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Europe’s Premier Canoe Rendezvous.

April 19-22 2019
Rivière Drôme, France


Primary sponsor:


Official partners:

  • Canoë Diffusion

    French distributor of Esquif canoes, Canoe Diffusion is one of the Festival’s first partners and promoters. This year again, Canoe Diffusion will bring more than 20 demo boats ! They are also distributing Venture canoes and the new Packrafts inflatable canoes. Many thanks for all the help and support !

  • Esquif

    North America’s best canoes have always supported Europe’s best Festival ! The canoe manufacturer from Quebec contributes to the promotion of canoeing in France and Europe with an impressive range of 25 boats dedicated to all kind of paddling style : from calm water tripping to the wildest rivers, from family touring to the most remote expeditions.
  • Rotomod / Nova Craft

    For over 40 years, Rotomod has designed and produced canoes and kayaks in France. In addition to their own productions, in 2015, Rotomod started to distribute famous Canadian canoe brand, Nova Craft. They are now the official distributors for Europe (except for UK and Ireland).
    Most of the range will be visible at the Open Canoe Festival and many test boats will be available. Among them, the latest models made with “Tuffstuff”, Nova Craft’s latest invention.


  • Tentipi

    The Open Canoe Festival is proud to present his partner : Tentipi. The festival is organized under a giant tepee complex giving un unforgettable atmosphere. Many thanks to Alain Heit and his staff.
  • Département de la Drôme

    En donnant son nom au département, la rivière Drôme lui a donné sa diversité, entre Vercors et Provence, et son caractère authentique. Traversant son territoire d’est en ouest, elle emmène le promeneur à la découverte de sites et de paysages préservés. Et se prête à merveille à la randonnée en canoë, comme l’ont prouvé les précédentes éditions de ce jeune festival. Acteur majeur du développement des territoires, le Département, grâce à ses interventions en matière de gestion de l’eau, des sports nature et des milieux naturels, permet à tous les usagers de la rivière de profiter d’un environnement exceptionnel.
  • Gervanne Camping

    The campsite is stretched out along two riverbanks, in the middle of various landscapes and in the heart of a small village of the Drôme valley. In a beautiful green environment, the campsite offers you a direct access to the Drôme river for a nice swim and to enjoy a relaxing and natural spot. You can easily discover our region following your own pace; the natural reserve called « Parc Naturel du Vercors », the villages between the vineyards, the lavender fields, the sunflower fields and the colourful markets... or let yourself be tempted by a ride down the river with a canoe or kayak, hiking and biking or horse riding... See you soon !
  • Paul Villecourt / Outdoor Reporter

    Organizer of the Open Canoe Festival, Paul Villecourt is a photographer and journalist specializing in adventure sports and outdoor tourism. Photography and journalism for press, communication and advertising, publishing, tourism, nautical industries, products and services dedicated to adventure sports and Outdoor tourism. Stock and assignments.
  • Vallée de la Drôme

    Visit our website and discover the beauties of the Drôme valley !


    Communauté de Communes du Crestois et du Pays de Saillans.
  • Europe / Leader program

    Leader program is a European grant awarded to rural areas that build a development strategy based on a local consultation with public and private actors. The territory of « Vallée de la Drôme » has been selected as « Leader territory » for the period 2014-2020 with, with other objectives, the desire to develop sustainable tourism based on natural resources. The Open Canoe Festival 2018 is perfectly in line with this objective and has logically obtained a Leader grant for its 2018 edition.
  • Le Guide du Canoë en France

    Guide to the most famous paddling places in France : 14 rivers : Allier, Loire, Dordogne, Tarn, Hérault, Ardèche, Gardon, Loue, Marais Poitevin, Leyre, Sorgue, Drôme, Chassezac, Ain and 4 lakes : Bourget, Annecy, Salagou and Verdon. You’ll find all the close-to-the-river-camping-place addresses, and where to rent a canoe.

    Written by Paul Villecourt, organizer of the Open Canoe Festival.

Official suppliers:

  • Mairie de Mirabel-et-Blacons

    Merci à la commune qui accueille l'Open Canoe Festival. L'aide de ses services techniques nous permet d'économiser une énergie précieuse pendant ce weekend très intense.
  • Intermarché Aouste sur Sye

    Intermarché Aouste sur Sye

    Un grand merci à Intermarché Aouste, fidèle sponsor du Festival depuis le début. Il contribue grandement à la logistique et aux 3 repas du weekend.
  • Canoë Drôme

    Rental canoe company based in Saillans. Supplier of the Festival shuttles. Beginners can rent some sit on top canoes there.

Workshop sponsors:

OCF Supporters:

  • Ungkalak

    Founded by a group of kayak and adventure enthusiasts, with a strong kayak culture, Unghalak invites you to discover the world from a new angle. As a natural supplement to journeys on foot, whether it is sea kayaking, white water rafting, or even canoeing, we offer another way of exploring the world, over water. You can discover the coastal or lake landscapes. You can experience the thrill of happiness of an encounter with a less fierce fauna that indelibly marks the memory of the kayaker. You can meet the peoples who live by the water.

Prize suppliers:

Canoe Diffusion
Rotomod / Nova Craft
Librairie le Canotier
Wood Ardèche Paddles
Azimut Nature