All of us at Ontario Sea Kayak Centre love hosting Paddlepalooza, Ontario’s annual sea kayaking event established in 2013. Parry Sound’s proximity to the open waters of Georgian Bay, the moving waters of the Moon River and the sheltered inlets of the Sound, make Parry Sound the ideal location for hosting Paddlepalooza. We bring together the best sea kayak instructors from some of the top paddling schools in Canada for this spring festival.
We welcome paddlers of all skill levels to Paddlepalooza and offer skills clinics for every level of paddler from complete beginners to seasoned experts.
Paddlepalooza is a two or three day event, depending on how much time you have to commit. The main event is Saturday and Sunday and when you sign up you can choose to add the Friday to your weekend of learning, fun and socializing.
Ontario Greenland Camp and Traditional Skills.
Traditional paddling skills are where all of the knowledge we share today started and we love to celebrate this important fundamental skill set. From bracing and rolling to forward paddling or simple blade awareness, refining these skills will benefit every paddler. If you are looking to learn some Traditional or Greenlandic paddling skills this is the event for you. We have been sharing these skills since 2007 and have traditional and learn-to-roll classes throughout Paddlepalooza. Take a class with one of our favourite traditional skills coaches.
Don’t own a kayak or gear? No problem.
When booking online you can choose a weekend rental package for only $50. This includes a sea kayak, skirt, paddle, PFD, Pump, Throw rope and paddle float.
Friday optional extra day!
Paddlepalooza works best as a three-day event. For this add the optional Friday training to your cart during checkout.
Paddlepalooza 2022: $299
This includes your event pass for both Saturday and Sunday, kayaking clinics, parking and launch fees at off-site locations, and campsite.
Optional Extra! Friday full day training: $149
To make the drive to Parry Sound worth it and to get the most out of your weekend of skills training we offer an optional extra day on Friday. Choose to add Friday at checkout.
For this year we are still waiting for confirmation from Killbear Park that we can run the camp there. We won’t know until the spring. If you are interested we are giving you the opportunity to sign up for free so we can hold you a spot. When we get confirmation we will reach out to you to confirm your place at Paddlepalooza 2022.
At Ontario Sea Kayak Centre safety is our profession. We have embraced making changes to adapt for COVID-19 and these new times. Our top-level sea kayak instructors have adapted our training programs to allow for social distancing on and off the water. For this event, we bring in all of our instructors and some special guest instructors to diversify the learning opportunities. With Georgian Bay as our playground we can find shelter for beginners or people learning roll their kayak, and we can head out onto the open bay to look for dynamic water for those of you that are ready for that.