Westwood Outdoors was created by Andrew and Carole Westwood in order to provide a site where people can find information on paddling techniques, tips and ideas all pertaining to kayaking and canoeing. Our River Notes page highlights recent articles, new instructional concepts, and paddling techniques.
The information stated on this site is designed as a general guide and not a substitute for experience. (more…)

Get the MO!

Want to make those moves each time? Check out the Techniques page for tips on gaining sweet momentum!

Costa Rica!!!

It’s confirmed! We’ll be in Costa Rica as guest instructors with the Esprit Crew and Jim Coffey Dec 31 2016 – Jan 7th 2017. We’re booking our tickets today. Wanna join us? Check out the site for itinerary, lodging and if your a group of 5 or more there’s a discount!
Can’t wait!


Spring has Sprung!!!

Well, it’s trying to anyway.  It IS still March after all!

Andrew and I have been planning for the coming paddling season and will be updating the calendar page shortly. This year will see us going to the Yough, Madawaska, Wausau Wisconsin, Alberta, Manitoba and Vermont (just to name a few).   Looking forward to doing another cross Canada trip!

We’ll post information as we get it.

Paddle safe!


A Successful ACA 2015 NORAMS!

With about 80 slalom paddlers, clear warm weather, 5 days of water releases, a delicious banquet dinner, and many generous volunteers making it all happen, the 2015 ACA North American Open Canoe Slalom Championships was deemed a huge success. This was no doubt because it attracted such wonderful people, canoeists from all over, to an annual event that highlights great paddling, camaraderie and exciting slalom competition. Seeing old friends, making new ones and sharing the passion for the sport drives events

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NORAMS coming soon!!!

So if your wondering what we’ve been up to, updating this webpage wasn’t one of them! Andrew and I have been planning/organizing/having loads of fun! (truly) the ACA NORAMS coming to MKC. Here’s the link to the webpage and Face Book page:






ACA OC Slalom Update

The FB page for the 2015 ACA Open Canoe Slalom Nationals & North American Championships is now official! We’ll post info as we get it. A website is also being created as we speak!!

Wausau AW BH

2015 ACA Nationals (NORAM) on the Madawaska!!

Attention open canoers, this year the ACA North American Open Canoe Slalom Championships (NORAM) will be held at the Madawaska Canoe Centre in Barry’s Bay Ontario Canada. Race dates are July 22 – 24. Come earlier to partake in other paddling opportunities, or stick around afterward, the water is warm and levels in the area of Ontario will be great!

This family friendly slalom race spans the whole white-water canoeing community, novice to well-seasoned, North American to beyond, with two weeks of

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Schedule of events and courses 2014!

The following are courses and trips that we will be participating in or conducting. Hope to see you on one of them!

Slalom Coaching Series

This year we’ve decided to do a Coaching on the fly style using clinics and short courses for those wishing to improve their slalom technique or would like to improve their river running by using the same skills as one would use to paddle slalom – precision! Look at our Westwood Cafe Menu to see what type of

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The Westwood Cafe!

New for this year is the Westwood Cafe with a menu style list of skills courses. Paddlers can feast by selecting appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Based on your selection, clinics and courses can last from a few hours to multi day instructional events. For more information contact us or checkout the Events page for courses.


Westwood CafeMenu web


One word describing Costa Rica? Fabulous!

Why so fabulous?

entertaining rivers

jungle rain forests

confident personable guides looking after all the logistics

wildlife and birds unlike anything at home

accommodation that was comfortable in a wilderness setting


Costa rica has everything going for it. Rivers can be handpicked for every skill level. Rivers paddled include different sections of the Sarapiqui, Pacuare, and the Reventazon.  Jim Coffey has all boat types to host every boat style from solo to tandem, openboat, kayak, and for those wanting a day off, a trip in a raft!

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