Mosquito Creek Whitewater Race
Join the Somba K’e Paddling Club for the inaugural Mosquito Creek Whitewater Race, sponsored by Jackpine Paddle! This is a just-for-fun event for pretty much anyone with even a little bit of whitewater experience. Mosquito Creek, located just outside of Behchoko, isn’t difficult whitewater, so newer paddlers can test their skills, but it’s technical and twisty enough that we think more advanced paddlers can still have fun trying to find the fastest line.
You must be comfortable in continuous class II whitewater with rocks, and you must be able to wet exit.
Kayaks are the preferred craft, but solo whitewater-specific canoes and SUPs are allowed (with some conditions – see the race rules for details). The club has a limited number of kayaks available to borrow if you don’t have your own. If you need a kayak or other club gear, you can let us know right on the registration form.
Since this is the first time we are running this race, event participation will be capped at 10 entrants. We’re keeping it pretty low-key for now so we can focus on the essentials and make it bigger and better in the future. But we’ll still have:
>A practice lap and two timed race laps
>A fire after the race, with hotdogs and such
There is (non-glamorous) camping on site if you’d like to stay overnight.
Membership – required
To race, you must be a member of the SKPC, the Fort Smith Paddling Club or another club under the Alberta Whitewater Association. If you’re not yet a member, register at one of the links below.
Documents – Please read before registering
Registration is now open– https://paddlingraces.com/event/mosquito-creek-whitewater-race
Stay up to date on race info – https://www.facebook.com/sombakepaddling
Snow Kayaking @ Bristol Pit
April 2nd, 2022
Join the Somba K’e Paddling Club for some winter fun as we kayak down the snowy heights of the Bristol Pit slopes.
Membership required for this event. Kayaks provided and a limited helmets will be available for use. Bring your own helmet, if possible.
for more information or to register: email@example.com
Latham Island Paddle
The Latham Island Paddle Race is brought to you by the Somba K’e Paddling Club and the Yellowknife Multisport Club. The race begins and ends at the Latham Island Causeway August 17, 2019. Check-in at 1:00, race starts at 1:30.
Choose a teammate and grab a canoe or you can go solo in a kayak or hop on a paddle board!
This race began as an argument whether it was possible to paddle around Latham Island in Under 20 minutes. Many have tried, a few have come close but to date no one in memory has broken the 20 minute barrier. Give it your best shot in earn a place in the Yellowknife Folklore as the paddle that finally settled the age long debate.
To register for this event, please continue through the registration process:
Register at: https://zone4.ca/register
Rentals will be free for this event for members! Snacks at the event and prizes for participants from our generous donor- Overlander Sports Yellowknife.
National Canoe Day
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!
SKPC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING! 2019, Wednesday June 5th, 7pm
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!
SKPC 2017/18 Winter Pool Sessions!
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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