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Mackfest 2019 Details! Date Occurred: April 12 to 14th, 2019.


It’s over.

It was a great festival.  High water levels and decent weather.  Over 130 paddlers attended.   What now?  Check out our KWP Events calendar

Hope to see you next year.  

Mackfest 2019 this year’s lead was Eric Chaplin, KWP’s club president.

Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers club hosts and organizes the Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival (MACKfest), an annual event to celebrate the beginning of the whitewater paddling season. As spring arrives the snows of winter melt to swell the rivers in the basin known as the Lake Ontario Watershed. Many of the rivers and creeks are found in south central Ontario between Peterborough and Sharbot Lake along the Hwy. 7 corridor.

The quaint town of Marmora serves as Mackfest’s home base. Paddlers from novice to expert will find a river or playspot suited to their skills here. Visit the Rivers page to find a description of the whitewater sections. Join us at Iron Grill (used to be called Bunker’s Restaurant) on Saturday morning, paddle the day away, then join us for a delicious buffet dinner, silent auction and a cozy bar to hang out in. Of course, there’s also always a campfire to gather around where you can catch up with river friends you probably haven’t seen for a while. On Sunday find yourself another river to explore. There are always paddlers around to answer any questions you may have about the local rivers to help you decide the best option for your paddling day.

This will be our first year using e-commerce for paddlers who do not want to use cash to buy t-shirts, raffle tickets or their dinner tickets.  We will be using Square (tap and magnetic strip) to accept funds through debit cards (Interac flash tap up to $100) and major credit cards.



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