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Paddling Film Festival 2018 – Huntsville @ Algonquin Theatre
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Canadian Canoe CultureSince 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year’s best paddling films. You’ll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places.

Huntsville, Ontario, Friday June 1st 2018 – Algonquin Outfitters presents the 13th annual Paddling Film Festival at Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville on Friday June 1st 2018 at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm).

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

With 20 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the 10 festival category winners, audiences will see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.

Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films like:

  • Chasing Wild – Three friends set off on a 400-kilometer bikepacking and packraft expedition to understand what is at stake as new mines are developed across the Sacred Headwaters
  • Connected By Canoe – The canoe has many lessons to teach, such as “we’re all in the same boat”—can it also help Canadians of all backgrounds, regions and beliefs build an equitable, sustainable and inclusive future?
  • Dugout – Two friends come up with a simple plan. Travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an Indigenous community, learn how to build a canoe, then go on an adventure
  • Freedom When avid kayaker Emily faces the biggest challenge of her life she shows us how to live without regrets
  • Inside The Indus – Adventure kayakers Aniol Serrasolses, Mike Dawson and Ciaran Heurteau venture into the Rondu Gorge on the Indus River in Northern Pakistan to take on extreme whitewater
  • Into Twin Galaxies – Using kite skis, three National Geographic Adventurers Of The Year tow their whitewater kayaks more than 1,000 kilometers on the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled
  • Return From Desolation – The story of an Afghan War vet who fought his way back from addiction and certain death through the wild, serpentine rivers of the American Southwest
  • The Time Travelers – The USA Rafting Team has never won a world championship, but that didn’t stop them from attempting to break a legendary speed record through the Grand Canyon.

The Paddling Film Festival World Tour is produced by Rapid Media and presented in Huntsville by Algonquin Outfitters on Friday June 1st 2018 at 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm).

For tickets and information call the Algonquin Theatre box office at (705) 789-4975 or 1-877-989-4975.

With your $16 ticket to our Paddling Film Festival screening you’ll receive a free digital subscription to Paddling magazine, PLUS, ENTER TO WIN AN AQUA-BOUND PRIZE PACK (UP TO $375 VALUE)

Paddling Film Festival Trailer & Feature Films


2018 Award-Winners Presented by Ontario Tourism Sponsored by Yakima

All touring films are now in contention for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award

Sponsored by Thompson Rivers University Adventure Studies

Baltic Surge – Skeg Tutorial
DIRECTOR: Eike Köhler

Sponsored by TRAK Kayaks

Bass by Kayak
DIRECTORS: Beau Miles, Mitch Drummond

Sponsored by The Paddle Responsibly Campaign

Charging Arc

Sponsored by the American Canoe Association (ACA)

Chasing Wild: Journey into the Sacred Headwaters
FILM BY: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, Colin Arisman, Luke Kantola

Sponsored by Silverbirch Canoes

Connected by Canoe
DIRECTOR: Goh Iromoto

Sponsored by Pelican

DIRECTOR: Michael Ernst

Sponored by the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association

Inside the Indus – A Pakistani Odyssey
DIRECTOR: Ciaran Heurteau • PRODUCER: Mike Dawson

Sponsored by Kokatat

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic
DIRECTOR: Jochen Schmoll • PRODUCERS: Red Bull Media House, Drehxtrem

Sponsored by the Canadian Canoe Museum

The Time Travelers
DIRECTOR: Forest Woodward • PRODUCER: Gnarly Bay Productions

Sponsored by PaddleSmart

Wild Coast
DIRECTOR: Kelsey Thompson • PRODUCER: Blackfish Paddles

For the full list of touring films, visit our 2018 Film Selection page


How to buy tickets

Tickets are: $16+HST Adults and $12.50+HST Youth

Online: With the use of Visa or Master Card – purchase tickets online at

By phone: Please call 705-789-4975 or toll free 1-877-989-4975 with the use of Visa or Master Card

In Person: At the theatre box office 37 Main Street East, Huntsville with the use of cash, Visa, Master Card, gift certificate or debit – see our hours of operation.

For special ticket requests or accessible services contact us by phone or in person.


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