Saturday, 31 August 2013

Richmond County Celebrates the 3rd Cape Breton Paddlefest from September 13th to 15th


Paddlers take to the water
Paddlers enjoying the water ways during Paddlefest in Richmond



The 3rd annual Cape Breton Paddlefest will be held in Arichat, Cape Breton, on September 13-15, 2013. The event showcases the beautiful paddling opportunities in southwestern Cape Breton Island, along the sheltered inlets of Isle Madame and the open Atlantic coastline.

The event, hosted and sponsored by the Municipality of the County of Richmond, has been supported by CKNS and Rising Tide Expeditions as well as volunteer CKNS and Paddle Canada instructors from across the province.
Canoe, kayak and SUP paddlers who want to see a beautiful area of our province and enjoy a community of paddlers should check our website at and join our Facebook page. For more information, please email”


Accommodations available in Richmond County. In Isle Madame-Robins Harbour View Cottages, Vollimer Island Paradise and L'Auberge Acadienne Inn. In River Bourgeois - Grandma's Bed and Breakfast. In St. Peter's - The Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, MacDonald Country Inn, Marina Cove Inn and Joyce's Motel and Cottages, Carter's Cabins,  A West Wind Cottage and Port of Rest Cottage. In Dundee - The Dundee Resort & Golf Club. In St. Georges Channel Bras d'Or Shores Resort. In Roberta - Kayak Cape Breton, Cottages.

 Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 13: 

Special Guest Speaker

Saturday, September 14:

Breakfast will be held at L’Auberge Acadienne.  The price is included if you are staying at L’Auberge Acadienne.
If you are not staying at L’Auberge Acadienne, then breakfast is $11.50 to be paid at the restaurant.
Morning Meeting will follow breakfast at L’Auberge Acadienne.
Morning Session- choice of:
  • Arichat Harbour Guided Social Paddle
  • Introduction to Sea Kayaking
  • Introduction to Kayak Rolling
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Afternoon Session- choice of:
  • Poirierville “The Goulet” Guided Social Paddle
  • Maneuvering Your Sea Kayak
  • On-Land: Planning, Packing and Cooking from Your Kayak
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Evening Session -
  • Meal at the Island Nest Restaurant in Arichat
  • Special Guest Speaker – Zac Crouse. Check out Zac’s website

Sunday, September 15:

Morning Session-choice of:
  • Petit de Grat-Rocky Bay Guided Social Paddle
  • Sea Kayak Rescues Demonstration and Practice
  • Introduction to Kayaking in the Surf
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Registration fee is $90 (Includes a t-shirt, bag lunch on Saturday, Dinner Saturday evening and all weekend sessions)
Deadline to register is September 6th, 2013

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