MEC Victoria Paddlefest - Jul13

  • Date
    Saturday, 13 July, 2013
  • Time
    From 10:00 am to 04:00 pm PDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Victoria
  • Price
  • Address
    MEC Victoria
    1450 Government St.
    Victoria, BC

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.

Click HERE for the full event day schedule!


MEC Paddlefest Victoria is located at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, BC. (240 Dalhousie St, Oak Bay, BC V8R 2J1)

We’ll have a secure bike valet on site; please bring a lock if you have it. If you take transit, the 2 bus will drop you off in conveniently in front of our event. If you’re driving, street parking is available near the event.

View map and directions here.

Clinics and workshops

Learn new skills from friendly instructors. Clinics are just $10, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, check back here soon or contact Paddlefest Coordinator, Jodi Hammond at

Free Workshops: Click on the clinic name to find out more!

Discovery Ecological Tours by Ocean River Sports 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Coffee in the Great Outdoors 10am - 11am

Yoga for Paddlers 10am - 11am

Expedition Camp Cooking 12pm - 1pm

Introduction to Marine Weather 2pm - 3pm

Yoga for Paddlers 2pm - 3pm


SUP RACES: Stand Up Paddleboard Races brought to you by Epic Surf Co. 

Like to SUP?  Then enter our first ever 'first come first served' SUP races at Paddlefest!

Two races will be held (11:30am and 1:30pm) by Epic Surf Co.  This is a way to get on the water and have fun with some friendly competition on the boards. 

Sign up at the MEC Registration Tent the day of the event to secure your race spot as there are a limited amount of boards available.  Respectfully, when you bring your own board, you're guaranteed a spot!

Show us what you've got.  Prizes for top performances.


Paid Workshops:

$10 per clinic; sign up on the individual pages to reserve your spot! Please note that the 2:00pm SUP course and the Greenland Rolling for Youth at 12pm are only for kids 17 years of age and under. All of the other courses require you to be at least 17 years old to attend.

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) 10am -11:30am

Greenland Rolling 10am - 11:30am

Paddling with Your Legs 10am - 11:30am

Intermediate Strokes with Edging 10am - 11:30am

Intro to Stand Up Paddling (SUP) 12pm - 1:30pm

Greenland Rolling for Youth 12pm - 1:30pm

Canoe Strokes 12pm - 1:30pm

Safety and Rescues 12pm - 1:30pm

Safety and Rescues 2pm - 3:30pm

Embracing the Braces 2pm - 3:30pm

Greenland Rolling 2pm - 3:30pm

Intro to Stand Up Paddling (SUP) 2pm - 3:30pm

MEC Paddle Swap

Hunting for a deal? Need to make some space in your gear closet? Buy or sell used kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and paddling gear at the MEC Paddle Swap.

If you have items to sell, stop by MEC Victoria and fill out a booth application, or email for more information. MEC provides the space and 1 table per booth, you bring all the materials and people you need for swap. Booth fees are $10 for individuals or non-profits, and $40 for retail/wholesale shops. Deadline to sign up for a booth is July 3, 2013.

For more information or to become an exhibitor please contact Paddlefest Coordinator, Jodi Hammond by phone at 250.386.2667 or email