Press Release

Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club – Summer’s Here!

With the warm weather upon us and restrictions permitting more opportunities, the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club (NCKC) is excited to welcome the community back onto the water!  Starting next week (July 5-10) the Club will host its first week of the popular half day summer camp program and lead two introductory paddling sessions for adults and families to orient them to equipment and paddling fundamentals.  In addition, Club athletes will transition from spring into summer training with great anticipation of the return to competition at regattas. There are many opportunities available for community members of all ages to give the sport of canoe-kayak a try on the waters of Long Lake this summer.


Half Day Summer Camps run weekly starting July 5 until September 3 from 9am-12noon and 1-4pm.  Youth aged 8-13yrs will learn the FUNdamental paddling skills on water through games and activities, in addition to participating in land-based play all with a focus on teamwork, sportsmanship, while staying safe & cool in, on, and around the water!  Cost is $20 for the one-time summer registration fee and $150 per camp.


Splash Sessions are offered to provide adults and families with the opportunity to try out the sport.  These are scheduled for Tues, July 6 and Thurs, July 8 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Participants will learn about the equipment available at NCKC for members, try out some of the canoes & kayaks, and can test the waters at Long Lake!  Cost for these sessions is $20 and pre-registration is required by going online to


Since 1988 the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club has been offering recreational and competitive canoe-kayak on the central island.  With its diverse programming, it offers school field trip, a youth big boats program, recreational member drop ins, try-it programs, community group bookings, popular summer camps, and a structured training environment for athletes on the Sprint Canoe-Kayak Racing Team.

The NCKC is led by a passionate group of volunteers on the board of directors and provides employment to trained, skilled staff to provide instruction and coaching onsite to members and the public.

As part of the Long Lake Flatwater Training Centre Society with Nanaimo Rowing Club, NCKC is committed and focused on developing the Long Lake Paddling and Rowing Centre to better secure and store equipment while providing a more long term structure for both Clubs & their programming to thrive on the central island.


Registration for summer programs and information on annual club membership can be found online at
 For more information, please contact NCKC Commodore at