MEC Paddlefest Vancouver 2014
We’ve got lots on deck at our paddling festival – and everyone’s welcome!
You can go for a test paddle, participate in a hands-on skills clinic, browse exhibitor’s booths, and hunt for deals at the MEC Paddleswap. There'll also be live performances, entertainment, food vendors and kids' activities. Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate the fun of floating!
You're invited to a special shopping night at Mountain Equipment Co-op Vancouver!
Pick up a 10% Off Club Night Card on Saturday July 5th at MEC Paddlefest Vancouver's Main Booth, Clinic, Marketplace or PaddleSwap booth, while supplies last.
Then join us in-store on Tuesday July 8th at 5:00pm - 9:00pm to present the card and receive 10% off your purchase. Membership required and offer cannot be applied to Blundstones, redeemed for cash or applied to prior purchases and services.
Introduction to Ocean Kayaking 101: Kevin McPhail, former School Director for Ecomarine Kayaking School and professional sea kayaking guide in Tofino, will lead two introductory workshops at 5:30pm - 7:00pm and 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
We have the city's best stand up paddleboard, ocean kayak, yoga and camp skill instructors from Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak, Ecomarine Paddlesports Centre, Sea Kayak Association of BC, SKILS, Outward Bound and MEC. Space is filling up fast! Learn more about beginner and advanced classes
MEC Paddlefest is proud to partner with industry leading watersport brands as well as community organizations promoting conservation, community engagement and healthy living. Learn more about who is coming
Gather your friends and family and propel yourself to the incredible beachfront of the Jericho Sailing Centre at 1300 Discovery Street. The Bicycle Valet will provide secure bike parking on site. Learn more about how to get here with Google Maps
Gear heads and thifty shoppers will find the best deals on previously-loved watersports and hiking/camping equipment at the MEC Paddleswap. This year, we have re-designed the event with a silent auction running 10:00am to 2:00pm on big ticket items like kayaks and SUPs. The original MEC Paddleswap will open at 10:00am to 4:30pm. Be prepared as the event can draw a sizeable crowd. Learn more about our growing stockpile of gear
No beach celebration is complete without music and games. Throughout the day, MEC Paddlefest will have live performances and fun, family-oriented activities with tonnes of prizes to giveaway.
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 Vancouver:
CLASS V SPONSORS
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association celebates 40 years as Vancouver's Ocean Community Centre for small naturally powered watercraft: sailing dinghies, windsurfers, ocean kayaks, outrigger canoes, rowboats, and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP). The Centre's affiliated schools, clubs, and fleets are dedicated to providing low cost ocean access programs to the people of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The continued support of Mike Cotter, JSCA General Manager and his team over the years has been a key factor in the success of MEC Paddlefest.
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.
Ecomarine is Vancouver's leading paddlesport specialist with three unique ocean front locations: Granville Island, Jericho Beach and English Bay. They offer sea kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals, tours and lessons. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned paddler, Ecomarine's School offers tours and lessons that will suit your ability level and improve your performance. Ecomarine will be offering classes in Basic Rescues and Bracing & Edging at this year's MEC Paddlefest Vancouver. Stop by and learn from these experienced paddlers at MEC Paddlefest.
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.
CLASS III SPONSORS
CLASS I SPONSORS
If you have a question or you are interested in getting involved, please contact Warren Springer, Festival Director by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 604.872.7858.
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