Churchill River Whitewater Festival 2019

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Churchill River Canoe Outfitters

Missinipe, SK S0J 2P0

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The 11th Annual Churchill River Whitewater Festival!

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The Whitewater Festival, hosted by Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, occurs the last weekend in June. The weekend is full of people running awesome waves and trying new things. Don't know if you have what it takes? Don't worry! There will be plenty of knowledgeable people willing to teach you how to get on that wave you have been eyeing up. Some may even take you with them! This event is fun for the entire family. The weekend also includes a supper and the band Sparky and the Plugs Saturday night on Barker Island.
Generally people paddle upstream, about 3 hours from the boat launch at Devil Lake, and camp close to the main base, Barker Island. We will have motorboat shuttles available for hire to bring people, playboats, and gear upstream. More information about this is posted below.

Itinerary

Friday, June 28:
This year we will be holding an intro event on Barker island on Friday evening. Bring your own food and drinks for a pre-festival prep! We will host boat demonstrations, a safety talk and orientations for the festival. This is the day most people arrive and head up river to find a place to camp for the night. Plan to roll in early in the afternoon so that you don't miss out on any of the festivities.

- 5:30 pm:
Bring Your Own Picnic Dinner. People will be meeting on Barker Island for some evening fun and interesting paddle sport related talks. Bring your supper and your instruments too!
- 7:00 pm:
We will discuss what the plan will be for Saturday.
- 11:00 pm:
People usually begin to make their way back to their campsites at this time

Saturday, June 29:
Depending on water levels, we spend the day at several different sets of rapids. We run a number of short courses - everything from how to surf, to rolling, to front ferrying, to how to get on to a specific wave, to eddy turns, etc.
- 9:30am:
Rendezvous at Barker Island to set up paddling plans for the day. Sign ups for paddling clinics can also happen at this time.
- 10:00 am:
Paddling clinic - Front Ferrys and Eddy turns
- 1:00 pm:
Paddling clinic - Surf City surfing clinics (beginner to advanced)
- 5:00 pm:
Paddling clinic - Intro to Rolling
- 6:30 pm:
Supper. Our caterer will be serving an amazing supper on Barker island. Last year we fed over 100 people on the island. It's a great party!
- 7:30 pm:
Sparky and the Plugs will be playing. You can check them out of Facebook and Spotify
- 8:30 pm:
Prizes on Barker Island


Sunday, June 30:
Some of the more advanced paddlers, generally go further up river to some of the larger rapids. The others go back to the rapids that they had fun in before or the rapids that they had not managed to try.
- 9:30am:
Rendezvouz at Barker Island
- 10am:
Guided Paddling Excursions. There will be three options: Barker Circuit (Intermediate/Advanced: up to Donaldson Channel and back), Murray Channel Circuit (Intermediate), and Three Sisters Circuit (Intro).

Monday, July 1:
Canada Day! There will be folks wanting to stick around an extra day. That's great! There's no better place to hang out than Barker Lake.

Quick Tips:

Make sure you like Churchill River Canoe Outfitters facebook page for updates about the festival and an invite to the event with more details

Come prepared to get wet i.e. swimsuits, wetsuits, and warm clothes for in camp

If you know you are coming already and don't have a map of the area, buy one now! No matter how many we stock in advance we tend to sell most of them during the weekend. You can buy a Barker Lake map on our Canoe Maps Canada Website.

Prices:

Whitewater Festival 2019 Ticket: $75 + tax (early bird price, increases May 30!) Children 10 and under get in for free!
Includes: Party swag, Band and supper Saturday night, and the Canoe Clinics offered over the weekend
Tickets should be purchased in advanced at CRCO because there is a limited number available. You can call ahead or stop in at our office before heading upstream. You will also be asked to fill out a couple forms.
Does not include a motorboat shuttle upstream from Devil's Lake to Barker Island
Does not include equipment rental (e.g. canoes, camping gear, etc.)

Motorboat Shuttle from Devil's Lake to Barker Island: $40
Includes one boat load to Barker Island. This can be 3 people or 1 person and one boat or 2 people and a small kayak etc.
Shuttles are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Shuttles MUST be booked in advance with CRCO staff and will be available on a limited basis


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Churchill River Canoe Outfitters

Missinipe, SK S0J 2P0

Canada

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