Cape Breton Paddlefest
The Cape Breton Paddlefest offers a series of instruction, fun and social activities for the experienced paddler and those that maybe interested in becoming a paddler. The event showcases the paddling opportunities along the coast of the Acadian region on Isle Madame and the relative shelter of the Bras d’Or Lake. Numerous paddling routes are available within thirty kilometres of St Peter’s, Arichat, Potlotek, and proximate to Highway 4. Our event offers fun and accessible paddling opportunities for participants ranging from 14 to 72 years of age. In 2017, we are pleased to host the event in Arichat on beautiful Isle Madame.
Who We Are
The relevant resources such as knowledge, training, skills and ideas to execute the event program emerged from collaboration between local paddling outfitters and instructors supported by a cast of regional instructors and guides.
The Cape Breton Paddlefest committee recognizes the importance of collaboration among relevant public agencies, tourism operators, relevant stakeholders and the local community to develop and execute our event. Specifically, the Cape Breton Paddlefest has formed external linkages with the Municipality County of Richmond, Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia, the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, the Dundee Resort, L’Auberge Acadienne Inn, St Peter’s Kiwanis Club, the Potlotek Nation, The Island Nest and the Battery Provincial Park.
The Cape Breton Paddlefest emerged from the efforts of a local kayak company in Gabarus, Cape Breton - Rising Tide Expeditions. Their aim was to strengthen the paddling community in Cape Breton. Armed with this goal in mind they sought a partner and received overwhelming support from the Municipality of Richmond County. From this partnership the first Cape Breton Paddlefest was held in September 2011. The event continues to grow from 20 attendees at the first event to over 45 in attendance during the 2015 Cape Breton Paddlefest.
You may be interested to learn about what motivates our committee. We believe our motivation is best expressed in terms of two key objectives:
- Promote paddle sports as part of a healthy life style through skill development sessions, fun, and social activities.Introducing new paddlers to the activity in a safe and fun environment increases the likelihood the participant will incorporate paddling as a component of their personal health practices.While improving the skill of experienced paddlers emphasizing the social and safety component improves the likelihood the experienced paddler retains paddle sports as a component of their personal health practices.Both outcomes are thought to support the goal of building a paddling community in Cape Breton.
- Build the social capital necessary to sustain and build the capacity to host this and similar paddling events in the Strait Richmond Area. The Cape Breton Paddlefest committee recognizes the importance of collaboration among relevant public agencies, tourism operators, relevant stakeholders and the local community to develop and execute our event now and into the future.
Registration open May 31st