MEC Paddlefest Vancouver - Jul06

  • Date
    Saturday, 06 July, 2013
  • Time
    From 09:30 am to 04:00 pm PDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Vancouver
  • Price
  • Address
    Jericho Sailing Centre
    1300 Discovery Street
    Vancouver, BC

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Dive into the world of kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. We’ve got lots on deck at our paddling festival – and everyone’s welcome! You can go for a test paddle, learn skills at a clinic, browse exhibitor’s booths, and hunt for deals at the Paddle Swap.
Bring your friends and family, and celebrate the fun of floating.

Clinics and Workshops (UPDATED June 27!)

We are excited to be hosting a number of great clinics and workshops at this year's MEC Paddlefest Vancouver. Sign up to learn from experts in watersports, yoga, nutrition and more! To view clinic information and to register, click here.
To view the Paddlefest Event Day Schedule, please click the image below.


MEC Paddlefest is proud to host some of the leading brands in the watersports industry as well as community organizations promoting active and healthy lifestyles. A complete list of Paddlefest exhibitors can be found here.
If you are looking to become an exhibitor at MEC Paddlefest, please contact our Events Coordinator, Douglas Acorn at for more details.

MEC Paddle Swap

MEC Paddlefest will once again be home to our legendary MEC Paddle Swap. MEC Paddle Swap is the best place to find great deals on previously-loved watersports and hiking/camping gear. If you're looking to sell your old kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, we've got you covered. We will be accepting watercraft consignment at this year's MEC Paddle Swap. Here are some of the key details:

  • Boat consignment is only available to MEC members (though you can easily sign up for life for only $5!)

  • Each boat you consign incurs a $5 handling fee plus a 15% commission in the event that it is sold.

  • You determine the price for which you wish to sell your boat (with help from our friendly staff:)

  • The consignment area is staffed and monitored all day.

  • Anyone wishing to register a boat for consignment, or to discuss the details, may email our Paddle Swap Coordinator, Nicole Warren at

MEC Club Night Offer

All visitors to MEC Paddlefest will have the chance to pick up a Club Night Coupon from the main MEC Booth. The Club Night Card will entitle you to a 10% discount on all purchases on Tuesday, July 9 from 7pm - 9pm.
*Discount is only valid on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 7pm - 9pm at the MEC Vancouver store at 130 West Broadway. Club Night Card may only be used one time. Limit of one card per member. Applies to regular-price items only. May not be combined with any other offer or discount including package discounts.
For more info, please contact our Events Coordinator at


In addition to all the great clinics and exhibitors at MEC Paddlefest, check out these other great activites going on at the festival:
Live acoustic permformances from We Are Phantoms Again and Graham J. Bannerman. (check the MEC info booth for showtimes)

The Accent Paddles Limbo Contest
Come join us at the our Main MEC Tent on the beach for a fun limbo contest presented by Accent Paddles. The contest will kick off at 1:00pm. The winner will receive a prize pack courtesy of Accent Paddles.

MEC Paddlefest Passport
Visit with our great exhibitors at MEC Paddlefest Vancouver and you could win big! Pick up your Paddlefest Passport from any MEC tent, have it stamped by 10 exhibitors and enter it into our ballot box. We have some incredible prizes available including the grand prizes of a Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard!

Demo anything that floats!
Demos of canoes, kayaks, and SUP's are available all day at MEC Paddlefest for FREE. Be sure to stop by and check out the latest and greatest offered from all across the paddling industry. Visit our exhibitors page to see the brands that will be showcasing their wares at MEC Paddlefest.

Class V Sponsors

The Jericho Sailing Centre is 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. Their continued support over the years has been a key factor in the success of MEC Paddlefest. Much love!

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 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. Their retail store on Granville Island is open year round stocking a wide range of product for all your ocean-going needs. 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 a number of clinics at this year's MEC Paddlefest Vancouver. Stop by and learn from these experienced paddlers at MEC Paddlefest.

P&H Custom Sea Kayaks have been making world class kayaks for over 40 years, in that time they have consistently pushed the boundaries of sea kayak design and innovation at the same time as ensuring the highest quality standards are kept too. All composite P&H Sea kayaks are designed and hand made in the UK by a team of skilled craftspeople.

Seaward Kayaks was started in 1986 and is a small family owned business comprised of approximately 25 staff. Seaward proudly uses skilled Canadian labour and North American kayak parts to manufacture its products. In an ever changing, fast-paced world Seaward remains loyal to the economy and chooses to keep friends employed. Whether you're new paddlers, long time enthusiasts or experienced guides, Seaward has kayaks to suit your needs and paddling styles.

Class III Sponsors

Class I Sponsors

Events like Paddlefest would not be possible without the generous donations and support we receive from so many of our brand partners and community organizations. Please remember the efforts that go unseen by these great people when you are visiting MEC Paddlefest. Much love!

Bicycle Valet Service

The Bicycle Valet will once again be on hand to make sure your ride is kept safe during MEC Paddlefest. Simply leave your trusty steed with them and enjoy all the festival has to offer with no worries. This is a fantastic free service that these good folks have offered at many of our festivals. Please show them some love!

More Info

MEC Paddlefest is Bullfrog Powered! All energy usage at MEC Paddlefest will be returned to the grid by Bullfrog Power. The energy returned to the city grid is generated from 100% renewable resources such as wind farms and solar power. Please visit Bullfrog's site to learn more.

If you are hoping to exhibit at MEC Paddlefest, become a volunteer, or just learn more, you may contact our Events Coordinator, Douglas Acorn at -or- 604.872.7858.