10 Enlivening Paddleboard Yoga Clinics & Retreats in Ontario

Find programming for beginner to expert yogis and paddleboarders.

Imagine an activity that improves your physical and mental health, boosts your balance, strength, and stability, AND is loads of fun. Paddleboard yoga is a fantastic activity for nearly everyone since it’s as enjoyable as it is beneficial. If you are just starting out, a beginner SUP yoga class is a great way to test the waters. For experienced yogis, paddleboard yoga offers a new challenge that can reinvigorate your practice. And between breathing fresh air, soaking up vitamin D, and enjoying the outdoors, it beats just about any gym or studio out there.

Combining mindful movement practice with the natural beauty of Ontario waterways, these paddleboard yoga clinics and retreats are all about relaxing, recharging, and reconnecting. Get ready to breathe, stretch, flow, and float your way to a blissful savasana.

Northwestern Ontario

NatriBros SUP Yoga

Thunder Bay paddleboard specialists NatriBros Surf & SUP offer paddleboard rentals, sales, lessons, and yoga clinics at locations across the city. Join them for paddleboard yoga on Boulevard or Hazelwood lakes, or overlooking the vastness of Lake Superior at Prince Arthur’s Landing.

Location: Thunder Bay

Where to Stay: The historic Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel offers lakeview suites just steps from acclaimed Marina Park and downtown dining and shops.

Algoma

Naturally Superior Adventures

Perched on the wild shore of Lake Superior at the mouth of the Michipicoten River, Naturally Superior Adventures and Rock Island Lodge offer visitors an unforgettable sampler of Lake Superior’s north shore. From quiet rivers packed with wildlife and waterfalls to spectacular sandy beaches and the immense grandeur of Superior itself, it’s a place that will keep calling you back for more. Start with a SUP yoga float on the peaceful Magpie River for the perfect introduction with Waves of Change Collective creator, Callie Paddock.

Location: Lake Superior, Wawa

Where to Stay: Fall asleep to the rhythmic waves of Lake Superior—Rock Island Lodge has four B&B-style rooms along with a unique, riverfront glamping dome and beach camping.

Northeastern Ontario

Woman participates in paddleboard yoga
Take a SUP yoga session on the tranquil waters of Hersey Lake. Photo: Sylvie Lamothe

Rebel Soul

Offering standup paddleboard experiences throughout the Timmins area, Rebel Soul is dedicated to finding balance and freedom on the water. Join founder and certified SUP yoga instructor Sylvie Lamothe on the tranquil waters of Hersey Lake Conservation Area for an evening SUP Yoga Session tailored to suit your level of experience. No paddling or yoga experience is necessary to join these one-hour sessions, offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from April through September.

Location: Hersey Lake Conservation Area, Timmins

Where to Stay: Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa is nestled on 175 peaceful riverside acres just minutes from downtown Timmins. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in spacious suites or cozy chalets, an on-site restaurant and relaxing day spa with Nordic baths.

Muskoka, Algonquin & Almaguin Highlands

Three women doing yoga on paddleboards
The beauty of Algonquin will calm your mind. | Photo: Destination Ontario

Northern Edge Algonquin “Quest for Balance” Retreat

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Algonquin Park, participants in Northern Edge Algonquin’s four-day Quest for Balance SUP and yoga retreat sleep comfortably in cozy accommodations nestled in the woods, dine on mouth-watering organic and locally grown meals, and participate in a variety of experiences designed to rest and rejuvenate while fostering creativity and community. Enjoy daily active and restorative yoga sessions and standup paddleboarding lessons and excursions on scenic Kawawaymog Lake. A lakeside yoga studio, meditation room, and gorgeous cedar sauna steps from the refreshing lake make it easy to unplug and immerse yourself in this transformative retreat.

Location: Kawawaymog Lake, Algonquin Park

Harmony Outdoor Inn “Women’s Paddleboard Escape”

This three-day getaway combines glamping, yoga, and standup paddleboarding for a relaxing, women’s-only retreat. The package includes SUP lessons and outdoor yoga classes, with the rest of your time left free to paddle, explore, or simply lounge in a riverside hammock with a good book. Just minutes from Parry Sound, Harmony Outdoor Inn boasts a constellation of comfortable glamping tents tucked in a beautiful wooded property on the shores of the Seguin River.

Location: Seguin River, Parry Sound

SUPtopia

Suptopia is Muskoka's floating yoga studio, offering private clinics and regular weekly standup paddleboard yoga classes at different locations around the enchanting Muskoka Lakes. Led by SUP yoga and SUP instructor, Steph Ouellette-Rienks, clinics are available June through September.

Location: Muskoka Lakes

Where to Stay: From quaint inns to luxurious lodges and relaxing cottage resorts, you’ll find a wide variety of places to stay in Muskoka.

Women doing warrior pose on a sup
Find your flow in the Haliburton Highlands. | Photo: Danielle Meredith Photography

Wolf Flow SUP Yoga

Surrounded by the sparkling lakes and rolling hills of the Haliburton Highlands, Wolf Flow SUP Yoga owner and instructor Karley Stevenson loves to combine the fun and play of paddleboarding with the calming and relaxing focus of yoga. Choose from 75-minute or 90-minute classes, or book a private session for a completely custom experience.

Location: Haliburton Highlands

Where to Stay: Soothe paddling muscles with a lap or two in the WaterSpa at Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa and wake up to intimate views of Eagle Lake.

Huron, Bruce, Grey & Simcoe

The Yoga Den Sunset SUP

Experience the rhythm and relaxation of paddleboard yoga on the clear waters of Lake Huron in the historic port of Goderich. Led by certified instructors, The Yoga Den’s summer SUP yoga clinics are held in the early morning and at sunset to take advantage of the calmest water conditions. Performing Sun Salutation as the fiery disc sinks into the cool blue horizon of Lake Huron—that’s just a bonus. Craving more paddleboard action? SUP fitness, lessons, and coastal tours are also available.

Location: Goderich

Where to Stay: Occupying the lush grounds and historic buildings of a former woollen mill on the Maitland River, the Benmiller Inn & Spa pampers guests with luxurious rooms, fine dining and a full-service spa.

Group of people on sup with arms raised holding paddle in the air over their heads
Lake Couchiching is waiting to host your next paddleboard yoga session. | Photo: Sunrise Yoga Studio

Sunrise Yoga Studio

Inspired by the stunning sunrises on Lake Couchiching, Orillia’s Sunrise Yoga Studio takes their lakeside practice to the water in the warmer months. Join a one-hour SUP Yoga class in the pleasant waters of this shallow, clear-water lake and start the day feeling revitalized and relaxed.

Location: Lake Couchiching, Orillia

Where to Stay: A sprawling oasis on the shores of Lake Couchiching, Fern Resort offers a variety of all-inclusive accommodations and vacation packages with a laidback, family-friendly atmosphere.

Eastern Ontario

Urban Ocean SUP Yoga

Urban Ocean brings all things SUP to the heart of Ottawa. Their paddleboard yoga classes offer something for everyone, from restorative and relaxing gentle yoga to exciting and energizing SUP fusion. Find stability and balance on a moving mat amid nature’s water studio, listening to the lapping waves beneath the city’s heritage skyline. Classes are offered at various locations on the Ottawa, Rideau and Mississippi rivers.

Location: Ottawa

Where to Stay: Explore Ottawa’s famed ByWard Market, just steps from Parliament Hill and the National Gallery of Canada, while staying in contemporary comfort at the Andaz Hotel. Head up to the city’s highest rooftop lounge, Copper Spirits & Sights, for an unparalleled view of Canada’s capital.

Find Your Ontario Paddleboard Yoga Retreat

Paddleboard yoga offers tremendous mental and physical benefits. Besides building core strength, balance, and flexibility, SUP yoga is an incredible way to connect with nature while relaxing and relieving stress. The amazing variety of paddleboard yoga classes and retreats in Ontario make it easy to experience this fun, energizing, and empowering activity for yourself.

About Virginia Marshall

Virginia Marshall is a freelance outdoor adventure writer, photographer and editor with roots in Muskoka and Lake Superior. Read her work in Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots, Rapid, Paddling Magazine and Backroad Mapbooks.

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