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

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    Register

    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 Mar 2019
    • 8:15 AM
    • VCKC clubhouse start
    Register

    Contact: Mary Marks: voyageur@vckc.ca/250-642-7498

    Peninsula Paddle for the Kids

    leaders: Phil McEvoy

    Start time: 8:15am 

    Meet at VCKC with your paddle, PFD, lunch, drink, warm clothes for wet and cold weather and spare clothes. We donate a twoonie for the canoe trailer each week. Carpooling is recommended. Please park in the vacant lot behind the empty dry cleaners on Tillicum Rd.





    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse & Saanich Peninsula
    Register

     

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse

    Contact: Vera Wynn-Williams

    Vice President, GTCA 

    250-516-4903

    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 07 Apr 2019

    Festival held April 5 -7 at Kawkawa Lake in Hope, BC

    There will be workshops and sessions for everyone from new paddlers to experts! Non-members are welcome to attend.

    Sessions include:

      • NEW THIS YEAR. A fun race around Kawkawa Lake for all paddler classes: tandem, solo, marathon, voyageur!
      • On the water sessions, from basic paddling and rescues to stroke refreshers and more.
      • Presentations on canoe trips, environmental issues, etc.
      • Workshops on themes such as gear, food, canoe songs, starting a small business, yoga for paddlers...
      • Guided nature walks around Kawkawa Lake.
      • Social activities including square dancing, storytelling, and games.
      • Annual General Meeting and Instructor Annual General Meeting.

    https://sites.google.com/view/bccanoefestival/home

    Registration Dates

    • Registration is open
    • Early Bird Pricing is available until March 1th, 2019 at midnight
    • Registration closes March 21  2019 at midnight
    • See the Registration section for more information
    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9
    Register

    Registration for OC-6 teams is closed as of March 31. Registration for Small Boats continues until Sunday April 7. Please contact wutgregistrar@vckc.ca for more info.

    Click here for full details: Wake Up the Gorge (WUTG)

    Please note that teams must complete a new waiver form for each event, listing all paddlers for that event.  Click here for PDF waiver forms: Adult-Waiver  /   Youth-Waiver.

    Completed waivers can be scanned and emailed to wutgregistrar@vckc.ca, or handed to the WUTG registrar at the event.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    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: $45 (plus $20 kayak rental if Pearson College kayak is used)
    Club kayaks: available at no charge to those who can transport the kayak to Pearson College
    Place: Pedder Bay and Pearson College Pool (650 Pearson College Dr)
    Instructors: two qualified Paddle Canada Instructors plus student instructor assistants

    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


    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 2
    Register

    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

    • 15 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • VCKC Club House

    These fun and informative meetings will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow canoe enthusiasts, to learn about upcoming Canoe Program initiatives, and to experience canoe adventures through “Armchair Paddler Presentations” of past trips by members.

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 14
    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


    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 04 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 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 plus the following p
    addling 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


    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Rd. West

    Spring 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


    • 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

    • 06 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

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


    • 21 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • VCKC Club House

    These fun and informative meetings will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow canoe enthusiasts, to learn about upcoming Canoe Program initiatives, and to experience canoe adventures through “Armchair Paddler Presentations” of past trips by members.

    • 22 May 2019
    • 26 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 7
    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
    • 27 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse - Gorge Waterway

    Contact: Sonya McCrae; smccrae@sd61.bc.ca

    Tillicum, Shawnigan, Munroe & Canada

    PFDs, paddles, painters, throw bags, righting lines & bailers

    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • Off site

    contact: Sonya McRae - smcrae@sd61.bc.ca

    big canoes: Tillicum, Munroe, Shawnigan & Canada  

    Large trailer

    painters, bailers, etc.


    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 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 plus the following p
    addling 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


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