The snow is melting, falling, and then melting again… and then the rain is falling.. but no matter what Mother Nature is tossing at us, it still means the river is rising!  So, we are getting ready to open up the Paddler Co-op office and start planning for our big season opener!

Every May Long Weekend, Paddler Co-op kick starts the summer with an exciting fundraising, paddling and community event.  If you haven’t joined us before, it is well worth a trip to the Valley.  You will meet quite the mix of colourful locals, kids that paddle faster and harder than you or I and an underlying tone of happiness and support around the site all weekend.  Your main focus may be either the paddling clinics or the live music tent, but the weekend is all what you make it.

Our clinics range from beginners to advanced and in all disciplines so it is a perfect chance to fine tune your skills, have a refresher, try out a new type of boat or drag your partner along for a long procrastinated paddling lesson.  (We can also offer couples therapy for our tandem partners in the beer tent, post clinics.) We are offering dry land sessions with regards to Wilderness First Aid and Whitewater Rescue, and NEW THIS SEASON we are offering a full day clinic on whitewater tripping methods and approaches.

If you register you are eligible for 4 separate clinics and all rental gear is included with the clinics!  Quite a deal!

On Saturday night we have Live Music and a jumping beer tent.  Don’t feel like paddling? Just come join us for the party!

Saturday and Sunday we will have local and visitor vendors selling paddling gear, tasty treats, clothes and misc things!  Entrance to the vendors is free all day so stop on by.

Hot Fresh food will be available for purchase all day, gluten free and allergy options available.

Everyone is welcome to camp at our site, but should you chose not to, we ask that you please don’t drink and drive.

The countdown is on and we can’t wait!!