Your Membership Card is now available online

Several local retailers offer SKABC Members discounts on equipment, clothing and rentals. You can print out a membership card to present -- it is now online. When you're logged in, navigate to:

For Members > Membership Card

When you're there, click to generate a printable pdf. If you need assistance please contact

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Open Houses and Survey on public facilities for paddlers in Vancouver

The Vancouver Park Board is looking for your feedback about On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy. "Help us imagine the future of canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more for Vancouver's waterways!" There is an online survey and two more open houses between now and March 16.

SKABC members: On the club's General Discussion Forum, you can organize with other members on attending open houses. (Several SKABC Members attended February 27) We can also discuss proposals to put forward to the Parks Board as a club. We have the opportunity to give feedback until March 16, so there is momentum for coming up with a proposal now.

Details about upcoming Vancouver Park Board open houses: The first hour is a drop-in open house. After that, there is an informal presentation by VPB staff and a workshop. Stay for as much or as little as you can. (If you plan to attend the workshop portion, RSVP at

Attend an Open House on these dates:

-Monday, March 5 from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm at City Lab, 511 West Broadway Street

-Saturday, March 10 from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm at Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street

Stay tuned for updates on the club's participation in this process and help with planning on the forum.

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SKABC Presents: Paddling Film Festival March 16 at 6:30 pm

Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world including Vancouver. Join SKABC to view this year’s best paddling films and get yourself inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the world’s wild places.

Film selections include sea kayaking, whitewater, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing and more. See list of films below.

There will be door prizes and a raffle. Proceeds go to BC Marine Trails Howe Sound campsites that are under SKABC stewardship.

March 16 at Langara College in Vancouver. Address: 100 West 49th Avenue. Use the Langara main entrance on 49th. Theatre A130. There is parking off Ontario Street.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets for sale online for $17 ($20 at the door):

Get tickets for Paddling Film Festival

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The 2018 trip planning meeting is Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  in Surrey.

All members are welcome! We're looking for members who have led trips before or who have some good trip ideas. Seeking people who would like to assist or lead jointly for their first time. Contact your fellow paddlers and invite them along. Lunch will be provided. We're looking forward to it!

Update Saturday January 20: It is a stormy weekend -- great opportunity to stay inside with your fellow paddlers and plan out the season! Contact if you're RSVPing last minute! I'll forward you the address and other info.

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Congratulations Silver Paddle Award Winners!

The Silver Paddle Award Winners for 2017:

- Roy Smyth
- Inge Zegel
- Bruce Pickwell
- Randy Chatterjee

Their awards were presented at the AGM as recognition and a huge thank you for their volunteer efforts over the years!

History of The Silver Paddle and Orca Awards:

The Silver Paddle Award is given by the club executive to express gratitude for a member's valuable contributions to SKABC.

Past Silver Paddle Awards:

2015 Silver Paddle Recipients: Mick Allen, Shirley Brunke, Simone Avram

2014 Silver Paddle Recipients: Karin Hartner, Nick Heath, Rob Leeson

2013 Silver Paddle Recipients: Richard Jensen and Susan Jensen

2009 Silver Paddle Recipients: Bob Maher and Maureen Benzon

2008 Silver Paddle Recipients: Gayla Shulhan, George Prevost, Kallie Cunningham and Peter Kearney.

The Orca Award is a way of saying thank-you to many of the people who have made significant contributions not only to SKABC but to the sea kayaking community as a whole, SKABC instituted an annual award. Nominations for this award are sought from all club members between January and March of the year. The award may be presented at our April club meeting. The challenge is choosing one person from a large group of people who have made a difference.

2007 Orca Award: Cindy Dopson

2006 Orca Award: Tony Clayton

2005 Orca Award: Rick Davies

2004 Orca Award: Ray Pilman

2003 Orca Award: Harald Riffel

A huge thank you to these recipients. We hope to continue the tradition of presenting Orca and Silver Paddle Awards in the future.


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