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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The Kanfest 2017 Schedule is currently being worked on

HOWEVER, below is an example of previous years' timeline of events, so expect much the same for this upcoming August! The description of the different events, e.g., boater cross, are found on the bottom of this page.


3pm   -    Canoe Meadows Opens for Camping

5pm to 7pm   -   Registration

6pm to 9pm   -   Kayak Clinics, meet your instructor at Canoe Meadows

In the evening   -   Socialise at the group campfires


8am to 9am   -   Breakfast and Registration

9 :30 am to 12:30 am - Courses, meet your instructor at Canoe Meadows

9am to 10am   -   Festival info and competitors Meeting,  Canoe Meadows

10:30am  to 12 -   Down River Race,  Widow Maker

11:30am   to 2 pm - Creekboat slalom, Race course  

Noon to 6pm   -  Silent Auction open for bidding

1 pm to 4 pm - Lower Kananaskis River run

1 pm to 4pm   - Clinics, meet your instructor at Canoe Meadows

1 pm to 4 pm - Rodeo, meet at Canoe Meadows.

4 pm to 4:45 pm - Yoga, Canoe Meadows

5:00pm   -   Food (festival provided),   Canoe Meadows

6:30pm   -   Live Auction

8pm -  Party On!!


8:30am   -   Survivor Kananaskis (TBD),  Green Tongue

9:00am   -   Breakfast,  Canoe Meadows

10am to 11:30 am  -   Ball Race,  Widow Maker

11am   -  Lower Kananaskis River run

11:30 am to 1 pm  -   Surf Off

1pm to 2:30 pm  -   Boater Cross, Race course

3pm   -   Results and Draw Prizes, Canoe Meadows

Event Descriptions

Down River (DR) Race

This event is a race from Widowmaker to the Canoe Meadows parking lot - You must get out of your boat and carry it up the stairs to finish this race. 


  • Int and Adv boaters in the eddy above Widowmaker
  • Beginner boaters in the eddy below Widowmaker


  • Int and Adv boaters finish at the Canoe Meadows parking lot
  • Beginners take out above Green Tongue and finish at the top of the stairs 

Rules :

  • Play fair, no interfering with others
  • Boat limit of 9’ (no downriver, slalom, or sea kayaks)   


Freestyle Rodeo

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers show off their stuff in front of judges at select (Point Break, Santa Clause, Green Tongue) features. 



  • One minute per paddler in your group
  • Stick to your order as you cycle through
  • Each move only scores once per feature
  • Wait in the eddy above until the judge calls you down
  • Waiting paddlers please be rescue boaters for those competing


Survivor Kananaskis

Be the last one standing!  Swimmers position themselves above green tongue to be the last one standing when the water turns on at Barrier Dam.



  • PFD, helmet, and booties mandatory
  • All other clothing optional, drysuits will be ridiculed!


Ball Race

First team with all 3 team members, their boats, and inflated ball in the Canoe Meadows parking lot wins.  The race starts in the Widowmaker eddy and takes out below the race course. Strategy – protect your ball from others while at the same time trying to sabotage other teams.  It’s good fun chaos.



  • Team of 3
  • Be nice to beginners (wearing a red/blue/or yellow pinny) and don’t push them over
  • No carrying the ball
  • No popping balls (teams caught popping balls will be disqualified)
  • Help out swimmers
  • No pulling decks


Surf Off

Entertain the crowd with your playboating moves.  Crowd pleasing big moves are what you need to advance to the next round and win.  Showboating encouraged. 


Advanced – Green Tongue

Beginner – Wall Wave


Boater Cross

4 boaters jostle to be the first to the bottom of the course. 



  • Caged helmets mandatory (will be provided)
  • Missing a gate/pole disqualifies you


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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