Canoe Kayak Canada Launches New Branding

newlogo #wepaddle

Paddling is a part of our history. Paddling teaches us how to be alive in the world. It cultivates the skills for life success. It embodies the values we believe in. Everything that our country stands for is brought to life in the act of paddling. Paddling makes us who we are.

 OTTAWA – February 18, 2016 - Canoe Kayak Canada has launched a new brand aimed at connecting with all Canadians from cottagers to club paddlers to Olympians and Paralympians at the pinnacle of the sport.

 As Canadians, we share a special connection to the tranquil, authentic and powerful feeling of paddling on the water in a canoe or kayak. It’s a sport and a lifestyle that is uniquely a part of our heritage and our identity; it’s who we are.  

#wepaddle – share your love of paddling on social media

“There’s nothing more Canadian than paddling” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada. “Paddling is a cherished part of our way of life in Canada and with this campaign we want to celebrate that and engage even more Canadians in this amazing sport.”



WOD Conttact list updated

Feb 8,2016

2016 Club Contact Info



WOD Welcomes our newest member

Jan. 7,2016

Welcome to Muskoka Paddle Club




WOD Strategic Plan

Oct 30, 2015

Western Ontario Division Strategic Plan




WOD to host Nationals in 2017

Sept. 6,2014


Western Ontario Division will host Nationals in Welland in August of 2017. Visit our new Facebook and Twitter feeds for information.




CanMas founder Russ Dunn has passed away - February 26th, 2014

Feb. 27, 2014


CanoeKayak Canada sadly announces the passing of Russ Dunn of Toronto, the founder of CanMas. Dunn was a long-time member and past Commodore of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. He championed the Active for Life movement within sprint racing of CanoeKayak Canada. His is a living legacy of all the many adults who enjoy paddling into their 70s and 80s. Dunn served on the WOD board for 32 years since 1959. He was a recipient of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award in the Builder Category (1989) for his contributions to Masters canoeing and a Russ Dunn Award is annually presented at the Canadian Masters Championships, Canmas. The trophy at National Championships for Junior Women’s C1 1000 also bear’s Dunn’s name. Dunn was involved with the paddling community for his entire life and attended the Junior and Under 23 World Championships and the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships last summer. 


The funeral for Russ will be 11 a.m. on Monday March 3rd at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd, Toronto), with a wake to follow at the Balmy Beach Club at 1 p.m.




Update about 'Lift the Ban on Women's Canoeing at the Olympics' on Change.org

Feb. 26, 2014


The Royal Canoe Club reports that in November 2013 the Intl Canoe Federation voted to drop the men's sprint K2 (2 person kayak) & men's slalom C2 (2 person canoe) events to make room for women's sprint & slalom C1 (singles canoe) events for Tokyo 2020. The ICF never publicly announced this, though they did announce they would propose 2 women's canoe events to the IOC. 
The IOC established caps on the number of athletes & events ("quotas") on all Sports. There is no indication these quotas can be exceeded. Agree or disagree - events must drop for events to be added.
The 2012 Olympic Canoeing (or Canoe/Kayak in layman's terms) quota was only 330. Similar multi-discipline/multi-equipment sports like Cycling & Rowing have 530 & 550 athlete quotas spots. Our Sport is woefully under-represented. Tough decisions. 
The South African representative quoted in this article (referencing sprint events) must have missed the Men's C2 500m in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Here is 2008 video. 
In 2004, less than 2 seconds separated 1st-9th and only 0.6 seconds separated 1-6. Yet this hotly contested event was dropped for 2012 in favor of a women's K1 (singles kayak) 200m event. 
He also missed the 2013 Senior World Championships Women's C1 200 final. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ogx1TnHpZ4
And lastly, the South African and Great Britain representatives both need to read the Olympic Charter: 
The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. 
Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement
Women's Canoe is Ready 4 Rio. But we wait for 2020.
Thank you for your support! It means so much to so many. 
We are close to 7,000 signatures - and we have over 6,000 Facebook fans!! 


2014 Schedule

Feb. 12, 2014


The 2014 schedule is now posted under regattas tab. Please note that it is still subject to change.


CanoeKayak Canada names Casey Wade as new CEO

Jan. 22, 2014


CanoeKayak Canada names Casey Wade as new CEO - click for more information


Welcome to 2014.

Jan. 15, 2014


Welcome to 2014. Please continue to check back often for any new information regarding the upcoming paddling season. Regatta schedules will be posted as soon as they are available.

See you on the water!


Cold Water Safety

April 10, 2013


Cold Water Safety

Dear clubs and coaches,

Spring is finally here and paddlers are starting to return to training on Canadian water. Competent coaches and sound safety practices have been key factors in maintaining a good safety record within our organization. We need your cooperation to ensure this is continued. Your diligence in communicating and enforcing the sprint code of safety will help to prevent tragedies. We will be communicating several cold water safety protocols through our social networks this week and ask that you take time to review them with your athletes:

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
Mandatory for paddlers under the age of 18 while the water is below 8 degrees Celsius
Mandatory for anyone under the age of 15 all the time. With the changing of the age categories at the recent AGM, this year it includes anyone born in 1998 or later.
Recommended for everyone while the water is below 8 degrees Celsius. Paddlers over 18 who choose not to wear a PFD must sign a waiver and have an approved PFD accessible in their boat or in the accompanying safety boat

Stay close to your athletes in the safety boat
Don't put inexperienced paddlers on the water
Keep you athletes near the shore in cold water
Carry a cell phone with you in the motorboat if possible

Don't put your athletes out in inclement weather
Club Safety Officer and/or Head Coach must monitor environmental conditions including water temperature, air temperature, wind, precipitation

Cold Water Effects
Know the Effects of Cold Water and treatments