MEC Victoria Paddlefest

  • Date
    Saturday, 12 July, 2014
  • Time
    From 10:00 am to 04:00 pm PDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Victoria
  • Price
    Free
  • Address
    Willows Beach
    2740 Dalhousie St
    Victoria, BC

SUP and ROLL!

 

Ramp up your summer with us! MEC Victoria is hosting its annual Paddlefest for waterbabies of all ages.

 

Whether you want to try out the latest kayaks, refine your rolling, or introduce your family to canoeing, we’ve got an event for you!

 

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Organizer: MEC Victoria

Admission: Free

 

 

  • Pick up a new skill at a clinic  

  • Come see—or join!—the races   

  • Check out the latest in boats, gear, and gadgets   

  • Shop onsite with vendors and MEC   

  • Chat with paddling groups and other marine-friendly organizations

  • Score a deal at PaddleSwap

 

Check out our full event schedule here.

 

 

Paddleswap is back!  CASH OR CREDIT ONLY

 

Got some gear you want to sell? Looking for some great finds? Come to Paddleswap, the Gear Swap for paddlers, and land a sweet deal!

 

Paddleswap is open at 10am and will close when the goods are gone! Make sure you come early to get the best selection.

 

Interested in hosting a table at Paddleswap? Please visit the PaddleSwap page for more information.

 

 

 

We are pleased to offer a variety of clinics to help you try kayaking, SUP, or canoeing for the first time, or to get some great tips from the pro's on how to improve your skills!  We are also excited to have introductory demos in Surfski and Slide-seat rowers!  Make sure you sign up in advance to secure your spot!

 

On-water: $10

 

Online registration for this event has closed.  Registration opens at 9:30am at Willows Beach to accomidate those clinics that have not already reached capacity.

Intro to Kayaking

10am

Noon

   

Kayaking Rescues

2pm

     

Kayaking for Women

10am

     

Bracing and Edging (Kayak)

Noon

     

Intermediate Kayak Strokes

10am

2pm

   

Rolling (Kayak)

Noon

2pm

   

Forward Strokes (Kayak)

2pm

 

   

Canoeing and Kayaking with Kids

10am

Noon

 

 

Intro to SUP (Stand up Paddle Boarding)

11am

Noon

1pm

2pm

Intro to SUP courses added!

10:30am new!

12:30pm new!

2:30pm new!

 

Intermediate SUPing

10am new!

2pm

   

Youth SUP

11am

Noon

   

SUP Touring

Noon

     

Intro to SUP Touring

2pm new!

     

Intro to Surfski

10am

Noon

 

 

Intro to Slide-Seat Rowers

10am

Noon

   

Discovery Island Tours

10am

11am

Noon

1pm

       

2pm

SUP Yoga

11am

Noon

2pm

 

 

On-land: $10

Making a Greenland Paddle

12pm

 

 

 

On Land: Free

Intro to Marine Navigation and Weather

10am

 

Yoga for Paddlers

10am

2pm

Coffee in the Great Outdoors

Noon new!

 
     

 

But that's not all!  Check out our full event schedule here.

 

Paddlefest Club Night on Sun. July 13th at noon - 4:00pm

You're invited to a special shopping night at Mountain Equipment Co-op Victoria!

Club Night

Pick up a 10% Off Club Night Card on Saturday July 12th at MEC Paddlefest Victoria's Registration Booth, Clinic, Marketplace or PaddleSwap booth, while supplies last.

Then join us in-store on Sunday July 13th at noon - 4:00pm to present the card and receive 10% off your purchase. Membership required and offer cannot be redeemed for cash or applied to prior purchases and services.

Auction - Demo Kayaks and SUP

 

We are very excited to have the P & H demo fleet available for auction!  Make sure you are at Willows Beach at 3pm for the auction and score yourself an amazing deal on a new kayak or SUP! Payments must be made at time of winning bid, and are cash or credit only!

 

Prizes and Give-aways!

 

There will be a few give-aways throughout the day, but make sure you are on land at 11:30am and 1:30pm for our prize draws!  Loads of prizes to be given away, including a Jimmy Styks SUP AT 3:45pm!  You must be there to win, so make sure you get your ballot in and stick around for the draw!

 

Keep cool by the water with Simply Pure!

Make sure you bring your water bottle and visit our Hydration Station by the MEC tent!  Thanks to Simply Pure for supplying water at Paddlefest 2014!

 

Sponsors

This one-of-a-kind event is powered by the outstanding contributions of our sponsors. Special thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their continued support of MEC Paddlefest Victoria:

 

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

 

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River Sports is one of the premier specialty kayak stores in North America. With over 30 years in the business Ocean River includes an outstanding retail store, kayaking school, tours, rentals and a performance paddling club. This year, they're offering their wonderful Discovery Shuttle Tours, bringing 12 people on a 30-minute zodiac tour of the nearby Chain Islets, as well as demos for their variety of boats and gear. Whatever interest you may have, you’ll find that they know their stuff.

 



Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre is the North Shore's premier paddling location. With one of the largest fleets in Canada, they offer rentals of high quality single and double ocean kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUP), surf skis and canoes that will suit a wide range of paddling styles and experience levels. Their highly acclaimed kayak school offers a wide range of lessons and tours. Their kid-friendly and advanced on-water clinics at MEC Paddlefest are always a big crowd pleaser.

 

NRS

The team at NRS is driven by water sport adventure and making quality, hassle-free gear and accessories. What started as a small, Northwest based whitewater company in 1972 has grown into a worldwide supplier of equipment and apparel for all types of on-the-water fun. This year, come check out the NRS booth and test ride their fleet of inflatable stand up paddleboards. Inflatable SUPs are the perfect fit for the urban, water sport enthusiast looking for easy storage, portability and maintenance. MEC is thrilled to have their support as a National MEC Paddlefest Sponsor.

 

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS

     

Come out and see the great organizations and businesses on the beach and in the park:

             

                                                        

 

 

 

 

Interested in volunteering? Running a booth? Being an exhibitor?  Please contact: victoriapaddlefest@mec.ca