SKPC Presents: 2017 Kayaking Pool Sessions

Open water in Yellowknife is only 120 days away. Why not get a head start on the 2017 summer paddling season!

Sessions are generously sponsored by the NWT Parks and Recreation Association.

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Marathon Canoe Racing Coaches – Needed!

Interested in becoming a coach for marathon canoe racing, and help prepare a team to compete at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games? Qualified and motivated individuals wanted! Please contact Spider at Sport North for more details (spider@sportnorth.com).

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SKPC Member Videos!

Videos from SKPC Member, Dan Wong

Enjoy this video featuring a paddle down the Natla River, with Dan while guiding for Blackfeather. The Natla River flows into the Keele River, which flows in the Mackenzie River, all in the wild and beautiful Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories:

Ever wanted to explore the Cameron River? This trip starts near the top of the Cameron, at the north end of Gordon Lake. It’s a short charter from Yellowknife, and a great option those looking for big open lakes, fun whitewater, and world-class fishing:

The Peel watershed in the Yukon is one of the most spectacular places left on earth. Protect the Peel! This video from 2015 features a trip down the Snake River. Check it out:

Winter Sessions at the Pool

Thanks very much to club volunteers (Blair Carter, Paul Woodard, Dave de Lugt, and Dan Wong) who showed up to get newer paddlers into kayaks and on the water! This was the 2nd of three pool sessions. Despite a lengthy delay due to a kid vomiting in the pool during the preceding public swim session (could have been worse), we all had a great evening and had a chance to work on some sweet skills, including a canoe roll demo from Dave!

Thank-you very to the Get Active Grant Program from the Northwest Territories Park and Recreation Association

 

Success! Reel Paddling Film Festival 2017

Lifting our paddles in the air to recognize the NWT Recreation and Park Association, WAMP, event sponsors, and everyone who made it out to put on a successful 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival in Yellowknife! Thank-you very much for the $700 donation to your local paddling club from the proceeds. Merci, Mahsi. These funds really will go a long way to help us run paddling events and grow our club.

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Sport North Leadership Symposium

The Mackenzie Recreation Association and Sport North have partnered up to offer a travel subsidies for those traveling to Yellowknife, from within the Northwest Territories, for the 2017 Sport North Leadership Symposium.

The Travel Subsidy is an initiative supporting individuals who are attending the 2017 Leadership Syposium. Eligible individuals can receive funding for out-of-pocket travel expenses (flights or vehicle travel) directly related to the 2017 Leadership Symposium.

Distribution of the funds will occur primarily through a reimbursement process. Receipts will be required for all expenses. When submitting the receipts include a detailed summary of all expenses for reimbursement.

Flight or vehicle travel will be paid through the travel budget on a first-come first-served basis until the maximum budget has been reached. After your symposium registration has been completed please contact Jessica VanOverbeek directly to apply for your travel subsidy.

For more information contact:

Jessica VanOverbeek
jessica@mranwt.ca
867-444-5377

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Kayaking in the subarctic winter? Heck, yes. SKPC club volunteers take whitewater kayaks over to the car wash for a good clean, prior to upcoming kayak sessions this winter in the pool! (stay tuned for updates soon). Definitely excited to get back out on the (chlorinated, over-priced) water.

Over the fall and summer the kayaks and paddles build up dirt and leaves as they are stored outdoors in the backyard of a generous board member. We love visiting the car wash however a priority for the club is to secure a covered, permanent storage for all of our gear. We’ll keep working on this long-term goal!

Our club is also donating our gear for francophone youth to paddle in their own pool sessions under the Canadian Parents for French.

Reel Paddling Film Festival!

Saturday, February 11 at 8 PM – 11 PM

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association and WAMP are joining forces to host the Reel Paddling Film Festival in Yellowknife.

Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

Tickets are $15 and are available at https://www.picatic.com/YKRPFF.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Connections and the Somba K’e Paddling Club.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is produced by Rapid Media. Rapid Media also publishes four leading paddlesports magazines: Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines. Your ticket to a Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour stop includes a free one-year digital edition subscription to one of the above magazines. Special offer details are available in your evening program.

For more information about the Reel Paddling Film Festival, visit
http://www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com/.

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Clearing Out Mosquito Creek, Sept 2016

Blair, Dan and Forest spent this past Saturday clearing out some of the dangerous sweepers and strainers from Mosquito Creek. Although we didn’t quite make it all the way down to Great Slave Lake, we did manage to clear a good 1.5km section of creek that is now much safer for all paddlers! This brings us one step closer to being able to run the full creek during the 2017 Mosquito Creek Paddlefest!

 

August 6th, 2016 – Latham Island Paddle Race

Register now for the Latham Island Paddle Race on August 6th, 2016!
Have fun in an all-ages, beginner friendly 2km race around Latham Island in SUP, canoe, kayak or any non-motorized, human-propelled craft you have that floats! A BBQ will follow for all participants. Brought to you by a collaboration between the Somba K’e Paddling Club and the Yellowknife Multisport Club.
Participants will be required to bring their own equipment, including paddles, PFD and boat. PFDs must be wore while on the water.

Register now at:
https://www.zone4.ca/

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