Fort Smith Paddling Club

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

Our Club Board


John Blyth

El Presidente!

John moved to Fort Smith when he was 12 years old. He lives in the Yellow House where the club gear is stored and most paddling meetings take place! John has been paddling the Slave River rapid corridor for a decade now and is an excellent source of information for the different routes and water levels.

Robyn Brown


Robyn started paddling in the summer of 2014 and came to most club sessions. Dedicated and passionate, she quickly got hooked on the river and fine-tuned her skills over the winter-time with our regular kayak-polo sessions.

A lady with a big heart, she is always there when we need help! She is also very busy with her job as a Wildland Firefighter for Wood Buffalo National Park.

Kevin Smith


Kevin is a long-time resident of Fort Smith and an active town councillor. He is very involved with the Fort Smith Ski Club and was an important driving force behind the Arctic Winter Games host committee. Kevin is a canoe instructor and his 3 kids are all involved in the local paddling scene as well.

Picture stolen from Kevin's Facebook profile.

Geneviève Côté

Treasure Keeper

Picture stolen from Geneviève's Facebook profile.

Karl Cox

Board Member

Karl is a local paddler, mountain biker, firefighter, a bush camp/small engine instructor at Aurora College and an absolute fantastic volunteer. 

He knows the surrounding trails like the back of his hand and is all about taking out power tools to the trails to make them brush-free and smooth!

Karl is a real doer, thanks to him we have an outhouse at Mountain Portage, an outfitted trailer, and more!

Picture stolen from Karl's Facebook profile.

Natalie Kramer-Anderson

Board Director & Paddlefest Coordinator

Natalie and her husband Leif have been regular summer residents of Fort Smith for almost a decade now. They both have competed in freestyle events such as the Whitewater Grand Prix.

Natalie is extremely passionate about the Slave River, so much so that she has made it the focus of her PhD thesis in Hydro-Geo-Morphology. It involves measuring the quantity of driftwood transported by the river and she will be pleased to tell you all about it if you are interested.

Natalie and Leif have a little toddler named Davis.

Picture of Natalie and Leif stolen from Natalie's Facebook profile.