The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club (NKCC) 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 NKCC 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.

In 2014 the NKCC collaborated with the Nelson District Community Complex (NDCC) to offer classes, outings, and watercraft rental.  A fleet of canoes, Stand up Paddleboards (SUPs), and kayaks are available to rent through the NDCC.  Click here for more information.


Safety is a high priority for the NKCC.  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.  

Boat Storage

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

Registration Documents

  • NKCC Membership Form 2017/18
    • Please complete this waiver to register as a club member, which include Sprint Team athletes, Masters Programs paddlers, or Boathouse Storage. We require this document to be completed to be able to participate in all NKCC programs. 
  • CKBC ClubMember RegistrationForm 2017-2018
    • For Sprint Team participation please complete this waiver provided by Canoe Kayak BC. It's completetion is mandatory.

 NKCC Rules

All NKCC members (those storing boats in the boathouse and Sprint Program participants) must adhere to the following 

Only NKCC 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 nelsonkayakandcanoeclub@gmail.com,  for more information.

Prospective Volunteers

Please contact Heather Potkins at 250-505-8108


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!