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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 mandate.


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 partners.


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



Bud Bell, President, Vancouver Island Paddlefest Society




2011 Vancouver Island Paddlefest - May 14 & 15, 2011
Paddlefest 2011 - Paddlesports - Kayaking - Kayaks - Canoes - Family Fun - Festival
Ladysmith, British Columbia (BC), Vancouver Island, Canada

Vancouver Island Paddlefest - Canada's West Coast Premier Paddlesports Event

Paddlefest 2006 - Paddlesports - Kayaking - Kayaks - Family Fun - Festival


Paddlefest 2011 -- 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.

Participants 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

2011 Donors

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.

With participants 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.

Paddlefest 2011 has something for the whole family to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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