Who Can Come?
Anyone and everyone! This is a family friendly event, and the idea behind it is to attract as many kayakers as possible from novice to advanced. Even if you're brand new to kayaking, you can come out and participate in a beginning course. The weekend is structured such that you get a chance to paddle with your "heroes", "friends", "better halves" and meet many new paddlers. Even if you are not paddling there's lots to do and see.
Get ahead of the game and check out the Online Festival Registration page!
The event is held on the Kananaskis River at Canoe Meadows, just 40 minutes west of Calgary. Head south on the Kananaskis HWY 40 exit for 5 minutes to Canoe Meadows. You will see the parking lot on your right hand side; if you reach the Barrier Lake info center you have gone 300 m too far. I think the many boats and wet people will give away our cover....(MAP)
Canoe Meadows group camping area opens for event registrees at 3:00pm on Friday. Please pitch your tents within the grassy field (in the marked areas) and not in the trees. Conservation Officers will make you relocate if your tent is in the trees.
NOTE: there will be signs posted at designated camping areas for event volunteers and sponsors. Please do not camp in these spots if you are neither!
There is a well in the group campground. The official advisory is that well water should be boiled before drinking, so bring your own water if you prefer.
Calgary Kayak Club cannot be held responsible for your personal belongings. Please keep your valuables secured, including your boats when not in use. The Canoe Meadows parking lot is a public space and not all people in the area will be a part of the festival. Even the campground is open to people walking through to access the riverside trails.
Your registration includes Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. In an effort to cut down on garbage we will not be providing dishes or cutlery - please bring your own. Since we'll be playing hard on the water, be sure to bring your own lunch and other snacks for the weekend.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but the same rules apply to the festival as any other weekend, dogs must be on leash at all times.
Times TBD on Friday and Saturday. Even if you have pre-registered online, you must hit up the registration table to sign waivers and get other weekend information.
There will be a variety of boats available to demo. If you require any other gear (drytop, deck, paddle, PFD, helmet) these can be rented in Calgary ahead of time. Contact MEC, Aquabatics, Undercurrents, or the U of C Outdoor Centre.
We have a lot of great prizes in the works, thanks to all our wonderful sponsors. Come out and pick up the latest boat, paddles, helmets and lots of great gear. Bring your cash, cheques and credit cards and prepare to do some bidding.
In addition to the competition events, we will be hosting a number of clinics and river runs. You can register and pay online with your festival registration. Fun fact: Aquabatics may run these courses, but because they are such an amazing local shop, they have repeatedly over the years donated ALL course fees back to the Kanfest event! Give them a hug or buy them a beer, these guys go above and beyond.
Friday clinics begin at 6 pm. Participants must sign in first (and sign waivers). Please be there at 5:30 to meet your instructor and arrange shuttle. We want to make the most of your time and get you on the water by 6.
Saturday clinics start at 9:00 for full-day/morning courses and 1pm for afternoon half-day courses. Please arrive early to sign more waivers and get prepped to maximize time on the water.
Introducing the Calgary Kayak Club
The Calgary Kayak Club is a relatively informal organization of whitewater kayakers (NOT sea or lake kayaking) in the Calgary area. We are a registered Society in Alberta and a member club of the Alberta Whitewater Association (AWA).
The main activities of the CKC include organizing the Kananaskis Whitewater Festival (KWF) and Kayak Polo at the SAIT pool in Calgary. We also host Calpaddle, an on-line paddling forum for the Calgary area. While we do NOT organize formal trips or lessons, we do provide a framework of insurance, bank account, society status etc. for members to organize any events they care too.
If you are looking for lessons, organized trips, or gear rentals please refer to our Links page where you will find various organizations that can help you out.
The Kananaskis Whitewater Festival (Kanfest) will be held August. This event aimes to bring together the local paddling community from expert to beginner. The focus is fun. This year we have added a number of clinics and guided river runs. In addition, all proceeds are used for upgrades and maintenance to the Kananaskis River. Since 2000 the KWF has raised over $24,000 for river work. Through various grants from government and orther donors we have been able to leverage this seed money into many times the orginal $24K and have completed a number of major projects on the river.
Yukon Polo began in Calgary in 1997 with 6 friends getting together to play during the regular U of C pool sessions. We have since moved to the SAIT pool where we currently play Thursday nights with about 35 regular players. Again, the focus is more on fun than competition and our modified rules (yes there are official international rules that we DO NOT use) definitely reflect this.
If there is anything you would like to organize, contact an executive and we'll do what we can to facilitate it.
President - Calgary Kayak Club