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. Minor modifications to the schedule may happen during the weekend.

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

Last updated July 30, 2021 @ 11:45pm.

Post-Paddlefest Events

Register separately from Paddlefest with the Fort Smith Paddling Club (FSPC membership is $35/individual or $70/family). Rental fees apply if using club gear. Please contact us for more information and to register for a clinic.

Date/TimeEventMeeting Location
August 3&5
Fort Smith Paddling Club River Nights
Beginner Friendly
August 14-15Youth Paddling Camp
August 21-22
Swiftwater Rescue & Safety Course
$360/person, 3-year Paddle Canada Certification

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.

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.

Saturday Night Beach-Themed Party

Our annual beach-themed party includes music, limbo & hula dance competitions, and more!

Sunday Evening Paddler Appreciation Dinner

Participants and paddlers celebrate Paddlefest with a dinner. We have a raffle, silent auction, and awards for competition winners!


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


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