Welcome to National PaddlING Week

Canada's celebration of recreational paddlesports, craft, and heritage


June 10 - 18, 2017

What began as a week created to boost awareness of our national recreational paddling sports, safety measures, skill development, and heritage five years ago has expanded to include a year round paddler support hub through this website!

National Paddling Week wants to encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak or onto a board and be counted during this extended week to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits, and challenge of paddling! We are now twinned with PaddleSmart the water safety and awareness component of the Adventuresmart family of outdoor safety programs!

Community based clubs, groups, organizations and/or individuals are invited to host their own events and activities during National Paddling Week - and after! These events can be posted for free on the national website, and featured in tweets, on the face book page and promoted for free by the National Paddling Week committee.


How was National Paddling Week created?

National Paddling Week owes its existence multiple sources. The creative inspiration of Rapid Media’s Scott Mac Gregor expanded on the previous Canadian Canoe Museum (heritage sponsor) "National Canoe Day" project.  National Paddling Week took that small seed and grew it into a Canada wide, extended week long, celebration of everything recreational paddling offers! Hats off to National Fishing Week who showed us the way!

Paddle Canada’s Executive Director and Board agreed to the role of administrating partner hiring and funding the coordinator who gathers the ideas together, connects people and fosters potentials.

Rapid Media contributes as the promotional and media host for the annual campaign. National Paddling Week benefits greatly from the creativity and resources Rapid Media donates so generously!

National Paddling Week has become reality with an amazing potential to grow and serve all sectors of Canada’s paddling community in whatever direction they take it. Share the fun and the future with us! New participants, sponsors and friends of paddling are always welcome on board!

Who will benefit from these events?

Sing up for year round paddle chat!

* 2 posts pre month maximum over the calender year

Recreational paddlers of all abilities and ages will enjoy increased access, awareness and exposure to paddle sports & their benefits through this paddle community communication "hub".

Community clubs, groups, organizations, would be volunteers and event hosts may post events at no charge. We want everyone to benefit from increased free promotion through National Paddling Week website and National Paddling Week participation! 

Paddle instructors, and skill development groups are welcome to benefit from the increased public interest, client or participant development, general publicity and program awareness.

Both community and National Paddling Week partners are welcome to broaden their membership base, donations, and corporate sponsorship by enhanced outreach and promotion through our platform.

Live from National Paddling Week

Be sure to post your pictures, videos and updates from your NPW event!

** All photos and videos must feature proper use of safety gear (lifejackets worn, helmets where appropriate, throw bags and bailers) to qualify for posting.

Use #NPW hash tag on Twitter

 Check out our blog for more updates

Upcoming Events

Pacific Paddling Symposium
May 26 | Pearson College UWC
The 5th Pacific Paddling Symposium is scheduled for May 26-28, 2017. We call it ‘kayak kamp’ for adults where instructors and participants have the chance to learn, connect and play! It will bring together the sea kayaking community for an inspiring three-day experience focusing on skills, education, leadership, heritage, safety, and camaraderie. The Symposium will be hosted at the beautiful seaside village campus of the Lester B. Pearson United World College, set on the wooded shores of the Pacific Ocean. The location provides easy access to diverse paddling environments, from the protected waters of Pedder Bay to the challenging tidal currents of Race Passage. Pearson College is located on the west coast of Canada at the southern-most tip of Vancouver Island, 29 km west of the city of Victoria.
MEC Toronto Paddlefest 2017
June 10 | Sunnyside Beach
We're throwing a party to welcome the 2017 paddling season! Dive into the world of kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. You can go for a test paddle, learn skills from the experts, and browse exhibitor booths. We've got lots on deck, and everyone's welcome! Check out our event page for more information.
Parade of Paddles
July 01 | Parks Canada Sault Ste Marie Canal National Historic Site
Voyageur brigade in a paddle parade! Pass through the recreational lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, and follow the St. Marys River along the waterfront of Sault Ste. Marie to kick off Canada Day. The parade will converge upstream at the Sault canal on the morning of July 1st, 2017 and lock through en masse at 10:30 am. We are aiming for 150 or more paddlers to join us in celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary! This event is recommended for experienced paddlers, as there will be some areas of current to navigate. Traditional music and activities will be offered to engage visitors who want to watch the parade from the perfect vantage point - the lock wall. Watch for updates on our Facebook and our website. For more information email info-saultcanal@pc.gc.ca or call 705-941-6205.

Many thanks to our National Paddling Week Sponsors:




Hobbie Cat




National Paddling Week produced by:



Heritage Partner