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Europe's Premier Canoe Rendezvous.

April 15-18 2022
Drôme River, France



Packrafts made in Drôme !

Packrafts made in Drôme !

New in 2022 : welcome to the packrafts with Mekong !

January 2018. After 8 months on a bike between France and South East Asia, Olivier, the founder of Mekong, decided to switch from pedals to paddle and to travel down the legendary Mekong river, from northern Laos to its mouth in the Southern China Sea. During this journey the idea of manufacturing an ultralight boat, strong and big enough to carry enough gear for a long time on the river, (bicycle included!) was born. Back in France, Olivier starts to work on a first packraft prototype. Three years later Mekong designs and products a range of 6 different boats, all of them manufactured in Crest, by the Drôme river.
Like touring canoes, packrafts are the perfect toys to discover rivers and lakes, but in an ultra light way ! The biggest models just weigh 5,4 kg !

The 2022 edition of the Open Canoe Festival is glad to welcome Mekong as one of our main partners, including Packrafts workshops in the program.