COVID-19 Update

The Fort Smith Paddling Club takes the COVID-19 situation very seriously and we are looking for ways to operate some of our summer programs for our local paddling community in accordance with the GNWT Emerging Wisely document that was released on May 12, the Canoe Kayak Canada guidelines, and relevant Alberta government guidelines.

Our annual event, the Slave River Paddlefest, is cancelled for 2020.

We wish all paddlers a safe summer on the water.

A Paddling Festival Like No Other

Every year during the August long weekend, a bunch of people gather in a little town in Canada’s Northwest Territories for a weekend of paddling fun. A family-oriented celebration of the mighty Slave River with some of the best whitewater in the world, Paddlefest has opportunities for everyone to make a splash… and we want you to join us!

Watch Paddlefest in Action!

Four Days of Paddling Fun

Join us this summer on the Slave River for paddling, races, games, food, and more during the August long weekend! It’s a celebration of the river that everyone can enjoy with activities for all skill levels.

We’ve got it all!

  • Warm water & sunshine
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Games & competitions
  • All skill levels & ages
  • Pelicans soaring overhead
  • World-class rapids

More Than Just Kayaks

Paddlefest is an event that the whole family can enjoy with something for everyone! From beach games for the little ones to SUP jousting to surfing competitions and more, you’re sure to have a blast in the warm waters of the Slave River.

Mark your calendars!

Paddlefest is coming back for August Long Weekend in 2020!
July 31 – August 3, 2020

Slave River Paddlefest is cancelled for 2020.

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