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Drôme river, France

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16 February 2024
2024 opening film: “Canada Vertical”.

The Open Canoe Festival 2024 kicks off on Thursday, April 25 (21H30 in the tepee) with an extraordinary adventure film. In 2021, two childhood friends from Quebec City set out on a never-before-attempted adventure that now ranks among the longest wilderness expeditions ever accomplished in Canada. Advancing by ski, canoe and bike, Nicolas Roulx and […]

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13 February 2024
Registrations: “Paddler Pass” or “Non Paddler Pass”, what is the difference?

A recent call from someone who had just registered alerted us to the fact that registering as a “Non Paddler” is not always easy to understand. For those of you who are more visual, the difference between the 2 types of registration is summarized below. In other words, people who don’t want to take part […]

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15 January 2024
Win an Esquif canoe!

We have the great pleasure to announce our long time partners Canoe Diffusion and Esquif canoes will offer a splendid “Prospector 16” canoe (2 530 € value!). This legendary model will be equiped with airbags plus some protective skid plates, making it the perfect white water canoe! No doubt the suspense will be intense at […]

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13 December 2023
Everything you always wanted to know about OCF but were afraid to ask!

Record for the longest title! All this to tell you that we’ve created a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. Can I bring my dog to the OCF? Are canoes provided? How do I win the lottery? Do I need to reserve a campsite? How do I register for workshops? Why is the OCF called […]

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17 November 2023
Zulupack: official partner of the OCF

The Open Canoe Festival is proud to present its new sponsor: Zulupack. The founder of Zulupack is a French adventurer who, after making bags for major international brands, decided to create his own: waterproof, ultra-resistant bags perfectly suited to extreme sports, whether on land, in the water or in the mud! Zulupack: waterproof bags for […]

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16 October 2023
OCF 2024: April 25-28.

The OCF turns 12: the age of maturity! Europe’s largest festival dedicated to canoeing and its culture is back for an twelfth edition. A lot has changed since 2023, and the organisation is now well established, right down to the smallest detail! What does not change is the atmosphere, the richness of the workshops, the […]

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26 May 2023
OCF 2023: the video!

This is the Open Canoe Festival!

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22 March 2023
How not to get divorced during a canoe trip!

Some basic psychology to avoid giving up canoeing after the first descent… and save your relationship! By Paul Villecourt / www.villecourt.com In North America, canoeing is often called the “divorce boat“! You will understand why. When a few friends embark on the river for the first time, logic naturally pushes couples to form crews. At […]

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20 March 2023
Equipment checklist for a canoe trip

This list has been tested for trips of 30 to 60 days. It includes the essentials, although you can always do more minimalist. All this gear fits into a large 100/120 litre waterproof bag which will therefore contain all the bags described below. For shorter trips, surprisingly the equipment is not much different. Remember: the […]

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7 March 2023
2023 poster

You will be pampered from the moment you arrive at the Open Canoe Festival! In the welcome bag given to everyone: the legendary T-shirt, a sticker, the programme, but also a superb poster! It’s always a tricky choice, so every year, we ask what you think with a poll on our Facebook page.

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