Friday, August 9, 2019 - 4:00pm to Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 4:15pm

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Kanfest is a gathering of whitewater kayaking enthusiasts for a weekend of total FUN. Enjoy the events, clinics and friendly competition.   Then it's time to party! Live Music, BBQ, demos, auctions...  and More!


Who Can Come?

Anyone and everyone! This is a family friendly event, and the idea behind it is to attract as many kayakers as possible from novice to advanced. Even if you're brand new to kayaking, you can come out and participate in a beginning course. The weekend is structured such that you get a chance to paddle with your "heroes", "friends", "better halves" and meet many new paddlers.  Even if you are not paddling there's lots to do and see.

Get ahead of the game and check out the Online Festival Registration page!

The event is held on the Kananaskis River at Canoe Meadows, just 40 minutes west of Calgary. Head south on the Kananaskis HWY 40 exit for 5 minutes to Canoe Meadows. You will see the parking lot on your right hand side; if you reach the Barrier Lake info center you have gone 300 m too far. I think the many boats and wet people will give away our cover....(MAP)

Canoe Meadows group camping area opens for event registrees at 3:00pm on Friday. Please pitch your tents within the grassy field (in the marked areas) and not in the trees. Conservation Officers will make you relocate if your tent is in the trees.
NOTE: there will be signs posted at designated camping areas for event volunteers and sponsors. Please do not camp in these spots if you are neither! 

There will be water provided in the AWA trailer and a well in the group campground. The official advisory is that well water should be boiled before drinking.  Bring your own water if you prefer.

Calgary Kayak Club cannot be held responsible for your personal belongings. Please keep your valuables secured, including your boats when not in use. The Canoe Meadows parking lot is a public space and not all people in the area will be a part of the festival.  Even the campground is open to people walking through to access the riverside trails.

Your registration includes Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. In an effort to cut down on garbage we will not be providing dishes or cutlery - please bring your own. Since we'll be playing hard on the water, be sure to bring your own lunch and other snacks for the weekend.

Well behaved dogs are welcome but the same rules apply to the festival as any other weekend, dogs must be on leash at all times.

Friday 5pm-8pm and Saturday 8am-9am. Even if you have pre-registered online, you must hit up the registration table to sign waivers and get other weekend information.

There will be a variety of boats available to demo. If you require any other gear (drytop, deck, paddle, PFD, helmet) these can be rented in Calgary ahead of time. Contact Aquabatics, MEC or the U of C Outdoor Centre.

We have a lot of great prizes in the works, thanks to all our wonderful sponsors. Come out and pick up the latest boat, paddles, helmets and lots of great gear. Bring your cash, cheques and credit cards and prepare to do some bidding.

In addition to the competition events, we will be hosting a number of clinics and river runs. You can register and pay online with your festival registration. Fun fact: Aquabatics may run these courses, but because they are such an amazing local shop, they have repeatedly over the years donated ALL course fees back to the Kanfest event! Give them a hug or buy them a beer, these guys go above and beyond. 

Friday clinics begin at 6 pm. Participants must sign in first (and sign waivers). Please be there at 5:30 to meet your instructor and arrange shuttle. We want to make the most of your time and get you on the water by 6.

Saturday clinics start at 9:00 for full-day/morning courses and 1pm for afternoon half-day courses.  Please arrive early to sign more waivers and get prepped to maximize time on the water.


Kanfest Schedule 2018

Friday August 10th – Campground Opens 3PM!
5pm-8pm:           Registration
6pm-8pm:           Informal Upper Kan run with Paddle Junkies
6pm-9pm:           Aquabatics Courses: Intro to Creeking, Freestyle with Clay Wright, Intermediate Skills
6pm-8:30pm:     Adventure Paddle School: SUP Advanced Skills Course (Barrier Lake)
8pm-ish:              Kanfest Committee Run! Boosh!

Saturday August 11th
8am-9am:           Breakfast and Registration
9am-12pm:         Aquabatics Courses: Boofing 101, Women's Intermediate Skills
9am-4pm:           Aquabatics Course: Beginner Full Day Course
9am-12pm:         Adventure Paddle School: SUP River 1 Skills Course.  (Location TBD)
9am-8pm:           SILENT AUCTION. 
10am-1130am:  Down River Race
11am-12pm:      Inflatable Rodeo @ Point Break!
12pm-2pm:        Creekboat Slalom
1pm-4pm:           Informal Lower Kan Run with Paddle Junkies
1pm-4pm:           Adventure Paddle School: SUP River 2 Skills Course.  (Location TBD)
1pm-4pm:           Aquabatics CoursesWomen's Intermediate Skills, Slalom for River Runners, Intro to Creeking
2pm-5pm:           Rodeo
5pm-6pm:           Yoga with Rachel
6pm-730pm:      Tasty Tasty DINNER
730pm-8pm:      Live Auction, Silent Auction winners announced afterwards
830pm:                 Party! Music, midnight snack, glow paint, drinks and shenanigans

Sunday August 12th
9am:                      Survivor
9am-10am:         Breakfast
9am-12pm:         Adventure Paddle School: SUP River Surfing Skills Course.  (Location TBD)
10am-11am:       Yoga with Rachel
11am-12pm:       Ball Race
1130am:               Informal Lower Kan run with Paddle Junkies
1pm-230pm:      Boater X
3pm:                      Closing Speeches, Prizes, Pinnie Draw, and Event Winners!
Clean up and roll out!

-Volunteers: Please check in at the Registration Tent during Friday Registration

-Weekend Registration fees include both breakfasts, Saturday dinner, and camping

-Paddler Registration adds all river events, access to courses and one t-shirt or tank top

-For all Aquabatics courses, please meet at their tent 10 minutes prior to start time.

-For all SUP courses, please meet at the Adventure Paddle School flags 10 minutes prior to start time

-For all Informal runs, please meet at the Registration tent 10 minutes prior to start time


ARLY BIRD!!! Save up to $25 and get Kanfest swag!  Early bird will end on Friday July 26th at MIDNIGHT.  

Online registration closes - Wednesday August 7th at MIDNIGHT. After that, festival registration will completed on-site

Kanfest Hoodies - can only be ordered during early bird.  

Kanfest Glass - Purchase online only!

Volunteer shifts - Please use SignUp.com to register for volunteer positions.  This festival wouldn't happen without the volunteers 

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

See below for information on pricing and registration rules.

If you are planning to compete in any events, clinics, or guided river runs, you must be registered as a paddler.  The associate non-paddler registrations are only for people who will be accompanying a registered paddler and will not be participating in any festival events on the river.

Registration Categories All attendees at KanFest (i.e. camping, or paddling) must be registered by purchasing a Festival Registration in one of the categories below,  non-paddlers receive a reduced registration fee.
  • Paddler Adult ($75 early bird online,  $85 full price online, $100 on-site)
  • Paddler Youth (13 years and under) ($60 early bird online,  $70 full price online, $80 on-site)
  • Non-paddler -  individual ($40 online, $50 on-site) *
  • Non-paddler -  family ($60 online, $80 on-site) *

Non-paddlers must be accompanying a paddler.

What You Get
  • Camping at Canoe Meadows
  • 2 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner plus some beverages
  • Attend the Saturday evening party and entertainment with a midnight snack
  • Access to the awesome silent and live auction
  • Participation in the competitive and novelty events and river runs (Paddler participants only)
  • Eligibility to register for Kayak &  SUP clinics (Paddler participants only)
  • Festival T-shirt or Tank Top (Paddler participants only) **

** Additional T-Shirts ($20) and Tank Tops ($15) may be purchased at the festival subject to availability

Course Information

In addition to their Festival Registration,  Paddlers must register separately for each Clinic or Guided River Run that they wish to attend.  Places are very limited so please register early.

The clinics listed below will be offered. For clinic description, click on the specific event lower on this page.


Friday Evening (6 PM meetup, runs until 8:30/9 PM):

  • Aquabatics - Freestyle with Clay Wright from Jackson Kayak (6)
  • Aquabatics - Intermediate Skills (10)
  • Aquabatics - Intro to Creeking (6)


Saturday All Day (9 AM meetup, runs until 4:30/5 PM):

  • Aquabatics - Beginner Clinic (6)


 Saturday Morning (9 AM meetup, runs until 12/12:30 PM):

  • Aquabatics - Boofing 101 (6)
  • Aquabatics - Intermediate Skills (6)
  • Adventure Paddle School - SUP River Basic (6)


Saturday Afternoon (1 PM meetup, runs until 4/4:30 PM):

  • Aquabatics - Freestyle Boat Control Basics (6)
  • Aquabatics - Freestyle Looping 101 (6)
  • Aquabatics - Slalom for River Running (6)
  • Adventure Paddle School - SUP River Advanced (6)


Sunday Morning (9 AM meetup, runs until 12/12:30 PM):

  • Adventure Paddle School - SUP Surf Basic (with Reta SUPS) (6)


Sunday Afternoon (1 PM meetup, runs until 4/4:30 PM):

  • Adventure Paddle School - SUP Surf Advanced (with Reta SUPS) (6)



Aquabatics courses meet at Aquamatics tent.  Once participants are registered and paid they will receive a course confirmation email and an online waiver to complete.  Until the online waiver is complete the course registration is considered tentative.  Any questions about the courses, equipment, timing etc can be directed to courses@aquabatics.com


Adventure Paddle School courses meet at APS flag. Once Adventure Paddle School students are registered and paid they will be expected to fill out a waiver form upon arrival. Waiver forms can be viewed here: APS Waiver

Registration Procedure
  • Below, click "Register" on the participant type, e.g., Paddler or Paddler Youth.
  • If you would like to add another item, e.g., clinic, hoodie, click "Add another item" then select the item you'd like.
  • Click on "Checkout" when it's complete. Complete the on-screen instruction to complete registration and payment.
  • Only register one paddler at a time so we can make sure the participants get the correct courses and swag!

Online payments through Paypal


On-site payments by cash, VISA or MasterCard (no AMEX or Debit)


Refund policy: a full refund will be provided for cancellation notice by August 2nd, 2019. After that there is a 20% cancellation fee retained by Kanfest.