Schedule is not final and is subject to changes. Last updated Thursday, July 20.

Pre-Paddlefest (July 29th- August 4th)

Paddlefest (August 4th-7th)

Unless otherwise noted, participation included with Paddlefest registration. For water events, you must be registered as a paddler.

Flatwater Friday, August 4th  (Boat Launch, Arena)

  • 9-4: Last day for multi-day pre-event instructional clinics (*see above for dates and pricing)
  • 10:00 Initial registration and check-in at Parks Visitor Centre
  • 12:00 Family canoe picnic partnered with the FSPC and Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP)
  • 10-5 Fat bike tours* operated and offered by Borealis Bike Tours (first-time offering)
  • 2:00 Exhibition Race: Olympic style slalom kayaking partnered with FSPC
  • 5:30 Canoe races partnered with Environment Natural Resources, Aurora College, and Smith’s Landing First Nation
  • 6:30 Community feast with Slave River Coalition in the Arena.

Saturday, August 5th  (Conibear Park and Mountain Portage Rapids)

  • 8:00-10:00 Rusty Raven will be selling coffee. Roots and Ruminants (local organic farm) will be selling breakfast sandwiches at Conibear Park
  • 9:00 am Mandatory registered paddler safety meeting at Conibear Park
  • 9-12: Rolling in the river course from Aquabatics ($79/p)
  • 10:00-11:30 pm First-timers introduction to kayaking*, partnered with FSPC ($20/p)
  • 10-5 Fat bike tours* operated and offered by Borealis Bike Tours (first-time offering)
  • 10-12:00 pm: Introduction to SUPing with Conor Flynn and Ayden Dermenjian ($20/p)
  • 10:00-11:30 pm Youth kayak games partnered with FSPC (free)
  • 12:00 pm Opening ceremony with elder
  • 1:00-5:00 pm Spectator friendly events at mountain portage rapids (swim race, pool toy race, beach ball race, advanced rodeo, canoe races, SUP jousting, led beginner runs)
  • 1:00-4:30pm Raft ($20/p) and duo rides ($30) for spectators- sign up on-site
  • 5:00-6:00 pm led Beginner/Intermediate run to the Golf Course Restaurant
  • 5:00-9:00 pm- Dinner encouraged at local restaurants
  • 9 pm: Riverstock, live music put on by the Fort Smith Music Society in the Arena.

Sunday, August 6th  (Mountain Portage Rapids and Queen Elizabeth Campground)

  • 9-12: Intro to freestyle course from Aquabatics ($79/p)
  • 10-5 Fat bike tours* operated and offered by Borealis Bike Tours (first-time offering)
  • 111 am Morning Yoga
  • 10 am Guided hike to giant slalom event, partnered with WBNP
  • 11-5 Raft and Duo Rides, sign up on-site
  • 11-1 Parks Canada Programming
  • 12-2- Advanced giant slalom race partnered with FSPC
  • 1:30-2:30 Drop-in rolling clinic to troubleshoot your roll. Partnered with FSPC ($20/p)
  • 1-5 pm Spectator Friendly Events at Mountain Portage (Led beginner runs, beginner kayak races and rodeos, canoe rescue rodeo, Intermediate boater cross and rodeo, SUP races, youth kayak races, rolling competitions)
  • 7:30 pm Paddlefest steak banquet, raffle, silent auction and awards at Queen Elizabeth Campground

Monday, August 7th

  • 8:00-10:00 pm Community Pancake Breakfast partnered with Northern Life Museum
  • 10:00-5:00 pm Monday Group River Run and women’s specific intermediate kayak clinic* ($30/p)
  • 10-5:00pm- Edge King Big Wave event