is the governing body of competitive canoeing
Canoeing is an outdoor activity that involves a special kind of canoe.Open canoes may be 'poled' , sailed, 'lined and tracked' or even 'gunnel-bobbed'....
and kayaking disciplines in Canada. The three specific disciplines represented are flatwater, whitewater and marathon. CanoeKayak Canada officially replaced the name "Canadian Canoe Association" in 2005, although the former title is still used by the organization. The name change came about from a desire to include the kayaking discipline in the organization's name.
CKC head offices are located in Ottawa, Ontario although divisional and provincial offices as well as high performance centres are maintained throughout the country.
The Canadian Canoe Association was founded in 1900 in Brockville, Ontario. There were nine initial charter clubs: Carleton Place Canoe Club
(Carleton Place), Brockville Rowing Club
(Brockville), Brockville Y.M.C.A.
(Brockville), Bohemian Amateur Athletic Association
(Brockville), Lachine Boat & Canoe Club
(Montreal), Grand Trunk Boating Club
(Montreal), Britannia Boat House Club
(Ottawa), Ottawa Canoe Club
(Ottawa), Kingston Yacht Club
(Kingston). Carleton Place Canoe Club is the only surviving charter member within the organization although the Lachine club has survived through revival. Brockville Rowing, Ottawa, Britannia and Kingston still operate but outside of the organization.
The Association was founded in an effort to coordinate Canadian canoe clubs into a national competition separate from that of the American Canoe Association
The American Canoe Association is the oldest and largest paddle sports organization in the United States, promoting canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. The ACA sponsors more than seven hundred events each year, along with safety education, instructor certification, waterway conservation and public...
(to which these clubs belonged until 1900). The national championship was initiated in 1900 although no club champion was designated until 1904, the Ottawa Canoe Club becoming the first official Canadian Champion at that time.
Championships were cancelled during the years 1916-1918 and 1942-1945 due to the two world wars. While the national championship continues to this day and is considered the premier national regatta
A regatta is a series of boat races. The term typically describes racing events of rowed or sailed water craft, although some powerboat race series are also called regattas...
, provincial divisions and regions have organized a variety of events to fill out the seasonal schedule of events for competitors. CanoeKayak Canada also runs annual selection trials to determine their national team squad - athletes chosen to compete in international events including Pan American Games, Junior and Senior World Championships, and the Olympic Games.
CanoeKayak Canada now boasts the largest membership it has ever had. Club membership has risen to over 60 member clubs across the country and individual membership continues to grow. The organization has initiated three recent programs to assist with domestic development: Canoe Kids, a program aimed at introducing more young people to the sport of canoe-kayak; the Aboriginal Paddling Initiative, a program aimed at incorporating more aboriginal clubs into the organization's membership; Paddle-All, a program designed to include all athletes of varying disabilities.
|| Eastern Ontario
|| Western Ontario
|| Carleton Place
|| Greater Edmonton
|| False Creek
|| Deux Rives
|| North Bay
|| Balmy Beach
|| Fort Langley
|| Ottawa River
|| Burloak Canoe Club
The Burloak Canoe Club is a flatwater canoe/kayak racing club located in Oakville, Ontario. It serves the communities of Burlington and Oakville and provides a variety of canoe-based activities for local residents focusing primarily on the two disciplines of sprint canoe and sprint kayak...
| St. Albert
| Indian Brook
|| Lac Beauport
|| Rideau Canoe Club
The Rideau Canoe Club is a canoe club located on the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The club is located at Mooney's Bay, where the Rideau Canal splits away from the river prior to joining up with the Ottawa River....
|| Lac Sergent
|| Sydenham Lake
|| Pitt Meadows
| Mic Mac AAC
Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club is located on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Activities provided include recreational and high performance paddling and rowing as well as swimming lessons. The club is part of Canoe Kayak Canada. Mic Mac shares Lake Banook with paddling clubs Banook Canoe Club...
|| Pickering Rouge
|| Victoria Youth
|| Pointe Claire
|| Richmond Hill
|| South Niagara
|| Toronto Island
|| Trois Rivières
The following clubs have won the Canadian Canoe Championships:
|| Burloak, Cartierville, Lachine
|| Toronto (Sailing)
|| Rideau, Grand Trunk
|| Balmy Beach, Island
|| Orenda, Gananoque
|| Banook, Quebec, Radisson, Parkdale, Ottawa (New Edinburgh)
|| Lac Beauport, Winnipeg, Humber Bay, Parkdale-Swansea
indicates a currently active club within the CKC.
CanoeKayak Canada is responsible for athlete selection for international canoeing events including the Olympic Games. Notable athletes produced by CanoeKayak Canada and its precursor, the Canadian Canoe Association, include the following Olympic medalists:
- Caroline Brunet
Caroline Brunet is a Canadian sprint kayaker who competed from the late 1980s to 2004...
(Lac Beauport, QC) - Olympics 1996, 2000 - Silver medalist; Olympics 2004 - Bronze medalist
- Adam van Koeverden
Adam Joseph van Koeverden is a Canadian sprint kayaker. He was born in Oakville, Ontario to a Dutch father and a Hungarian mother...
(Oakville, ON) - Olympics 2004 - Gold and Bronze medalist; Olympics 2008 - Silver medalist
- Larry Cain
Laurence J. Cain, is a Canadian sprint canoer, having begun his career in 1974 at the Oakville Racing Canoe Club, now the Burloak Canoe Club, in Oakville, Ontario....
(Oakville, ON) - Olympics 1984 - Gold and Silver medalist
- Alwyn Morris
Alwyn Morris, CM is a Canadian sprint kayaker who competed in the 1980s. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won two medals at Los Angeles in 1984 with a gold in the K-2 1000 m and a bronze in the K-2 500 m events....
(Kahnawake, QC) - Olympics 1984 - Gold and Bronze medalist
- Hugh Fisher
Hugh Fisher, is a New Zealand-born Canadian sprint kayaker who competed from the mid 1970s to the 1980s. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won two medals at Los Angeles with a gold in the K-2 1000 m and a bronze in the K-2 500 m events.Fisher also won two medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World...
(Burnaby, BC) - Olympics 1984: Gold and Bronze medalist
- Sue Holloway
Susan Holloway is a Canadian cross country skier who competed in the late 1970s and sprint kayaker who competed from the late 1970s to the early 1980s...
(Ottawa, ON) - Olympics 1984 - Silver and Bronze medalist
- Steve Giles (Lake Echo, NS) - Olympics 2000 - Bronze medalist
- Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall is an Olympic sprint canoer from Canada. Born in Montreal, but raised in nearby Pointe Claire, Quebec, Hall is part of a water sport family that includes a mother who was an international kayaker and a sister who is a competitive canoer...
(Montreal, QC) - Olympics 2008 - Bronze medalist
- John Wood
John Joseph Wood is a Canadian sprint canoer who competed from the late 1960s to the later 1970s. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won the silver medal in the C-1 500 m event at Montreal in 1976....
(Toronto, ON) - Olympics 1976 - Silver medalist
- Frank Amyot
Francis Amyot was a Canadian sprint canoer who competed in the 1930s.Born in Thornhill, Ontario, he won Canada's only gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in the C-1 1000m canoeing event. This proved embarrassing to Canadian officials who had refused to pay his way...
(Ottawa, ON) - Olympics 1936 - Gold Medalist
CanoeKayak Canada maintains a whitewater canoe and kayak discipline in much the same manner as flatwater in that both disciplines are contested at the Summer Olympic Games
The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad are an international multi-sport event, occurring every four years, organized by the International Olympic Committee. Medals are awarded in each event, with gold medals for first place, silver for second and bronze for third, a tradition that...
Several whitewater disciplines are supported: Whitewater Slalom (canoe & kayak), freestyle kayaking (playboating
Playboating is a discipline of whitewater kayaking or canoeing where the paddler performs various technical moves in one place , as opposed to downriver whitewater canoeing or kayaking where the objective is to travel the length of a section of river...
) and canoe polo
Canoe Polo is a competitive ball sport played on water, in a defined "field", between two teams of 5 players, each in a kayak...
Member clubs of the CKC are located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Notable athletes developed by CanoeKayak Canada who have qualified to compete at the Olympic Games include David Ford
David Watson Ford is a Canadian slalom canoeist who has competed since the early 1990s. He won two medals in the K-1 event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with a gold in 1999 and a silver in 2003....
(1992, 1996, 2004, 2008) and Margaret Langford (1992, 1996, 2000).