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25-27 October 2019




25-27 October 2019

To make a booking email:  glanllyn@urdd.org  and ask for details. 


The symposium is grateful for the support given by:




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 James Raffan to join us from across the Atlantic. 


James is a prolific writer, speaker and currently the Executive Director of the Canoe Museum in Ontario. He has written 16  books including a biography of Bill Mason.  He is a community activist and volunteer, a Fellow International of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Camsell Medal in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. To find out more about James his website is: www.JamesRaffan.ca



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.

There is a reduction of 25% for all under 18 years of age.

Pecyn llety llawn / Full Accommodation Package   @ £185


Pecyn gwersylla  / Camping Package   @ £142


Ymwelydd dydd Sadwrn  /  Day Visitor Saturday  @ £64


Ymwelydd dydd Sul  / Day Visitor Sunday  @ £64

To book email:  glanllyn@urdd.org  and ask for forms.

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We will send out a full list of workshops at the end of September along with a choice form for all of those booked

A list of workshops


Swims and throwbags

Guided trips on Llyn Tegid 

Guided trips on the Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee)

Flat Water Rescues


Bent paddle and fast boats

Sailing improvised

Sailing specialist rigs

Stand up paddle boarding

Introduction to moving water

Various options on the Tryweryn

Polishing the basicw

The art of freestyle

Tandem Flat water: efficiency and movement. 

Guided trip on the Mawddach Estuary

Tryweryn & Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee)

Running the Tryweryn in a canoe is a full on experience.   This venue is for those who already have a reasonable depth of experience in running white water. It is not for the inexperience and only those with their own boats can do this.  

We will have a variety of options on this including leadership, technique, tandem or solo.  

We will be running other white water workshops on the Afon Dyfrdwy (Dee):  this is very suitable for those starting out on white water or who wish to refine technique

Workshop lists and booking form will be sent out to all participants at the end of September.

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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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