Great Canoe & Kayak Event Begins Today

Alpine Shop Kirkwood is decked out in paddling imagery and there’s a big tent in the front of the parking lot filled to the brim with canoes and kayaks.

A complete view of the GCKE Tent at Alpine Shop Kirkwood
Boats, boats & more boats. Must be the Great Canoe & Kayak Event!

Yes, we agree – it’s a beautiful sight.

Tonight, Friday, March 2nd, we host the Missouri Premiere of the Reel Paddling Film Festival for the first time here in St Louis. There are still some remaining tickets, but not a ton. If you’re interested in what should be a great night of paddling flicks, we definitely recommend you come by tonight. Films start at 8 pm. Seating is first come-first served.

All sale prices are currently in effect for the event and will stay in place through Columbia’s Great Canoe & Kayak Event next weekend, March 7th through the 9th. While we don’t sell boats on-line, you can see everything in the paddling department is at least 15% off.

Speaker and Film area ready to go for tonight
The Book Area theater is already set up and ready to go for this weekend's programs and activities

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 3rd, our full plate of programs throughout the day will begin at 10:30 am and go all the way through till about 6 pm when our Paddlers’ Party takes us through to our store close at 9 pm. You can find more information on all of this here.

Also don’t forget about our Boat Auction which takes place at 2 pm on Saturday. If you’re interested in selling your boat, you can bring it in to our Kirkwood store between 9 am and 1:30 pm.

Finally, one of the best parts about this event is all the local groups and organizations that will be with us all weekend long looking forward to speaking with you about activities on the water this year. We’re pleased to welcome the following:

Aker’s Ferry Canoe Rental
Author Bob Myers
Camp Manitowa
Gingko Adventures
The Great River Rumble
Missouri Whitewater Association
River Hills Traveler
St. Louis Canoe & Kayak Club
St. Louis County Parks
Webster Groves Nature Study
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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