A Paddling Festival Like No Other

Every summer during the August long weekend, a bunch of people gather in a little town in Canada’s Northwest Territories for a weekend of paddling fun. A family-oriented celebration of the mighty Slave River with some of the best whitewater in the world, Paddlefest has opportunities for everyone to make a splash… and we want you to join us!

Watch Paddlefest in Action!

Four Days of Paddling Fun

Join us this summer on the Slave River for paddling, races, games, food, and more during the August long weekend! It’s a celebration of the river that everyone can enjoy with activities for all skill levels.

We’ve got it all!

  • Warm water & sunshine
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Games & competitions
  • All skill levels & ages
  • Pelicans soaring overhead
  • World-class rapids

More Than Just Kayaks

Paddlefest is an event that the whole family can enjoy with something for everyone! From beach games for the little ones to SUP jousting to surfing competitions and more, you’re sure to have a blast in the warm waters of the Slave River.

What are you waiting for?

Register today for Slave River Paddlefest and join us for an awesome weekend of paddling fun!

We acknowledge that the land where we live and paddle in is the traditional territory of the Indigenous Peoples of the Salt River First Nation, the Smith’s Landing First Nation, and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation.

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Photo Contest

Did you bring your camera to capture your favourite Paddlefest moments this year? Share them with us and you could win prizes!