Slave River Festival

Friday, August 2, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, August 4, 2019 (All day)

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World-class big-water paddling, 24-hour daylight, warm water, and good friends—what's not to love!

The Slave River, near Fort Smith NWT, Canada, is an awesome river for all ages and skill levels - from expert paddlers to brand-new beginners, and our festival has clinics and events for everyone. 

Paddlefest includes instructional clinics, river trips, and friendly competitions. There are events for kayaks, canoes, voyageur canoes, kids, and adults. The Slave offers every type of paddling imaginable: from flatwater canoeing around beautiful islands to wild Class V and VI whitewater. Bring your kayak, canoe, SUP, or raft and join us for a paddling experience you’ll never forget! This isn't your average paddling festival...

Paddlefest also includes plenty of activities for spectators—come watch the whitewater events, join our community feast, learn Dene traditional games, try paddling, or go on a guided hike to learn more about the local area. 

The main events happen on the August long weekend, but most paddlers arrive a week or two early, and there will be river trips and clinics happening in the weeks leading up to Paddlefest—it's a long drive—come on up and stay a while!