Canoe Event Calendar

Upcoming Canoe Events

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Become a river canoeist! Learn about the nature of rivers, how to prepare & manage for the challenges of moving water, and what to do when things don't go as planned.

    Topics include:

        Safety equipment, flotation and outfitting a canoe


        Managing river hazards


        Advanced strokes & braces


        Entering and exiting eddies


        Ferrying to cross the river


        River reading and group travel


        Rescues and swimming in rapids (Drysuit required - can be rented in town)


        Environmental and access concerns

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Tandem Moving Water course on a local island river over a weekend.

    All canoeing gear can be provided (except drysuit and helment, which can be rented in town), however you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you have it.  

    Due to the unpredictable nature of river levels at this time of year we have made it so you can register for the course, but not yet pay.   One week before the course date we will open up payment ability if the river levels look to be in an appropriate range.  If not we will then either postpone the course or cancel depending on rain forecasts.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 1 or equivalent.  You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.

    Note that dates may change to ensure safe water levels.

    Course-specific details will be sent by the instructor one week before the course.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 3
    Register

    Start all your paddling adventures with this introductory course. Whether you are a first-time paddler or with some prior experience, discover the essential skills, manoeuvres and knowledge to safely paddle a tandem (two-person) canoe, either from the bow (front) or stern (back).

    Topics include:


        Canoes, paddles, PFDs and other gear


        Paddling positions and boat trim


        Launching and landing


        Forward, stopping and reverse paddling


        Basic turns while paddling forward


        Spins and sideslip manoeuvres


        Storing and waterproofing gear


        Canoeing safety guidelines and equipment


        Handling waves and wind


        Capsizes and rescues (Wet/Dry suit recommended)


    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Basic Tandem course in a full-day session normally held on the Gorge waterway near the VCKC clubhouse.

    All canoeing gear can be provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own equipment if you have it.

    PREREQUISITE
    You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.

    Course-specific details will be sent by the instructor one week before the course.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca


    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cowichan River

    “Hooray Hooray! The First of May. We’ll Paddle the Cow from Lake to Bay” – credit to Tom Staebell

    VCKC will be holding its Annual “Running of the Cow(ichan)” this year on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th to 5th. This is a two-day moving water event where we paddle the Cowichan River,  from Cowichan Lake all the way down to the ocean – river water levels permitting. This is open to all VCKC members who have completed Moving Water 1 (River) Canoe training.  

    On Saturday we will start at the weir at Cowichan Lake at 10 am and paddle down to Stoltz Pool camp. A shuttle will be set up for those who choose not to paddle the canyon.  At the camp, we will enjoy a great evening with a hearty meal and warm campfire to share tales of the day's events. On Sunday morning, we will pack up the camp and complete our paddle as far as the water levels will take us, with a final shuttle back to the vehicles.

    Camping is available at the Stoltz Pool Group Site in Cowichan River Provincial Park. Cost for the event is $20 per person and includes: Provincial Park camping fee for 2 nights, shuttle of canoes and canoeists to drop off and pick-up spots, and  dinner on Saturday night.

    Club members who are not paddling, may also join us for camping and our Saturday night dinner, as its a great place to hike and bike in the area. 

    VCKC also invites all moving water paddlers in the area for the weekend to celebrate the last great weekend of river paddling before the summer low water levels set in (well hopefully there will be a few more weekends).

     If you are interested in attending, please register or contact:

     canoe@vckc.ca

    • 11 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 6
    Register

    Learn to paddle a canoe by yourself, even in windy and rough conditions. You’ll adapt the paddling stokes learned in the Level 1 Tandem course to solo paddling while sitting in the centre of a canoe. You’ll gain independence as you enhance your understanding of how a canoe responds to each paddle stroke. By completing this course you’ll be able to branch out to the other courses the club offers, such as ocean tripping and the advanced tandem and solo courses.

    Topics include:


        Solo paddling positions and trim


        Pivot point


        Extending your strokes for better control


        Solo spins and sideslips


        Self-rescues (Wet/dry suit recommended)


        Effective reverse paddling


        Introduction to environmental ethics


        Access concerns


    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Basic Solo course in a full-day session normally held on the Gorge waterway near the VCKC clubhouse.

    All canoeing gear can be provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own equipment if you have it.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 1 or equivalent.  You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.

    Course-specific details will be sent by the instructor one week before the course.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca


    • 22 May 2019
    • 26 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 6
    Register

    Experience canoeing on the ocean. Learn how to manage typical sea conditions such as currents, tides, and weather on coastal waters. After this course you’ll be able to paddle on your own maritime adventures.  

      

    This two-part course begins with 12 hours of classroom work spread over 3 evenings that will give you the knowledge to prepare & plan for trips. In the second part of the course, you will be applying your knowledge in a two-day group trip on the ocean. [If you don't want to take part in the overnight trip, the instructor(s) will try to arrange a day trip at a time that suit participants: this will lead to a lower level of certification.] 

      

    Topics include:

               

         Understanding weather, currents, tides & waves

         Navigation charts, course plotting and compass use

         Loading and trimming a canoe to handle wind and waves

         Safety gear and regulations

         Environmental concerns and Leave No Trace ethics

         Trip planning and leadership

      

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Ocean Canoeing course and the Paddle Canada Intermediate Coastal Canoeing course; which involves a capsize and rescue session.

      

    This course requires the purchasing of a chart and compass. Purchase the course textbook 'Freedom of the Seas Vol 1.Navigation, Sea State & Weather - A Paddler's Manual' is strongly recommended. Personal camping gear is required for the course trip.

      

    Some canoeing gear can be provided, however you are strongly encouraged to bring your own canoe & equipment so that you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of how it performs for ocean tripping.

    The ocean trip is usually paddled in tandem canoes. If you need a paddling partner, every effort will be made to find one for you.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Level 2 or equivalent. Paddle Canada Intermediate Lakewater. You need to be a proficient paddler as this course’s focus is on the tripping skills and not basic paddling taught in other courses.

                            

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course start date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.  

      

    Course-specific details and classroom dates will be sent in advance by the instructors: Jay Crowley (j.crowley@shaw.ca) and Tim Marks timjmarks@yahoo.ca  

                            

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca
    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 16
    Register

    Start all your paddling adventures with this introductory course. Whether you are a first-time paddler or with some prior experience, discover the essential skills, manoeuvres and knowledge to safely paddle a tandem (two-person) canoe, either from the bow (front) or stern (back).

    Topics include:


        Canoes, paddles, PFDs and other gear


        Paddling positions and boat trim


        Launching and landing


        Forward, stopping and reverse paddling


        Basic turns while paddling forward


        Spins and sideslip manoeuvres


        Storing and waterproofing gear


        Canoeing safety guidelines and equipment


        Handling waves and wind


        Capsizes and rescues (Wet/Dry suit recommended)


    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Basic Tandem course in a full-day session normally held on the Gorge waterway near the VCKC clubhouse.

    All canoeing gear can be provided, however you are encouraged to bring your own equipment if you have it.

    PREREQUISITE
    You must be a club member to take a course, you will not be able to register until you have logged into the website.

    Please register online now to secure your spot. You can delay paying until one week before the course date; a payment reminder email will be sent at that time.

    Course-specific details will be sent by the instructor one week before the course.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the VCKC Canoe Director - canoe@vckc.ca


Past events

05 Apr 2019 BC Canoe Festival (Hope, BC)
23 Mar 2019 Canoe Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem
09 Mar 2019 Canoe Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
23 Feb 2019 Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
19 Feb 2019 Canoe Meeting
20 Jan 2019 Flatwater Paddle
11 Nov 2018 Cowichan River Remembrance Day paddle
11 Nov 2018 Remembrance Day on the Cowichan River
14 Oct 2018 Flatwater Paddle
06 Oct 2018 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
22 Sep 2018 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
24 Aug 2018 Thompson River Trip
14 Aug 2018 August BBQ potluck
11 Aug 2018 Dragon Boat Potluck
11 Aug 2018 Canoe trip to Murtle Lake Group #2
11 Aug 2018 Canoe trip to Murtle Lake Group #1
21 Jul 2018 VCKC Guts & Glory 2018
17 Jul 2018 July BBQ potluck
07 Jul 2018 MEC Paddlefest
23 Jun 2018 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
20 Jun 2018 Dragon Boat Nanaimo Planning
19 Jun 2018 Canoesday!
16 Jun 2018 Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo
07 Jun 2018 Murtle Lake trip meeting
03 Jun 2018 Victoria Waterloops Trail Flatwater Paddle
02 Jun 2018 Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem
23 May 2018 Dragon Boat Nanaimo Planning
19 May 2018 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
16 May 2018 Basic and River Poling
06 May 2018 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
28 Apr 2018 Running of the Cowichan
08 Apr 2018 Potluck with Mile
07 Apr 2018 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
29 Mar 2018 Canoe and Kayak Meeting
28 Feb 2018 Canoe Instructors Meeting
21 Feb 2018 Marine Restricted Operator's Certificate Course
11 Feb 2018 PFTK Brunch
25 Jan 2018 Canoe Meeting
22 Jan 2018 Pumps for canoes
20 Jan 2018 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
18 Jan 2018 Voyageur program PFTK planning meeting
18 Nov 2017 Flatwater Paddle
03 Nov 2017 Canoe Instructor Course
29 Oct 2017 How to make your own Greenland paddle
29 Oct 2017 Tie-One-On and How to Pack your Kayak
21 Oct 2017 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
08 Oct 2017 Club Flatwater Paddle
01 Oct 2017 Club Flatwater Paddle
24 Sep 2017 Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo
23 Sep 2017 Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem
17 Sep 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
16 Sep 2017 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
10 Sep 2017 Sea Kayak Introduction to Currents Clinic
09 Sep 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
04 Sep 2017 VCKC Fall BBQ, General Meeting and Boat Moving
27 Aug 2017 Sea Kayak Introduction to Currents Clinic
17 Aug 2017 Sea Kayak Rescue Clinic
15 Aug 2017 Sea Kayak Stroke Clinic
13 Aug 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
12 Aug 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
08 Aug 2017 Mike Elliott presentation to VCKC
08 Jul 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
26 Jun 2017 Canoe Day Games and BBQ
21 Jun 2017 Barkley Sound Brigade planning meeting
17 Jun 2017 Skill clinic - Crabbing
12 Jun 2017 Inflatable PFD Info Session
21 May 2017 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
13 May 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
13 May 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
07 May 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
22 Apr 2017 Spring Clean-up: Gorge Waterway Shoreline
15 Apr 2017 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
02 Apr 2017 Lakewater 1 - Class FULL
02 Apr 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
25 Mar 2017 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
18 Mar 2017 Introduction to Currents - Sea Kayak Clinic
11 Mar 2017 Kayak Basic Skills Course
15 Feb 2017 Kayak Instructors Meeting
13 Feb 2017 Family Day Paddle & Social
04 Feb 2017 Eddie Hopper!
11 Jan 2017 Voyageur program PFTK planning meeting
10 Jan 2017 VCKC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
18 Nov 2016 Canoe Instructor Course
06 Nov 2016 Kayak Basic Skills Course
30 Oct 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
29 Oct 2016 Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem
23 Oct 2016 Flatwater paddle
22 Oct 2016 Moving Water 1 - Tandem
21 Oct 2016 Camosun Canoe Course
01 Oct 2016 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
25 Sep 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
17 Sep 2016 Kayak Basic Skills Course
06 Sep 2016 VCKC General Meeting
02 Aug 2016 General Membership summer BBQ evening
23 Jul 2016 VCKC Guts & Glory 2016
09 Jul 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
05 Jul 2016 Tuesday Canoe/Kayak practice paddle evenings
05 Jul 2016 Summer General Membership BBQ, Scavenger Hunt paddle
01 Jul 2016 Canada Day on the Gorge
26 Jun 2016 Lakewater 4 - Advanced Solo
15 Jun 2016 Skill clinic - Crabbing
07 Jun 2016 VCKC General Meeting & Summer Bar-B-Q
04 Jun 2016 Canoe skill clinic
28 May 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
14 May 2016 Ocean Canoeing
24 Apr 2016 Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo
21 Apr 2016 Ocean Canoeing Classroom Sessions
18 Apr 2016 Clubhouse Main Floor Closed for Repair
09 Apr 2016 Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem
29 Feb 2016 Camoson College, Centre for Sport & Exercise Education, Canoe Instruction
16 Feb 2016 Canoe and Kayak Program Meeting
06 Feb 2016 Flatwater Paddle - Becher Bay to Pedder Bay
17 Oct 2015 Moving Water II (2-day course)
09 May 2015 Frost Free Weekend
31 Dec 2014 Victoria Waterways Loop Meeting (Marathon Canoe Program)
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