STILLWATERS & DUNES Kayak Fest

We have partnered with a wonderful new business here on the Eastern end of the Island (Nature Space Resort & Retreat Centre) to bring an exciting and intimate paddling weekend for folks! This kayak camp for adults is focused on creating a positive small group learning environment, with a focus on improvement and having fun. This event is intended for beginner paddlers with no formal training all the way up to developing paddlers that have had some formal training (up to Paddle Canada Level-1 Skills) – although all paddlers are welcome!!

This skill development weekend will be a great way to meet fellow paddlers as well as learn some new skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. All of our instructors are highly trained Paddle Canada certified instructors with experience delivering top-quality instruction. This event is limited to 18 participants, and paddler to instructor ratios never exceed 6:1. We are incredibly excited to welcome Lee Richardson from British Columbia as a guest instructor. Lee currently holds certifications of Paddle Canada Level 4 Skills, and Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 3 Instructor and Paddle Canada Basic Instructor Trainer. Lee has experience coaching all over the world and is excited to bring his expertise to the sport.

This is a weekend event held on September 24-26 in St. Peter’s Harbour, PEI. There are a couple of ways to participate. You can simply join us for the paddling weekend or you can get the complete experience and stay with us on-site in the unique glamping accommodations at Nature Space Resort & Retreat Centre. We have put together a package deal so that folks can stay with us on site and enjoy the community that comes together around kayaking! Paddlers who choose to stay at the resort, receive festival discount. Please note that kayak and gear rentals are also available for those traveling or who do not yet have a sea kayak (with two bulkheads) and all the necessary gear (limited quantities)!


EVENT SCHEDULE

As the safety of our paddlers and instructors is our top priority, our schedules are always subject to change based on weather conditions and our group. Please see below for the tentatively planned event schedule:

Friday September 24, 2021

4:00pm – 6:00pm — Registration & Waivers (optional- those not staying on site are welcome to register on Saturday morning and join us for welcome gathering)

7:00pm – 9:00pm — Welcome Gathering & Music (appetizers & live music)

Saturday September 25, 2021

7:00pm – Morning Yoga Session (for all skill levels)

8:00am – Registration & Waivers (for those who didn’t register the previous day)

9:00am – Morning Briefing

9:15am-9:45am – Morning Sessions (3 Groups with a staggered launch)

12:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm – 1:45pm — Afternoon Sessions ( 3 Groups with a staggered launch)

4:15pm – 4:45 pm — Groups off the water

Sunday September 26

8:30am – Morning Briefing

9:00am – Departure for off-site Day Trips

3:00pm – Return from off-site Day Trips

3:30pm- Closing & Goodbyes


SESSIONS

Morning Sessions

  1. Stroke Technique – session is focused on stroke technique while working in calm waters to improve technique and efficiency on the water
  2. Water Confidence – session is focused on developing increased confidence in your kayak on the water. This includes improved balance, increased comfort with edging and leaning in the kayak as well as techniques to prevent capsize and how to manage rescues situations effectively

Afternoon Sessions

  1. Day Trip Planning – this session is focused on improving the planning skills to effectively organize a fun and safe day trip. This session is theory based and will include information on navigation, weather interpretation and tides.
  2. Boat Control Techniques – this session is focused on improved boat control. This will introduce some new strokes and begin to introduce the concept of blending strokes together as we progress our learning towards maneuvers rather than strokes.

Sunday Day Trips

Our Sunday Day Trips will be sessions focused on visiting a beautiful destination in Eastern PEI. This will include the natural sightseeing that will happen as we visit these locations, but we will plan to integrate some skill development and practice along the way. These sessions will be off-site and encourage us to visit new paddling destinations. You will need to travel via vehicle to the put-in locations.

Below we have selected 3 of our favourite locations on the Eastern End of the Island and participants will have their choice of location during registration (first come first serve). These locations for this session are tentative, as weather is a major factor to ensure safety. Should any of these locations not be appropriate, we have other locations depending on the local conditions:

  1. Kayak & Hike – St. Peters Bay
  2. East Point Lighthouse
  3. Boughton River Exploration

ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE

Participants are not required to stay on site and can arrange for their own accommodations or travel to and from home if nearby. We do however, have multiple accommodation options here on site, which is a great opportunity to connect with fellow paddlers and immerse yourself in the paddling community. Our accommodations will be Authentic Mongolian Yurts at Nature Space Resort. The yurts are luxury camping pods and come outfitted with a Queen Bed as well as a Day Bed with a trundle (two twins). They have a wood stove for cool evenings and also a private hot tub on each of the decks. They sleep 2-3 adults and can be reserved for your group specifically. These luxury camping pods also have full access to our amazing building, “The Bee Hive,” which has two full kitchens and washroom and shower facilities for our yurt guests. The price of these units is regularly $199/nt, but they are currently on a sneak-peek pricing of $179/nt and we will extend that offer for this event! Paddlers staying onsite also receive special pricing for the festival. If you would like this option you can secure these through our registration page for the event!

You can check out the accommodations here


COST

  • FULL PACKAGE EXPERIENCE
    • 2 days of instruction & learning
    • Friday evening gathering & music
    • 2 nights accommodation in authentic Mongolian Yurt
    • Saturday morning yoga session
    • late check out on Sunday after event
    • $345+tax /pp (group of 2) & $285+tax /pp (group of 3)
  • JUST PADDLE PACKAGE
    • 2 days of instruction & learning
    • Friday evening gathering & music
    • Saturday morning yoga session
    • $179+tax

  • KAYAK & GEAR RENTAL
    • Includes kayak, paddle, pfd, skirt and Transport Canada safety gear
    • $40+tax/day
    • Limited availability so book these soon if you need them