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2020 Paddling Event Calendar – Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP and Whitewater

January 2020 

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February 2020 

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March 2020 


March 13-15, 2020 – Canoecopia

Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world. More than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment, and clothing, all at the best prices of the season, make Canoecopia a “must go” place for gear! Over 180 seminars and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where you can learn about the perfect gear for your style of paddling, develop skills to get you where you want to go, and discover some of the many places to paddle, both near and far.

Location: Madison, WI

April 2020 

April 17, 2020 – M.A.C.K. Fest

Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers club hosts and organizes the Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival (MACKfest), an annual event to celebrate the beginning of the whitewater paddling season. As spring arrives the snows of winter melt to swell the rivers in the basin known as the Lake Ontario Watershed. Many of the rivers and creeks are found in south central Ontario between Peterborough and Sharbot Lake along the Hwy. 7 corridor.

Location: Marmora, ON

May 2020 

Hell or High Water

May 12-13, 2020 – Hell or High Water

Canada’s largest whitewater race, HOHW features stand-up paddle board (SUP) demos, flatwater paddling, camping, photo contest and loads of family events including inflatable fun. No experience or equipment necessary, and most activities are free of charge. Take the time to celebrate our rivers and join us for the weekend.

Location: Petawawa River, ON

Palmer River Fest

May 15-18, 2020 – Palmer River Fest

Palmer River Fest is the ideal whitewater event for families and friends who enjoy paddling together. Located along the banks of the beautiful Madawaska River, the Paddler Co-op is situated just downstream of Palmer Rapids’ novice- and family-friendly Lower Set rapids. During this fun festival weekend, the Co-op’s pine-shaded campground fills with tents as canoeists and kayakers desend on one of Ontario’s most celebrated whitewater playgrounds. The class II rapids here are perfect for beginners and great for more advanced folks looking to improve specific skills. Even better, a well-worn portage trail alongside this 400-metre section offers easy scouting and re-runs. Targeted clinics during the day are followed by live music and dancing in the evening.

Location: Palmer Rapids, ON

Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon

May 17, 2020 – Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon

Held for the 63rd time, this annual event attracts more than 700 paddlers in all disciplines – for many – a must participate event. Held on the scenic Des Plaines River in northern Illinois

Location: Libertyville, Illinois

May 29-31, 2020 – Paddlepalooza Kayak Festival

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is excited to be hosting Paddlepalooza, the largest annual sea kayaking event in Ontario, for our 8th year in Parry Sound. Parry Sound’s proximity to the open waters of Georgian Bay, the moving waters of the Moon River and the sheltered inlets of the Sound, make Parry Sound the ideal location for hosting Paddlepalooza. We bring together the best sea kayak instructors from some of the top paddling schools in Canada and the United States for this spring tune-up event.

Location: Parry Sounds, ON

June 2020 

Women on the Water FestivalJune 5-7, 2020 – Women on the Water Festival

The Women On Water Festival is open to all women, from beginners to advanced paddlers. Learn how to kayak and stand up paddle (SUP) from some of the most celebrated coaches in Ontario’s paddling scene. Advanced paddlers can hone paddling and rolling skills. Meet other Wild Women paddlers and enjoy lots of fun activities and entertainment at Camp Tapwingo.

Location: Parry Sounds, ON

National Paddling Week

June 8-16, 2020 – National Paddling Week

National Paddling Week is Canada’s celebration of recreational paddlesports, craft heritage, and water safety from sea to sea to sea! During National Paddle Week clubs, groups, organizations and/or individuals community members are welcome to host events of all shapes and sizes – or simply register a private/family paddle on the free shared calendar. No fees, specific affiliation or membership to any group is required to participate from Paddle Canada or its website. Join in an event near you. The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough often holds National Paddling Week events as well as other paddling-related events throughout year.

Location: Canada

July 2020 

Temagami Canoe Festival

July 19-21, 2020 – Temagami Canoe Festival

This 2-day, indoor-outdoor, multistage, ticket and family-friendly celebration hosts activities that include canoe displays, demos and workshops, kayak demos, historical talks, birch bark canoes, guided old growth forest hikes, live music, food and craft vendors, and much more.

Location: Temagami, ON

July 25, 2020 – Mattawa River Canoe Race

Race with the pros or join the recreational paddlers as they paddle and portage their canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards 64 km from Trout Lake, North Bay to the Mattawa Island Conservation Area. The scenery is spectacular, the portages are challenging, the pride of accomplishment earns you bragging rights for following in the historic wake of Voyageurs who followed the path of the Huron and Ojibway as they travelled this Heritage River enroute between the Great Lakes to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Location: North Bay, ON

August 2020 

pper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival
August 10, 2020 – Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival

The Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival is a three day event celebrating active outdoor lifestyles and the Ottawa River. The festival kicks off on Friday August 9th with kayak and SUP clinics, race registration and live entertainment on the beach by the bonfire. The events continue on Saturday August 10th with the Kayak Fishing Derby and a day of races on the river at Deep River Yacht Club (44km), Petawawa Point Beach (13km) in Petawawa and Riverside Park (4km & kids) in Pembroke. The festival wraps up on Sunday August 11th with Raise Your Paddle as well as the third annual Heritage Paddle.

Location: Petawawa & Pembroke, ON

August 14-16, 2020 – Gullfest 2020

New for 2020! more info to come

Location: Minden, ON

The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & FestivalAugust 21-23, 2020 – The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival

There is something for everyone at the 12th Annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival. This non-gated event is a showcase of kayak & canoe challenges, seminars & workshops, arts & culture exhibitors & vendors, live performing arts which include free admission to live concerts both Friday & Saturday night, an interactive Indigenous village, fireworks, and children’s activities.

Location: Timmins, ON

September 2020 

Muskoka River XTBD 2020 – Muskoka River X 

For the seasoned canoeist, kayaker or standup paddleboarder looking for a new challenge, Muskoka River X is it. The event bills itself as the longest single-day expedition paddling race in the world. Make no mistake: this event puts even the hardiest marathon paddlers to the test—there’s rapids, scores of difficult portages, upstream travel, navigation challenges, and paddling all of the above after dark. This year, you can choose from three different courses: a 58-km sprint, a 133-km classic, and an epic 223-km journey tracing Algonquin Provincial Park heritage routes.

Location: Muskoka, ON

October 2020 

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November 2020 

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December 2020 

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