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!

 

Big Turn out at Last Weekend Floatilla

Thanks to everyone that came out for the most recent evening paddle around Latham Island, another successful Floatilla Friday! We certainly lucked out with the weather. Stay tuned for our next evening paddle!

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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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Slave River Paddlefest – July 30th 2016

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Photos and video: Latham Island Paddle Race 2015

Tyler Kydd and Dan Wong took the honours in the 2015 Latham Island Paddle Race, organized by Somba K’e Paddling Club (SKPC) volunteers.

The pair made it home in 25 minutes and 15 seconds, in a race contested by 34 teams on Saturday. Rob Krushel was the first individual competitor over the line.

“That was exhausting, but well worth it,” Kydd told SKPC

“We didn’t do too much training – a little bit of paddling through the summer, whitewater trips and whatnot – but all in all I just wanted to get out there and have some fun, and it paid off.”

The race is based on the legend of a drunken argument between two Yellowknife prospectors regarding whether it’s possible to paddle around Latham Island in under 20 minutes. There is no record of that 20-minute barrier being broken.

 

Watch slow-motion footage of the race start:

Photos from the 2015 Latham Island Paddle Race

Big thanks to SKPC volunteers for organizing another successful Latham Island Paddle Race. There was canoe, kayak and stand up paddling board categories.

The race started at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 15 at the McMeekan Causeway in Old Town – the bridge to Latham Island – and racers were required to be at the starting line by 12:30 p.m. Participants were required to wear life-jackets and we had a great BBQ are the race! Here are some photos from the event: