Fort Smith Paddling Club

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

2015 Paddlefest Schedule
(This schedule will be changing as we get closer to the events)

Sunday, July 26th

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

To Register 872-3593

Bring your picnic, 

Meet at 39 McDougal (Yellow House), Park next door at the Armories (Green building). 

* You must be an FSPC Club member. Look under the membership tab for details.

Monday, July 27th

1:30-4:30 pm - Guided Hike to Cassette Rapids with Parks Canada Interpreters. 

Bring snack, water, bug spray and meet at the Park Office at 1:30pm 

If you need transportation, call the Park Office ahead :872-7900


Raft night at the Playground

7:00pm meet at the Yellow House. 

* You must be an FSPC Club member. Look under the membership tab for details.



Tuesday, July 28th

1:30-4:30 pm - Guided Hike to Salt Plains with Parks Canada Interpreters. 

Bring snack, water, bug spray and meet at the Park Office at 1:30pm 

If you need transportation, call the Park Office ahead :872-7900


Wednesday, July 29th

1:30-4:30 pm - Guided Hike to Pelican Rapids with Parks Canada Interpreters. 

Bring snack, water, bug spray and bathing suit and meet at the Park Office at 1:30pm 

*To swim the "shoot" (mini rapid, super fun), the cost is $5, you will be required to sign a waiver and wear a life jacket.

If you need transportation, call the Park Office ahead :872-7900


Thursday, July 30st

1:30-4:30 pm - Guided hike to Grosbeak Lake with Parks Canada Interpreters. 

Bring snack, water, bug spray and meet at the Park Office at 1:30pm

If you need transportation, call the Park Office ahead :872-7900


Friday, July 31st

Flotilla and Canoe races

Boat Launch, in town


Not registered for Paddlefest but want to participate in the canoe events?

                Meet before 11am at boat launch to sign up; $10/person, all ages.

                *Anyone going on the water must register and sign a waiver.

                Price includes: Flotilla, canoe races, supper


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

11am-3pm    Flotilla picnic across river, (pack your lunch and bathing suit)

                  Learn about the history of the Rapid Corridor (WBNP Interpreters)

                  Don't have a canoe? WBNP and SLFN will bring a few extra 

                   canoes, paddles, life jackets. First arrived first served basis. 


    4-6pm   Street Treats Food Truck at boat launch!! 

    4pm      Tandem Canoe Race mass start

    5pm      Voyageur Canoe Race Heats

6:30-10pm  Flat Water Friday Dinner at Campground 

(Not registered and didn't get on the water today? Join us for dinner, $5\person, all ages.) 

8pm   Registered participants pick up Paddlefest Package at Campground


                                                                                                                                   

Flat water Friday dinner plan: 

Meal: Butter Chicken, Naan bread, Chili with vegetarian option and more.

     

Silent Auction Items: 

- 2 Return tickets Fort Smith-Edmonton (Provided by NWAL)

- Street Treats "Party in a box for 10"  (buy the gift certificate and have the Food Truck feed your party!!! 

- 2 Bending Branches wooden canoe paddles.

- Coleman 12' x 10' bug tent. (Provided by Northern)

- Set of 2 stools and rug. Perfect for your workshop or garage. (Provided by TDC)



                                                                                                                                   

Saturday, August 1st

Playground, Mountain Portage

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

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

*This is a free event, parents are asked to assist. You will be required to sign a waiver. 

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

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

1:00-4:00 Parks Canada activities at the beach for kids and spectators (Sand Castle contest and Bannock on a stick)

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

1:00 ** Beginner run of the Playground

2:00- 4:00 Advanced Throwdown Rodeo

2:00 Youth Down River Race

3:00 **  Throw Rope Competition for spectators 

3:00 ** International Pool Toy Race!!   
4:00 ** Beginner Downriver Race

5:00 ** Swim Race

5:30 ** Rolling Competition / Hand Rolling Competition

Throughout the day - Introduction to Awesome!! for $35, spectators can ride through the rapids in the front of a 2-person kayak, guided by a pro. Guided raft ride $20\person.

9:00 pm Beach theme Party (19+ years old, cash bar) Location Roaring Rapids Hall. $10 cover price, unless you're a registered participant! Come over!!


** Beginner friendly!


Available for registered paddlers: Raft (the little blue raft is for you to play around with, and also to assist with swimmer rescues), FSPC Kayaks, Whitewater Canoes, Sit-on-Tops, Life Jackets, Helmets (Be considerate, the equipment has to be shared around).


Available to everyone on site: Hot Dogs, Water Melons (help yourself all day both Saturday and Sunday), 

Sunday, August 2nd

Playground, Mountain Portage
12 pm Advanced Downriver Race, ends at the Playground
12pm ** There will be a guided hike to see the advanced 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 ** SUP race down the Playground 

2:00-5:00 ** beginner/ intermediate Throwdown (Surf 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, 

3:00 ** SUP Jousting Competition 

5:30pm - Start packing up at the rocks. 
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 3rd


9am to 11am Community pancake breakfast at the museum


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, which could be a great viewing opportunity for visitors. 

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


Driving home, or staying longer???