MEC Paddlefest - Winnipeg 2015

  • Date
    Sunday, 07 June, 2015
  • Time
    From 10:00 am to 04:00 pm CDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Winnipeg
  • Price
    Free
  • Address
    Fort Whyte Alive
    1961 McCreary Rd, R3P 2K9
    Winnipeg, MB

On Site Cash-Only Registration is Now Open for Available Clinics!

 

MEC Paddlefest is a celebration of all things paddling related. It’s a festival with something for everyone and features informative clinics in Kayaking, Canoeing and SUP, kids’ activities, paddling demos, a place to swap your gear, the latest gear and gizmos from paddling retailers and manufacturers, community paddling groups, and gear giveaways.

 

Location

MEC Winnipeg Paddlefest 2015 will once again take place at FortWhyte Alive, located at 1961 McCreary Road.The venue is easily accessed by bike. If you drive, parking is available on site.

Paddleswap

Have old paddling gear you want to get rid of? Come to Gear Swap’s new relative – Paddleswap. Paddle Swap will be held beside the MEC Marketplace adjacent to the Alloway Reception building on the Sunday, so your used gear will benefit from the high traffic MEC Marketplace will generate.
 

CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS

Clinics & courses are $5 each, plus tax.

  • Wait lists will be created the day of the course at the event.
  • Participants must be at the course location before the start of the course. Anyone who has not checked in by the start of the course will have their space forfeited to the first person on the wait list.
  • Participants must be 14 to enroll in adult courses.
  • All course participants MUST check in at the registration desk, where they will be given a color coded wrist band once they have signed a waiver PRIOR to attending their clinic. Only those with the proper wristbands will be allowed to participate in clinics.
 
Kayaking Clinics
 

Edging and Bracing with WAVPaddling Sorry, this clinic is full.

  • 10:15 am
  • Instructor: Judy Wilson

Introduction to Kayaking for Kids with WAVPaddling Sorry, this clinic is Full.

  • 10:15 am
  • Instructor: Lori Neufeld

Introduction to Kayaking for Women with WAVPaddling Sorry, this clinic is Full.

  • 1 pm
  • Instructor: Lori Neufeld

Introduction to Kayaking for Kids with WAVPaddling Sorry, this Clinic is Full.

  • 2:30 pm
  • Instructor Lori Neufeld

Boat Control with WAVPaddling  Sorry, this clinic is Full.

  • 10:15 am
  • Instructor: Dan Smith

Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking 

  • 1 pm
  • Instructor: Cathy Woods

Introduction to Rolling in Whitewater Kayaks

  • 2:30 pm
  • Instructor: Cathy Woods

SUP Clinics

Introduction to SUP with WAVPaddling

10 am Clinic #1 Sorry, this clinic is Full.

10 am Clinic #2 

11 am Clinic #3

11 am Clinic #4 Sorry, this clinic is full.

1 pm Clinic #5 Sorry, this clinic is full.

1 pm Clinic #6 Sorry, this Clinic is full.

2 pm Clinic #7

2 pm Clinic #8

3 pm Clinic #9

3 pm Clinic #10

Instructors: Samantha Page, Brad Friesen and Judy Wilson

Introduction to SUP with Hardcore Paddleboards

10:15 am Clinic #1

11:15 am Clinic #2 Sorry, this clinic is Full.

2:15 pm Clinic #3 

3:15 pm Clinic #4 

Instructor: Hopper from Hardcore Paddleboards

Advanced SUP Paddling Techniques

1:15 pm Clinic #1 Sorry, this clinic is Full.

Instructor: Hopper from Hardcore Paddleboards.

Shakti Sup Yoga

10:30 am Clinic #1 Sorry, this Clinic is Full.

11:30 am Clinic #2 

1:30 pm Clinic #3 Sorry, this clinic is full.

2:30 pm Clinic #4 Sorry, this clinic is full.

Instructor: Ashley Bourgeois

Canoe Clinics

Canoe Tripping 

  • 10:15 am
  • Instructor: Eric Gysleman

Introduction to Solo Canoeing

  • 1 pm
  • Instructor: Eric Gysleman

Introduction to Tandem Canoeing

  • 10:15 am
  • Instructor: Charles Burchill

Introduction to Solo Canoeing

  • 1 pm
  • Instructor: Charles Burchill

Introduction to Sterning a Canoe

  • 2:30 pm
  • Instructor: Charles Burchill

Introduction to Canoeing

Instructor: Sharon Touchette

All Day Free Activities

Family Activities run by Fort Whyte Alive staff including:

  •  Canoe Craft
  •  Dipnetting on the boardwalks
  • Bannock Baking
  • Carnival Games
  • Voyageur Canoe Experience
  • Archery and Atl Atl

Also: Slacklining sessions with MEC staff

*New this year* Airbrush Tattoos with Riding Mountain National Park Staff

Meet Bartley Kives who will be signing and selling copies of his new book, A Day Trippers' Guide to Manitoba.  Stop by, say hello and pick up a copy to learn how you can make the most out of your weekends this summer!



But even for those who don’t sign up for a course there are still plenty of things to see and do at the event for free. Local paddling shops, as well as local Paddling clubs will be on site offering advice on gear and trips. Anyone who has an interest in paddlesports shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit MEC Winnipeg Paddlefest.

 

We have a great selection of both on water and land based clinics offered by Paddle Canada Instructors from WAVPaddling and The Hardcore Surf and Paddleboard CompanyMountain Equipment Co-Op staff, Fort Whyte Alive Staff, and our Exhibitors and Sponsors.

Exhibitors

Wilderness Supply

Manitoba Whitewater Club

Hardcore Paddleboards

Paddle Canada

WAVPaddling

Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Rivers West

CPAWS

Winnipeg Canoe Rentals

Manitoba Camping Association

 

Sponsors