Back to the Big Canoe Program
All members (all ages/skill levels) welcome. This weekly paddle, led by Wade Martinson will focus on:
1. Having Fun!!!
2. Developing skills required for future river/ocean trips and voyageur brigades. For more information about brigades visit: https://voyageurbrigade.org/
3. Providing paddlers the opportunity to experience all positions in the boat including bow and stern (as appropriate - based on skill level).
This weekly practice will happen all winter, rain or shine, and in the dark. In fact some of our most enjoyable and beautiful paddles occur in cooler weather under a full moon. All paddlers are expected to bring a headlamp.
Clothing and equipment:
All paddlers should bring a dry bag with a change of dry clothes in case of capsize (unlikely, but best to be prepared), and wear appropriate clothing based on conditions [e.g. quick dry base layer (wool or synthetic) gloves, hat or tuque, rain gear]. Some members may wish to wear a farmer john/jane or neoprene top/bottom. Paddles and pfds are available at the clubhouse.
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 :).
Stern leader for this event is Wade Martinson. However, all VCKC sterns are encouraged to participate and help to coach new paddlers.
No Registration is required.
Contact email@example.com or Wade Martinson @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: In the event of high winds (over 15 knots) practice will be automatically cancelled.
Big Canoe Director
It's back! Our Christmas lighted paddle on the Gorge, followed by a potluck Christmas party. Start planning how you're going to light your canoe/kayak/SUP. Our last one in 2019 had some epic displays. Glowsticks work well, solar lights also.
Message from Kim Capson, VCKC President:
December means ... lighted boat parade and Christmas potluck! We are back live and in person on Saturday December 10 from 3pm-9:30pm at the clubhouse. It's been a few years since we were able to do this, so for those of you who are unfamiliar with the details here you go:
We are going to light up our canoes, kayaks, and SUPs with Christmas lights and paddle along the Gorge, maybe even singing Christmas carols. What to use for lights? Glowsticks work well, outdoor solar lights also. See what you can come up with and join us at the clubhouse to share some fun!
When we get back to the clubhouse we'll put the boats away and enjoy a wonderful potluck dinner to celebrate the season. It's always a good time when we share food, isn't it?
If you need a club boat you can either book using the booking system or contact one of the Program Directors.
Hope to see you all on December 10th!
VCKC Monthly Executive meeting.
Gorge Tillicum Community Association will be using the clubhouse for their popular Lights on the Gorge event.
Booked for VCKC SUP Director
Join us for an evening of light as VCKC voyageurs, decorated in XMAS lights will travel up the Gorge to the tune of XMAS carols sung by members.
All paddlers are expected to bring headlamps.
contact: Sonya McRae - email@example.com
big canoes: Tillicum, Munroe, Shawnigan & Canada
painters, bailers, etc.
355 Gorge Road West
Victoria, BC, V9A 1M9
Tides & Currents
Inner Harbour / Local Marine