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].

    • 25 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Club member Bon booked for meeting.

    • 01 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    Register

    In response to Club member Mike Wheatley's challenge to the inclusion of the Special Resolutions, Bylaw Updates in the repeat AGM held on August 10 we withdrew them from the agenda. 

    This Special General Meeting will be to vote on the Special Resolutions, Bylaw Updates, and to elect our Treasurer.

    Please register so we know we will have quorum (25 members) in this busy summer season.


    • 05 Sep 2022
    • 09 Sep 2022
    • VCKC Gorge Clubhouse
    • 6
    Register

    Attention

    We are gathering names for course Fall dates to be announced at a later time. 

    This is the wait list for members interested in attending a Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Course.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  

    Once a course has been scheduled you will have the opportunity to register for it. Potential registration is based on the length of time you have been on the waitlist. We are trying to ensure that the process is fair to all members. To guarantee your spot you must pay the invoice when registering for a course. 

    You must have signed the waiver prior to attending any course. The waiver is available on line.

    Cost for the Basic course is $85. You will need to provide a suitable wetsuit Farmer John or dry suit for the course. There will also be a mandatory mid-week evening theory course prior to the weekend practical course.

    • 05 Sep 2022
    • 09 Sep 2022
    • VCKC Gorge House
    Register

    This is the wait list for members interested in attending a Paddle Canada Level 1 Kayak Course.  For more details on what is covered go to Paddle Canada's website Here  

    Once a course has been scheduled you will have the opportunity to register for it. Potential registration is based on the length of time you have been on the waitlist. We are trying to ensure that the process is fair to all members. To guarantee your spot you must pay the invoice when registering for a course. 

    You must have signed the waiver prior to attending any course. The waiver is available on line.

    Course cost is $180.

    Wetsuit or Drysuit not provided but a wetsuit farmer Jane/John is a mandatory minimum.

    There will be a mandatory theory evening during the week prior to the course. 


    • 09 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • Savona to Ashcroft BC
    • 0
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    Trip Details:

    Big Canoe paddlers run the Thompson River between the bridge at Savona (Steelhead Provincial Park) and Ashcroft.

    Fees: Participants will be asked to pay minimum $50 for trailer towing for this event. These fees will be collected after members have been registered for the event and confirmed their commitment. 

    Important note for registration: Those wishing to register for this trip should add themselves to the wait list. Organizers will monitor waitlist and register participants manually.   

    Experience:

    No river paddling skills are required, but it is helpful; and all paddlers are required to have paddled Big Canoe at least one time prior to the trip. Those wishing to acquire this experience should attend a Wednesday night Big Canoe paddling session.  The river is large, generally flat, but with a good current. There are some good waves, but nearly all can be avoided if needed. The biggest set of waves comes early on, after the first bridge. Thereafter, they are generally smaller, less severe, and/or more avoidable. The weather is likely to be

    We camp at Juniper Beach Provincial Park, which is half way between Cache Creek and Savona on the TCH from Cache Lytton to Kamloops. The Park is on the banks of the Thompson River. There is tent camping on the lawn there; most users are trailer campers. There are toilets, showers and drinkable water. Sites cannot be booked, but we have not had any difficulties in past years. For details, see the website http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/juniper_bch/
    Up to individuals, but if people commit, sharing of vehicles can be arranged. People who are working can catch the 5pm ferry and drive up to Juniper Beach arriving between 11pm and midnight. If you are driving up the Fraser Canyon, Juniper Beach is about 18kms east of Cache Creek – the sign is easily seen. If you go up the Coquihalla, head back towards Cache Creek and the park is < 10 kms west of the Savona Bridge. On the Sunday, we will likely paddle in the morning and leave in time to catch the 7, 8 or 9 pm ferry back to Victoria. 

    warm and the river not too cold, although there may be a head wind in the afternoon. Wet suits can be worn, but are not a requirement. There is some history to the area – the Wallachin settlement pre WW1 – and the scenery is lovely. On past experience, the day time temperatures should be quite warm, but the early mornings and evenings can be chilly.

    Accommodation for the Thompson River Trip:

    The site is bracketed by two railway tracks, one next door to the campsite, the other across the river. If you don’t like being woken up at night, take ear-plugs to dull the sound of the trains and their whistles. Also note that there are prickly pear cactuses in the scrub/bush beyond the campsite, so don’t go beyond the park without thick-soled footwear. For those who don’t camp, there are motels in Cache Creek and Ashcroft.  There are no restaurants or fast food places near the Juniper Beach campsite – you need to be self-sufficient for food or willing to drive >15 minutes each way to the nearest diner.

    Transport for Thompson River Trip: 

    Sharing vehicles can be arranged. Participants who are working can catch the  5 pm ferry and drive up to Juniper Beach, arriving between 11 pm and midnight. If you are driving up the Fraser Canyon, Juniper Beach is about 18 kms east of Cache Creek - the sign is easily seen. If you go up the Coquihala, head back towards Cache Creek and the park is , 10 kms west of the Savona Bridge. On Sunday we will likely paddling in the morning and leave in time to catch the ferry in the evening @ 7, 8 or 9 pm. 

    Any questions regarding the trip can be sent to BigCanoe@vckc.ca 



    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Clubhouse - Main floor and Deck

    End of Racing Season - Wrap up BBQ Celebration 

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse
    • 14
    Register

    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


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 7
    Register

    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 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Clubhouse, 355 Gorge Road West
    • 7
    Register

    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


    • 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


    • 18 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • VCKC Clubhouse

    Gorge Tillicum Community Association will be using the clubhouse for their popular Lights on the Gorge event.

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