Below is a day-by-day breakdown of the schedule with some general information. At the bottom of the page is a list of some of the specific games, activities, and competitions that will take place at the Mountain Portage Rapids.

Please refer to our map to locate the different festival sites.

Last updated June 29, 2019.


Flatwater Friday

Brought to you by NWT Recreation & Parks Association

Flatwater Friday is a fun-filled day focused on canoeing and picnicking. There are views of the rapids, but all the events are in flat water. We start with a picnic on an island. Participants bring their own lunches, snacks provided. Kids often have epic mud wars and it is not unheard of for Parks Canada to start a fire and make bannock on a stick. We also run a kayak slalom race for more advanced participants that picnickers enjoy spectating. The picnic is followed up by the main events of the day: head to head canoe races, two person and six person teams. Teams are assembled on the spot or ahead of time.

Saturday & Sunday

Mountain Portage Rapids

Saturday and Sunday are out at the rocks at Mountain Portage rapids with events for every type of craft that floats. We generally host some instructional clinics in the morning followed by competitions and events for every skill level from first-time paddlers to world champions. If you have a paddler registration, you can join any event as you feel like it.

There are even zany events like a pool toy race, SUP jousting, and more. For non-paddlers, raft rides are available for a cost, and there’s always something fun to watch happening. Snacks and water are provided around a campfire, and the vibe is a fun beach party. Even if you aren’t registered for Paddlefest, you are welcome to come down and hang out and watch all the craziness.


There are several evening activities including a Friday community event, an outrageous beach party on Saturday night where we all try to limbo and hula dance, and a paddler appreciation dinner on Sunday night.

Day One: Friday, August 2

NWT Recreation & Parks Association Flatwater Friday

  • 9am-5pm – Registration & Check In @ Parks Canada
  • 10am-4pm – Instructional Clinics @ Boat Launch
  • 11am-4pm – Family Canoe Picnic starts @ Boat Launch
  • 2pm – Exhibition Slalom Races starts @ Boat Launch
  • 5:30-6:30pm – Canoe Races @ Boat Launch
  • 7:30-10pm – Evening Gathering @ to be announced

Day Two: Saturday, August 3

  • 9:30-11am – Last-Minute Registration & Check In @ Parks Canada
  • 9am – Mandatory Paddler Meeting @ Conibear Park
  • 10-11:30am – Morning Clinics & Youth Games @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 12pm – Opening Ceremony with Elder @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 1-5pm – Competitions & Fun at the Playground @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 5-7pm – Golf Course River Run @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 9pm – Beach Party @ to be announced

Day Three: Sunday, August 4

  • 9am-12pm – Morning Clinics @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 10am-1:30pm – Giant Slalom Race & Hike to English Channel @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 1-5pm – Competitions & Fun at the Playground @ Mountain Portage Rapids
  • 7:30pm – Paddlefest Paddler Appreciation Dinner @ Queen Elizabeth Park/Campground

Day Four: Monday, August 5

  • 8-11am – Pancake Breakfast @ Northern Life Museum
  • 10am – Edge King Competition & Group River Run @ Northern Life Museum

The schedule is subject to minor changes.
This online schedule is more up-to-date than printed copies.


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