Lodging & Travel



Slave River Paddlefest is held in the small town of Fort Smith. Located in the boreal forest along the border of the Northwest Territories and Alberta, Fort Smith has much to offer during your Paddlefest stay.

Paddlefest HQ

Paddlefest takes place on the Slave River near the charming town of Fort Smith. Located in the boreal forest along the border of the Northwest Territories and Alberta, the area has much to offer for while you aren't paddling.

Fort Smith Airport

Flying to Fort Smith? Check out the airport website for all the details.

Northwestern Air Lease is offering a confirmed-seat discount for participants flying in from Edmonton, AB and Yellowknife, NT. To book with this deal, follow the instructions in the confirmation email you’ll receive after registration.

Northwestern Air is also offering a cheaper summer stand-by rate, but you could be bumped from the flight. For details, call 1.877.872.2216 (toll-free in Canada) or 1.867.872.2216 (direct phone number) or visit their website.

Flying from Yellowknife
Confirmed return/two-way ticket: $499.70. Normal cost is $400-500 one-way.
Flying from Edmonton
Confirmed return/two-way ticket for $1074.65. Normal cost is $500-700 one-way.

Air Tours

During the festival, you can fly over the rapids with Northwestern for $30/person.

Pelican Rapids Inn specializes in making sure guests are taken care of. From the time you walk in their doors to the time you leave, you’ll receive top-notch service.

Amenities include:

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free access to customer Wi-Fi
  • Free access to kitchen
  • Laundry service available

For all bookings contact Pelican Rapids Inn toll-free at 1.877.362.4205, or locally at 1.867.872.2789. Reservations are not accepted by email. 48-hour cancellation policy.

If you are planning to stay at the Queen Elizabeth Campgrounds, be sure to book your own campsite right away! The campground fills up fast for the long weekend. If the website shows all campsites as being full, call the campsite manager at 1.867.872.2607. Be sure to mention you are there for Slave River Paddlefest!

You also have the option of camping at Pine Lake. Located 60 km South of Fort Smith in Wood Buffalo National Park, Pine Lake offers peaceful campsites with fire pits, tent pads, and picnic tables. You also have access to water (boiling required), firewood, outhouses, and a playground.

For more information, visit the WBNP website or contact their visitor centre at 1.867.872.7960.


There are many other lodging options available for you to explore. Check out the Fort Smith website for a list of hotel & lodging options.