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The Open Canoe Symposium has become the premier event for open canoeists across the UK. Organised & run on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis, the hosting of the event now rotates annually between Wales, England & Scotland in a three-year cycle. Its aim has always been to bring together people of all levels of experience and ability in a sharing of enthusiasm for & knowledge of all aspects of open canoeing.

Special Guest

This year we have invited the renowned Canadian adventurer/paddler/writer/speaker Kevin Callan to join us from across the Atlantic. 


Kevin  is a prolific guide book writer as well as an adventurer with many books and articles detailing his thoughts and adventures, a reknowned speaker and a member of the council of the Canoe Museum in Ontario.



Gwersyll Glanllyn is an Outdoor Education Centre situated on the shores of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). Owned by the Urdd (a Welsh National Youth Organisation), it is situated about 4 miles west of the town of Bala on the A494. The site has direct access to the lake shore & is within easy reach of a variety of other canoeing venues.


Package Options

Option 1 - Full Accommodation £207

The on-site accommodation is comfortable, in shared rooms sleeping 4, 5 or 6 persons & with en-suite


Option 2 - Camping £160

For those choosing to camp, there is an option to camp on a field at the centre, making use of facilities (toilets and shower etc) at the centre.

Option 3-Day Visitor (£77 per day)

For those who wish to join us but do not want accommodation it is possible to book in advance as a day



What's Included?

Packages are inclusive of:

Accommodation: Friday & Saturday night (depending on option chosen).

Meals: Saturday breakfast, packed lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast & packed lunch.

Daytime Workshops: Saturday & Sunday

Water Fees

Evening Lectures

Canoe Trade Supporters

There will be canoe shops on site and demo boats.


The symposium is generally staffed by some of the most experienced & knowledgeable canoe coaches from across the UK. All of them give up their time for free to be involved in the weekend. The diversity of workshops & quality of coaching available means that the Symposium represents incredible value for money.

Water level & weather conditions significantly affect which workshops we can offer. Our aim will be to give a wide range of half-day & all-day workshops based around the prevailing conditions. There is usually something to suit novice, improving & advanced ability paddlers.

Workshop booking forms will be sent out in mid September.


Evening Entertainments​

There will be an onsite bar on Friday & Saturday, for which we have requested a late license. 

There will be presentations on both Friday evening & Saturday evening by Kevin Callan as well as others.



A list of workshops

Tryweryn & Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee)

Workshop lists and booking form will be sent out to all participants in mid September

River Running

On the Tryweryn and the Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee)


Sailing both improvised and with specialist rigs

Trad Skills

Poling, lining and tracking. Beyond the paddle

Llyn Tegid

Technique, sailing, trips and a whole host more. 


A chance to practise those shore skills


Both on rivers and lakes.  `People and kit too. 

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