The Canadian Canoe Foundation is a registered charity that develops watershed-health projects that culminate in youth environmental leadership canoe-trips. Our  participants return to their communities as Water Leaders, educating and motivating their family and friends about environmental issues in their watershed and what citizens can do to work towards solutions.

The Foundation partners with environmental organizations who are working to protect the lakes and rivers we travel. Our youth participants get an on-the-water education about the work that is being done to protect Canada's water resources and are provided opportunities to become active in the conservation work of our partnering organizations.

Please explore our site to find out more about our programs and how you could find yourself exploring Canada by canoe this summer!


We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who have expressed their support for the aims and objectives of the Canadian Canoe Foundation.

Project supporters


Youth Environmental Education


During the summer of 2023, the Canadian Canoe Foundation once again partnered with the Ayalik Fund to provide life-altering canoe trips for Inuit youth from Nunavut.  With funding provided by the Bell Let’s Talk community fund and the government of Canada's Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities program, Ayalik embedded a mental health counsellor and resilience-building program manager on each of the trips.  One trip saw six girls and seven boys 16-17 years old fly south to Otawa in order to take part in a canoe trip program in Kipawa, in partnership with Desire2Discover. Another trip saw nine boys andand four girls 14-15 years old take part in a canoe trip program outside Yellowknife, in partnership with Jackpine Paddle

During these wilderness canoe trips the Inuit youth experience strong emotions while away from home and family, often for the first time, as they take on new challenges, share personal stories, and attempt to overcome barriers. Having a trained counsellor on the trip staff help the youth to manage these challenges in a healthy and informed way, give them words with which to describe their feelings, and coping strategies to become stronger and more confident. The counsellor follows up with the youth after they return to their home communities in Nunavut and successfully communicates with a majority of the youth about their experience on the trip, and encourage them to seek continuing support as needed in their home community.

We are working to secure funding for our summer 2024  projects!  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation!  Thank you for your support!


PAST PROJECTS 2010- Present

For a text description and visual summary of our previous projects please visit our Picture and Video Gallery.