All VCKC Hosted Events

      Only future VCKC events appear on this page.  To see all events - past & future - view the complete Club Calendar or visit our Program specific calendars.

All Upcoming Events

    • 18 Nov 2015
    • 16 May 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • VCKC clubhouse

    The Gorge Waterway Initiative is a collaborative, community-driven group of organizations concerned with protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural features of the Gorge Waterway, Portage Inlet and the surrounding watersheds.  GWI website

    Contact person is Kitty Lloyd

    Email : kllyod@crd.bc.ca

    Bi-monthly GWI meetings are held at the VCKC clubhouse on the 3rd Wednesday of Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov each year.  Check the VCKC Events list or Calendar for dates.  VCKC director liaison for this event is the VCKC President. 

    • 06 Sep 2016
    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 12 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Please join us for our VCKC General Meeting, open to the all members.  The public is also welcome!  

    First Tuesday each month.  July & August are BBQ social meet&greet evenings.  January does not have a general meeting because the Annual General Meeting takes place each January.

    Location: VCKC Clubhouse |  355 Gorge Rd W  |  Victoria, BC


    • 13 Sep 2016
    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 21 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

     Monthly VCKC Executive meeting.

    2nd Tuesday of each month, except July & August.


    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West

    Online registration is disable now for the course, contact canoe@vckc.ca for details.


    Refine your skills and teamwork to quickly and efficiently paddle a tandem canoe in any direction. Master linking paddling manoeuvres together smoothly and efficiently to enhance your ability and enjoyment of canoeing. 

    Topics include:

        Running and regular sideslips

        Extended straight line paddling

        Sharp forward & reverse turns

        Bracing strokes

        Advanced tandem rescues (Wet/Dry suit recommended)

        Ropes and knots

        Canoe repair

        Handling wind and waves

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Advanced 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 – RCABC Lakewater Level 2 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


    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 7

    Online registration is now disabled for the course.  Contact canoe@vckc.ca for details.


    Take your paddling to the next level. You’ll first learn advanced strokes and manoeuvres then practice them on a solo circuit on a fixed course. You will be able to demonstrate mastery via precise manoeuvring by perfecting stokes on the circuit.

    Topics include:


        Advanced stokes - box, pitch, Canadian, …


        Cross bow draws


        Running sideslips


        Weight turns


        Inside & outside circles and figure eights


        Sharp forward & reverse turns


        Bracing strokes


        Canoe history

    Our certified instructors deliver the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia’s (RCABC) Advanced 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 3 or equivalent

    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


    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Rd., Saanich


    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    A Flatwater Paddle is planned for Sunday 1st October. Trip location will probably be Sooke Harbour and

    Sooke River. Usual requirements participants must have taken the basic canoe or kayak program.  A note will be sent out to those interested the week before giving full details. This trip is suitable for novice

    paddlers. Any questions, contact Alan or Linda Thomson at littoral@shaw.ca

    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    A Flatwater Paddle is planned for Sunday October 8th. Trip location will probably be determined closer to the date.  (It will be updated here.)  Usual requirements participants must have taken the basic canoe or kayak program.  A note will be sent out to those interested the week before giving full details. Any questions, contact David at canoe@vckc.ca

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse/Gorge

    Offered for the first time in Victoria, the Advanced Leader Big Canoe sterning course. This course is open to paddlers who have taken the Paddle Canada Big Canoe Intermediate Leader Skills course or have equivalent experience.

    This 2-day course offers big canoe sterners the opportunity to learn more strokes and to refine those skills they already possess. It will also provide more options for the sterner to direct big canoe paddlers, involving the bow paddler in manoeuvres.

    In addition to new strokes and commands, this course leads to a higher standard of paddling the Intermediate level course and a different course for this new level.

    Cost $50

    Any questions, contact Alan Thomson 250-812-3799 or littoral@shaw.ca. 

    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 1

    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.


    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

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse/Gorge Waterway

    This course teaches the skills necessary to safely stern a big canoe - voyageur, Langley - for the Club, a school or other organisation. The main section of the course covers the Paddle Canada Intermediate Leader curriculum, which is intended for people who will be sterning a big canoe with no other skilled paddlers on board. The focus is on management of the crew; clear instructions and paddling skills that manoeuvre the canoe safely and accurately.

    The second day covers the same ground with added skills for those who wish to challenge the RCABC Leader course. This course includes manoeuvres that require the bow and other paddlers in the boat to take part in moving the canoe, turns at speed and switching while in motion.

    Depending on numbers, the course will be taught using a variety of different big canoes at the Club. As the course involves repeated rescue sessions (everyone must lead a rescue), a wet suit or dry suit for this part of the course is advised.

    Prerequisites - you must have taken the basic tandem canoe course; for the RCABC certification, you must also have the basic solo canoe course and preferably the Advanced Tandem course.

    Cost is $100, payable to the Club.

    Contact Alan Thomson littoral@shaw.ca or 250-812-3799

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse on the Gorge

    Fall clean-up day involves sprucing up the grounds and outdoor spaces of the clubhouse and doing a thorough cleaning of the interior including meeting rooms, kitchen and storage areas.

    Wondering what to bring?  For that and any other questions, contact Sandy Rattray by email to:  clubhouse@vckc.ca

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