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.

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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

 Credit: Bill Metcaf, Nelson Star

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Featured Coach: Carson Van Horne

I’m looking forward to coaching this summer to share my knowledge of the sport, get more kids involved and working with a great team of coaches. I like working with kids and seeing them succeed in new sports and meeting their goals."

Carson has been paddling with the Nelson Paddling club for four years, he primarily paddles sprint kayak but also has an interest in sprint canoeing. He has competed at the BC Summer Games twice as well as well as competing at the BC Pacific cup in Maple Ridge. Carson has completed the Canoe Kids Instructors course in June 2018 and has volunteered with the Nelson Paddling Clubs 2018 Summer Camps. He is currently on the LVR mountain biking team and enjoys skiing. This Summer Carson will be coaching at the Nelson Paddling Clubs Summer Camps.

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Thank you to the Nelson Athletic Association for the loan of Buoy markers to set up
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!