The Prince George Canoe and Kayak club is based at Nadsinich Lake (West Lake), approx 20 km south-west of Prince George (about 30mins from center of town). Our club runs paddling programs at West Lake from June through August.
Our goals are to teach children water and boat safety skills, encourage a love of paddling and the outdoors, and develop a respect for the environment we paddle in. Our club offers canoe and kayak paddling instruction for kids 7-18 years old, sport development for youth athletes, and recreational outings for all paddlers and their families. Our club also participates in paddling Regattas (competition races) such as the BC Summer Games.
The PGCKC is a non-profit Society established in 2012 by Mark H and his executive. In 2018, Mark and Head Coach, Gemma, moved on to new adventures and we thank them & the previous Executive for all their hard work and dedication to the club and sport.
Our club relies on parents and other volunteers to act in the roles of coach, beach safety supervisor, program assistant, and club administrator. The Board of Directors is 100% volunteer run - primarily parents of paddlers. Our Coach and Program Assistant positions are filled by volunteers with the exception of our Head Coach - which is a paid position. All coaches have a minimum NCCP CanoeKids training; our staff have additional qualifications including ELCC, FirstAid, Marine Radio, Officiant, PCOC.
Our program fees go towards paying for our CKBC membership, equipment insurance, site rental fees, head coach fees, equipment purchases and maintenance, website & marketing costs, and other administration costs.
We are grateful for the donations and grants received; if you wish to make a contribution in time, money or equipment, please let us know. We would love to grow the number of programs we can offer including having programs run thru the fall / winter / spring in the pool.
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED Find a permanent Home for our Club at West Lake (In 2020 we lost access to the beach at Camp Hughes and have no home for our boats / equipment or shelter to run our programs from)
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED Purchase Recreational Canoe(s) - these are used by all programs including the BC Summer Games by Learn to Train paddlers
Purchase a 20' Shipping Container - to add more space for more boats
Repair our Boat Trailer - purchased in 2020 - the wooden box for paddles & lifejackets is "melting"
Purchase Sprint Canoe(s) - these are used in the BC Summer Games by Train to Train paddlers
Purchase a Safety Boat / Motor - a motorized boat is mandatory to keep paddlers & equipment safe
Purchase Nelo Kids Sprint Kayak - these are sized for much younger paddlers and would allow us to use them easily in our Pool Try-It programs
Build a Dock on West Lake so that paddlers can easily enter and exit their boats - especially important for our sprint / racing boats.
Build a Shelter that we can use during the summer to keep the rain and weather away from paddlers learning land-based exercises, having a snack or getting warm after a getting wet.