Whitewater Kayak Festival Tour of Western Canada with Endless Adventure
It is that time of year again when we start planning our summer kayaking schedule complete with new kayak courses, SUP courses, and of course our famous Summer Fest Tour. Our journey is focused on promoting paddlesports, our Ecuador adventures, and just plain having fun! The crew has it’s favourite festivals that we like to frequent but we also like to mix it up a little and visit new ones as well. Starting up in May we are heading out on the road to meet and greet as many paddlers as possible.
The Vancouver Kayak Club Chilliwack Festival May 5/6, Chilliwack River BC.
This year the fest is being held a week later than normal this year to hopefully accommodate better water levels.
For the fifth year running, this laid-back social and fun weekend event has established itself as a kick-off party for Western Canada’s whitewater enthusiasts. The beautiful Chilliwack Valley offers several excellent class II – IV river runs with boulder gardens, pool drops, and surfing waves for paddlers of all interest and skill levels, including the famous Tamihi Rapid.
Meet new and old paddling buddies, demo the latest in gear and boats from our sponsors, and enjoy the free shuttle service to/from the Chilliwack River. Always a spectator favourite, all paddlers are invited to compete in the downriver race and other popular on-river contests.
In addition to the amazing paddling, the festival has been known for its silent auction and raffle where sponsors have donated some awesome prizes, such as Ecuador Vacations, boats, spray decks, paddles, helmets, PFD’s, and other kayaking related products and services. Festival registration includes two nights camping, one dinner, and two breakfasts; as well as a free T-Shirt if registered by April 17th. For more info or to sign up follow this link http://www.vankayak.org/festival/
Endless Adventure International will be donating a High Roller Ecuador Kayak Package at this years festival, come on out and make your bid for the coolest winter kayak vacation around!! for more information on the trip check outhttp://www.endlessadventureinternational.com/tours.html
Three Rivers Rendezvous Pincher Creek Kayak Festival
May 18-20. Pincher Creek, Alberta
The EA crew attended this fest for the last two years, it is truly all about paddling the good stuff in the frigid temps of Alberta. Not for the light of heart, bring your best puffy jacket and a dry suit.
The World Famous (in Alberta) May long weekend Pincher Creek Paddlefest is coming upon as with gusto.There will be opportunities for beginner groups to get on the water and paddle easier stretches as well as more advanced trips. We have something special planned for this year, including more sun, less snow and lots of water for all you big wave fans. Okay seriously – its always been fun and it will be fun this year too!
Prices for the weekend and inclusions are as per below:
The weekend price includes all entries, 3 nights camping, 2 suppers and 3 breakfasts, plus prize tickets.
Toddlers (5 and under) Free
Families of 2 $120.00
of 3-4 $140.00 – $160.00
of 5 or more $180 + $10 for each additional junior
For more information click http://www.albertawhitewater.ca/events.html
The Shindig Festival, Sturgeon Falls, Manitoba, June 1-3rd
We stopped by this fest on our premier voyage across Western Canada and it did not disappoint!! There is a reason they call it Friendly Manitoba!! These dudes and dudettes really know how to put on a festival! Here is the invite straight from the Manitoba Kayak Club….
Come join us for our Shindiggg held June 1-3. Our annual summer festival has been growing in recent years. In addition to the crew from Manitoba, we are happy to host a number of out of town paddlers from around Canada and the USA for a great weekend of paddling, games, fireworks, a great Saturday dinner and party with DJ, and a wicked Sunday morning breakfast from WAV paddling. We’re looking forward to seeing you all this time around. Can’t wait! Who will win the MWC Shindig Champion championship belt?
Endless Adventure will be donating a Beginner Immersion Week kayak clinic this year at the festival.
For more information click here. http://www.manitobawhitewaterclub.ca/shindigg.php
The Shuswap Fesival and Super party June 9th.
Held near Enderby on the banks of the Shuswap River this festival is a mix of party and paddling with a great venue and excellent river run full of wave trains, holes, and play. Bring your party hat a spare pair of shoes and let it all hang out for this weekend of extremes!
Check out this Facebook page for more information
The Kootenay Whitewater Festival, Crescent Valley BC (near Nelson) June 23/24th at Endless Adventure
Back for another awesome year of festivities this year marks the 8th consecutive festival. The weekend starts off with river runs to various local treats followed by lunch, land games and then off to the playboating competition, “Brilliant Bash For Cash”. Dinner on your own at one of the restaurants in walking distance or camp cook your masterpiece then back in action for evening entertainment-TBA. Pilates Sunday morning, then a river run on a local river followed by the Team Ball Race and Boater Cross for the rest of the day.
The Kootenay Whitewater Festival is for the beginner to advanced paddler and clinics are available for those that want to brush up on their skills with top notch instructors. Endless Adventure will be hosting a Playboating clinic on Saturday, a Creeking clinic on Sunday, and the Basic skills and rolling clinic both days. The clinics are an additional $30 each.
The Brierleys Festival July 13-15, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
We are going to Brierleys this year!!!
The Brierley’s Whitewater Classic is a whitewater festival on the North Saskatchewan River just West of Rocky Mountain House. Activities organized for the weekend including beginner kayaking tutorials, fun river events, and hole & wave ride competitions. For more information check out..
Callaghan Creek Race: July 2012
The third annual Callaghan Race is happening in July 2012. Date TDB once we get a better idea of the state of the 2011/2012 snowpack.
The Callaghan Creek Race is proving to be one of the stoutest, most gruelling races on the west coast. The previous 2 years have delivered high adrenaline, high water flows to challenge the rowdiest class V boaters – stay tuned for more info on this exciting downriver race.
- We race in teams of two, from the put in to the take out.
- The winners usually pull through in just over 15 minutes.
- The after party is awesome.
- The more the merrier so come join the fun.
Endless Adventure will be offering FREE kayak demos at this one of a kind music experience! The Starbelly Jam continues to be put on by a community-minded group of volunteers, from the tireless core committee to the many other local people who freely give their time and expertise to make this THE cultural event of the year for the East Shore. This is our big chance to throw a party we’ll all talk about for years, and our chance to invite some great musicians and entertainers to visit us, instead of us having to go elsewhere to see them! And, of course, to have you and all the other exuberant and appreciative afficiados of music and fun join in from all around the Kootenays and beyond to make it perfect. A huge thank-you to everyone who has helped make the festival happen over the years!
Kaslo Jazz Music Festival Aug 3-5
Every August long weekend in Kaslo, BC stunning vistas, great acoustics and superb musicians combine to create the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival. The unique floating stage rests just offshore a little, sandy beach on Kootenay Lake. EA will be there with FREE kayak demos!
The Kananaskis Festival, August 11-13
This is one of Western Canada’s biggest kayak festivals and we will be there year after year. KWF is a gathering of whitewater kayaking enthusiasts for a weekend of total FUN. It’s a chance to get out on the water, take a clinic or go on a guided run. If you’re interested in a little friendly competition you can enter events such as the freestyle rodeo, boater cross, team ball race and much more. There’s also lots going on off the water as well; BBQ, throwbag toss, live music, massage, demos, yoga, auctions….. Oh there are always some surprises….!!Look out for team koot kayak this year focused on crushing the competition in the ball race!
For more info http://www.calgarykayakclub.com/kanfest/
For some video on the ball race check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9maVR3HUm38
Lytton River Fest Aug 31-Sept2
The Lytton River Festival is a celebration of two great rivers-the Thompson and Fraser-and their historic and present role in the small community of Lytton. Endless Adventure will be representing this family friendly event!
Hills Garlic Festival September 9th
The Garlic Festival is a local community fundraiser put on by local volunteers through the Hills Recreation Society (a non-profit society). Over the years it has become one of the highlights of the Hills / New Denver / Silverton community and has raised money to provide recreation facilities and services for the area including basketball/ tennis courts, yoga classes, children’s recreation programs, and local cross-country ski trails. We will be on Slocan Lake with FREE Kayak Demos!