The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club was founded in 1991. Since then it has been a steady presence at Lakeside Park, offering classes, outings, and boat storage.

The 2017 Sprint Team season is off to a great start. Under the leadership of coach and club president Jason Rusu the club continues to grow.  Jason in an ex-Olympian paddler and his enthusiasm and expertise translate into unparallelled experiences on the water.

Now in its fourth year, the club has been expanding programming.  Our youth racing programs is tailored to youth ages 10-18, additionally we offer a womens paddling program, and a Thursday night race series. New to the 2017 season will be adding Summer Camp programs and Masters programs!  The Racing Team will be participating in the BC Cup #2 in Kamloops in July, potentially the Calgary regatta in August, and the BC Championships / Pacific Cup in Maple Ridge in September. It's going to be a great season!

The youth program practices run twice mid-week, and once on the weekend. We meet at the Nelson Rowing Club pavilion at Lakeside Park in Nelson BC. Please view the "Sprint Program" tab for current practice information.

New to 2017, the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club is offering.... SUMMER CAMPS!  These active camps are designed for children from ages 8-16+.  They will develop kayaking and canoe skills, make friends and have fun on the water!  Weekly camps run through July and August , 4 hour long camps - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Monday to Friday, $150 per week, but only $130 for returning campers!  To register please contact Lauren, at

Upcoming Events

2017 Programs

Latest News: Sprint Team Winter training

The NKCC is excited to be offering the 2018 Winter Training Program, starting January 31st.  This program will be a great opportunity to gain strength, cardio, flexibility, refine paddling technique and see your paddling buddies!

Program Details:
Location: Nelson District Community Complex (Arena and pool)
When: Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 PM
Dates: January 31st - March 14th (7 sessions)
What will we be doing?
Every week will be a little different. The program is designed to prepare athletes for the upcoming season.  We will be doing a combination of aerobic exercise, and strength training in the arena for the first hour and will finish each session with a 30 minute pool paddling program, with a focus on technique. 


The cost of the program is $85 this includes everything (pool rental, equipment)
We need a minimum of four participants to run the program. 

What do you need to do?

In order to ensure that we have the minimum number of participants, please confirm by email ( or phone (250)-505-8108 by January 25th.

If you have a friend that is interested in joining the team next spring, this is a great opportunity to meet the club and get a head start on the season! 


Posted Tuesday 23 January 2018

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Our Sponsors

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!