Friday, 19 August 2011

1st Annual Cape Breton Paddlefest Only Weeks Away!

Richmond County is hosting a brand new shoulder season event, and it is one that the county hopes will cause a lot of interest this year and will continue to grow in the years to come. Below is a schedule of the events that will be taking place during the Paddlefest. Each participant must fill out the online registration form. Deadline to register for Cape Breton Paddlefest is Friday, September 9th at 4:00pm.
If you need any assistance while in the area, stop in at the St. Peter's Visitor Information Centre and we will be happy to assist you. Hope to see you in Richmond this September. For more information on the Paddlefest and to register online go to or contact: Charlene Marshall - Tourism Coordinator
Phone: 902.226.3983 or Email:

The 1st Annual Cape Breton Paddlefest!
September 16-18, 2011

Cape Breton Paddlefest Program of Events
Friday, September 16:
5:00pm - 7:00pm -Sigh in for Paddlefest – Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s
7:00pm – 8:00pm -Slide Show – courtesy of Rising Tide Expeditions – Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s
8:00pm – midnight -Cape Breton Paddlefest Social – Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s
Live Musical Entertainment – Krista MacKinnon & Jay Luddington. (19yrs and over. Government IDs will be requested) – Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s
Saturday, September 17:
8:00am -Welcome from Municipality of Richmond
Breakfast; guest speaker from Bras d’Or Lakes Biosphere Reserve association - St. Peter’s Lions Hall
9:30am -Paddlefest Parade through the historic St. Peter’s Canal – Parks Canada's St. Peters Canal National Historic Site
10:00am – 12:30pm -Morning Paddlefest Sessions – St. Peter’s Marina (see session descriptions below)
10:00am – 4:00pm -Paddlefest Expo – St. Peter’s Marina
12:30 – 2:00pm -Lunch – St. Peter’s Lions Hall
2:00pm – 5:00pm -Afternoon Paddlefest Sessions – St. Peter’s Marina (see session descriptions below)
6:00pm – 7:00pm -Paddlefest Dinner with Guest Speaker – Bill Danielson, author of Cape Breton Weather ($10 per person) – St. Peter’s Lions Hall
9:00pm – 1:00am -Dance with live band My Dog Sam hosted by the St. Peter’s Lions Club $8 per person. (19yrs and over. Government IDs will be requested) – St. Peter’s Lions Hall
Sunday, September 18:
(Breakfast on your own)
9:00am – noon -Morning Paddlefest Sessions – St. Peter’s Marina (see session descriptions below)
12 noon -Wrap-up and good-byes

Sessions being held during the Paddlefest:

Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm
-Canoe Beginner – Powerful Forward Paddling
-Kayak Beginner – Manoeuvring your Kayak in Style
-Canoe Intermediate – Make Your Canoe Dance
-Kayak Intermediate – Paddling on the Edge – Using your Body, Boat and Blade with Finesse
-On-land: Canoe and Kayak Camping – Packing Up and Getting Out
Social Paddle – St. Peter’s Bay

Saturday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
-Canoe and Kayak Beginner – Paddling with a Partner – Working in Tandem
-Canoe and Kayak Intermediate – What Happens When you Take a Swim – Introduction to Capsize and Rescues
-On-land – Buying a Canoe or Kayak – What to look for
-Social Paddle – Arichat Harbour

Sunday 9:00am – 12 noon
-Social Paddle – Lennox Passage
-Canoe and Kayak Intermediate – Paddling in Wind & Waves – It’s Gotta Happen Sometime
-Kayak Intermediate – Surf Kayaking – Point Michaud Beach
-On-land – Not Getting Lost – Learning to Navigate with Maps and Charts for Paddlers

Cape Breton Paddlefest will be held rain or shine! Please come prepared with appropriate foul-weather gear.

If you need to rent a Kayak or Canoe, here is some information you may need.

Kayak & Canoe Rentals
Limited kayak and canoe rentals are available; if you need to rent a boat for Cape Breton Paddlefest, we encourage you to reserve early and arrange your own pick-up and drop-off with one of the following companies:
Kayak Cape Breton
Phone: (902)535-3060
Rising Tide Expeditions
Phone: 902-884-2884 or 1-877-884-2884
North River Kayak
Phone: (902)929-2628 Toll-Free: 1-888-865-2925

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