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Paddlers sit along the banks of the Madawaska River at Palmer River Fest Courtesy of Paddler Co-op

Fantastic flows for this year's Palmer River Fest

After producing the Palmer River Fest for five years, and then a few years off, Paddling Magazine is back at Palmer River Fest, the country’s best learn-to-paddle whitewater festival. Publisher Scott MacGregor’s son Doug is on the water as a junior instructor, while his dad will be there selling subscriptions, flying the Rapid Media drone and taking photos.

For 19 years Paddler Co-op has opened the paddling season with a legendary whitewater festival, a weekend event to support fundraising for Paddler Co-op & kick start your summer of whitewater adventures.

Held along the banks of the Madawaska River in Palmer Rapids, Ontario, water levels are looking prime for the May long weekend festival. With whitewater instructional clinics for all ages and skills levels, camping and live music, this is the perfect chance to party with your paddling pals. This year Paddler Co-op has added a kayak water polo extravaganza, river SUP 101, and the 1st Annual Palmer Cross River Race to round out the weekend.

Packages are available through the Paddler Co-op for riverside camping, instructional clinics, and boat and equipment rentals. To register got to


Image courtesy: Paddler Co-op

Come celebrate this May long weekend, May 18-21, 2018.

Palmer River Fest typical weekend looks like…

  • Friday Arrival, Registration, Welcome & Music @ 5pm-9pm
  • Saturday Registration @ 7:30-8:45 am
  • Saturday & Sunday: 4 Instructional Whitewater Clinics (High Quality, Safely Facilitated) Saturday am/pm & Sunday am/pm)
  • Clinic Times: Kayak: 9:30- 11:30 am & 1:45-3:45 pm, Canoe: 9:15-11:15 am & 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Paddle Canada Facilitated Stand Up Paddle Board Clinics New this season!
  • Canoe Polo Exhibition Saturday Post Courses New this season!
  • 1st Annual Palmer Cross! Race Sunday Post Courses New this season!
  • Kid Friendly Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Clinics
  • On-site camping Friday & Saturday Nights
  • Live Music Saturday Night New bands in the line up! 
  • Beer Garden Saturday Night
  • Yoga (Saturday am & Sunday am) New this year, Additional class Saturday post clinics
  • Free Childcare available for clinic participants
  • Radical Raffle Sweet Prizes & Swag! Profits support our kid programs!
  • Chip Truck all weekend- “The Spud Box” Food for purchase with Cash!
  • Exhibitors & Vendors New vendors this season!

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