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
    • 21 Nov 2018
    • 19 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. 

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

     Monthly VCKC Executive meeting.

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


    • 27 May 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Voyageur - Power-to-Play in support of Power-to-Be - contact - Kirsten Mihailides

    • Voyageurs
    • Voyageur trailer
    • VCKC stern leaders
    • PFDs
    • Paddles
    • Bailers/lines


    • 29 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC
    Register


    • 31 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse & Gorge Waterway

    Voyageur- Stern Leader Development & Team Building Day; Contact: Joe Boyd

    Canada

    Bailers, lines, paddles, PFDs, etc.

    • 01 Jun 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 PM

    Voyageur Haida Gwaii Group 2 camping trip - contact- Tim Marks

    • Tillicum & Canada
    • Voyageur trailer
    • Bailers/lines
    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    Register

    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


    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Esquimalt Gorge Park

    Voyageur - Big Brothers Big Sisters Picnic - contact Alan & Linda Thomson 

    Actual event from 12:00 - 2:00pm

    Need approx. 10 volunteers 

    • Munro & (Shawnigan)
    • Small PFDS, PFDs, paddles,bailers, throw bags, lines, righting line
    • Portable dock(s)
    • (Dragon Boat?)

    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Clubhouse
    Register

    Club paddle on the Victoria Waterloops trail.  Depending on the wind either the full route, or just a trip to Cole Island and area.

    There will be a 1Km portage so canoe/kayak wheels are recommended.  We may also portage twice, depending on the wind and forecast.  

    You must have taken Canoe Lakewater 1 or a Basic Kayak course to participate in club trips.  Canoes and Kayaks must be outfitted to meet both federal regulations and club requirements.

    http://www.vicwaterloop.ca/

    Contact canoe@vckc.ca for more information


    • 04 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe - Shoreline Middle School - contact Sonya McCrae - 250-386-8367

    Will be accessing clubhouse basement only.

    • Big canoes
    • PFDs, bailers, throw bags, lines, paddles
    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • VCKC


    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • clubhouse

    Murtle Lake trip meeting, for Group 1 and 2

    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe - Shoreline Middle School - contact Sonya McCrae - 250-386-8367

    Will be accessing clubhouse basement only.

    • Big canoes
    • PFDs, bailers, throw bags, lines, paddles
    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Sea Kayak Level 1 (two day course)

    Cost: $80

    Prerequisites:

    Paddle Canada Basic Kayak skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge at the discretion of the course director.
    Paddling experience:

    • Five kayaking excursions (2 or 3 hours duration) in class-0 conditions
    • Can execute a controlled wet exit in class-0 conditions
    • Can perform a simple assisted re-entry in class-0 conditions

    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Unassisted Re-entry
    • Assisted Re-entry
    • Towing

    Paddling Skills

    • Launching and Landing
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Sweep Strokes
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Stern Rudder
    • Edge Control

    General Knowledge

    • Equipment and Equipment Care
    • Communication
    • Route Planning and Basic Navigation Techniques
    • Half-day Kayak Journey
    • Weather
    • Sea State
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Cold Issues and Sun Safety
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment
    • History and Heritage
    • Kayaking Community and Resources
    • Vehicle Boat Tie Down

    Contact: Kayak@VCKC.ca


    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 3
    Register

    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


    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 PM

    Shoreline Middle School trip - contact Sonya McCrae

    • Three voyageurs (Tillicum + 2)
    • Voyageur trailer
    • PFDs
    • Paddles
    • Bailers/lines
    May need to load the night before
    • 18 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • 30 Jul 2018
    • 11:30 PM
    • Haida Gwaii

    Voyageur Haida Gwaii June 18 - July 30 - contact - Tim Marks

    Tillicum & Canada will be in use throughout June 18 - July 30 doing a trip in Haida Gwaii

    • Voyageur small trailer
    • Bailers/lines
    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 11 sessions
    • Clubhouse

    Canoesday!

    What's a better reason to get out on the water other than just being Tuesday?  Well there might be a few, but Tuesday is good enough.  Canoe or kayak its a good time to paddle.   If there is an instructor onsite they will lead a paddle starting at 6:30PM.   If not then its a good time for an individual practice paddle on the Gorge.

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 17
    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


    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Gorge Waterway

    Big Canoe - Shoreline Middle School - contact Jane Spies - 250-479-1678

    Will be accessing clubhouse basement only.

    • Big canoes
    • PFDs, bailers, throw bags, lines, paddles
    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Gorge

    Join us on Canada Day as we celebrate by giving rides to the public on the Gorge and raise funds for local charity. Both Dragon Boats and Voyuageur are involved. This is part of GTCA's annual Canada Picnic.

    Contact voyageur@vckc.ca or dragonboat@vckc.ca to get involved.

    The clubhouse will be in sue the full day as the Gorge-Tillicum Community Association will be holding their annual Strawberry Tea. .

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    This course is designed for those who are new to kayaking or those who have been kayaking but have never taken any formal training. The course follows the Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Program which can be viewed on the Paddle Canada website:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/national-sea-kayak-program-skills-stream/

    Prerequisites: None
    Cost: $40
    Place: VCKC Clubhouse and Gorge Waterway

    knowledge, Basic Kayak Skills inspires students to go out on short paddling excursions in calm and sheltered waters.

    Prerequisites:

    None

    Typical Course Length:

    1 day

    Overview

    Re-entry Skills

    • Wet Exit
    • Assisted Re-entries

    Paddling Skills

    • Lifting and Carrying a Kayak
    • Launching and Landing
    • Emptying the Kayak
    • Forward Stroke
    • Stopping
    • Reverse Stroke
    • Forward & Reverse Sweep Strokes
    • Pivots
    • Draw Stroke
    • Low Brace
    • Edging

    General Knowledge

    • Kayak Part Names and Outfitting
    • Paddling and Safety Equipment
    • Injury Prevention
    • Sunsense
    • Collision Regulations
    • Navigation
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    • Impact of Kayakers on the Environment

    Contact: Kayak@VCKC.ca


    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9
    • 16

    VCKC Guts and Glory is a Dragon Boat Canada CCWC Qualifier

    Racing starts at 09:00am Saturday, race managers on-site at 8:00am.

    Two different race types:

    • 2500-meters in two heats:  10-paddler boats:
      In the morning each team will race a 1250 meter course with a buoy turn (out and back). 
      In the afternoon, each team will race the same course in a different dragon boat.
      The two times for each team will be combined to see who gets the glory and medals.
    • Sprints:
      200-meter races in IDBF-certified 10-paddler boats.

    Teams may register in the following categories: 
          - Mixed
           - Womens


    Minimum of 3 teams required to run category.

    No registrations accepted after July 14, 2018.

    Cost: $250 per 10-paddler team (12 people including caller & stern) for EITHER the 2500m or the 200m sprint.

    Early Bird $220 - if payment received prior to April 15th

    Only $50 to register for the 2nd race type, if registering for both.  

    Results will be ranked by team category (Mixed or Womens) for awarding of medals.

    All paddlers must have signed waiver online to participate.  Link to waiver will be sent with registration confirmation.

    Click here for full details about VCKC's annual Guts 'n Glory race event:  Guts 'n Glory



    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 18 Aug 2018
    • Murtle Lake
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    To celebrate the club's 50th year and summer, let's go paddle Murtle Lake.   We will arrive at the portage on Sunday Aug 11.   We will co-ordinate transportation to the lake and food at group meetings before leaving.  Group size is limited to 10 paddlers, and group 1 is now full.

    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 18 Aug 2018
    • Murtle Lake
    • 4
    Register

    To celebrate the club's 50th year and summer, let's go paddle Murtle Lake.   We will arrive at the portage on Sunday Aug 11.   We will co-ordinate transportation to the lake and food at group meetings before leaving.  Group size is limited to 10 paddlers.  Lakewater Basic Tandem certification is required.

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    VCKC 50th Anniversary Celebration - more to follow

    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse on the Gorge

    Fall clean-up day is on the first Saturday in November.

    Clean-up 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

    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    Planning meeting for the PFTK sterns to plan teams for the Finale paddle on April 1st.

    Meeting organizer is the Voyageur Director, Phil McEvoy:  voyageur@vckc.ca


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