Canoe Program


Welcome to a new year of paddling!

The entire suite of VCKC Canoe Courses are now ready for registration on the Canoe Courses page. Start with the Basic Tandem course and learn new skills fast with Basic Solo and Advanced Tandem. From there, rivers and oceans await. And because these courses are offered by our marvelous team of VCKC volunteer instructors, you won't find a more cost effective way to learn canoeing anywhere. 

There is much to learn in the world of canoeing! 

See you on the water!

VCKC Members are reminded not to paddle in Colquitz Creek. It is off-limits year-round.  Paddlers, please try to avoid rafts of birds on the inlet as many of them are resting here on their migrations and when we paddle too close they fly away and waste valuable energy.

Program Overview

Vancouver Island is a great place to paddle a canoe, with many paddling opportunities on lakes, oceans and rivers. The goal of the Canoe Program is to help members achieve the safe paddling skills needed, wherever their interests lie.  To achieve this goal, the Canoe Program offers canoe courses to build new skills and then leads Club Day-Trips on lakes, ocean and rivers to practice those new skill. 

Entry level canoe courses are the Basic Lakewater Tandem and Solo courses, which are offered in the spring and fall. More advanced courses for Lakewater, Moving Water and Ocean Canoeing are also offered in the spring.  For more information about these courses, please see the Canoe Courses link.  If you want to suggest a new course or canoe trip, please send me an email.  

Club Day Trips are led by experienced club members once or twice a month. Participating in a Club Day Trip is a great way to gain paddling experience. Prior to joining a Club Day Trip you must have completed a minimum of RCABC Lakewater Basic Tandem certification for flatwater.  For more information please see the  Canoe Trips link. 

The Canoe Program has a small fleet of canoes for courses, Club Day Trips and for members to borrow.  We do not rent canoes or lend them for multiple day trips.  For information about how to book a canoe, please see the link.

VCKC is a volunteer-run organization. Thank you to all our instructors, Day trip leaders and other volunteers who make this club such a great place to learn to paddle this beautiful province.


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