Hello, we’re James and Dympna, partners and co-owners of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre. Before we ever met, we each fell in love with kayaking for the same reason, the remote, pristine and awe-inspiring places a kayak could take you. We both wanted to spend our life kayaking and sharing our joy of exploring wild places with others. We started OSKC over ten years ago after we met while kayaking on Lake Superior.

Our School

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is now one of Canada’s leading sea kayak schools with instructors who are as passionate as we are. What sets us apart is the number of high-level instructors we have in our team. We teach Paddle Canada skills courses and have a course that is right for paddlers of all experience levels. In the early spring, we teach kayak rolling and rescues in indoor pools across southern Ontario. June is when we host North America’s largest women’s-only paddling event Women on the Water.  During the summer months, we host Paddle Canada kayak skills courses in multiple Ontario locations and offer guided sea kayaking adventures in our Province, Nationally, and Internationally. In September we run Canada’s longest-running traditional paddling event, Ontario Greenland Camp and our social Georgian Bay kayaking festival Paddlepalooza.

Our Trips

OSKC has expert instructors as well as certified and experienced wilderness guides. Our specialty is taking training paddlers and then taking them to some of the world’s most remote and beautiful locations to explore by kayak.

Over the years we have continued to expand our trip offerings beyond our Great Lakes and we now offer trips across Canada from the East Coast to the West Coast, to our pristine Northern waters. Internationally, we travel to Norway and Baja to explore the culture, mountains and ocean waters of these unique lands. We are certified, skilled and passionate guides who love nothing more than sharing the most breathtaking paddling trips we know of with our guests.

Our home base is in Parry Sound, Ontario (2 hours north of Toronto) where our sister company, Harmony Outdoor Inn, offers luxury camping (glamping) and a high-end bed and breakfast. Harmony Outdoor Inn is located on a 16-acre wooded, waterfront location where we also offer paddling courses, Georgian Bay day-trips, and private skills development. Harmony Outdoor Inn is also the perfect location to base yourself to discover paddling in the 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay.

Our B&B in Parry Sound

Prospector tent at our centre

Private lesson at our waterfront