The canoe Whitewater Sprint World Championships in 2017 were from 23 September to 1 October 2017 in the French Pau instead. It was the fourth pure sprint world championships in white water racing . It was the first joint whitewater world championships for whitewater racers and whitewater slalom canoeing since the world championships in whitewater racing and whitewater slalom were separated in 1995/1996.
A total of eleven competitions were held, for the men an individual and a team decision in a single kayak (K1), single canoe (C1) and two-person canoe (C2) and for the women an individual and team decision in a single kayak. Kayak and single canoe as well as an individual decision in two-person canoe. The most successful nation by far was host France.