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Slave River Paddlefest


World-class big-water paddling, close to 24-hour daylight, warm water, and good friends—what's not to love!

The Slave River, near Fort Smith NWT, Canada, is an awesome river for all ages and skill levels - from expert paddlers to brand-new beginners, and our festival has clinics and events for everyone. 

Paddlefest also includes plenty of activities for spectators—come watch the whitewater events, join our community feast, learn Dene traditional games, try paddling, or go on a guided hike to learn more about the local area.