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April 25-28, 2024

Drôme river, France


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26 May 2023
OCF 2023: the video!

This is the Open Canoe Festival!

18 April 2023
Workshops pre-registrations

The emails for the workshops pre-registrations were sent to all registered participants on Monday evening (17 April). Remember to check your SPAMS! If you have not received anything, please contact us by Mail indicating your ticket number and reservation name. Merci!

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 / 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 […]

20 March 2023
Few days left to register!

Deadline: 15 April. Don’t wait any longer! There are some events that come up every year and that you pass by saying to yourself: “not concerned” or “déjà vu”. I’m interested in the river, in paddling sports in general, in outdoor sports, I do a bit of kayaking, packrafting, inflatable canoeing… why would I participate […]

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 […]

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.

25 February 2023
2023 opening film

Screening of the film “Canovélo: in search of the perfect moment” to open the OCF 2023. Friday April 28, 9.30 pm, under the tepee. This 50-minute film directed by Paul Villecourt tells the story of a 900 km “bike to canoe” journey in the spring of 2021. Christian Barbier and Paul Villecourt spent 26 days […]

10 February 2023
Win an Esquif canoe!

We have the great pleasure to announce our long time partners Canoe Diffusion and Esquif canoes will offer a splendid “Pocket Canyon” canoe (2 250 € 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 […]

24 January 2023
What is my level of canoeing?

When you register at the OCF, you will have to indicate your level of practice: beginner, intermediate or advanced. It is not that simple. Read this article carefully before registering. The OCF’s team of instructors counts 30 coaches, including some of the best specialists in Europe. They all know that OCF participants have difficulty qualifying […]

9 December 2022
New sponsor : Réhaume canoes.

More than canoes: masterpieces! The Quebec brand Réhaume chooses the Open Canoe Festival to make itself known in Europe. They come from the country where they are called “canots”, not “canoes”: Quebec / Canada. Their story begins in the 1980s when professional cabinet maker Alain Rhéaume turned his wood working skills towards the art of […]


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