Kanfest 2017 - August 11 - 13, 2017 at Canoe Meadows, Kananaskis Country  (MAP).

Kanfest is a gathering of whitewater kayaking enthusiasts for a weekend of total FUN. Enjoy the events, clinics and friendly competition.   Then it's time to party! Live Music, BBQ, demos, auctions...  and More!

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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.


Kanfest Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor



Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Just Liquid Sports (Cranbrook)  

Tim Horton's Children's Ranch Endless Adventure


Bronze Sponsors



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