National Paddling Week / PaddleSmart

 June 7 - 16th, 2019!

Canada's celebration of recreational paddlesports, craft, heritage, and water safety from sea to sea to sea! 

During National Paddle Week clubs, groups, organizations and/or individuals community members are welcome to host events of all shapes and sizes - or simply register a private/family paddle on the free shared calendar. No fees, specific affiliation or membership to any group is required to participate from Paddle Canada or its website.

*Individual events may choose to charge a fee or pass on a non-tax deductible donation to help fund Paddling Week website and support. Contact Dawn Callan at to chat.

Free to use event and educational resources on this website or by emailing

Steering Committee Members: Rapid Media, and Paddle Canada

Paddling Week was created in 2013 by Rapid Media, Paddle Canada, and our retired partner, the Canadian Canoe Museum.

The mission is to promote recreational paddling through individuals, groups, families, events instructors, industry, clubs, communities and other recreational paddlers.

Past Partners include the Canadian Canoe Foundation and the Canadian Canoe Museum. 


National Paddling Week and  PaddleSMart twinned in 2017 to put an emphasis on water safety training for new or would-be paddlers. We encourage all activities at events and in the communities across Canada to require lifejackets worn at their events and to have free safety support available! 

How do you join the celebration?

  • Take a paddle and tell us about it on the calendar. Facebook your paddle fun - everyone in the shot on the water must be wearing a PFD or jacket to post.
  • Take or make a Life Jacket Challenge and tell us about it on Facebook: or by email at
  • Double the fun! Invite co-workers, family, or a non-paddling friend to you at an event!
  • Challenge your community watersport, charity, or business competitors to a friendly contest!

Who hosts these events?

You do! Plan a group, family, or solo paddle and post it on the calendar to be counted! 

Plan a community event or host a PaddleSmart session!

Paddle Canada members in each area or community may host an event, community clubs, groups, organizations, families, and/or individuals are welcome to host events independently and post on the shared calendar (which will run year-round).

Who benefits from these events?

Recreational and would be paddlers will enjoy increased access to all sorts of paddle sports, safety and awareness training, and exposure to recreational paddlesports & their benefits. The paddling community, certified instructors, and paddling partners will also benefit from the increased public interest in paddle sports, general publicity and access to potential new members.

What help does the umbrella organization/partnership offer?

Free to events: Web / social media based outreached and advertising Support documents about event organization and safety. Online access will be provided to advertising templates, media plan, and press templates. Instructors and industry members are equally encouraged to list workshops, lessons, events, and/or demonstrations.

Money matters - who is paying for what?

Events and their related expenses are the responsibility of the hosts and as such, the budget will reflect the monetary commitment of those hosts.

Is anyone making a profit?

Events may choose to charge fees or admissions as they see fit. Many events will run at cost, by donation or be held for free.

*Life Jacket Challenges may be run as a marathon by individuals and events with non-tax receipt-able donations to local search and rescue partners or charities and are the responsibility of the individuals running them.

*Paddle Canada Instructors/members may charge the standard fees minus the transfer (administration funds) which are normally sent to Paddle Canada who absorb this loss as an in-kind donation to the event.


What began as a week created to boost awareness of our national recreational paddling sports, safety measures, skill development, and heritage five years ago has expanded to include a year round paddler support hub through this website!

National Paddling Week is Yours!

You do the paddling, run the event, register on the website.

Paddling week is what you make it!

wants to encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak or onto a board and be counted during this extended week to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits, and challenge of paddling! We are now twinned with PaddleSmart the water safety and awareness component of the Adventuresmart family of outdoor safety programs!

Community-based clubs, groups, organizations and/or individuals are invited to host their own events and activities during National Paddling Week - and after! These events can be posted for free on the national website, and featured in tweets, on the facebook page and promoted for free by the National Paddling Week committee.


How was National Paddling Week created?

National Paddling Week as we know it today is the brain child of Rapid Media’s Scott Mac Gregor, an annual commitment by Paddle Canada, who shares its roots in previously existing national canoe day project by the Canadian Museum. What happens today is a community based chain of events which the result of many paddlers and paddling organizations shining a spotlight on our national water heritage and paddlesports. Hats off to our friends on the water National Fishing Week - you showed us the way!

Paddle Canada acts as the administrating partner, coordinating information, volunteers, and connecting ideas and like minded people who then make it happen in their communities!

Rapid Media contributes as the promotional and media host for the annual campaign. National Paddling Week benefits greatly from the creativity and resources Rapid Media donates so generously!

PaddleSmart: Recreational PaddleSport Safety now twins with National Paddling Week to encourage everyone to get informed and out on the water! Shout out to DELTA KAYAKS as a national partner promoting PaddleSmart! 

New partners join us as participants, presenters and supporters annually - we welcome everyone! has become reality with an amazing potential to grow and serve all sectors of Canada’s paddling community in whatever direction they take it. Share the fun and the future with us! New participants, sponsors, and friends of paddling are always welcome on board!

Who will benefit from these events?

Sing up for year round paddle chat!

* 2 posts per month maximum over the calendar year

Recreational paddlers of all abilities and ages will enjoy increased access, awareness and exposure to paddle sports & their benefits through this paddle community communication "hub".

Community clubs, groups, organizations, would be volunteers and event hosts may post events at no charge. We want everyone to benefit from increased free promotion through National Paddling Week website and National Paddling Week participation! 

Paddle instructors, and skill development groups are welcome to benefit from the increased public interest, client or participant development, general publicity and program awareness.

Both community and National Paddling Week partners are welcome to broaden their membership base, donations, and corporate sponsorship by enhanced outreach and promotion through our platform.

Live from National Paddling Week

Be sure to post your pictures, videos and updates from your NPW event!

** All photos and videos must feature proper use of safety gear (lifejackets worn, helmets where appropriate, throw bags and bailers) to qualify for posting.

Use #NPW hash tag on Twitter

 Check out our blog for more updates

Upcoming Events

Many thanks to our National Paddling Week Sponsors:









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