Fort Smith Paddling Club

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

2013 Paddlefest Schedule

Sunday, July 28th

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

To Register 872-3593

Bring your picnic, 

meet at Parks Canada Office at 11

Monday, July 29th

10-4pm - Youth "Intro to Whitewater" Camp with Aquabatics Group 1 Register 872-3593


6-10 pm - Adult "Whitewater Progression" Level 1 with Aquabatics Group 1 Register 872-3593

Tuesday, July 30th

10-4 pm - Youth "Intro to Whitewater" Camp with Aquabatics Group 1 Register 872-3593


6-10 pm - Adult "Whitewater Progression" Level 1 with Aquabatics Group 1 Register 872-3593


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 pm

Wednesday, July 31st

10-4 pm - Youth "Intro to Whitewater" Camp with Aquabatics Group 2 Register 872-3593


6-10 pm - Adult "Whitewater Progression" Level 2 with Aquabatics Group 2 Register 872-3593


1-4 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

Thursday, August 1st

10-4 pm - Youth "Intro to Whitewater" Camp with Aquabatics Group 2 Register 872-3593


6-10 pm - Adult "Whitewater Progression" Level 2 with Aquabatics Group 2 Register 872-3593


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

Friday, August 2nd

Flotilla and Canoe races

Boat Launch, in town


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!)


4pm      Tandem Canoe Race mass start

5pm      Voyageur Canoe Race Heats

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

Saturday, August 3rd

Playground, Mountain Portage

10-11:30 ** Rolling Clinics with Aquabatics!!! Must register for these clinics at 872-3593

10-11:30 Kids and youth kayak games in the bay
12:30 ** Beachball Team Race

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

1:30 ** Throw Rope Competition for spectators

2:00- 4:00 Advanced Throwdown Rodeo
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

8:00 pm Party (cash bar, sorry no minors) Location TBA

** Beginner friendly!

Sunday, August 4

Playground, Mountain Portage
12 pm Advanced Downriver Race, ends at the Playground
1:00 Intermediate ferrying race
1:30 Whitewater Canoe Race

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, 

30 min SUP course with Aquabatic's Pro Instructor $20

2-4 pm **Public try-a-kayak and try-an-SUP station
all day - Kayak, canoe, raft, SUP fun
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 5th


9-12 Community pancake breakfast at the museum


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


11- ... 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! 


Driving home, or staying longer???  Oh yeah!