Hou Canoes Presents

the Ulster Canoe Festival

31st August - 2nd September 2018

Welcome to the Third Annual Ulster Canoe Festival

Hou Canoes are the prime event sponsor again and will be onsite at the Share Centre.
Get ready for 2 full days of paddling sessions with a selection of some of the top open boat coaches to help improve your skills.

2018 allows us to showcase yet another perfect waterside location. This time we have all the facilities of the Share Discovery Village on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, part of the largest inland waterway in Europe, and within easy travelling distance of several popular rivers.


Skill Sessions

The following are some of the Skills and Coaching Sessions that will be on offer at the Ulster Canoe Festival.
Please check the descriptions and ensure your skill level is suitable for the sessions you choose.

Moving Water skills

Step up from your touring and get your boat working in moving water. These sessions will have lots of tips and playing in the flow

A good understanding of reading flows is required for this session

Canoe Sailing

Making the most of a canoe's versatility, Sailing a canoe can be really simple - using an umbrella as a downwind sail, or you can set up a semi-permanent sailing rig. This session will cover theory and practice of Canoe Sailing

Requires intermediate skills

Journey Skills

Paddling is much more enjoyable if you build up a good arsenal of techniques to enjoy the water. Preparation, efficient paddling, reading the water and other skills all play a part in making every day a good day on the water.

Open to all skill levels.

Camp Cooking

If you want to lift your lunch stop beyond the cheese sandwich and a mars bar, this session will whet your appetite and give you a few ideas to improve your camp cuisine.

Open to all skill levels - and none.

Camp Craft

Your canoe can carry weeks of camping kit; This session will look at useful skills in and around camp so you can enjoy multi-day trips.

Open to all skills levels - and none

Open Water paddling

When you are exposed to wide expanses of water - this session will teach you how to read the water and plan your trip. Looking at various factors that will affect your journey and arming your with the tools to have confidence on bigger trips.

A competent level of paddling recommended

Coaches and Leaders

We've confirmed several top coaches for 2018; many returning from previous years and a couple of excellent coaches who are getting involved with the Ulster Canoe Festival for the first time. Coaching sessions will showcase the very best, with a range of local knowledge and decades of coaching experience

Hou Canoes Canoe Association of Northern Ireland the Put In Paddling magazine Waterways Ireland Field Studies Council Northern Ireland Share Discovery Village