Spectator Guide

Slave River Paddlefest is quite a sight to witness; The outrageous colours, the friendly people, and the mighty Slave River rapids make for an amazing weekend—even if you don’t paddle! If you’re a spectator at Paddlefest or register for a Hang Out Pass, here’s some of the activities that we have for you to enjoy.

Beach Time

The Mountain Portage Rapids offers large, beachy areas with gentle moving water for you to relax and take in the views and activities. Bring a picnic, roast some hot dogs on the campfire, and maybe build a sandcastle!

Raft Rides

For a small fee, we offer guided boat rides through the Playground Rapids. Get a taste of the mighty Slave River in our Intro to Awesome with either a raft ride or a duo-kayak adventure.

Beach Party

On the Saturday evening, all of the registered paddlers and Hang Out Pass holders are invited to join in the fun at the Beach Party! Featuring silly antics such as hula dancing, limbo competitions, music, and more, it’s the perfect time to let loose with all of the other Paddlefest participants.

Guided Hike

While the advanced paddlers are getting ready to compete in the Giant Slalom Race, we invite spectators to join us for a guided hike to the English Channel to watch as the racers battle the river and each other for ultimate bragging rights.

A Dinner & a Breakfast

Included with a Hang Out Pass is entry to our Paddler Appreciation and Awards Dinner on Sunday evening. This is a big gathering for participants to reflect on the weekend, say goodbye to new friends, and celebrate the victories shared in competition. The Northern Life Museum will also host a pancake breakfast on Monday morning.

Friday Evening Event

[details to be announced]

Register for a Hang Out Pass

Get the Paddlefest experience without getting into a boat by registering for a Hang Out Pass to access all of the land-based activities. For more information, please see our registration page.