Fort Smith Paddling Club

Paddling, Promoting and Protecting the Slave River
Home to the Slave River Paddlefest

2014 Paddlefest Schedule
(This schedule will be changing as we get closer to the events)

Sunday, July 27th

11am-4pm - Guided Canoe Trip to Roller Coaster. 

To Register 872-3593

Bring your picnic, 

meet at Parks Canada Office at 11:00am

Monday, July 28th

Aquabatics Youth Camp

for 13-17 yrs old, must pre-register with Gen

9:30am - Meet at the Yellow House (39 mcDougal)

10am-4pm - On the river, at Mountain Portage. Instructors : Luke Vollmerhaus and Katherine Lapointe


Raft night at the Playground

7:00pm meet at the Yellow House. 

$30 per person, $20 for FSPC club members and Paddlefest Registered Participants. 



Tuesday, July 29th

10-4 pm - Guided Hike to Pelican Rapids with Parks Canada Interpreters. 

Bring lunch and snack, water, bug spray and bathing suit and meet at the Park Office at 10 am


Aquabatics Youth Camp

for 13-17 yrs old, must pre-register with Gen

9:30am - Meet at the Yellow House (39 mcDougal)

10am-4pm - On the river, at Mountain Portage. Instructors : Luke Vollmerhaus and Katherine Lapointe


Swift Water Awareness Course

For local motor boaters and canoeists (2 evening course). Please pre-register.

6pm-10pm at the Boat Launch and across the river.

Wednesday, July 30th

1pm-4 pm - Guided hike to Mountain Portage with Parks Canada Interpreters. Bring snack, water, bug spray, bathing suit and meet at the Park Office at 1 pm


Aquabatics Youth Camp

for 8-12 yrs old, must pre-register with Gen

9:30am - Meet at the Yellow House (39 mcDougal)

10am-4pm - On the river, at Mountain Portage. Instructors : Luke Vollmerhaus and Katherine Lapointe


Swift Water Awareness Course

For local motor boaters and canoeists (2 evening course). Please pre-register.

6pm-10pm at the Boat Launch and across the river.


Thursday, July 31st

1pm-5 pm - Guided hike to Cassette Rapids with Parks Canada Interpreters. Bring snack, water, bug spray and meet at the Park Office at 1 pm


Aquabatics Youth Camp

for 8-12 yrs old, must pre-register with Gen

9:30am - Meet at the Yellow House (39 mcDougal)

10am-4pm - On the river, at Mountain Portage. Instructors : Luke Vollmerhaus and Katherine Lapointe


Friday, August 1st

Flotilla and Canoe races

Boat Launch, in town


10am-11am  Registered participants pick up Paddlefest Package at Boat Launch

11am-3pm    Flotilla picnic across river

                   (you're a beginner paddler? don't have a canoe? contact the Park Office at 867-872-7900 to reserve a boat! This event is safe, we'll give you tips on some strokes and it will be surrounded with motor boats for your safety! so give it a try!)

All canoe races and flotilla cost $5 per person, unless you are already a registered Paddlefest Participant. You will need to register and sign a waiver before getting on the river.

4pm      Tandem Canoe Race mass start

5pm      Voyageur Canoe Race Heats

6:30-10  Community Feast at Campground, Awards, Prizes, Silent Auction, Dene Games

6:30-10  Registered participants pick up Paddlefest Package at Campground

Saturday, August 2nd

Playground, Mountain Portage

9-9:30am  Registered Paddlers Last Chance to pick up Paddlefest Package, Yellow House

10 am rolling clinics, must pre-register, 6 people max, 

10-11:30 Kids and youth kayak games in the bay

12:00  Opening Ceremony\Prayer at Mountain Portage with Elder

Please all paddlers attend to the ceremony. 
12:30 ** Beachball Team Race

1:00 ** Canoe Surf and Rescue (and debrief for advanced rodeo)

1:30 ** Mud race for spectator\participants (get ready to be dirty!) 

2:00- 4:00 Advanced Throwdown Rodeo

2:00 Youth Down River Race

3:00 **  Throw Rope Competition for spectators
4:00 ** Beginner Downriver Race

5:00 ** Swim Race

5:30 ** Rolling Competition / Hand Rolling Competition

Throughout the day - Introduction to Awesome!! for $20, spectators can ride through the rapids in the front of a 2-person kayak or on a raft, also 30 min SUP course with Aquabatic's Pro Instructor $20

9:00 pm Keg Party (19+ years old, cash bar) Location Roaring Rapids Hall


** Beginner friendly!

Sunday, August 3rd

Playground, Mountain Portage
12 pm Advanced Downriver Race, ends at the Playground
12pm ** There will be a guided hike to see the advance race at English Channel
1:00 Intermediate ferrying race
1:00  Youth kayak flat water figure 8 race (in the bay)
1:30 Whitewater Canoe Race boater cross.
1:30 Youth SUP Jousting Competition

2:00-5:00 ** beginner/ intermediate Throwdown

Throughout the day - Introduction to Awesome!! for $20, spectators can ride through the rapids in the front of a 2-person kayak or on a raft, 

3:00 ** SUP Jousting Competition

5:30pm - Start packing up at the rocks. You can keep playing in the water!
7:30 pm Awards Supper at the campground

7:30 Informal Gear Swap; bring your old gear and put a price tag on it!


** Beginner friendly! 

Monday, August 4th


9am-11am Community pancake breakfast at the museum


11am-3:30am Intermediate Women's clinic; must have combat roll


11am- ... people split up into groups and go paddling in different spots, 

Beginners can do a fun "Golf Course run" (mellow class 2 and 3- with lots of flat water between waves) or play some more at the playground! There will be more intermediate outings like potentially a far side of Cassette or Far Side of Mountain. Maybe the advance group will want to tackle the big chute at Pelican Rapids, in which case this could be some great viewing possibilities for visitors. 

Come at the museum in the morning to see what the various plans are!


Driving home, or staying longer???