Here is a non-exhaustive list of companies, organisations and clubs that offer kayak classes and outings for beginners.

Montreal’s whitewater kayaking club organizes lessons in a heated swimming pool near Frontenac metro station that are quite affordable and great quality. They take place in the winter though. Then they organise river courses in late spring. Then, as a member of the kayak club, you can participate in their fun, free, volunteer-run outings. https://www.cckevm.org/ 

Other whitewater kayaking courses:

You
can take kayak courses outdoors with KSF, right here in Montreal (Lasalle): http://ksf.ca/ Another
good kayak school is ABV, located about an hour from Montreal on the Rouge
River: http://www.abvkayak.com/There
is a great kayak school in Valleyfield west of Montreal: http://www.kayakvalleyfield.org/

Otherwise, here are some other options for sea and flatwater kayaking:

Sea kayaking outings along the rivière des Prairies: https://parcoursgouin.ca/sites-nautiques-guepe/ and http://www.laroutedechamplain.com/Bienvenue.html Sea kayaking courses and outings with Go Plein Air in Bois-de-Liesse and Île Bizard nature parks: http://www.gopleinair.org/cours-de-kayak/Intro to sea kayaking and fishing in Laval: https://www.parc-mille-iles.qc.ca/en/ Sea kayaking club in Montreal: http://www.chinook-kayak.com/cms/ Flatwater and sometimes competitive kayak club in Pointe Claire : http://www.pccanoekayak.ca/ , in Cartierville – http://clubdecanotagecartierville.org/ Sea kayaking courses and rentals on the Lachine Canal: http://www.h2oadventures.com/ Sea kayaking outings or courses at the Boucherville Islands National Park – https://www.sepaq.com/pq/bou/ Sea kayaking courses and rentals in Verdun and Nun’s Island: www.espacenavi.ca/  

The Intercultural Outdoor Recreation Program will organize a day of hiking and canoeing/kayaking outside of Montreal on May 26th:  https://www.pleinairinterculturel.com/en/activities/upcoming-activities/randonnee-fleurs-et-canot-kayak-a-chertsey-le-26-mai/    

Happy kayaking!

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