Welcome to VCKC!
The Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club (VCKC) is a B.C. registered society formed in 1969. Its purposes are to encourage participation in all paddling activities, and to offer training in safe and skillful paddling on Vancouver Island and in the surrounding waters.
Membership in VCKC (the Club) is open to anyone with an interest in paddle sports upon completion of an application form and waiver and the payment of annual dues. Single, family, junior, and associate group memberships are available. All members have the right to participate in Club activities, to vote at general meetings and to be elected, or appointed to the club executive, excepting that junior and associate group members are not eligible for the executive and do not have voting privileges.
Members are asked to observe the VCKC policies and procedures and to advise their guests accordingly. Members and guests shall release the Club of any liability for damage or loss as a result of participating in Club trips, or using Club equipment and facilities by signing a waiver.
VCKC is a volunteer-based, community-oriented club. Members contribute thousands of hours of volunteer time in instruction, maintenance of the clubhouse and boats, and administration of club business each year. However, no member acting in a capacity as member, instructor, officer or director may receive any payment for services rendered on behalf of the Club. VCKC has a long history of participating in community events, raising funds for charitable causes, and providing boats or paddling events to non-profit organizations. Please get involved!
General meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, excepting July and August. General meetings are held at the clubhouse on W Gorge Road and are open to the public. Reports on club events and business are presented along with an informational or entertainment program; members are encouraged to suggest program ideas. The annual general meeting is held in January to elect an executive and approve club finances. The members may consider resolutions at the AGM as well as at general meetings. Members will receive two weeks notice of any meeting at which a special resolution is to be considered.
The Club newsletter is published monthly (10 times yearly) in order to keep members informed of all upcoming club meetings, trips, events and about club business. Members are encouraged to contribute notices of club activities as well as articles, trip reports and other newsworthy items.
Use of Club Facilities
The Clubhouse and adjacent storage areas are leased for a nominal fee from the Municipality of Saanich for the use of Club members. The dock is privately owned by VCKC. The adjacent paved deck, drives and launch area are included in the Gorge Waterway Park and are open to the public.
The Clubhouse is a designated historical building. Please treat the facilities with the same care as if they were your own. Please also be aware and considerate of other members using the facilities, the caretaker, neighbours and public using the park. Keep noise to minimum, load and unload boats quickly if others are waiting to use the dock or launch area, and use caution when entering the building alone.
Routine maintenance is done by the members at spring and fall cleanups and as necessary, and by the caretaker. Any maintenance issues should be brought to the attention of the Buildings and Grounds Director.
For further information on the operation of the club, member policies and boat safety policies, please consult this document: VCKC Policies & Procedures.