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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.


  • Gumotex

    We have the pleasure to welcome Gumotex as one of our official partners in 2019. For more than 50 years, Gumotex has been manufacturing the best inflatable boats of the market: canoes, kayaks and rafts. World famous brand, these boats are well known for their solidity, light weight and space saving qualities. A wide range is available: from family touring to heavy duty professionnal uses, from calm waters to the most ragous rivers, from easy paddling to the most remote expedition trips, Gumotex has a model has a model for you!

    Gumotex will be present at the 2019 OCF with many test boats. Among them: the famous Scout, Baraka and Palava models and the kayaks Thaya and Safari.

    All the boats can be rented for the 3 days of the OCF for those who don't have any canoe.

    For reservations : contact us.

  • 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.
  • Venture canoes

    Venture Canoes are designed and manufactured in the UK by the same team of enthusiasts behind P&H Custom Sea Kayaks and Pyranha Whitewater Kayaks, using the same industry leading technology and over 45 years of experience.
    The formation of the Venture brand in 2004 allowed us to re-focus on the production of sandwich layer polyethylene canoes, and in 2016 came the realisation of a dream we first began chasing back in 1989, with the introduction of our revolutionary CoreLite X material:

    “This is the canoe I have always wanted to be able to build; you won’t see the difference, but you’ll feel it – every time you lift it, and every time you paddle it!” - Graham Mackereth, Founder & Managing Director.
    As paddlers ourselves, we’re delighted to be supporting the world-renowned Open Canoe Festival, and what better place to introduce our European friends to the greatest advancement in sandwich layer polyethylene canoe construction for over 25 years?

  • 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.
  • Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes

    Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes
  • Palm

    "Creating gear for paddlers and water professionals since 1979, including clothing, equipment and accessories. Founded in Somerset by champion surf kayaker, Andy Knight. Designed and made in Great Britain and our factories in Asia – distributed worldwide."

    It's a great pleasure to have Palm on board at the Open Canoe Festival. Famous British brand will provide fantastic prizes for the big prize lottery (among them a drysuit!) and will equip our instructor staff with the splendid "Tsangpo gilet".

  • 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.

Workshop sponsors:

OCF Supporters:

Prize suppliers:

Canoe Diffusion
Venture canoes
Bending Branches
Rotomod / Nova Craft
Wood Ardèche Paddles
Reglisse Kayak
Esprit Nature et Survie
Freeranger Canoe
Magazine Outdoor Go
Pyrene Bushcraft