The Nelson Paddling Club was founded in 1991. Since then it has been a steady presence at Lakeside Park, offering classes, outings, and boat storage.
The Nelson Paddling Club is working hard with the support of Canoe Kayak BC and Canoe Kayak Canada to get our members out on the water as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club provides an inclusive, safe and welcoming space for everyone to participate in sport and physical activity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We welcome individuals with physical disabilities and strive to adapt programming to individual athletes needs.
Latest News: Cardboard kayaks take over Nelson’s Lakeside beach
Posted Saturday 10 August 2019
Cardboard and duct tape.
That’s all you are allowed to use, and you have to make the kayak in the park just before the race.
On Monday, racers paddled their kayaks down the lake and around a pylon and back. Many didn’t make it – they floundered and sank, often slowly and hilariously.
The event is organized by the Nelson Paddling Club and sponsored by Columbia Basin trust and Telus. This year there were three race categories: kids, families, and adults.
There were 71 entries this year, up from 46 last year, according to Heather Potkins who organized the event along with Tessa Timmermans and Carson VanHorne.
Frances Tait and Fyn Taylor won the kids’ race.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Fyn after the big win.
“Like a champion,” said Frances.
What was the winning feature of their kayak design?
“The point at the front,” they said. “And it was waterproof. There were no holes.”
See a video of the event on the online version of this story at nelsonstar.com.
Credit: Bill Metcaf, Nelson Star
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Featured Coach: Zoe Taylor
"I hope to bring among other things, a good work ethic and a positive personality to the club."
Zoe Taylor has been paddling with the club for three years now. Last summer she got certified as a junior coach and did some volunteer work in the club. This year she is so excited to get to work for the club and id looking forward to the coming season. Zoe also cross country skis and does some running. This Year Zoe will be assistant coaching the Adult Learn to Paddle Group, the developement Regatta Ready group and summer camps.
our sprint distance courses! And thank you to Hellman Canoes and Kayaks for their continued support of our sprint team with boat repairs and Tech apparel ware!