Our History

The North Bay Canoe Club was founded 50 years ago in 1968 by Jean and Terry Evans. Terry was an Olympic canoeist and wrestler.

During the summer months there are many programs available for children, teens and adults of all levels and ages, including programs for youth with disabilities. Activities take place at the Club at Olmsted Beach on Trout Lake. Numerous paddlers from North Bay and surrounding areas have trained and participated in both recreational and competitive canoeing and kayaking programs that are offered by the Club. Each season, children and athletes participate in our programs, which include Canoe Kids Camps, School field trips, Special Needs Dragon Boat and Sprint Racing Programs. Adult fitness and recreational evening programs are also offered. We promote team building, a healthy lifestyle and respect for the environment in a friendly recreational atmosphere that enhances the quality of life in our community.

North Bay is proud to have been well represented at the Olympics, World Championships, Provincial Championships, National Championships, Pan American Games and other events over the years by members of the North Bay Canoe Club. Local paddlers representing Canada internationally include Nancy and Barb Olmsted, Alison Herst, Julie Rivard-Marshall, Dan Howe, Scott Kerrigan, Graham Cobb and Geoff Hibbard, all of North Bay. It is estimated that in excess of 5,000 local youth paddlers have been introduced to paddling and have trained and participated in various canoeing and kayaking events in our city. The North Bay Canoe Club has always been self-supporting through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and relies on community support to provide all of its programming.

Here is a great resource about all canoe clubs in Canada: http://cfly.ca/timeless/canoe/canoe.htm