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Provincial Team Winter Testing dates


The dates for the Provincial Team Winter Testing have been announced for Lower Mainland, Interior and Island locations.

  • Interior: February  17, Kamloops (registration deadline February 14)
  • Vancouver Island: February 24, Catalyst Gym, Victoria (registration deadline February 14)
  • Lower Mainland: February 25, MVMT Academy, North Vancouver (registration deadline February 14)

Athletes will be tested in the following areas:

  • Senior Athletes: Bench pull power; bench pull repeated power; 3RM press; 3RM pull; 1500m run
  • Junior Athletes: Bench pull power; 3-6RM press; 3-6RM pull; 40” pull ups; 1500m run



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12 paddling gifts that don’t include French hens


There are no partridges, no pear trees nor lords a leaping on our 2017 list of paddling themed gifts. And our list is much more affordable than the estimated $35,000 that the original song would cost today. Happy shopping for your favourite paddler (even if it is yourself).

toque.pngCanoe Kayak Canada apparel

Give your favourite Canadian paddlers some Canoe Kayak Canada clothing. From an Ice Melter Toque to t-shirts to a snuggly grey hoodie, there’s something for every paddler on your list.

Order online at ckc / Price $25-$90

lamp.pngHelix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern

The micro-USB port on the bottom of the lantern allows for recharging. This lightweight lantern puts out a bright beam that’s easy on the eyes – perfect for around camp or in your tent.

Order online at  westerncanoekayak.com / Price $59.99

cat-book.pngBolt & Keel – The Wild Adventures of Two Rescued Cats

Got a bibliophile on your list? Then this coffee table book of Bolt and Keel on an unforgettable journey backpacking through the scenic Pacific Northwest with the avid hikers who adopted them might be perfect.

Order online at westerncaonekayak.com / Price $19.95

car-racks.pngMalone Handiracks

Know someone whose car doesn’t have roof racks.  These inflatable racks are great for vehicles where you either can’t or don’t want to put fixed racks on. They are very durable, and can hold loads up to 180 lbs. Easy to inflate, they come with a pump and tie downs.

Buy at Deep Cove Outdoors / Price $147.99


Know a paddler that loves to paddle in the rain and/or travel? Then the CHAWEL is perfect for them. From towel to neck pillow while traveling, or a blanket at the beach at sunset after surfing, to an extra liner in your sleeping bag while camping or hosteling, and a changing room when you need a quick change in public. Designed for portability and functionality.

Order online at waterflow.ca / Price $39.95

canoe-seat.pngGCI Outdoor Sit-Backer Canoe Seat

Know a paddler who likes to be comfy on a long canoe trip? Then this canoe seat could be the perfect gift! The strong metal frame provides excellent support, and two inches of foam contribute to a cushy ride.

Order online at mec.ca / Price $49.00

Cricket-Bars.pngCoast Cricket Protein Bars

If you have an adventurous eater on your list then these cricket bars are perfect. According to WaterFlow, they taste great and they are also a great source of protein.  With amazing flavours such as Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Rasin and Ginger Cranberry who wouldn’t love them?

Order online at waterflow.ca / Prices start at $21.50

mitts.pngMEC Hot Mitts – Unisex

Keep your favourite paddler’s hands warm with these mitts. With thick insulating neoprene to inhibit heat loss and protect against wind chill they even come with a nose wipe patch. Ideal for both kayaking and canoeing, a grip index comes in handing for your paddle.

Order online at mec.ca / Price $25.00

Ring.pngKayak Jewelry

Jewelry is always a popular gift choice. Make his or her day with a kayak paddle ring. Or choose something else from this paddling themed Etsy store.

Order on etsy.com / Price $26.65-$166.65

foam-roller-travel.pngTravel Foam Roller

Foam rollers can really help anyone who has sore muscles. And if they are traveling for training, races and events,  this compact roller fits in your luggage and lets you massage muscles on your entire body. It’s designed to improve muscle recovery and fatigue, prevent overuse injuries, and improve blood flow.

Order online at mec.ca / Price $48.00


Mpow Flotable Waterproof Case, Dry Bag Cellphone Pouch

Want to make sure your loved one’s phone comes home save and dry after a paddle? This flotable waterproof case keeps phones dry and away from the bottom of the lake or river.

Order on amazon.ca / Price $10.99

pants.pngHydroskin Pants

Nothing says Merry Christmas like keeping loved ones warm when they go paddling in cooler weather. These NRS Hydroskin Pants’ stretchy, non-restrictive 1.5 mm neoprene provides the warmth they need.

Buy at Deep Cove Outdoors / Price $130.00



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2018 sprint event dates published


Sprint-Dates.pngJust in time for your new calendars – here are the 2018 sprint event dates! Updates and event info will continue to be added on the CKBC website as they become available.

Canadian events

British Columbia events

See all CKBC events on our website.

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2017 CKBC scholarship recipients


CKBC is pleased to announce that Lauryn Cheung and Michael Lanyon are the recipients of the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC scholarships. These paddlers were awarded $500 in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the sport combined with outstanding scholastic achievement and community involvement.

Lauryn Cheung
Fort Canoe & Kayak Club, UBC Applied Science Program


Lauryn began paddling in 2014 after changing sports from artistic gymnastics and track and field. In her short time paddling, she won medals at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games and 2016 National Sprint Championships. Off the water, she was an active member of her high school and volunteered at the LifeMark Health Centre where she worked with a variety of amputee clients. Still active with the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club she says she wants “every kid to have their life changed in the same dramatic and incredibly positive way that mine was by canoe kayak.”

Michael Lanyon
Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club, Thompson Rivers University Engineering Program


Michael began paddling in 2012 and since that time has traveled through Canada and around the world. He credits this travel and paddling with helping him learn many valuable life lessons like budgeting, punctuality and being modest in victory and gracious in defeat. Away from the water, Michael helped with outreach for homeless programs and within his high school. An outstanding student, Micheal received the NorKam Senior Grad Cord and was on the Principal’s list for Grade 11 and 12. Michael was a member of Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games and had a career best 6th place finish at the 2016 Sprint Nationals.

Funded by donations

The CKBC scholarship fund is 100% funded by donations and fundraising events such as the CKBC silent auction held in conjunction with the annual awards reception. There is no overhead or administrative fees, so all donations go directly to deserving students like Lauryn and Michael and their education costs. All donations of $20 or more receive a tax receipt as a registered project of the National Sport Trust Fund. .


About the CKBC scholarship fund

CKBC introduced the scholarship program in 2008 and the fund annually awards two $500 scholarships to deserving students who are attending a British Columbian post-secondary institution. These scholarships honor young B.C. students who have:

  • Attained high scholastic achievement
  • Shown outstanding leadership traits and skills in canoe kayak and within their community
  • Demonstrated a personal contribution to improve their community, school, and club
  • Attained athletic achievements in canoe and/or kayak
  • Continued to demonstrate leadership as members of Canoe Kayak BC


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Olympians Anders Gustafsson and Andreas Dittmer Join Canoe Kayak Canada Coaching Team

Canoe Kayak Canada has officially announced the hiring of two world leading coaches for the sprint national teams and the men’s canoe team. Sprint canoe and kayak stars Anders Gustafsson and Andreas Dittmer are joining Canoe Kayak Canada’s (CKC) coaching team as the head coach and men’s canoe coach, respectively.


Andreas Dittmer (Men’s Canoe Coach), Graham Barton (Technical Chief Officer) and Anders Gustafsson (Head Coach) meeting in Canoe Kayak Canada’s office this morning. (Photo: Joannie Verret)

“I’m absolutely delighted to have both Anders and Andreas join CKC’s high performance Leadership team,” said Casey Wade, Chief Executive Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “We now have a well-rounded, world leading coaching group led by Graham Barton moving forward toward 2020 and beyond,” he added.

Led by Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at CKC, Sweden’s Anders Gustafsson will be the new head coach of the national team while Germany’s Andreas Dittmer will be the coach for the men’s sprint canoe team.

“The arrival of these two big names is an exciting time for CKC,” said Barton. “I am excited by the combination of coaching and athlete potential. There is a positive vibe on the team and I believe we have what it takes to take Canada back to being one of the top 3 canoeing nations in the world”.

New Head Coach


Anders Gustafsson racing K-1 500 meters at an ICF event in 2011. (Photo: Balint Vekassy)

Having competed in four Olympic Games between 2000 and 2012, eleven world championships and a dozen world cups and European championships, the Swedish kayak star, Anders Gustafsson has all the experience necessary to excel at this role. He won the world champion title in 2010 in the K1 500 meters event.

“When looking for a head coach we were looking for something more than just coaching expertise,” said Graham Barton. “It was the intangibles that made Anders our first choice. His communication style and his experience with Sweden America’s Cup Team clearly demonstrated the skills we were looking for to lead our coaching team into Tokyo.”

Men’s Canoe Coach


The dominant sprint canoeist of his generation in 1000 meter races will now be the Men’s Canoe coach for Canoe Kayak Canada. (Photo: andreasdittmer.com)

Andreas Dittmer marked the history of sprint canoeing and inspired thousands of young athletes around the world. The German Olympian will take charge of the Canadian men’s sprint canoe team.

During his career, Dittmer dominated sprint canoeing by winning five medals at the Olympic Games, including three golds in C-2 and C-1 1000 meters. He is also an eight time world champion and has won a total of 22 medals at the world championships between 1991 and 2004.

“Andreas is the final piece in solidifying a world class coaching team,” said Barton. “He brings with him extensive Olympic experience. He knows what it takes to win and I am confident that he will lead our men’s canoe program back into contention for the podium in Tokyo and Paris”.

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Second paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport


The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region during a formal celebration held Thursday at the Adams Lake Recreation Center in Chase, B.C. The Interior is the sixth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

Among the recipients was Terrance Hubick-Archie who paddled at the 2017 North American Games in Toronto. A member of the Canim Lake Band, Hubick qualified for three finals at the Games. He joins Gordon George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation as recipients of these awards in 2017.

“The recipients recognized today are the mentors, heroes and leaders of the next generation of Aboriginal athletes for the Interior region of our province,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary of Sport and Multiculturalism. “It is important to recognize and celebrate these athletes for their commitment to sport, education and culture.”

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.

The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Region are:

  • Kaitlyn Lafontaine, 21, Basketball, Métis Nation BC
  • Daniel Everton, 16, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC
  • Kelly Kosolofski, 14, Soccer and Hockey, Haida Nation
  • Jacob Taylor, 16, Track & Field, Okanagan Band
  • Kylie Jack, 21, Golf, Penticton Indian Band
  • Terrance Hubick-Archie, 16, Canoe/Kayak, Canim Lake Band
  • Laine Grace, 18, Hockey, Cariboo-Chilcotin Métis Society
  • William Brewer, 15, Snowboarding & Lacrosse, Okanagan Band

These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.