done by the instructor at a mutually agreeable time and are free of charge.



Note: Clinics or workshops are taught with a variety of canoes (ultralight kevlar to heavier Royalex canoes), paddles (bentshaft, ottertails, squareblades, etc.), Personal Flotation Devices and rescue equipment so that the student can learn the advantages of the many differences and is even able to learn to lift and carry and transport canoes without injury. Beware of various internet web pages that promote inappropriate and dangerous canoe lifting techniques and portaging methods.






Donna Kurt
email: drdrkurt at gmail.com

Donna Kurt teaches canoe workshops and clinics in North Winnipeg or in other locations as required on a custom or individual basis.

Lake Water Canoe Introductory and Intermediate Instructor Trainer,
Lake Water Canoe Intermediate and Advanced Instructor
Moving Water Canoe Intermediate
Emergency First Aid/CPR/AED

Donna Kurt paddling Bill Mason's cedar canvas prospector canoe on Meech Lake.
This is the canoe featured in Bill Mason's Waterwalker film
and books Path of the Paddle and Song of the Paddle.
Photo by Becky Mason, 1986.

Donna Kurt has taught Paddle Canada canoe courses in Manitoba since 1995. She has been learning canoe and instruction skills since 1986 from many distinguished paddlers such as Becky Mason, Paul Mason (both are children of the legendary canoeist Bill Mason), Mark Molina (American Canoeing Association), as well as many expert Paddle Canada (CRCA) certified canoe instructor trainers such as Glenn Buckmaster, Dean McLeod, Doug Gifford, Jarem Sawatsky, Peter Dowd, Brian Johnston and Steven Fletcher.

In addition to instructing hundreds of beginner and intermediate canoeists, Donna also coordinated and assisted instructing Moving Water courses with Brian Johnston for over 10 years.

Donna Kurt running Old Woman Falls, Manigotagan River.

Donna has led hundreds of flat water and white water canoe camping trips for free for the YM/YWCA Canoe Camping Club (Ottawa), Paddle Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association), Nature Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society) as well as private groups, averaging 1000 tripping km per year. She has paddled in most Canadian provinces, and in US and Australian waterways. Donna has coordinated and lead over 25 canoe trips to Nature Manitoba's Mantario Wilderness Education Centre on Thanksgiving weekends, and numerous other trips there for program weeks and work parties at other times of year.

Donna served on the Paddle Canada (formerly CRCA) National Program Development Committee to implement the former Paddle Canada Canoeing Program and has been trained in instructing paddlers with disabilities. She has extended this training to such endeavours as taking persons with disabilities on canoeing trips such as her nonagenarian mother (see link below), Clarence Tillenius, and friends with vision impairments.

Donna served 13 years on the board and executive of Paddle Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association) since 1988 as President, Past-President, Vice-President, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Instruction Chair and as Social Convenor. Donna also served on the board of Nature Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society) for several years in the 1990s. Both Paddle Manitoba and Nature Manitoba presented numerous awards to Donna for volunteer efforts.

Donna has been studying mushrooms, lichens, trees, plants, water, earth, air, environment, animals and Indigenous ways of life since she began canoeing in 1986. She shared her knowledge at Mushroom workshops for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Zoo for 10 years and developed the tutorial Mushroom Discovery which she shares on her website (password available on request). Donna has recently taken University courses in Biology, Aquatic Ecology and Experimental Limnology, Algae Fungi and Mosses, Forest Ecosystems Field Course, Plants of Manitoba Field Course, International Permaculture Design and Indigenous Studies courses in Indigenous Use of Plants and Indigenous Food Systems. She is currently offering free instruction on Mushrooms and Fungi as a volunteer service to Nature Manitoba for their Mantario Wilderness Program and Workshop Program. Donna also is open to collaborative foraging for mushrooms, lichens, plants and to lead trips on forest bathing, contact her at drdrkurt at gmail.com for more information.






Donna's YouTube Channel

Equipment Rental Contacts

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
Wilderness Supply Company


Other Paddling Connections

Paddle Manitoba
Paddle Canada
Manitoba Pioneer Camp
Nature Manitoba
formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society
Mushrooms and More
Northern Soul
Wav Paddling
Wilderness Spirit Adventures


Links of Interest

Nonagenerian Canoeist
wo man i got agan
Wilds of Manitoba - Canoeing Trip Reports
Wilds of Manitoba - Safe Paddling
Wilds of Manitoba - Related Links
Canoe School 2015 Slalom Course Video on Youtube
Charles Burchill (a fine canoeist)
Environment Canada - Waterflow