For over 20 years Paddlefest has been an annual event in the seaside community of St. Andrews. Starting as a group of friends organizing paddling excursions, BBQs and kitchen parties the event has evolved into a multi-faceted festival that combines music, art and paddling/outdoor events over a 4 day span. Guided paddling and other activities happen throughout the daytime at various locations across town. In the evenings and into the night the town comes alive with music, with multiple venues (cafes, restaurants, gallerys, etc.) hosting music as well as the Main Stage which is centrally located in the town’s square. It’s truly a festival with something for everyone!
There is no camping on the actual festival site, but the Kiwansis Campground is a 5-minute drive/10-15-minute walk from the Main Stage/town square. And there are a number of local hotels/inns that offer special rates for the weekend:
The Algonquin Resort (ask about the special group rate) – 5 minute drive/10 minute walk to Main Stage
The Kennedy Inn – 1 minute walk to the Main Stage
Picket Fence Motel – 5 minute drive/15 minute walk to Main Stage
Tara Manor Inn – 7 minute drive/30 minute walk to Main Stage
Seaside Beach Resort – 2 minute drive/5 minute walk to Main Stage
Huntsman Marine Science Centre – 5 minute drive/15 minute walk to Main Stage
For a fill list of accomodations in the area visit the St. Andrews website.
St. Andrews offers a variety of unique locally owned shops, restaurants, attractions and accommodations, most of which are situated on the main drag of Water Street. Hiking on Minister’s Island is highly recommended! Or check out Kingsbrae Garden, the aquarium at the Huntsman Science Centre, the Charlotte County Archives (Courthouse & Jail), or just take walk around town and grab a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants that provide great live music during the weekend!
As the Main Stage is a general admission standing venue only, lawn chairs are not allowed during the nightly shows.Picnic tables/seating are located outside and near the tent. If you have questions regarding handicapped accessibility please contact us.
Please do not bring any of the following:
The Main Stage programming is 19+ but there are lots of other events open to all ages (typically with parent or guardian accompaniment). There will be family friendly and kids-focused events over the weekend. Check back for a full schedule of events!
What if it rains?
In the event of rain and/or heavy winds the paddling activities may be postponed or cancelled. Any of the outdoor music events could also be moved to an alternate in door location. Please check our website and social media pages for up date information!
Pass holders can pick up wristbands once doors open on the first festival event on (Thursday, May 17th) As pass holders are given wristbands passes are not interchangeable between people. Sorry, we cannot replace lost wristbands.
There is no ATM located at the Main Stage, but there are 2 ATMs located nearby – one at the Scotiabank across the street and one at The Red Herring Pub. Please note the bar and merchandise tables are cash only.
Most paddling events are free, though some special events may charge a group rate. Paddlefest is extremely fortunate to partner with local recreational companies who plan and lead paddling activities throughout the weekend! More information coming soon.
Please do! Most events require you bring your own boat, though some rentals will be available. We encourage everyone who can to participate in the official Paddlefest events, but if you can’t we hope you’ll get out to enjoy the water, or the local bike trails, or the great hiking and climbing opportunities in the area.