Canoe Kayak Summer Camps


Our goal is to introduce campers to the exciting world of canoe kayak
in a fun and safe environment through our Summer Camps.



  • Half Day Camp: 9-12 pm or 1-4 pm $150 EARLY BIRD Fee sign-up before May 15
  • Full Day Camp: 9-4 pm $299 EARLY BIRD Fee sign-up before May 15

NEW FOR 2023: CanoeKids Summer Camp – Advanced

This new program designed specially for returning campers. Paddlers will have the chance to go beyond the basics, learning advanced paddling skills and enjoying more time in the advanced sprint boats.


  • TWEEN Paddlers – 11-13yrs old during camp session – MORNING – July 3-7    REGISTER
  • TEEN Paddlers – 13-15 years old during camp session – AFTERNOON – July 3-7   REGISTER

Paddlers must have participated in NCKC summer camp in a previous year

There is a one-time Summer Camp Registration fee of $25 which includes mandatory insurance provided by CanoeKayak BC, membership to the Long Lake Flatwater Training Centre Society (new boathouse project), and administrative fees. This fee is waived for NCKC Youth members.

Fun-Filled Summer Camps for Kids

CanoeKids is a fun-filled Summer Camp focused on all aspects of safe paddle sports. Campers aged 6-13 years old will be introduced to canoeing, kayaking, voyageur canoe, Sprint boats,  water safety, swimming. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be restricted to land with cooperative games, crafts, ect.  All canoes, kayaks, paddles and PFDs will be supplied for use during camp hours.

Throughout the week campers will explore Nanaimo’s scenic Long Lake with qualified instructors. Along with their peers, campers will have a great time challenging their own abilities while developing self-confidence and teamwork skills. We offer both full and half day programs and keep low ratios to ensure each participant enjoys an optimal summer camp experience.

Campers are required to wear a life jacket at all times (lunch, off-water games and crafts excluded).

Prerequisites for Canoe Kayak Summer Camps

  • Campers must be 6-14 years old during the camp session
  • No paddling experience is required
  • Summer Camp participants must demonstrate minimum swim ability, if campers cannot complete the swim assessment they will not be able to continue in the camp**

**Prior to getting in boats participants must show they have the ability to roll into the water and swim 50 metres (any stroke) and stay afloat (tread water) for 1 minute (as per the National Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard). Instructors will assess swimming ability on the 1st day of the program so please come ready to get in the water. Swim ability is assessed with a lifejacket or other flotation device. If your child is nervous about this process we welcome you to swim along with your child to ease the nerves.

What to bring to Summer Camps on Long Lake

  • The Nanaimo Canoe Kayak Club will provide all the necessary paddling equipment. However, Summer Camp participants are welcome to bring their own.
  • 2 changes of clothing daily will be required; clothing should be comfortable, loose fitting and preferably made of quick drying fabric (they do get wet!).
  • Running shoes are required for dry-land games.
  • Sun screen, water bottle, healthy lunches and snacks are needed for each day.

Summer Camp  participants will be introduced to racing boats. If you are interested in Sprint Canoe Kayak Training speak to one of the coaches about joining our racing team!

Summer Camp in Nanaimo. Photo by Landon Sveinson

Sprint Canoe Kayak Training Programs

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