Marathon Canoe and Small Boats Program
Planning is underway for our 2020 Wake Up the Gorge (April 5th) and Switchblade Paddlesport Relay (May 9th) , a fun-filled day of multi-heat small craft races. This annual event takes place on the Gorge each spring, bringing together paddlers from six disciplines for fierce but friendly competition and comradery. Visit the Switchblade page for more information and watch this page for dates and registration details.
The Marathon Canoe Program is a coached program that meets regularly Saturday mornings at 8am at the VCKC Clubhouse on the Gorge Waterway. From the clubhouse, we paddle Portage Inlet and Craigflower and Colquitz Creeks. On occasion we will portage over to Esquimalt Harbour and paddle a circle loop back to VCKC. Expect to paddle for 1½ to 2 hours in a regular session.
All paddlers are welcome to try marathon canoe. VCKC has 6 tandem canoes and 1 solo canoe available for club member use. Marathon canoes are unstable compared to recreational canoes. It is recommended that you have experience in other small boats and at least Canoe Lakewater 1 before trying marathon canoe.
Marathon canoe is an exciting and fun sport. Enthusiasts learn skills that enable them to paddle efficiently and effectively in many situations including paddling with a pack and paddling in wind and moving water. Check out this video!
Once you hone your skills there are opportunities to race locally and on the mainland. Races are typically about 20km but can be 100km or more taking 2 hours or days to complete.
Join us Saturdays for a fun paddle and social coffee. Time on the water builds confidence and expertise, and also brings you together with other paddlers. The experience and skills developed will carry over to other paddle disciplines, or prepare you to test yourself by competing in marathon canoe races.
Contact Marathon Program Director: