Reel Paddling

We all drink it, some bathe in it, and a handful of brave souls paddle on it.

This one-night roundup of new paddling films is bound to whet some whistles as the camera follows individuals pushing themselves to physical and emotional extremes on the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans.

In Shining Island, three kayakers circumnavigate British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands, encountering both gales and ancestral ghosts along the way. For action a little closer to home, Grand River: Labrador’s Treasure, Newfoundland’s Secret tells the story of the Lower Churchill River, which is being considered for a second dam.

For the adrenaline junkies out there—including the armchair variety—there’ll be plenty of white water. Watch first attempts down challenging rivers most of us wouldn’t even want to walk beside.

Downtown shop The Outfitters is hosting this film festival on its world tour, and proceeds will go to the new Avalon Dragon Boating Team.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival gets going on April 21 at 7pm at the Inco Innovation Center Theatre at MUN. Tickets are $10+HST at The Outfitters, or $12+HST at the door. More info at

— Bryhanna Greenough