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Reel Paddling Film Festival – Haliburton

June 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
5358 Haliburton County Rd 21
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
Algonquin Outfitters

Reel Paddling Film Festival

Online sales are now closed, tickets can be purchased at our Haliburton Store until 5pm this evening and will be available at the theatre (cash & credit only, no debit) before the show.  Doors open at 6:30pm, come early to get the best seats and see our sponsors, films roll at 7:30pm don’t be late…  See you tonight!

Algonquin Outfitters presents the 12th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 5358 Haliburton County Rd 21, Haliburton on Friday June 9th  2017 at 7:30pm pm (doors open at 6:30pm, theater seating starts at 7:00pm).

The show starts at 7:30pm, but doors open at 6:30pm and we are having a pre-event reception with food and non-alcoholic specialty drink samples/sales and showcasing lots of local adventure tourism.  Each of our sponsors has generously donated prizes valued at $50 or more which you are eligible to win simply by purchasing a ticket to the show.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year on screens in 120-plus cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

With 21 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the ten 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.

Canadian Canoe CultureAttracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films like: Martin’s Boat – honoring the legacy of Martin Litton with an expedition in the Grand Canyon; Kayaking the Aleutians – more than 2,500km and 20 open water crossings across the remote and stormy stretch of islands between Russia and Alaska; Paddle for the North – six mates, three canoes, two dogs, and two months along 1,500km of remote North American rivers; The Path of Grey Owl – bushcraft expert Ray Mears reflects on Grey Owl’s message of protecting our wilderness; Go Big or Go Home – professional athletes travel the world in search of big water and the perfect wave; Big Fish Stories: Expedition Hauka – friends spend two weeks in northern Sweden following legends of monster pike; Our Local Epic – modern day explorers follow dangerous whitewater in the Clarks Fork, one of North America’s deepest Canyons; Voyageurs without a Trace – follow the path of 3 Parisians who were the first to attempt kayaking the Colorado and Green Rivers in 1938, with current filming and original exceptional 16mm footage; and many more incredible stories.

With your $16 ticket to our Reel Paddling Film Festival screening you’ll receive free digital subscriptions to Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines, PLUS, ENTER TO WIN AN AQUA-BOUND PRIZE PACK (UP TO $375 VALUE)

Reel Paddling Film Festival Trailer & Feature Films


Films we are showing in Haliburton, on Fri June 9th 2017

EYES OF GOD – 24m 33s

WINNER: Whitewater Film, sponsored by Ottawa Valley
RPFF Beast Whitewater Film 2017
Thirty-three-year-old Tomass Marnics from Latvia has put together an international team of extreme kayakers. Together they plan to descend the legendary Saryjaz River. The expedition will take the adventurers directly to the Eyes of God, a mystical cliff face reminiscent of an enormous human face, in theno-man’s land between Kyrgyzstan and China.



WINNER: Short Paddling Film, sponsored by Watersports Foundation

RPFF Best Short Paddling FilmOn a regular kayaking day, every little mistake can always be worse. FTS Style brings kayaking movies to another level with this release.

DIRECTOR: Sebastien Leger


Meet Katie, one of the 40-million people who depend on the Colorado River. Katie finds comfort in reflecting on her time in one of the nation’s most iconic national parks. Guided by river currents, curiosity and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, her voyage of discovery leads to a deeper understanding of the Colorado River as an ecosystem and her own place in it.

DIRECTOR: Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk,
PRODUCER: Jeremy Monroe / Freshwaters Illustrated

THE CANOE – 26m 21s

WINNER: Canoeing Film, sponsored by Silverbirch

RPFF Best Canoeing Film“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations, then one enduring expression of that simple truth is surely the canoe.” —James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and director emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum. This short documentary film captures the remarkable bond created by Canada’s well-loved national symbol—the canoe. Illustrated by the stories of five paddling enthusiasts across the province of Ontario, Canada, viewers see firsthand how the canoe fosters connection between families, landscapes, traditional Canadian cultures and our inner selves. The film underscores the strength of the canoe and human spirit, and how the canoe is a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.



WINNER: Sea Kayaking Film, sponsored by Trak

RPFF Best Sea Kayaking FilmDiscover the experiences of Irish paddlers, Sean Cahil and Jon Hynes, as they complete their lifelong dream to circumnavigate the rugged wild Atlantic coastline of Ireland. Many have paddled this famed coast but this duo brings it to life with this visually stunning, informative and often funny documentary. The message is clear: “Drop what you’re doing, and go chase your dream adventure!”

DIRECTOR: Jon Hynes,
PRODUCER: Cian Walsh


What is it that draws us to water? Why do thoughts of rivers, lakes and oceans invade our daydreams and keep us lying awake at night? Is it the thrill of adventure, the solitude of wild places, or the friendships made along the way? It’s all of these things, and many more. Drawn to Water, the latest film from NRS, explores the inspiration that rivers, lakes and oceans bring to our lives.

DIRECTOR: Skip Armstrong
PRODUCER: Jacob Boling and Mark Deming

WHY – 6m 43s

In the GoPro age, images of extreme feats flood social media streams. Climbers, slackliners, mountain bikers and paddlers do things that appear to most people insane, and the action may seem empty when we don’t understand the motivation behind it. Why, we ask. Why do they do this? WHY goes beyond the spectacle of extreme kayaking in search of an elusive answer.

DIRECTOR: Hugo Clouzeau
PRODUCER: We Are Hungry


WINNER: Documentary Film, sponsored by the Canadian Canoe Museum

RPFF Best Documentary FilmFifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S. Outward Bound wilderness school. Then 24 women broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed them and history forever.

DIRECTOR: Maxine Davis
PRODUCER: Maxine Davis and Melody Gilbert


In 1987, a Camp Wanapitei 48-day canoe trip on the Kazan River in the Northwest Territories faced many hardships including being wind-bound for days.The group missed their homecoming celebration of paddling “under the bridge” at base camp in Temagami, Ontario. This film documents the group’s homecoming 28 years later and showcases the importance of paddling under the bridge for hundreds of Camp Wanapitei campers every summer.

DIRECTOR: Michael Craig
PRODUCER: Michael Craig / Teeny Tiny Films



How to buy tickets

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

Online: Top of this page –

In Person: At Algonquin Outfitters, 218 Highland Street, Haliburton, ON, K0M 1S0 (Cash, Debit, or Credit Cards)

For special ticket requests or accessible services contact us by phone (705-457-3737) or in person.

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