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

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC


    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse and Gorge Waterway

    contact: Andrew Farrell: Mr.Andrew@mariamontessoriacademy.net

    big canoes: Tillicum, Munroe, Shawnigan & Canada  

    paddles, PFDs, painters, bailers, etc.


    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse


    • 23 Feb 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


    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse start
    Register

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

    Peninsula Paddle for the Kids kickoff

    breakfast 9:30am

    Paddle Victoria Harbour/big canoe capsize & rescue demo

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse


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

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

    Peninsula Paddle for the Kids

    leaders: Joe Boyd & Mark Sondheim

    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.





    • 09 Mar 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


    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 4
    Register

    The Kayak Program is offering a clinic to practice wet exits and re-entries in cold water. This may not be the top of everyone's bucket list, but it is an important experience for all those who paddle the chilly waters on the BC coast. Better to have practiced it in protected waters than to get caught unprepared in open water.

    Prerequisites:

    Sea Kayak Basic Skills course

    We will not be "teaching" wet exits. We will be practicing wet exits in cold water. 


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

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

    Peninsula Paddle for the Kids

    leaders: 

    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.





    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Clubhouse

    Planning meeting for the PFTK sterns to plan teams for the Finale paddle on March 30.

    Meeting organizer is the Voyageur Director, Mary Marks:  voyageur@vckc.ca

     

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

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

    Peninsula Paddle for the Kids

    leaders: 

    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.





    • 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

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

    Peninsula Paddle for the Kids

    leaders: 

    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

     

    • 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
    • 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.

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • River chosen by instructors
    • 6
    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

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 18
    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


    • 11 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 9
    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


    • 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.


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