MACKfest Kayakers Event
Since its inception in 2008, the Marmora and Area Canoe and Kayak Festival, MACKfest for short, has grown significantly in popularity and developed a reputation as one of the “must make” spring whitewater festivals in Ontario.
The three-day whitewater paddling event is organized by volunteers from one of the largest recreational paddling clubs in Ontario, the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers (KWP).
MACKfest promotes some amazing rivers, known as the “Highway 7 Runs” as they intersect Highway 7, running between Peterborough and Ottawa.
- The Upper and Lower Black,
- Crowe and others typically only flow in early spring with the snow melt and seasonal rain.
They feature river runs from Class II-IV as well as a number of quality park and play spots.
New to the festival for 2023 is the MACKfest Paddler Polar Dip in Queensborough and a Friday Creeking Clinic hosted in partnership with Paddler Co-op (pre-registration required).
This annual festival is a great way to kickstart your paddling season, dust off your winter cobwebs and meet new and old friends. Aside from exciting spring boating, the event promises amazing prizes from many sponsors and great live music, with proceeds going to local community organizations and river advocacy initiatives. Organizers are looking forward to boaters gathering in Marmora once again to celebrate spring paddling in Ontario!
Municipality - Marmora