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

    • 01 Jan 2022
    • 29 Apr 2023
    • 70 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Saturday morning marathon canoe paddles from 8 am to 10:30 followed by coffee/ tea etc., occur year-round. This is a great time for anyone interested in knowing more about the marathon canoe program - minimum of small boat experience and/or canoe lakewater 1 required.  The program caters to every skill level from beginner to advanced competitor. Contact the marathon Director before attending.

    • 04 Jan 2022
    • 02 May 2023
    • 70 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 are opportunities for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Minimum of Lakewater 1 and small boat experience is required. If you are interested in attending, contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 06 Jan 2022
    • 04 May 2023
    • 70 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 are opportunities for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Small boat experience ans at least Lakewater 1 is required. If you are interested in attending  contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 06 Mar 2022
    • 02 Jul 2023
    • 69 sessions
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Sunday mornings from 8:30 - 10:30 is an opportunity for marathon program members to hone their skills and learn new ones. Minimum of Lakewater 1 and small boat experience is required. If you are interested in attending, contact the marathon program director [marathon@vckc.ca].

    • 03 May 2022
    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 30 sessions
    • Clubhouse/Gorge Waterway
    For more information please contact dragonboat@vckc.ca 
    • 03 May 2022
    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 30 sessions
    • Clubhouse/Gorge Waterway

    For more information please contact dragonboat@vckc.ca 

    • 28 May 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 0

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport, never been certified or wish to retake the course.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    Please note that there will be a pre session via Zoom for this course during the week before the course midweek.

    If you are sick at the time of the course you cannot attend and we will reschedule you in future courses

    Some aspects of the training will occur via Zoom. Successful registrants will be provided the Zoom information prior to the course.

    Some aspects of the session will be outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the Gorge can be cold this time of year. 

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged, PFD not a life jacket. You will be required to bring a whistle as these are mandatory when on the water and not currently on club PFD's due to COVID restrictions.

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or a club kayak. Participants will be required to properly clean any equipment that is used at the end of the session. Please realize that this usually takes a half hour at the end of the day and is a group effort. 

    A maximum of 8 registrants will be accepted. All club kayaks and equipment are booked on club training weekends for your use.

    Payment must be received at time of booking your spot or it will not be guaranteed.


    • 28 May 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 2
    Register

    PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT PAY AT THIS TIME. YOU WILL BE INVOICED 1 WEEK BEFORE THE COURSE WHEN WE ARE SURE WE HAVE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF REGISTRANTS TO RUN THE COURSE.

    Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo

    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) Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo 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


    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    Big Canoe option open to all members wishing to attend our weekly club paddle on Wednesday evenings.  Please bring proper clothing, spare clothes, paddle, and pfd. Club paddles and pfds available to all members and guests. Guests must sign waivers

    Meet at VCKC at 5:45 pm and be prepared to work as a team to transfer a Big Canoe from the rack located at the beach into the water. Many hands make light work :)

    Contact bigcanoe@vckc.ca

    Please note: while registration is not required,  if the event is cancelled due to high winds, only those who register will receive email notification regarding the cancellation. That said, the cancellation notice will also be posted on facebook via the VCKC club chat. 

    Thank you, 

    Elizabeth Martinson, 

    Big Canoe Director


    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse

    Paddle Canada Level 1 Course Theory Night  preparatory for the course on June 4th-5th.

    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • VCKC Clubhouse - Gorge Waterway
    • 5
    Register

    Stern Leader Course -  Instructor  -  Alan Thomson and Joe Boyd

    Back by popular demand, the intermediate Big Canoe Leader Skills course introduces students on how to lead a crew in a big canoe in calm sheltered waters. Students will build off their existing knowledge and skill to learn how to stern, captain and a crew and to manoeuver the Big Canoe.  For more details concerning this Paddle Canada Course click HERE

    This course will take place on the gorge waterway using VCKC equipment including our Big Boats - Tillicum, Munroe, Shawnigan, Canada, and club equipment - PFDs, painters, paddles, flip lines & bailers

    Participants must be VCKC members, have Lakewater 1 or instructor permission to register for this course.

    For more information please contact Elizabeth Martinson at bigcanoe@vckc.ca



    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 6
    Register

    PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT PAY AT THIS TIME. YOU WILL BE INVOICED 1 WEEK BEFORE THE COURSE WHEN WE ARE SURE WE HAVE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF REGISTRANTS TO RUN THE COURSE.

    Canoe Lakewater 1 - Basic Tandem

    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.

    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 before the course.


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


    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 8
    Register

     This is the Level 1 Kayak Course for individuals who have completed the Basic Course and have at least six months paddling experience. There will be a Pre-session theory class during the week before the course on Wednesday.

    Participants will require appropriate clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session. If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged. Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or reserve a club kayak. mailto:kayakbooking@vckc.ca

    Participants will be required to properly clean any equipment that is used at the end of the session. This usually takes a half an hour each day.

    Payment must be received at time of booking your spot or it will not be guaranteed.

    There is limited places for purchasing food around the Club so it is best that you bring a lunch, snacks and beverages.

    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse depending on numbers
    Register

    Join us for this amazing event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Peninsula Paddle for the Kids!  It has been known by many names, and has paddled along various routes, but it was all for the same great cause, Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan!  VCKC has raised close to $400,000 over the years and a whole bunch of campers have been able to have fun at a place where their disability didn't matter.

    Don Munroe has a video planned, with great photos from over the years, and we'll be welcoming back paddlers who have paddled with us over the years.

    Don't miss out, it looks like a paddling good time!

    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD - Vancouver Island - South
    Register

    Big Canoe is excited to be offering day trips open to all club members this spring! The location for this trip will be updated closer to June 5th based on local wind and weather forecasts. This trip will be lead by Alan Thomson, and participants can expect to paddle 4-5 hours on the ocean. 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).

    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.

    6. Those not driving should park vehicles on side streets near the Clubhouse rather than the parking lot. 

    5. Remember to bring donation ( recommended $4) 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. 

    Contact bigcanoe@vckc.ca

     


    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    VCKC Monthly Executive meeting.

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • VCKC clubhouse

    Paddle Canada Basic Course Theory Night  preparatory for the course on June 18th.

    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Deck and Gorge Waterway
    • 6
    Register

     This is the Basic Kayak Course for individuals new to the sport, never been certified or wish to retake the course.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  and scroll down 

    Please note that there will be a pre session for this course during the week before the course midweek on Wednesday.

    If you are sick at the time of the course you cannot attend and we will reschedule you in future courses

    Some aspects of the session will be outside so be sure to dress appropriately. Participants will require appropriate immersion clothing, which will include a wet or dry suit as you will be in the water for the recovery session and the Gorge can be cold this time of year. 

    If you have your own PFD that would be ideal, however, it you need to borrow one from the Club that can be arranged, PFD not a life jacket. 

    Participants can either use their own boats and safety equipment or a club kayak. Participants will be required to properly clean any equipment that is used at the end of the session. Please realize that this usually takes a half hour at the end of the day and is a group effort. 

    A maximum of 8 registrants will be accepted. All club kayaks and equipment are booked on club training weekends for your use.

    Payment must be received at time of booking your spot or it will not be guaranteed.


    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 3
    Register

    PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT PAY AT THIS TIME. YOU WILL BE INVOICED 1 WEEK BEFORE THE COURSE WHEN WE ARE SURE WE HAVE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF REGISTRANTS TO RUN THE COURSE.

    Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo

    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) Lakewater 2 - Basic Solo 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


    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Sidney Spit - Rum Island/Darcy Island
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Join us for our first Kayak and Big Canoe overnight camping adventure of the season!

    For this trip we have secured 3 nights at the Sidney Spit Camp Ground on Sidney Island, Gulf Islands National Park. While all paddlers are not expected to stay over Sunday night - this extra night has been secured to offer paddlers flexibility and the opportunity to enjoy 3 nights on beautiful Sidney Spit. While all members are expected to paddle together from Sidney to Sidney Spit on Friday evening,  return trips on Sunday and/or Monday will be arranged based on needs of group members (and leaders), as ferry return (on Sunday) may be option for some Big Canoe Paddlers.

    On Saturday, Big Canoe and Kayak groups will likely explore surrounding Islands including Darcy, Forrest, Domville, Ruby, Comet, Gooch and Rum. Again, itinerary will be determined based on wind, weather and group ability. 

    Trip fees for each participant is $15.75 and covers the cost of camping.

    Those wishing to attend via kayak can register for this event, but must follow up with Wade Martinson, Kayak Program Director via email kayak@vckc.ca to (a) secure their spot on the trip and (b) book their kayak.

    Big Canoe questions can be directed to Elizabeth Martinson at:bigcanoe@vckc.ca

    Important notes: 

    1. All paddlers are welcome to join in our Big Canoes. 

    2. Kayak paddlers are required to have at minimum Paddle Canada Basic Kayak certification. 

    3. In order to minimize impact to other campers and campsite, paddlers will be encouraged to share tents (min 2 people to a tent). Paddlers are expected to be self sufficient and provide their own tent, cooking gear, fuel and food. Participants are encouraged to share stoves. 

    4. 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) a tuque (in case of extreme weather change) (bathing suit for camp), camp clothes and of course all gear should be packed into dry bags with dry clothing readily accessible. Don't forget your toiletries (band-aids/medication) and toilette paper.. one can never have enough toilette paper! 

    5. Participants are expected to ride share, as parking may be limited depending on location. 

    6. Those not driving should park vehicles on side streets near the Clubhouse rather than the parking lot. 

    7. Big canoe paddlers will be expected to make a small donation to the driver of our Big Canoe trailer as gas prices are high!  Recommended min $5. If you ride share, please share costs with your driver. 

    8. Most importantly - remember the time change and meet at at VCKC and be ready to drive away 5 pm. 

    Registrants will be expected to attend a 1-2 hour pre-trip meeting prior to the trip. Invite for this will be sent closer to the date.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you on the water!


     


    • 25 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT PAY AT THIS TIME. YOU WILL BE INVOICED 1 WEEK BEFORE THE COURSE WHEN WE ARE SURE WE HAVE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF REGISTRANTS TO RUN THE COURSE.


    Lakewater 3 - Advanced Tandem


    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


    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo


    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • FGPC Gorge Waterway


    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Inner Harbour


    • 05 Nov 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Rd. West

    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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