Gatineau River Fest – July 28, 2018 (2-9PM)

Mark your calendars!
This festival will be a celebration of one of the areas greatest gems – the Gatineau River! Enjoy a leisurely float or paddle down the Gatineau River from Wakefield to Farm Point. Waiting for you at the Farm Point Community Center will be a host of activities, kiosks and entertainment. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Gatineau River and Loisirs Chelsea Nord.

Activities for the whole family including:
• Flotilla from Wakefield to Farm Point including a shuttle.    Register HERE
• Dragon boat trials by Cascades Club
• Yoga demos with Vrai Nature Yoga
• Kids Zone with games, crafts
• Eco-fair and market
• A variety of street food and drinks available
• Raffle prizes 

Schedule of activities:





All floaters and Paddlers

Boat drop off in Wakefield, parking and shuttle


All Floaters and Paddlers

Flotilla leaves Wakefield (Registration required)

At RiverFest Central in Farm Point (Free)


Julien Dionne

Master of Ceremonies and Acadian Comedian


Vrai Nature Yoga

Yoga demos


Derek Debeer

African drumming performance and interactive drumming circle


Cascades Club

Family fun dragonboat race


Claire Bestland

Guitar slinging blueswoman


Stone Age Man

Dynamic mix of blues, rock and cabaret

Ecofair and Market participants:

Stacey Spears Massage
Ottawa Riverkeeper

Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment
Travelling Taqueria (food – tacos)
Che Malambo (food – empanadas)
Indian food
Jack Taylor (lanterns)
La FAB (wood working and more)
Municipality of Chelsea (Environment Department)
Michael Peterson (basketry)
Deneire Art (paintings)
Apple Road Goat Milk Soaps
Vrai Nature Yoga
Luna spinning (yarn and wood art)
Being Truly U (wearable art)

Raffle prizes:     More than $1000 in prizes !!!

Professional photo shoot by David Irvine
Unlimited yoga for 1 month for 2 people at Vrai Nature Yoga
1 free night at Old Chelsea Bed and Breakfast
Free water testing kit by H2O Chelsea
Gift package from Life without Plastics
Wood art from Kevin Burke at La Fab
1 free bicycle tune up at Greg Christie’s
Wax to waxless ski conversion by Gatineau Nordique Sport
2 passes to the Camp Fortune Aerial Park
2 x $5
0 gift certificate at Les Fougeres
$50 gift certificate at Wakefield General Store / Chamberlains
$50 gift certificate at the Being Truly U booth at the event
1 night stay on the River Zen boathouse
1 private session with Yoga Chelsea

Get Involved: Would you like to support or be involved with this event?  Would you like to set up a vendor or community group booth or activity? Would you like to volunteer or be a sponsor? WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! Contact us at:

Facebook event 

Please see the Friends of the Gatineau River Facebook page for any updates on the day of the event.

Shuttle: The shuttle for Flotilla participants will run two directions between Farm Point Community Centre and Wakefield Registration Booth between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. We request that Flotilla paddlers follow this procedure:

  • Drive to Wakefield with your watercraft and park at Turntable Park – see map below the sponsors/partners image on this page.
  • Check-in/pay at the Flotilla registration booth – see map
  • Drop your boat beside the registration booth. Non-drivers stay with the watercraft.
  • Drivers will drive their car to the parking areas at the Farm Point Community Centre
  • Drivers take the shuttle from the Farm Point Community Centre back up to their watercraft, and meet up with the other people in their group who stayed in Wakefield during the shuttle).

Please note:
-the shuttle is for those people who have registered and paid for the Flotilla

– we do not shuttle boats/watercraft, just people (and preferably just the drivers)

–  River Rd. between the event and Wakefield will be blocked-off in front of the Farm Point Community Centre.  Accordingly, when driving between Wakefield and the event you will need to take ch. St. Clément and highway 105.

Parking in Wakefield (start of Flotilla): When you are dropping off your watercraft in Wakefield, please DO NOT park at any of the private businesses parking lots (e.g., Wakefield General store) unless you are shopping! There is plenty of parking north/upstream of the store (e.g., Turntable Park).

If you are renting from Expeditions Wakefield, park at Farm Point at 311 Chemin de la Riviere,  check in at a registration table at the event,  take the shuttle and ask them to drop you off at Expeditions Wakefield.   You can then put in your rental at the docks directly across the street from Expedition Wakefield and join the flotilla which will pass in front of you shortly after 2PM.

Parking at Farm Point Community Centre (at the event): Please park at the lot at ch. 311 (outdoor hockey rink) and the large lot that is beside the field, just upstream.  Do not park or block ch. de la Rivière.

Paddling recommendation:  We recommend that all vessels have a paddle to propel themselves.  If not this trip will likely take more than 3 hours and it might be better to put in lower down the river at the community dock at the intersection of Rockhurst and River Road in Wakefield.   In this case, please register for the Flotilla in Farm Point after parking in Farm Point.

It is mandatory that to have the required safety equipment relative for your vessel. See the following website for info: 

Take-out point for Flotilla paddlers (at the event): When arriving by river at the event, we ask paddlers to take out at the public dock that is just downstream from the event and across from the parking lot at ch. 311 de la rivière (outdoor hockey rink).

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask a volunteer at the Flotilla registration table or at the event site in Farm Point!



Map of Flotilla put-in and parking (Wakefield):

Map of event, flotilla take-out, and parking in Farm Point:


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