2013 Whitewater Kayak Festival Tour of Western Canada with Endless Adventure
Another year of festivals across western Canada with the team at Endless Adventure We will be hosting and touring various festivals, competitions, and events to promote paddlesports in the West. From Whitewater festivals, to exciting creek races, and Stand Up Paddle races in the Kootenays we will have our hands full this incredible 2013 season ahead. 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.
Chilliwack Centre for Excellence Boater Cross Racing Series, March 23/24
The Chilliwack gang is going ahead with a boatercross style of racing format @ the Rich Weiss Memorial Race at the end of March. Boatercross on Saturday then hit a local Pub for dinner,etc.. then slalom racing (open to all) on Sunday. Boatercross will have heats of 4 racers, eventually narrowing down down to a final. We are looking to add more plastic boats to our event’s instead of just glass racers. We will be looking into some downriver races with limited gates ending at the Tamihi section, maybe a 1km long.
Contact Darcy Wilkins.
Hometown Throwdown 2013 #1
Sunday April 14th 2013 1:00pm- Brilliant wave, Castlegar BC
This HTTD marks the beginning of the Kootenay Paddling season. Every year we celebrate this weekend to end cold winter paddling and welcome our amazing spring kayaking season. The competition is of course a friendly one with points scored for paddle twirls, smiles, and getting the crowd going. After the event, stick around for a dinner get together location TBD contact Chris Ryman (250) 304-7569 or register on the World Kayak web page. Date subject to change with water levels. Stay tuned.
The Vancouver Kayak Club Chilliwack Festival May 3-5, Chilliwack River BC.
For the sixth 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 out http://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 three 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 Puntledge River Festival, Courtney BC, June 6-9
A whitewater kayaking festival that takes place in Courtenay, BC, on the famed Puntledge river. Playboating, Creeking and just good old river running. Spread the word and look forward to having a good time out here again this year.
Camping will be held at Maple Pool Campsite. 4685 Headquarters Road. Courtenay, B.C., V9N 9H3. Tel: 250.338.9386 www.maplepoolcampsite.com
The Cost for the event;Adult – $35, Teen – $10, Local – $15 (with ID)
VIWPS – CKBC Membership (Mandatory for Paddlers): $15 per person, $30 per Family
Fee Includes – Camping, Shuttles, Insurance for the event, 1 Free Raffle Ticket
The campsite is conveniently located at the take-out of the river providing easy access to do several laps in the day. Shuttles will be provided.
The Shindig Festival, Sturgeon Falls, Manitoba, May 31- June 2.
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 an Immersion Week kayak clinic (beginner or intermediate) this year at the festival.
For more information click here. http://www.manitobawhitewaterclub.ca/shindigg.php
The Kootenay Whitewater Festival, Crescent Valley BC (near Nelson) June 22/23 at Endless Adventure
Back for another awesome year of festivities this year marks the 9th 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 or Indy wave World Kayak comp”. 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.
Hometown Throwdown 2013 #2
June 22nd 2013 4:00pm- Indy wave or Ace hole, Castlegar or Trail, BC
After the Kootenay Whitewater festival we will be hosting another WK HTTD. Last year the crew rallied after a big weekend of flood water kayaking to strut their stuff in a thrilling competition at Indy Wave. Competitors and spectators all agreed the after festival event was a success. Due to unknown snow pack and water levels we will announce the location closer to the event but rest assured we will be hosting the comp on the Industrial feature or Ace hole near Brilliant. contact Chris Ryman (250) 304-7569 or register on the World Kayak web page.
Stand up Paddling is sweeping the nation and the Kootenays is on the map thanks to our first annual SUP race last year in Robson BC on the Columbia River. Over 20 competitors from as far as Vernon BC came out to challenge the Columbia in a two race format that hosted a FREE SUP demo in between races. Come out this year to see what all the fuss is about in this one of a kind race!
Contact Endless Adventure for details.
Elbow River World Kayak Hometown Throwdown CreekFest, July 6th / 2013.
The inaugural Elbow CreekFest will be held just West of Bragg Creek in the beautiful Rocky Mountains on July 6th / 2013. The event will begin at the Elbow River Provincial Recreation Area, and end downstream at a small boat launch where the festivities will conclude. This event will feature intermediate and advanced races in class IV-V whitewater, surely a venue which will attract all sorts of patrons and passer-bys! Proceeds from this event will be forwarded in honor of one of our fellow paddlers and youth developers, Peter Thompson. Funds will be allocated to the Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre.
Clearwater Kayak Festival Clearwater BC. July 27th-28th.
A classic Festival revived for 2013. The Clearwater hosts warm water, big water, and exciting apres paddle events. Organized river runs, playboating rodeo, ball race, and live music. Other details comming soon. Find out more on Facebook page for the festival.
The fourth annual Callaghan Race, July 2013. Date TDB (once we get a better idea of the state of the 2012/2013 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.
The Kananaskis Festival, August 9-11
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
Hometown Throwdown 2013 #3
Brilliant wave is one of the best waves in Western North America with different styles of wave dependant on water levels of the mighty Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. We are honouring the wave with a WK HTTD this year to celebrate the awesomeness of the wave and solidarity of the community. Expect to be dazzled by incredible tricks and the best spectator spot in the West.
Kootenays SUP race #2, Slocan River BC August 26.
Our second race of the season takes place on the beautiful upper section of the Slocan River. The race will be around 12-15 km of slow moving water with safety kayakers to ensure a fun loving race even for the novice boarder. Beginner and Intermediate levels welcome as there will be two races to accommodate all skill levels!
Hometown Throwdown 2013 #4
Back by popular demand the Jordan River Race will fire up once again in honour of last year’s winner Peter Thompson. The race last year was stacked with some of BC’s best paddlers squaring off to challenge the exiting drops of the Jordan river. Spectators lined the sides of the river to cheer on their favourite paddlers and observe an exciting element of the sport. Join us for this exciting World Kayak Event