Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club

It's All About Character!

July update


Summer is in full swing, and things are pretty busy down at the boathouse; so busy, in fact, that I just haven't had the chance to sit down and bang out this month's edition of The Paddler.
However, there are still a number of things to update you folks on.

Paddle Camp: This week is the first week of our popular Paddle Camp for kids, and it appears as though we have a great group of kids for the first week. If you haven't already, be sure to enroll your child for a fun and exciting week on the water, as spots tend to fill up fast. Please note: there is no Paddle Camp the week of Aug. 5 due to the Wakestock event happening in the harbour. For more info on the camp, contact Doug Linton at

Equipment: If you've been down to the boathouse lately, you may have noticed some new boats. Thanks to a grant from the Village at Blue Mountain Foundation, the club has been able to purchase five new boats: three stable kayaks that are accessible for all members of the club, and two Hody OC-1s, which should come in especially handy with the kids program - though the boats can be paddled by anyone!

July 19 OC Race: The club is hosting its first outrigger race on July 19. There are two races: a 17.5 km , and a five-km, bothl start from the historic Collingwood Harbour. The race will start at 10 a.m., with registration at the boathouse starting at 8:30. Race fee is $25 for the 17.5 k, or $10 for the five-k - includes post race barbecue. Categories include men's and women's OC-1, OC-2 and mixed OC-2. For more information contact Brian Saunderson at

Aug. 22 Sprint Regatta: The club is also preparing to host its first WOD-level sprint regatta on Aug. 22, and we'll be needing volunteers for both this and the July 19 race. If you'd like to help out, contact Brian or myself...

High School Dragon Boat Team: Do you have a high-school-aged youth? The CDBCC is organizing a high school dragon boat team, to practice late Wednesday afternoons until Aug. 12. The cost is just $35, plus a $50 add-on if you would also like to participate in the club's open paddle sessions on Sunday afternoon, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Christine Linton at

Thursdays of Thunder: Thursdays of Thunder, the weekly Masters paddling race series, starts this Thursday at 6 p.m. Races in C-1 and C-2, K-1, and OC-1 in mens and womens categories. This year, the race fee is a toonie per night, and the races will be run every Thursday until the last week of August. Challenge your fellow club members in a friendly night of competition on the road to glory and fame (well, at the club, anyway). For more information on this program, feel free to contact me...

Harbourlands: Nothing new to report on the Harbourlands project; the engineer is still working on the third draft. More info will go out to club members as soon as something is presented.

June 28 Open House & Barbecue: Thanks to everyone who came out; it looked like we had quite the turnout, with a lot of folks enjoying the boats. Special thanks to Ian and Leslie Whitton for supplying the hamburgers and hotdogs for the barbecue.