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Banook Membership Childcare

Membership Childcare Fees

July 2nd-5th$80
July 8th–12th$100
July 15th–19th$100
July 22nd–26th$100
July 29th–Aug 2nd$100
Aug 6th–9th$80
Aug 12th–16th$100
Aug 19th–23rd$100
Aug 26th-30th$100

 We are super excited to continue offering our babysitting services this summer at a discounted rate for members!

Available to any kids between the ages of 6 – 12 who are enrolled in Banook’s paddling program. Your child must be 6 before July 1st, 2019.

Given our paddling program doesn’t start until children are  8 years old, we invite the under 8’s to register for the Banook’s membership childcare and enjoy the free kiddie canoe program and/or register for a swimming lesson.

Child Care tax receipts will be available upon request  

Our ratio of Camp Child Supervisor to number of children will be 8 children to 1 Child Supervisor.  If we reach our limit of 24, and have enough on the wait list to hire another Child Supervisor then we will.

No more picking up baby sitters and extra organizing, leave it to us!! Simply select the weeks needed while you are filling out your membership registration. Sign up early to ensure your spot.


  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Camps Run from July 2 – August 30, 2019
  • $80-100/week
  • 8:30am to 4:30pm


  • Try out Kayaking, Canoeing and Dragon Boat!
  • Play sports like Soccer and Swimming
  • Play Games and have lots of fun!

Registration: Register online when you join or renew your Banook Membership.

We also offer extended child care for camp participants only: Drop off starts at 8:00am and pick up by 5:00pm. Add an extra $10/week

Bring your own lunch, or get a warm lunch at our canteen – weekly meal plans available! 


All Refunds are subject to a $50 administration fee.  No Refunds after July 15th, 2018.  Refunds up to this date will be pro-rated.  Only medical reasons will be considered after July 15th, 2019.


Sample Banook Members Childcare Schedule
Time Ages 6-8 Ages 9-11
8:00 AM Drop – Off
9:00 AM
9:15 AM Swimming* Small Boats
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM Sunscreen
10:15 AM Free Time/Snack Sunscreen
10:30 AM Free Time/Snack
10:45 AM
11:00 AM War Canoe
11:15 AM Swimming*
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM Sunscreen
12:15 PM Lunch Sunscreen
12:30 PM Lunch
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM Small Boats
1:30 PM War Canoe
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM Sunscreen
2:30 PM Free Time or Park visit
2:45 PM Sunscreen
3:00 PM Free Time or Park visit
4:00 PM Pick Up
5:00 PM


*Daily swimming lessons are available for the cost of $40/3 week session

Vacant Board Positions

Since our AGM in September, we had two position become vacant that we are looking to fill for the next 10 months. Please check out the roles and responsibilities below and contact us if you have any questions.

· 5-10 hours per month
· Act as coach, advisor and counselor to assigned committees
· Support and defend policies and programs adopted by the Board of Directors
· Perform any other duties as assigned by the President and/or Board
· Attend monthly board meetings, events and committee meetings
· Identify, recruit and train committee chair for assigned committees
· Submit agenda items for Board of Directors meetings in advance of meetings
· Research current trends and topics pertinent to the meetings industry and portfolio and report findings to Board of Directors
· Perform Chair responsibilities when the Chair cannot be available

Finance Director
· 5-10 hours per month
· Accounting background preferred
· Attend monthly board meetings, events and committee meetings
· Provide consistent and reliable financial reporting.
· Provide consistent reconciliation of all sources of revenue.
· Help provide responsible fiscal budgeting.

Canadian Sprint Canoe-Kayak Championships

We are excited that nine Banook athletes received a medal at the Nationals in Sherbrooke. In total, our athletes won  6 Golds, 2 Silver, and 6 Bronze.  Many more also competed in the finals and achieved personal best times. 

Banook’s Nationals Results

Day 1:

  • U19 Men’s K1 500m Bronze – Alex Canning
  • U16 Men’s K1 200m Gold and Canadian Champion – Ian Gaudet

Day 2:

  • U19 Men’s K1 1000m Gold and Canadian Champion – Alex Canning
  • U16 Men’s K1 1000m Bronze – Ian Gaudet

Day 3:

  • U17 Men’s K4 1000m Gold and Canadian Champions – Thomas Cox, Ian Gaudet, Jack Hall, Cole Parsons
  • U19 Men’s K2 500m Bronze – Alex Canning and Ian Gaudet

Day 4:

  • U17 Women’s K4 500m Bronze – Carys McMurray, Emily Munroe, Emily Parsons, Lucy Traves

Day 5:

  • U19 Men’s K2 200m – Silver Alex Canning and Ian Gaudet

A special CONGRATULATIONS to Alex Canning (4 medals) and Ian Gaudet (5 medals) who had tremendous success on the water in Sherbrooke!

Banook News – July 19, 2018

We are about to enter our fourth week of our summer program and everything is going great. Our paddling program and day-camps are fully booked with all the children involved having a wonderful summer so far. Keep an eye out for our social media to take a look at all the pictures.

Make sure when you’re here to come check out our canteen. Our canteen hours have changed to 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday. We are serving lunch specials everyday. Our latest addition is our Chicken Quesadilla Wednesdays as well as our Pizza Tuesdays, as well as a wide range of other treats. Let us know if you have any suggestions.

U11 Regatta
On Tuesday, July 17th we had the Big U11 Regatta. Our paddlers did extraordinarily well especially from our campers that paddled for the first time all the way to our experienced paddlers. With our painted faces, our war cries and Banook signs, the Banook Canoe Club showed their pride and everyone gave their all. CONGRATULATIONS!

Teen Dance – Tonight!
On Thursday, July 19th, we’ll be hosting an U15 and U13 Dance to help fund raise for our NATIONAL PLANNING ATHLETES. The dance runs from 7PM to 9:30PM. Be sure to come out and support our NATIONAL PLANNING ATHLETES  and do not forget your dancing shoes!

Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships
The Pan Am Sprint Canoe Championships are coming up soon (September 13-16). During the championships, Banook Canoe Club will serve as the athletes village and will only be accessible to those participating in the championships. Unfortunately, this also includes private rentals, fitness classes and evening activities at the club. We will be sharing more information very soon with everyone. 

BBQ Tonight!
Lastly, just a bug reminder to all members that we do have our weekly BBQ this Thursday which starts at 5pm and ends at 7pm. Come out, support and have a good time meeting and socializing with other members of the Banook Family.

Be a Volunteer

Please go to our website to register for upcoming events. You’ll reduce your membership dues, feel good about volunteering and meet other members, too.

Upcoming volunteering opportunities

Sun, May 6 2018 to Sun, Sep 30 2018 – Regatta Safety Boat
Thu, Jul 5 2018 to Thu, Aug 30 2018 – Banook Thursday Evening BBQs & Open Dock
Wed, Jul 4 2018 to Fri, Aug 31 2018 – Canteen (11am-1pm Weekdays only!)
Fri, Sep 7 2018 to Tue, Sep 11 2018 – PanAm Champs Lunch Serving Team
Wed, Jul 11 2018 to Sun, Sep 30 2018 – Nationals Training Group Fundraising Events


 The Banook Canoe Club is the place to be this summer – we look forward to seeing you at our ‘cottage in the city’.


July 11 – Club News

Summer at the Banook Canoe Club is in full swing, and it looks like we’re off to a great start.

Children and adults alike are taking advantage of our canteen (open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm). After the first week, we made some minor adjustments based on demand, and we’ll be able to serve you even better.

Thursday’s BBQ
Our Thursday night BBQ (5pm to 7pm) is expected to be busy with another sunny forecast.  We are also extending the invitation to our non-member Day Camp families too! Tomorrow, our athletes will be fundraising by selling a tasty dessert at our BBQ – so save room for it!

We’ll also have lifeguards on duty, cash bar, and open wharf for those members wanting to try a boat or kiddie canoe.  
$10 Combo meals – hamburger or hotdog, salad, drink, and dessert!

Bottle Drive 
And speaking of Banook athletes, our high-performance athletes will be having a bottle drive this Saturday, July 14, 8:30 – 12:30. They’ll be using the Banook parking lot to coordinate the bottles/ sort etc. Members can drop off bottles that morning at the club if they have any to contribute.

U15 Dance 
And another event the high-performance athletes are running is a U15 Dance on Thursday, July 19 from 7pm to 9:30pm. Banook athletes, Emily P and Carys M, are organizing it. Cost is $5 for Banook members and $7 for non-Banook members, who MUST be signed in by a Banook member. The doors open at 7pm and entry will be closed at 8pm. They’ll have a canteen and a great playlist, so if you’re U15, plan on being there.

New Lost and Found Policy
 With so many people around, Banook’s Lost and Found pile grows rapidly over the summer. Please label everything your child brings to Banook and please make sure you check the Lost and Found regularly for items your child may have left behind.  Unclaimed clothing items that do not have name labels are washed and will be sold at Banook’s BBQ’s on August 2 and August 23.  Proceeds from this sale go to supporting the athletes who will travel to Nationals in Quebec at the end of the summer.  July 26 will be the last date to claim items prior to the August 2 sale and August 16 is the last date to claim prior to the August 23 sale.   Any leftover items after the sales will be donated to Value Village.

Canoe Polo 
Canoe polo is up and running and it looks like a lot of fun. It involves passing and blocking a ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net. The Banook program will run to August 17th for two evenings per week from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The registration is open for participants 15 years of age and older.   

Be a Volunteer 
Please go to our website to register for upcoming events. You’ll reduce your membership dues, feel good about volunteering and meet other members, too.

 The Banook Canoe Club is the place to be this summer – we look forward to seeing you at our ‘cottage in the city’.

Banook Weekly Update – July 6, 2018

Banook Canoe Club is wrapping up its first week of summer activity and it’s been a GREAT week! Our Camps have been full, with each child enjoying lots of opportunity to have fun paddling, swimming, meeting new friends, sampling our treats at the canteen, and making memories that will last a lifetime!

Our camps are full of smiles – the children are so excited and really valuing their experiences at the lake. It’s wonderful to see them learning new things and making new friends after only a few days. The camp counselors, the coaches and the lifeguards are all part of Banook summer team doing their all to make each child create positive memories of summer 2018.

Our canteen opened on Tuesday to rave reviews. We’ve lowered some prices from last year, and many people have established ‘tabs’ to make it easier to use the canteen throughout the week. It’s open 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Check out our daily specials!

Last night, our first Thursday Night Family Barbeque was very well attended. We still have lots of yummy food for more members to join us next Thursday (July 12) from 5pm to 7pm. There will be lifeguards on duty and Open Wharf for children to use the boats under the supervision of our coaches. We encourage all our members and also our camp families to drop by and enjoy an opportunity to mingle.

Weddings, Weddings, and more Weddings!

In July, we’ve bookings every weekend, including a weekend triple-header – a Friday wedding and reception, a Saturday wedding and reception, and wrapping up with a wedding reception on Sunday.

Pan-Am Championships

Lake Banook will be the site for the Pan-Am Sprint Canoe Championships from September 13-16, 2018, and we’re excited that Banook Canoe Club will be the venue for the ATHLETE’S VILLAGE!

In newly-refurbished Hall, we’ll be feeding as many as 350 athletes and their support crews (coaches, administrators, etc.) for five days – Wednesday to Sunday. Our gym will be used for Health Services such as Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy for the athletes. Some boat bays will be used to store the boats from the competing countries. We’ll need volunteers to assist with serving the buffet-style lunches, which will be a great way to experience the moment. All in all, it’s going to be an exciting time on Lake Banook!!

Annual General Meeting + Awards Dinner

Two Banook Canoe Club events you should put on your calendar are the Athlete’s Award Dinner (September 23) and the AGM (September 26). At our AGM, we’ll elect our Board members for 2018/2019, so if you’d like to either nominate a person or stand for a position, please contact Charlene Moore (BCC Board Memeber) Board meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm in the Banook Hall. All currently registered members are welcome to attend.

Canoe Polo

Canoe polo is a fast and fun activity played in white water kayaks. It involves passing and blocking a ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net. Check out the cool pics on Facebook of Team Canada at the world championships.

The Banook program will run for 8 weeks from June 25th to August 17th for two evenings per week from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The registration is open for participants 15 years of age and older.

The Banook Canoe Club is the place to be this summer – I look forward to seeing you at our ‘cottage in the city’.

June 29 – Club News

To the new members of Banook, Welcome! For those returning members, Welcome back for another wonderful season. Just a few important reminders.

  1. To those who still have outstanding payments if you have not fully paid by July 6th or have set up Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF) payments with the office we will unfortunately have to turn your child away on Monday July 9th. Please email or call the office to avoid this from happening.
  2. For members who have children in the coached paddling program, just a reminder that PFDs are now required and the use of life belts has been permitted. It would be preferred if each child had their own PFD becuase the club does not have enough to go around for everybody.
  3. On Monday the 2nd of July we will have swim and tip tests going on from 1pm-3pm, please do make sure those involved in either swimming or paddling programs do attend.
  4. We are looking for Bartenders to hire for our upcoming events, wages are $11/hr plus tips made. Call the office at 9024641740 if you are interested.
  5. Lastly, the Canteen will be open on Tuesday at 10am-3pm. Make sure to start your tab on Tuesday. The use of cash and credit card is available.

Lets all make this a summer to remember!!

Mid-June News!

We’re less than 2 weeks away from our exciting summer season – it’s going to be a great summer filled with a lifetime of memories for so many. Until then, let’s get up to speed with all the goings-on!
Did you now we’re making ALLOT of facility upgrades this month? The siding, soffit and fascia are being replaced on the Hall, our wooden railing on the deck near the gym are being replaced, three boat storage room doors will be having their trim replaced, our Hall and Senior Room are having a major refurbishing, our two new docks are being installed, and we’re having the window and frame replaced in the lifeguard room. All these and several other smaller projects will be keeping us on our toes and we ask you to be ‘extra-careful’ when you’re at the club. We apologize for any inconvenience any of these upgrades may cause you, an after they’re completed, our facility will be so much better!
Some of you have registered and not paid as of yet, and we really need you to take care of this ‘oversight’ as soon as you can. And for anyone who hasn’t registered yet, please get it done today! Payment is easy with so many methods of payment. Many are choosing e-transfer, while others have paid by EFT’s, cheques and credit cards. To avoid problems for your children on July 3, please ensure you’re fully registered and paid/payment by June 22.
Our May 27th yard sale was a huge success, raising approx. $4100 which helped to purchase three kayaks! A big thanks to everyone who donated goods and volunteered their time to make this a success.
Banook Canoe Club will be the venue for the ATHLETE’S VILLAGE during the Pan-Am Games in September (9-16). It’s a real honour and an opportunity to show many countries what a great facility we have. We’ll share more as we get closer to the competition.
There are SO MANY private events happening at our club this year, including 15 wedding receptions with many of those including actual weddings! Our largest event is the BLUE GOOSE DINNER happening on Friday, June 22. To ensure it’s a big success, we need lots of volunteers so we’re asking you to go to the volunteer site at and sign up to help.
Two Banook Canoe Club events you should put on your calendar are the Athlete’s Award Dinner (September 23) and the Annual General Meeting (September 26). At our AGM, we’ll elect our Board members for 2018/2019, so if you’d like to either nominate a person or stand for a position, please keep that date in mind. Board meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm in the Banook Hall.  All currently registered members are welcome to attend.
Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is phasing in rules changes to personal flotation to become compliant with the Canadian Shipping Act.  Effective immediately, all U15 age class competitors and younger must wear a Certified PFD (non inflatable) at all inter Divisional Regattas for the 2018 season. This means that our U15 and younger athletes that currently wear lifebelts are only allowed to wear them here at Divisional regattas for the 2018 season.  They will NOT be allowed to wear them at National Team Trials 3 or at Nationals in Sherbrooke. At these events they will be required to wear a certified PFD.
Starting in 2019, all U15 and younger athletes will be required to wear a Certified PFD at all times while on the water. The rule change also affects coaches. Effective immediately, all coaches must wear a Certified PFD in the manner it was intended while on the water at all times.
Banook does not have sufficient PFD’s in the correct size for every athlete.  We are asking parents to provide an appropriate PFD for their child.  Banook will have a supply of PFD’s available if you are unable to provide one for your athlete.  If this is the case, please let us know so we can ensure we have the correct size.
Canoe polo is a fast and fun activity played in white water kayaks.  It involves passing and blocking a ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net.   Check out the cool pics on Facebook of Team Canada at the world championships.  
The Banook program will run for 8 weeks from June 25th to August 17th for two evenings per week from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.   
 The registration is open for participants 15 years of age and older.   
 Cost to members: $80 + tax
Cost to non-members: $100 + tax
Unfortunately, there are boats in Banook’s storage that have not been registered or storage fees paid.  Our bylaws clearly outline that payment of storage fees is due May 1 and our bylaws also state If a member does not pay membership dues and fees for the current year, the Club will give notice to the former member to remove the boat. Failure to remove the boat after 30 days will result in the boat becoming property of the Club.” Please ensure you have paid your fees to avoid issues for all concerned.

Become a Donor

The Banook Canoe Club is a non-profit organization, managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. At BCC, we stress a family recreational atmosphere and a competitive canoeing and kayaking environment. Banook takes pride in its historic clubhouse and encourages members to take part in the preservation of the facility and the stewardship of the lake. Banook will issue charitable receipts for cash donations through the National Sport Trust Fund. If you wish to make a donation, please complete the Donation Form or contact the Club Manager.

Spring 2018 – We are currently raising funds in support of the general boat fund. 
Click to download the Donation Form.

Switch Dartmouth

Attention Dartmouth Families – Join us on Sunday during Dartmouth SWITCH!

Members and non-members are invited!

Here’s a sneak peak of what we have planned:

  • Our giant BBQ will be cooking yummy hamburgers and hotdogs on the sundeck
  • Take a canoe/kayak for a paddle. We also have kiddie canoes available (ages 4+)
  • Indoor gym will be open
  • Our lifeguards will be on duty for swimmers
  • Banook staff will be on hand to answer questions about our summer programs, memberships and to assist to registration.

See you Sunday!

May 2018 Newsletter

Here we are, just a few short weeks from our busiest two months of the year, and the Club is already going full tilt! We’re in full hiring mode with lifeguards, camp counsellors and coaches now hired, and we’re not finished yet! This is promising to be an exciting summer, and the team we’ve hired so far are talented, skillful and all around excellent people – I’m looking forward to seeing the magic they create.

Our summer Assistant Manager Tariro will be starting next week, and I know she’ll be a great asset to the Club. Tariro is going into her third year of Finance at St. Mary’s University, and she’ll learn lots of carry-over skills from her time with us. Please drop by the office and say ‘hello’.

We’ve many facility improvement projects on the go – there are two new docks arriving soon that will, by all reports, outlast all of us. And more, we are having the fascia and soffit replaced on the Hall side of our facility, and we’re also going to be replacing the siding on the hall in keeping with our Heritage Property designation

Once again, our ANNUAL PLANT and YARD SALE will be happening on Saturday morning, May 26, on the Green Space at the bottom of Sinclair St. and Prince Albert Road. For those that have attended in the past, you know we always have great items at fair prices, so make sure you find time to attend!

Upcoming Events

  • There are lots of other happenings and event coming in the near future, and we’ve highlighted some of them here:
  •  the PAN-AM Sprint Canoe Championships are coming September 13-16, 2018 and we’ll need lots of volunteers – there will be more information on this event in the next newsletter, but keep the dates in mind.
  •  OPEN HOUSE #2 – Sunday, June 3 (noon to 4pm) – come talk to us about the value of being a member of the Club, and our event coincides with Switch Dartmouth, a great opportunity to combine getting to experience our Club and the community around it. For more information on the Switch Dartmouth event, go to: For an opportunity to volunteer at the OPEN HOUSE, go to:
  • OPEN HOUSE #3 – Saturday, June 16 (10am to 2pm) – it’s another opportunity to speak with us about joining the club. For an opportunity to volunteer at the OPEN HOUSE, go to:
  • The BLUE GOOSE event at our club is an annual event which really showcases what and who we are to a large audience. It happens on Friday, June 22 and we’ll need plenty of volunteers to make this event go smoothly, so check with IVolunteer to sign up as soon as that event is posted!
  • Other volunteer opportunities include helping out with our boat repairs. For a chance to put some hours into this activity, please contact Ron Hill. Ron is also looking for a donation of a drill press to be used in the boat repairs so let him know if you can help. And to play a role in keeping our facility looking good and operating smoothly by involving yourself in minor facility repairs, please contact Phil Brown. Phil would also be interested in hearing of anybody with an unwanted self-propelled gas mower to use on our hilly grassy are.


  • The regattas have started and here is a link to them:
  • Wherever you see ‘BA’, that’s when we need to find volunteers to staff the Officials Boats. It’s a great opportunity to see a different side of racing and also gives you an opportunity to earn some volunteer hours.
  • • Check out the iVolunteer link at: We’ll have a link for every race that we have a need for officials.

ADCKC Officials News

Regatta availability: Please fill out the form on availability for the summer if you haven’t done so already.

Officials Meeting – Tuesday May 29th at 7:30pm at the ADCKC.

Officials Clinic – TBD but it is looking like it will be June 13th.

Membership Report

Things are ramping up on the membership front. We’ve held an open houses last month and had a good turnout, including brand new families and adult individual members registering. Keep up the good work promoting the club!

The next open house will coincide with Dartmouth Switch Open Street event on Sunday June 3rd from 12-4pm. For the first year Banook is going to be an official stop on the event map! We are hoping to get enough volunteers to run a BBQ fundraiser for the club and offer some fun activities for families dropping in. Please go to i-volunteer to sign up if you are interested in helping out with this event. We will be updating activities Banook will be offering as the event draws nearer.

Also, please don’t forget to register and pay for your membership and programs. Our ‘not-for-profit’ Club works hard to give you a great product and your full support is needed… AND appreciated!

I have started entering paddlers into PacTrac for CKC racing this summer. As paddlers and families register I will update the list.

Masters Report

Practices have been underway since mid-April

Tuesday/Thursday evenings at 6:30. Saturday morning at 9:00.

It has been a slow start this year with the program due to the weather but we are looking forward to a great season and are very happy to have some good coaching this year. Peter, Toshko, and Tim Schauss will be heading the program.

Thursday Night BBQ’s

And when the season starts in July, so will our Thursday night barbeques, which are always a popular way to get to know your children’s friends, your fellow members, your volunteer Board and the staff. Make sure you pencil these into your schedule now so ensure you take advantage!

The Board, led by President Geoff Bennett, along with all the staff, want 2018 to be a year to remember. Come on out and be part of things – you’ll never regret a minute of helping your club be all that it can be. Visit our website ( or email us at Banook@banookcanoe if you would like more information. See you at the Club, your ‘cottage in the city’.

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