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

    • 08 Aug 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 24 Feb 2024
    • 11:30 PM
    Register

    New club hats available for purchase! 
    Navy blue colour with yellow embroidered logo
    Athletic, cool dry material - lightweight, breathable material, with velcro adjustable strap

    This style is “deeper” than the previous version, stays on your head better

    $37/hat

    75 hats available now - will re-order more if needed



    • 24 Feb 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Meet at VCKC Clubhouse

    Paddle for the Kids: We will be paddling up to 4-5 hours on February 24th near Ladysmith.

    This event is open to all members.  A few key notes:

    1. Please bring proper clothing - e.g., rubber boots or neoprene foot ware, merino wool or synthetic quick drying underlayers, rain gear, waterproof gloves (e.g., rubber dish gloves) and a tuque.

    2. Bring complete change of clothes in a drybag, just in case, No capsizes are expected (they never are), but we always prepare for the worst-case scenario. Safety first!

    3. Bring sufficient water/snacks for the day and a packed lunch (in a dry bag). 

    4. Ride sharing is encouraged. Those not driving should park vehicles on side streets near the Clubhouse rather than the parking lot. 

    5. Remember to bring $5.00 for the driver who is towing our trailer - gas prices are high! If you ride share, please share costs with your driver. 

    Most importantly - remember the time change and meet at VCKC and be ready to drive away 8:00 am. 

    For more information about Paddle For The Kids click here

    Register here to tell us about yourself, which practice paddles you intend to participate in.


    Start Paddling &
    Fundraising Now!

    • 29 Feb 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Clubhouse Mainfloor and Deck

    VCKC Dragonboat Team meeting 

    • 02 Mar 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 11
    Register

    Paddle Canada Intermediate Big Canoe Leader Course

    This course is $50. Please register online now to secure your spot.

    This one-day course covers basic and intermediate Big Canoe stern, bow, and leadership skills as per Paddle Canada's criteria. 

    More information on the curriculum:

    https://www.paddlecanada.com/levels/canoeing/big-canoe/intermediate-big-canoe-leader-skills/

    Participants must have:

    • Experience in a Big Canoe, either in a brigade or having completed at least one Paddle for the Kids season. 
    • Successful completion of  RCABC or Paddle Canada Basic Canoeing tandem skills/courses.
    Participants will also be encouraged to gain experience during the shoulder seasons and winter gaining practice as part of their leadership development.

    This is a leadership course. Participants will be vetted by the instructors before course commencement for suitability as per course requirements. There may be space for newer candidates to take part in the course by helping power the Big Canoes.

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


    • 03 Mar 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • VCKC Clubhouse - Coopers Cove

    Paddle for the Kids: We will be paddling up to 4-5 hours on March 3rd, from Maple Bay. 

    This event is open to all members.  A few key notes:

    1. Please bring proper clothing - e.g., rubber boots or neoprene foot ware, merino wool or synthetic quick drying underlayers, rain gear, waterproof gloves (e.g., rubber dish gloves) and a tuque.

    2. Bring complete change of clothes in a drybag, just in case, No capsizes are expected (they never are), but we always prepare for the worst-case scenario. Safety first!

    3. Bring sufficient water/snacks for the day and a packed lunch (in a dry bag). 

    4. Ride sharing is encouraged. Those not driving should park vehicles on side streets near the Clubhouse rather than the parking lot. 

    5. Remember to bring a toonie for the driver who is towing our trailer - gas prices are high! If you ride share, please share costs with your driver. 

    Most importantly - remember the time change and meet at at VCKC and be ready to drive away 8:00 am. 

    For more information about Paddle For The Kids click here

    Register here to tell us about yourself, which practice paddles you intend to participate in.



    Start Paddling &
    Fundraising Now!

    • 05 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    We're thrilled to announce that esteemed club member Alan Thomson will be giving a talk on tides and currents!  If you've been stymied reading the tide charts, or estimating your ability to navigate the waters under the bridge, then come along and hear what Alan has to say.

    New members are welcome to come early, starting at 6:30, if they'd like a tour of the clubhouse to get a sense of where to find the canoes/kayaks/paddles/SUPs/PFDs/safety equipment, or even just where to find things in the kitchen to have a coffee/tea/snack after paddling!

    • 07 Mar 2024
    • 10 Mar 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Basic Tandem

    This course is $30. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

     There will be a theory session on the Thursday night in the clubhouse followed by a water session on the Gorge Sunday beside the clubhouse  

    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 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.

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


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


    • 09 Mar 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Meet at VCKC Clubhouse

    Paddle for the Kids: We will be paddling up to 4-5 hours on March 9th near Race Rocks. 

    This event is open to all members.  A few key notes:

    1. Please bring proper clothing - e.g., rubber boots or neoprene foot ware, merino wool or synthetic quick drying underlayers, rain gear, waterproof gloves (e.g., rubber dish gloves) and a tuque.

    2. Bring complete change of clothes in a drybag, just in case, No capsizes are expected (they never are), but we always prepare for the worst-case scenario. Safety first!

    3. Bring sufficient water/snacks for the day and a packed lunch (in a dry bag). 

    4. Ride sharing is encouraged. Those not driving should park vehicles on side streets near the Clubhouse rather than the parking lot. 

    5. Remember to bring $5.00 for the driver who is towing our trailer - gas prices are high! If you ride share, please share costs with your driver. 

    Most importantly - remember the time change and meet at VCKC and be ready to drive away 8:00 am. 

    For more information about Paddle for the Kids click here

    Register here to tell us about yourself, which practice paddles you intend to participate in.

    Start Paddling &
    Fundraising Now!

    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Advanced Tandem

    This course is $40. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    If the course is full, add your name to the waitlist. We will add another course when numbers warrant. 

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

    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 Program Director

    Canoe Program Director

    canoe@vckc.ca 


    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • VCKC Clubhouse - Coopers Cove

    Paddle for the Kids: We will be paddling 4-5 hours on March 17th, launching in Sidney and paddling in the Gulf Islands National Park. 

    This event is open to all members.  A few key notes:

    1. Please bring proper clothing - e.g., rubber boots or neoprene foot ware, merino wool or synthetic quick-drying underlayers, rain gear, waterproof gloves (e.g., rubber dish gloves), and a tuque.

    2. Bring a complete change of clothes in a dry bag, just in case, No capsizes are expected (they never are), but we always prepare for the worst-case scenario. Safety first!

    3. Bring sufficient water/snacks for the day and a packed lunch (in a dry bag). 

    4. Ride sharing is encouraged. Those not driving should park vehicles on side streets near the Clubhouse rather than the parking lot. 

    5. Remember to bring a toonie for the driver who is towing our trailer - gas prices are high! If you ride share, please share costs with your driver. 

    Most importantly - remember the time change and meet at VCKC and be ready to drive away 8:00am. 

    For more information about Paddle for the Kids click here

    Register here to tell us about yourself, which practice paddles you intend to participate in.

    Start Paddling &
    Fundraising Now!

    • 23 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    For more information about Paddle for the Kids visit vckc.ca/PFTK.

    Register here to tell us about yourself, which practice paddles you intend to participate in.


    Start Paddling &
    Fundraising Now!

    • 28 Mar 2024
    • 31 Mar 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Moving Water Basic Tandem

    This course is $120. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    There will be a theory session on the Thursday night in the clubhouse. The water session will be on a river away from the clubhouse.

    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 

        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, however you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you have it.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit and a helmet, these can be rented in town.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Basic Tandem (or proof of 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. 

    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 questions, please feel free to contact the Canoe Program Director.

    Regards,

    Canoe Program Director

    canoe@vckc.ca 

    • 06 Apr 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07 Apr 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9
    Register
    Wake Up the Gorge 2024

    Wake Up The Gorge is the VCKC club's annual weekend of racing for OC6 Outrigger canoes and Small Boats. It kicks off the racing season for many of the Victoria and area paddling clubs who use the Gorge Waterway for racing.

    In 2024 WUTG will be held on April 6-7 (OC6 on the 6th and small boats on the 7th).

    Objectives: To unite the Outrigger and Paddling community through Racing, Competition and Friendship.

    Where: At the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd W, Victoria, BC V9A 1M9 (see map). We are located on the beautiful Gorge Waterway.

    When: April 6-7, 2024

    Time: Clubhouse opens 8am, Races start 9am, (ends before 5pm)


    FEES

    OC6
      

    Small Boats (OC1-2, MC1-2, kayak, SUP, surfski)
       

    * registration fee includes a lunch ticket


    Registration

    Online registration for the OC6 (Saturday) race will be closed as of midnight March 20th. Please contact the registrar after that: wutgregistrar@vckc.ca

    Registration for Small Boats remains open until race April 7th.

    OC6 teams should be able to Huli and self rescue. If there is a novice team who has not done a Huli, or participants are not able to re-enter the boat, then the racing organizer and the safety boat must know ahead of time

    CORA OC6 definition of Open “Open” shall be those paddlers who are of any age. (note that this is different for small boat races)

    Waivers:  All team members must sign the VCKC waiver form.  Click here to review and print the required form. Completed waivers can be scanned and emailed to wutgregistrar@vckc.ca or handed to the WUTG registrar at the event. It helps to speed up the registration process if all team members have signed a waiver prior to race day.

    *Notes:

    1.  Our insurance requires that all participants must be CORA members. Membership is available via the CORA website.  An annual membership ($30 for adults and $10 for juniors) is valid for all races in the current year.  You must register with CORA in advance of the race. Please show proof of CORA membership at the onsite registration desk.

    ONE DAY CORA REGISTRATION can be purchased in advance by going to website   CORA - Canadian Outrigger Racing Association - Share our passion for outrigger canoe racing. clicking on the JOIN US TAB  , and then ONE DAY MEMBERSHIP from the dropdown.

    CORA race rules

    2.   Individuals may participate on only one team within a race type (i.e. one senior woman's team, one senior men's team).  Exception:  A paddler is allowed to be on a mixed team and a single-gender team within one race type; separate registrations are needed for this.

    3. For Small Boats races, adult paddlers and crews must now ‘race their age’ and may not race in a younger age division. So Open for Small Boats is not "any age", it's those between 19-39 in the year of the race, and Masters 40 is those between 40 and 49 in the year of the race, etc. Only one competitor is needed for an age category to be awarded a prize.

    4.   Teams must include a qualified steersperson, who has experience with buoy turns, and must attend a WUTG Safety Briefing.

    5.   All team members must have submitted a signed waiver in order to paddle.

    6.   Parking is limited: Please park only in designated areas. Please DO NOT park directly in front or behind the commercial establishments on the NW corner of Gorge and Tillicum.  Parking Map

    7.   Food will be available for all competitors. Additional food will be available by donation: home made chilli, soup, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit, baked goods.

    Saturday APRIL 6 - OC6 Races  

    OC6 races start at 9am.

    Two heats of 1000 meters in two lanes around buoy at 500 Meters (one turn (this is a change!). Each team's time total will result in awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the following categories.

        Juniors - paddlers who are under the age of 18 at the time of WUTG and who will not turn 19 in 2024
        Open - Women, Men, and Mixed Open - (any age) 

        Masters categories-  Women,  Men,  Mixed -  Paddlers who are at least 50 years of age in 2024, or who will turn 50 within this calendar year  

    Sunday April 7th - Small Boat Races  

    The Race Director will determine which events to hold based on registrations and interest (minimum of one competitor per category).  Race categories: Junior, Adult Men, Adult Women, Mixed and Open (20-39) plus Senior Women, Senior Men, Senior Mixed - age groupings by decade from 40+ .  Small boats include: (Marathon Canoe (MC1/MC2), Outrigger Canoe (OC 1/OC2), K1, Surfski and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).

    Small Boat Races - Morning - race start 9am.

    This race is for OC1, OC2. The course is approx. 10km in the Gorge Waterway and Portage Islet. (two loops of a 5.0 km course) Awards to be presented at the clubhouse after the race.

    Marathon race (MC1) - Race starts at 10:30 am ( plus surfski, K1, and SUP)

    Marathon race (MC2) - Race starts at 1:30 pm

    The course will be approx. 10km in the Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet, there will be buoy turns. (two loops of a 5.0 km course) Awards will be presented at the clubhouse following the race.

    *there will be a mandatory race briefing for both races 15 minutes prior to racing.

    Small boat race map


    Click here to view the April 6/7th race schedule (when it's ready.)

    • 11 Apr 2024
    • 14 Apr 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Basic Tandem

    This course is $30. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    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 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.

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


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


    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Clubhouse Main Floor

    GWI using Clubhouse for their meeting

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VCKC

    Preliminary information (not confirmed)

    All human powered boats welcome: canoe, voyager, SUP, dragonboat, marathon, OC6, OC1-2, kayak, surfski, V1 etc.

    Afternoon race followed by complementary dinner at the clubhouse

    20km race consisting of 3x7km or 4x5km loops. Each loop in itself would be a race or "hot spot" but winners of the first loop must complete the entire race to get a prize. The second "hot spot" would be 10km (or14km) and third 15km (or 21km finish).

    $10. per participant.

    • 21 Apr 2024
    • VCKC / Gorge Waterway

    Proposed Event at this point. 

    More details to be determined closer to event date. 

    • 25 Apr 2024
    • 28 Apr 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Moving Water Basic Tandem

    This course is $120. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    There will be a theory session on the Thursday night in the clubhouse. The water session will be on a river away from the clubhouse.

    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 

        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, however you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you have it.  All paddlers require a dry- or wet suit and a helmet, these can be rented in town.

    PREREQUISITE – RCABC Lakewater Basic Tandem (or proof of 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. 

    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 questions, please feel free to contact the Canoe Program Director.

    Regards,

    Canoe Program Director

    canoe@vckc.ca 

    • 27 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Come join us for the annual Spring Clean-up at the clubhouse.  Tasks include smartening up the outdoor spaces of the clubhouse, deck washing, BBQ cleaning, gutter cleaning, window washing and more. In addition we will be doing a thorough cleaning of the interior including meeting rooms, kitchen and storage areas.

    We will also be making an effort to gather up abandoned member items from around the clubhouse and put them in a central area for reclamation.  Items such as: hats, gloves, shoes, boots or whatever isn't owned by VCKC.  If these items go unclaimed after 30 days we will donate or dispose of them.

    More information to follow about what to bring.  If you have any questions, contact Gord Evans by email to:  clubhouse@vckc.ca

    • 04 May 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 05 May 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    Registration is closed

    VCKC’s ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE COW – May 4 - 5, 2024

    Location: Cowichan River

    Camping: Stoltz Pool Boat Ramp area

    Registration opens  April 1st, 2024.

    Open to anyone with Moving Water Basic Tandem certification or equivalent. 

    VCKC will be holding its Annual “Running of the Cow” this year on Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. This is a two-day moving water event where we paddle the Cowichan River, from the Lake all the way down to the ocean – river water levels permitting. This is open to all VCKC members who have completed the Moving Water Basic Tandem course. Club members may also join us just for camping, as it's a great place to hike and bike in the area.


    Camping will be available at the Stoltz Pool Boat Ramp at Cowichan River Provincial Park on Friday May 3rd, and Saturday May 7th. Additional trailer space is available in the adjacent overflow, or in the campground.


    On Saturday we will start at the weir at Cowichan Lake at about 10AM and paddle to the takeout just above Skutz Falls. A shuttle will be set up for those who do not paddle the canyon. There we will enjoy a dinner and a great evening around the campfire. Campers will pack up by 11 AM and paddlers will complete the paddle on Sunday May 5th.

    Saturday night dinner is open to all VCKC members and guests from other clubs.

    VCKC also invites all moving water paddlers in the area to the Cowichan River that 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).


    If you are interested in attending, contact:

    James McBeath: canoe@vckc.ca or

    Joe Boyd: joeboyd@telus.ca 

    • 25 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse and Gorge Waterway

    More details to follow closer to this event date. 

    • 26 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Canoe Lakewater - Advanced Tandem

    This course is $40. Please register online now to secure your spot. You will not pay until two weeks before the course date when you receive an email reminder and invoice.

    If the course is full, add your name to the waitlist. We will add another course when numbers warrant. 

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

    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 Program Director

    Canoe Program Director

    canoe@vckc.ca 


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