The Nelson Paddling Club (NPC) was founded in 1991. The Club was incorporated as a society in 2002. Through the years the club has offered various paddling programs and ways of getting out on the water under paddle power. The mandate of the NPC is to promote safe paddlesport in and around Lakeside Park in Nelson, build the Youth Sprint Program and other skill-oriented programs, and introduce paddling to as many people as possible.


Safety is a high priority for the NPC.  We have completed our 2017 update of the Safety Management Plan to control hazards and pull together links to many resources that promote safety on and off the water.  New to the document this year is a cold water protocol for spring and fall paddling.  In 2019, Marc Deschenes has become our official Safety Officer to collaborate with the Senior Coaches on safety issues and he also reports issues to the NPC Board

Boat Storage

If you have your own boat and would like to store it at Lakeside Park for your personal use contact npcexecutive@gmail.com for more information.

Registration Documents

  • The waiver, as part of your online registration, is compulsory to be registered in any NPC sanctioned program including Sprint Team athletes, school or summer camp programs, Masters Programs paddlers, Race night, Boathouse Storage and so on.

NPC Rules

All NPC members (those storing boats in the boathouse) must adhere to the following 

Only NPC members can access and use club equipment and boathouses. That means No Guests.

All activities on the water must be safe. PFD's are mandatory. Dress, act and paddle appropriately for weather and conditions. Members must be able to paddle and self-rescue effectively. Inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.

No overnight, off-location or vehicular transport of club equipment is allowed.


Please contact nelsonpaddlingclub@gmail.com,  for more information.

Prospective Volunteers

Please contact NPC Board at npcexecutive@gmail.com


Our Sponsors

 Hellman Canoes & Kayaks are offering 10% off paddling gear for NPC members only!  
This does not include sale items, boats, sup's, and repairs.