Located in Toronto, The Complete Paddler has Canada's largest retail showroom with the best selection of brands to choose from! Some of our competitors might claim a huge selection but we would like you to have a look for yourself in our online store. We are North America's only online store with free shipping for boats and gear! We specialize in sales, instruction, rentals and repairs.
We are focused and dedicated to customer service. New or expert, we will listen to your needs and do our best to fulfill them. We pride ourselves on being experienced and knowledgeable in every aspect of our sport. We not only have an obligation to uphold a community standard but a passion to do so. We strive to provide the highest quality products at a competitive price. In the unlikely event you find an identical item selling for less we will gladly match it!
Kelly McDowell - Owner:
Kelly, a Toronto local, started paddling when he lived in Victoria and has since had many years of international paddling experience during which time he guided/instructed in Europe, Central America and the Middle East, but his personal favourite was beautiful Whitsunday’s Islands on the East Coast of Australia were he refined his open ocean navigational skills doing multi-day trips and instructing for the local community. Kelly now takes great pride in owning and operating The Complete Paddler, so you will usually find him there. On occasion you may spot him paddling in back country Ontario or late at night in the Toronto Islands.
ORKCA / Paddle Canada Instructor and BCU Coach / 4 star.
Lindsay Finnie - Store Manager
For Lindsay, the lakes and rivers of Northern Ontario have been her oyster. Lindsay has over ten years of multi-day paddling experience. Raised by a pair of outdoor enthusiasts, Lindsay has always found more comfort out on the water than anywhere else. For the past five years, Lindsay has been a Supervisor/Trip Leader with the Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Ranger Program, a summer employment experience that takes youth out into the bush on canoe trips and outdoor work expeditions in areas like Temagami, Mattachewan and Larder Lake. Lindsay has her ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 3 certification, her ORCKA Flat water and is a Paddle Canada certified stand up paddleboard instructor. Her next adventure: The Missinabi.