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Sprint club coaching news


With the new year comes some coaching changes at CKBC sprint clubs. Both Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club and the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club are getting ready to welcome some new faces.

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

Current Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club head coach, Wes Hammer, is finishing his teaching degree and will be heading into the classroom in the fall.  He will continue to work part-time with the club’s performance athletes over the next couple of months.

Ben Muench will continue working with the junior group while taking on some additional practices with the performance group and heading up the summer programs.  Ben is planning to return to university in the fall to begin his teaching degree.

The club is also excited to announce that Peter Majewski has been hired as the new head coach starting in March.  Peter has worked as a canoe kayak coach for over 25 years and has worked with athletes at local, provincial, and national levels.  Most recently he has been head coach at Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club where a number of his athletes have achieved places on the junior and senior national teams.

Peter has a great deal of experience in canoe kayak and also working with youth in a variety of sport and educational settings. Peter will develop competitive paddlers and also support younger athletes, adults, and those wishing to pursue a more recreational approach to the sport.

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club is happy to announce they have hired a new full time head coach. Connor Fehr from Chelsea Quebec’s Cascades Club will join the club in May. Connor’s  coaching style and qualifications combined with his soon to be completed business degree will benefit the club from a development and growth perspective.

And helping the club as an interim part-time coach is former CKBC staff member Cory Rublee. Cory started in January to coach and prepare summer programming. In July and August, he will be full time as Summer Program Coordinator/Coach before heading back to school in September. Cory will also help new head-coach Connor get the lay of the land and familiarize him with west coast clubs.

More on the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club coaching staff


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RBC Training Ground returns to B.C.

RBC Training Ground is a national program created in partnership with RBC, CBC, and the Canadian Olympic Committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting the next generation of high performance athletes in Canada.

With the belief that high performance sport should be accessible to all athletes that are talented, qualified and have the will to compete, this program travels the country every year searching for athletes that will fuel the Canadian Olympic pipeline with future talent.

RBC is committed to supporting up to 30 Training Ground athletes every year, to assist them in chasing their Olympic dreams.

B.C. dates:

  • Prince George: January 20, Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre
  • Langley: February 3, Langley Events Centre
  • Kamloops: February 18, Tournament Capital Centre
  • Kelowna: February 23, Capitol News Centre
  • Victoria: March 11, University  of Victoria
  • Burnaby: March 17, Fortius Sport & Health
  • Regional Final: April 7, Richmond Oval

Don’t miss out on this – register today.



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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 21)
  • Lower Mainland: February 25, MVMT Academy, North Vancouver (registration deadline February 21)

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