SKPC will be hosting a open paddling event on the evening of Wednesday June 26th in celebration of National Canoe Day!
Anyone can come hangout on the water and get a nice evening paddle in! There will be a introductory stock / marathon canoe stroke session run by Shona Barbour for paddlers looking to learn this method or practice their technique.
We will meet at the small parking lot at the end of Grace Lake on Kam Lake Road (just after the sled dog crossing) at 7pm.
We encourage people to dress up / decorate their canoes to celebrate! There will be a prize to the best decorated canoe.
Please bring your own canoe, paddles + pfds and other required safety gear if you have it. The club does have two canoes, extra life jackets and some extra paddles that will be made available.
Hope to see you on the water!
Come on out to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday June 5th, at the Sport North Boardroom (1st floor, located next door to the Black Knight) Starting at 7pm. Share your ideas, events you’d like to see, re-elect board members, and even get a position on this great board of fun and active people! Hope to see you there!
Join us on select Friday evenings from now until the end of March for kayaking at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool in Yellowknife! Learn to kayak, practice your roll, and/or enjoy a friendly round of kayak polo. All ages and skill levels welcome – and all paddling gear is provided (kayak, paddle, pfd, helmet, spray skirt). Sessions run from 20:00 – 21:30, and are $10 to help us recover some of the cost of renting the pool. Club membership is required for all events. See poster below for more details!
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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:
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
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.
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:
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.