The Vancouver Island Paddlefest
Society will not be hosting a Paddlefest Event in 2012. The Society will use
this hiatus to develop a strategic plan to potentially continue with a new
The Society recognizes the
paddlesport industry has evolved greatly over the past 14 years and it is time
to look at re-structuring the volunteer/business model to develop a new mandate
which will accommodate the needs of the public as well as the contributing
The Society would like to
recognize the contribution of its industry leaders and volunteers. Special
thanks to the people of Ladysmith for welcoming the public each year to their
wonderful venue and community.
The Society is asking for
feedback from its core of dedicated volunteers and partners to discuss moving
forward to develop a new mandate in a changing environment. We welcome your
input at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bud Bell, President, Vancouver
Island Paddlefest Society
Vancouver Island Paddlefest - Canada's West
Coast Premier Paddlesports Event
-- May 14& 15th -- is a weekend festival with activities
and events for paddlers of all
ages and paddling abilities. Located at Transfer Beach in
beautiful Ladysmith, British
Columbia, participants can attend this free event and
enjoy a variety of activities including vendor/trade
show, workshops, demonstrations
and fun activities.
This year Vancouver
Island Paddlefest hosts its 13th YEAR
There are on-land and on-water workshops
offered both Saturday and Sunday to help you hone your paddling
strokes, pack your boat, practice rescue techniques and many
other helpful tips.
in boat trials, workshops and tours are eligible for attendance
prizes donated by generous community-minded businesses - working together to create a successful event year after year
Kokatat - hundreds of $ in kayak race prizes and door prizes
Sealegs Kayaking Adventures - shirts and rental certificates
Ladysmith Home Hardware - tools for the cardboard kayak race
Stohlquiest Waterware - PFD
Robinson Rentals, Nanaimo - equipment for the Trade Show
Great Little Box Company - cardboard for the race!
Bloomfield Flats - handcrafted Paddlefest footstool
CHAWEL - 2 Chawel Sports
Stohlquist Waterware - providing PFD's for the workshops
Natural West Coast Adventure Gear - paddle floats, throw bags, pumps
Aquabound Paddles - paddles for the water workshops
Jackson Kayak - donated this year's Raffle Prize - minitripper kids kayaks
The winner of the Minitripper was Paul Jaohanson - Congratulations. Read about Paula's Paddlefest experience here
The industry leading
manufacturers, retailers and outfitters will have booths set
up for you to check out the latest gear and pick up a few
festival "deals". A full range of 100 boats of different
makes and models will be on-hand for you to take a "test-paddle"
of the latest technology and designs.
from all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Washington
State, Alberta and even Australia attending in the past - there
will be lots to talk about.
2011 has something for the whole family to enjoy.
We look forward
to seeing you there!