Our Sport

The North Bay Canoe Club is geared towards the practice of flat-water Canoe and Kayak for youth and adults. However, we are also experts in coaching Dragon Boat for racing or fitness purposes. Our members also participate in pleasure kayaking and canoeing. The following section will introduce you to the different sports we are offering in our quality programs:

Flat-water Canoe and Kayak:

Flat-water canoe and kayak racing began in Canada in the early 1900’s and became an Olympic sport in 1936. It is a sport whose origins can be traced back to the time of confederation. Over the years the image has changed from a peaceful mode of transportation to a dynamic sport requiring athletic excellence. Today over 6,500 Canadians are members of the Canadian Canoe Association in the Sprint Racing Division.

Paddlers train and compete in canoes and/or kayaks as singles (K-1), in pairs (K-2) or in fours (K-4) over a variety of distances. That offers the canoe and kayak athletes an incredible variety of racing and training experiences making that sport challenging and stimulating.  Perhaps the most exciting race at any regatta is the “War Canoe”, a distinctly Canadian event, in which 14 paddlers and a cox work together as a team.

Sprint Canoe :

A light, narrow, open boat propelled by one (C-1), two (C-2) or four (C-4) paddlers from a kneeling position, using single-bladed paddles. The strokes are executed always on one side. The boats steering is controlled by the paddlers use of the paddle. The drag of the paddle creates resistance, causing the stern of a canoe to turn in the required direction.


North Bay Canoe Club canoer


Thomas Hall, 2008 Bejing Olympics bronze medalist

Sprint Kayak :

A light, narrow boat, with a small space for the paddler to sit in. (Cockpit), propelled by one or more paddlers from a seating position, using double-bladed paddles. A kayak is steered by rudder controlled by the feet’s of the bowman in the front cockpit.


North Bay Canoe Club kayaker


Adam Van Koeverdem, Olympic gold medalist

Nowadays the boats are mostly built in a carbon composite material making them really stiff and resistant. However the canoe fours and the war canoes are still using wood as primary material making those boats a floating piece of art. The North Bay Canoe Club possesses a complete fleet of the most advanced  boats for our elite paddlers and stable boats for beginners.

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Dragon Boat:

Dragon boats are long, slim, open boats that have been built for over 5000 years in the tradiditional Chinese style and come in various sizes and lengths. Paddlers use singlebladed paddles to drive them forward and apart from that method of propulsion, they have nothing in common with canoeists.

Size is usually determined by the number of paddlers. The smallest boat has eight paddlers and is called a “Baby Dragon”.  While some boats are designed for more than 100 paddlers, the modern, international standard racing boat has 20 paddlers, one drummer and a steersperson. For the hull, there’s no keel and no bow- and stern-posts. Instead there’s a concave keel plank and bulkheads inside the hull.  The bow doesn’t cut the water; the water is guided under the boat through a “keel-tunnel” shaped by the plank.

Dragon boating is accessible for everybody because the boat is very stable and the paddling position (seating) is comfortable. The North Bay Canoe Club has two dragon boats.

Dragon Boat