2020 Medway River Paddlefest

April 4th & 5th, Medway River NS

Quick Info


The Medway River Paddlefest is free to all participants, Firehall breakfast, food, personal gear and accommodations not included

Where is it?

The event will take place along the Medway River on the south shore. Breakfast and the safety briefing will be at the Greenfield Firehall

How do I register

All participants must register using the Google Form before the event, space is limited. Additional waivers must be signed the day of the event

When is it

The event runs from April 4th 9:00am to 5:00pm, April 5th 10:00am to 3:00pm

Festival Details

What gear is required?

This event will follow all Paddle Canada Course requirements. All participants must have: PFD, Paddle, Helmet approved for use in moving water, watertight skirt, whitewater kayak with sufficient reinforcement/buoyancy to prevent pins and entrapment and sufficient personal thermal protection for immersion in 3-5C water. Instructors and trip leaders will have additional communication, safety and first aid equipment. If you do not have the required safety equipment you will not be allowed to participate.

Is there any gear available?

Some gear may be available, please contact Karl Vollmer at karl.vollmer@gmail.com if you need gear for the event.

Do I need to bring food?

We strongly recommend you bring a decent number of snacks, you use extra energy when you are in cold water, and working hard (and having fun!). In addition to high protein/sugar snacks make sure to bring at least a liter of water with you, and a second one for after the river. A hot tea or hot chocolate is always nice at the end of the run as well. Saturday morning there is a breakfast at the Greenfield firehall before the mandatory safety meeting

What type of clothing do I need?

The water will be cold, and we’ve even had snow some years so please bring cold water immersion gear, including a wind breaker, as well as an additional dry set of clothes for the end of the day. There is a semi-warm garage within a 2 min walk of the river if you get too cold.


Amanda Harrington

All the way from New Brunswick, Amanda will be working with Jackie on the Intro course on Saturday, and then on the Women of Whitewater clinic on sunday

Blair Doyle

Hailing from Dartmouth, Blair will be leading a River Safety clinic on Sunday

Jackie Malley

A Nova Scotia local, Jackie will be working with Amanda Harrington teaching the Intro course on Saturday, and the Women of Whitewater clinic on sunday

Rob Lemmon

From New Brunswick, and past River Kayak PDC Chair Rob will be leading Intermediate River Skills clinics Saturday and Sunday


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