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

January 2020 

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February 2020 

Paddling Film Festival 2020 Premiere Hosted By The Complete PaddlerFebruary 20, 2020 – Paddling Film Festival 2020 Premiere Hosted by The Complete Paddler

Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year’s best paddling films. You’ll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. Since Rapid Media launched the festival back in 2006, the World Tour has screened 959 times to more than 282,864 audience members. Rapid Media has awarded $71,000 to paddling filmmakers and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The Paddling Film Festival World Tour has grown to become one of the largest paddling events in the world. This year’s premier is hosted by The Complete Paddler at Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Proceeds go to the Duke of Edinburgh Award for youth development. Tickets are $14 in advance or $17 at the door. See the website for upcoming screenings.

Location: Toronto, ON

February 21-22, 2020 – Wilderness Canoe Symposium

Wilderness and Canoe Symposium is a mid-winter gathering of kindred spirits in search of knowledge and a sense of place. Its purpose is to educate and remind us of how sacred, fragile, and endangered the remaining natural wilderness areas are.

Location: Toronto, ON

February 21-23, 2020 – Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences! See it! Do it! Live it! OVER 320 EXHIBITORS offering the latest camping gear, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba diving & ultimate adventure travel destinations!

Location: Toronto, ON

February 29 – March 1, 2020 – Vancouver Outdoor Adventure Show

B.C.’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences! See it! Do it! Live it! OVER 250 EXHIBITORS offering the latest camping gear, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba diving & ultimate adventure travel destinations!

Location: Vancouver, BC

March 2020 

48th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership RegattaMarch 7, 2020 – 48th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta presented by Gillman Subaru

Join us for Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race – the 48th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta on March 7th! Paddlers, ages 12 and up, are encouraged to participate in the 15-mile race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. Whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure, you won’t want to miss out on this longstanding Houston tradition!

Location: Houston, TX


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

March 21-22, 2020 – Calgary Outdoor Adventure Show

Western Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences! See it! Do it! Live it! OVER 200 EXHIBITORS offering the latest camping gear, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba diving & ultimate adventure travel destinations!

Location: Calgary, AB

March 28, 2020 – Credit River Downriver Race 

The 62nd annual Credit River Downriver Race will see paddlers take 20-30 minutes to paddle 10 km of class I and class II rapids between Streetsville (1814 Barbertown Road) and Erindale Park in Mississauga. $20 to enter one of the many different classes of kayak or canoe races.

Location: Mississauga, ON

March 28, 2020 – First Annual North Fork Fest

Join Headwaters Outfitters and the Whitewater Community for the First Annual North Fork Fest! A celebration of history and heritage of the North Fork of the French Broad River. Saturday, March 28th.

Location: Rosman, NC

April 2020 

April 4, 2020 – Ontario Backcountry Canoe Symposium

This ninth annual gathering will celebrate traditional canoe tripping in Ontario at the Theatre of the Arts, University of Waterloo. Tickets are $11-$15 with a list of speakers available on the website before the event.

Location: Waterloo, ON

April 4 – 5, 2020 – Montreal Outdoor Adventure Show

The biggest adventure and outdoor event in Quebec! TO HAVE. TO DO. TO LIVE. Over 200 exhibitors offer the latest camping equipment, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba diving and the best adventure tourism destinations!

Location: Montreal, QC

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 11, 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 

June 5-7, 2020 – Western PA Solo Canoe Rendezvous

A gathering of solo canoe enthusiasts along with the best of contemporary canoe manufacturers with demo boats on hand for folks to test paddle.

Location: Portersville/Slippery Rock, PA

June 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

June 13, 2020 – Trailhead Paddlecopia 2020

Join us for the fifth annual Trailhead Paddlecopia on June 13th, 2020. The largest demo day of the year, courses, live demonstrations and your favourite outdoor industry brands.

Location: 3119 Carp Rd, ON K0A 1L0

June 20, 2020 – Kawartha Paddle Quest

KAWARTHA PADDLE QUEST is a paddle, canoe and SUP race on June 23rd at Peterborough Ontario. This 50-km quest starts on Stoney Lake. Transportation for you and your watercraft will be provide from Peterborough to Stoney Lake where you will start your quest. After Stoney Lake and Clear Lake, you will navigate 8 portages (longest being 100 yards) down the Trent-Severn Waterways, past the Lift Locks and finish on Little Lake in Peterborough.

Location: Peterborough, ON

July 2020 

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 

August 7-8, 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

August 20-23, 2020 – Desgagnés Kayak Challenge

Desgagnés Kayak Challenge is a fund-raising activity for the NGO Young Musicians of the World whereby the participants will paddle the St-Lawrence river between MTL and QC over the course of 4 days.

Location: Montréal, QC

August 21-23, 2020 – The 12th Annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival

This non-gated event is a showcase of 11 water-based challenges, seminars & concerts, free activites for kids, vintage cars, bikers’ reunion, fishing pavilion, and food!

Location: Timmins, ON

September 2020 

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October 2020 

October 3-4, 2020 – Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival

A US West Coast Surf Kayak sanctioned event for charity – open to surf kayakers of all levels with Novice and Expert categories and classes for Surf Kayaks, Waveskis, WW kayaks, and Sea Kayaks.

Location: Neah Bay, WA

November 2020 

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December 2020 

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