Club News

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’.

April 2018 Newsletter


10:00AM TO 1:00PM

Come join us this Saturday from 10am to 1pm during our spring OPEN HOUSE.

We invite you to tour our facility, renew your membership and register for our summer programs. We’ll have our gym open too so the kids can play while you register!

New members always welcome!

Banook Canoe Club summer clothing will also be available for purchase! Our year ‘officially’ starts on May 1, so register soon before programs get booked up!

Can’t make it this Saturday? Join us next time… May 26 and June 16 (10am – 1pm)

Around the Club

Wow, the warm Spring weather is finally starting to arrive and it’s an exciting time at the Banook Canoe Club these days! Our Spring Training Program is in full swing, with almost 40 athletes training indoors and out – Coach Toshko has his hands full!

Our club membership continues to grow each day, and that’s a testament to our history of being a top-notch family facility that can cater to so many interests – there’s room for everyone at the club, and that includes both recreational and competitive paddlers.

The number of our facility bookings increases every day – it’s amazing how many wedding couples choose our Club to exchange their wedding vows in, and there are also many receptions, birthday and anniversary parties, business events, and so on.

We’re in the midst of hiring lifeguards, coaches, our Camp staff, and a few other staff and I want to let you know that we have a VERY impressive group of applicants.

The facility is getting a few improvements this Spring, most notably two new docks to replace two older and failing docks – these new docks are better constructed, are lower to the water for ease of entry into boats, and the best thing is that they will not likely ever need to be replaced!

Some items to keep in mind

  • Masters paddlers will be getting together soon for spring cleaning of our kitchen and our trophy case – volunteer credits and pizza are involved, so stay tuned for a date to be announced!
  • We have a wonderful volunteer crew that do fantastic work to keep all our boats in top shape, and they do this year-round! So thank you to this unsung group of Banook supporters. Recently, they mentioned that would love to get their hands on a donated drill press, which would be VERY handy item to have in our repair bay. Let us know if you can help.

Paddling Committee Updates

Canoe Polo Program
• The club has secured coaching
• Two evenings each week for the general public
• Friday afternoons for the U14 and younger

Learn to Paddle Program
• It will be a 6 week program offered twice in the summer and focus on dragon boat and kayak.
• We are still looking for a coach for this program.

Boat Equipment Purchase
• We received partial funding for the purchase of two stable boats. The paddling committee is investigating options.
• A new grant application will be submitted April 15 for new program equipment.
• With the PANAM Championships there is the opportunity to get boats at a discounted price after the competition through a grant submitted by ADCKC.

Volunteers Needed! – Dock Installation

Earn your volunteer credits early this year by help us install the docks this Sunday (April 29) at noon after the athletes have finished practice (weather permitting). We need 20 volunteers!

Swim Chair Report

  • Our swim team program continues to be a success!
  • There will be no swim practice on May 20th due to a swim meet. Alternate times were offered, but we opted to cancel. because of the Bluenose Marathon. Many of our swimmers will be participating in the run; encouraged all to participate.
  • Summer hiring is on-going. A head guard has been hired. Still looking for applicants for the lifeguard positions.
  • There will be no summer swim team, due to Sportsplex being closed. We will resume the team next summer.
    Finding lifeguards is proving to be more challenging this year. We’ve had fewer applicants this year compared to years past, and those I’ve offered to have declined because they’ve accepted other work. I’ve resent the posting to Swim NS, Dartmouth Crusaders, NSLS, and the Aquatics Supervisor at Sportsplex. If anyone members knows people who are qualified to guard or instruct, please ask them to apply!

Registration for our spring and summer programming is now open!

 Spring Cleaning?

Donate it to the Banook Canoe Club’s 4th Annual Yard and Plant Sale.
When: Saturday May 26th 8 am – noon. NEW DATE
Where: Corner of Prince Albert Road and Sinclair Street, Dartmouth

Ideas for Donations and popular yard sale items:
• Sports and camping equipment
• Tools and gardening equipment
• Electronics (No old Computers/printers please)
• Kitchen items/Houseware and office supplies
• Clothing
• Puzzles/games/toys
• Linens/Blankets/Drapery
• Artwork/picture frames, lamps, rugs, Christmas decorations
• For the plant sale – any perennial flower, vegetables, small shrubs

Please contact to arrange a time to drop off items.

Members Only Day Camps

Members Only Day Camp

July 3rd-6th$70
July 9th–13th$80
July 16th–20th$80
July 23rd–27th$80
July 30th–Aug 3rd$80
Aug 7th–10th$70
Aug 13th–17th$80
Aug 20th–24th$80
Aug 27th-24th$80

 We are super excited to continue offering our babysitting services this summer under the new title of our Members Only Day Camp!

Available to any kids between the ages of 6 – 12 who are preferably  enrolled in the paddling program above. But, there are some 6 and 7 year olds who are just not ready for the hustle and bustle of a paddling program until they are 8 years old so they can register for the member only day camps and enjoy the free kiddie canoe program for members for 4+ year olds and/or register for a swimming lesson below

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 waitlist 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 3 – August 31, 2018
  • $70-80/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 renew your Banook Membership.

Camp Participants: Up to 18 children per week

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 $35/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, 2018.


Sample Members Only Day Camp 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

1st Annual Banook Kid’s Christmas Party

Sunday December 17th 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us next weekend for our first annual Kid’s Christmas Party at the Banook Hall.

Great way for the kids to see Banook friends from the summer! 

  • Craft Table
  • Cookie Decoration
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Christmas Music
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Snacks
  • and more!

Parents can drop-off or stay for the fun!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with party – one of the last opportunities to earn credits! 

We Won! – Vote to help the Paddling Clubs on Lake Banook Secure Funds

UPDATE Dec 9, 2017 –Thank you District 5 residences who supported our project proposal on Nov 7th. Because of your support we were able to secure the full project amount of $10,000.  We hope to begin work on the exterior building repairs before the end of December and start upgrading our interior lightning in January 2018.




Tomorrow night we need your vote to help the three paddling clubs on Lake Banook receive $10,000 for much needed building improvements and equipment purchases!

Each resident of District 5 (adults and children) can vote for 5 projects that are seeking capital funds from Councilor Sam Austin.

You can help make paddle stronger on Lake Banook by casting 1 vote for each club (Banook, Senobe and MicMac).  The paddling community is stronger when we work together.  The members of MicMac and Senobe are being encouraged to support our project too!

Vote Night

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Conrad Room, Findlay Community Centre (26 Elliot St, Dartmouth)

All AGES in District 5 can vote!

Get your kids out and show them the power of voting!!

 Details Below:
Supporters can attend and vote any time between 6:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.  You can vote for up to 5 different projects. There is $50,000 up for grabs.  The 5 projects with the most votes can receive up to $10,000 each

Banook Canoe Club needs $10,000 for urgent exterior building repairs and new gym lights to improve safety.

We’re looking for some great members to help us

This season is off to a fantastic start! Families are enjoying beach, the weekly camps are in full swing, our paddling programs are full of enthusiastic athletes, hundreds attended the new war canoe celebration, our new staff are doing an amazing, and recent club improvements like the new front steps has improved accessibility and safety for all members and visitors. 

So what’s next? That is something we need your help with. Our board of directors will have several vacancies after this season, so here’s your chance to help shape the future of Dartmouth’s oldest canoe club as its 115th birthday approaches. 

Interested club members are invited to attend our September 7th board meeting at BCC,  at 6:30pm, to get an understanding of the various activities and responsibilities the board manages.  

The official call for board of director’s nominations will take place in the week’s ahead, followed by a vote during the annual general meeting on September 21.

Open Board Positions for 2018 

  • President  
  • Vice President  
  • Swim Chair  
  • Masters Program Chair  
  • Fundraising Chair

 If you are interested you are welcome to attend our next meeting or leave your contact information with our club manager Michelle at and a board member will be happy to follow up and provide additional information on specific positions.

 Have a safe and active summer!

Important Note for Summer Paddlers

Please note if you have not yet registered for programs – time is running out!

 Orientation is this Thursday June 29th at 10:00 AM for all paddlers in the  U13 and U15/17 programs.

Orientation will include a swim test, tip test, rules/safety review for both the beach area and the boats and boat bays.

We will also be evaluating paddlers abilities to sort out the groups for the summer.

 U11 orientation will be at 9:00 AM Monday July 3rd (first day of programs)

 All paddlers must be registered before participating in orientation and fees must be paid the first week of programs.

Sneak Peak of the War Canoe!

Check out Banook’s new War Canoe before it’s transported to the club later this month. It’s builder – Bear Mountain – was featured in the local Peterborough news, so great to hear they’ll still be making boats in their new location!

War Canoe Fundraising Kickoff

Banook is happy to announce that we will be setting up a fundraising project with the National Sport Trust Fund to raise funds for the purchase of a brand new Bear Mountain C15 (War Canoe).

Donations of $20 or more made through the National Sport Trust Fund will receive a charitable tax receipt.  Funds raised to date have been used to put a deposit on a Bear Mountain War Canoe for delivery in the spring.

Our goal is to raise the remaining $17,625 by the spring to make this very important purchase possible.

We will be kicking off this fund raising initiative at the upcoming Taste of Mauritius Dinner on Jan 21st. Payments for your dinner tickets are to be made payable to Banook Canoe Club.  Donations above your dinner ticket should be made payable to the National Sport Trust Fund along with the attached form (download here).

This is an excellent opportunity to support the club as we strive to rebuild our War Canoe supremacy.

As always, all those who donate larger amount to such a Capital Campaign will be recognized on the Gold, Silver and Bronze plaques in the main Hall and our webpage as follows:

  • Gold Donors – $1,000 and up
  • Silver Donors – $500 to $999
  • Bronze Donors – $100 to $499

Presidents Message – January 2017

Happy New Year!   A lot has happened this past year and I thought it would be good to provide an overview of some of last year’s accomplishments and review the priorities for the upcoming year.  I am very encouraged by the work we have done over the past year. As we work to continue building Banook, here are some of the highlights over the past year:

Our Success on the lake

  • Had a successful summer with our new Head Coach Toshko.
  • This success carried over with approximately 50 paddlers attended our fall training program.
  • The club acquired new training equipment including ergs, K1’s, canoe & kayak paddles, life jackets and practice war canoe.
  • We provided summer employment for approx. 30 high school and post-secondary education students through lifeguarding, to canteen services, to day camp, to coaching.
  • Our Masters group took advantage of home field advantage and Won CanMass at the Nationals!  (Canadian Masters Champions)
  • The club was successful securing ACOA, employment & equipment  grants
  • We Co-hosted Nations with the other clubs on the lake.

Member Services

  • We restructured and simplified our membership and paddling fees for the 2016 season.
  • Implemented a web based registration system, that allows members to self-serve for a variety of club programming (Zone 4)
  • Had many successful fund raising events including, pie sales, Christmas tree lot, Master & club dinners, summer BBQ’s  etc…
  • Membership Volunteers Credits. If you have participated in volunteer activity in the past season please ensure you forward the information to Margaret Langley at indicating the event, and the amount of time volunteered as we will be depositing the volunteer cheques in Feburary 2017

Club Maintenance and Improvements

  • Replaced the flat roof over the senior’s room, plus installed gutters to channel the drainage away from the building.
  • Replaced the roof shingles on the Hall.
  • New Red paint on the hall exterior.
  • The swim office mold was removed and walls replaced. The installation of the gutters will help to ensure water doesn’t return.
  • Replacement of the brick retaining wall outside the swim office.
  • We are investing in maintenance and repairs for our war canoes, and small boats.
  • We continue to make measurable progress in paying down the club’s debt.
  • Transitioned our daily book keeping to the popular QuickBooks accounting software.

These are only a sampling of what was achieved this year and it could not have been done without the hard work of our employees, the board and membership support. In addition, we have a number of initiatives underway or planned that I believe will allow us to be even more productive and better positioned in coming years.

  • Over the Holiday break, we replaced the furnace oil tank and pipes for the Hall.
  • We have adopted a cash flow analysis tool to help track our finances 18 months in advance. This will assist us in making better capital & expense decisions.
  • We have developed a plan to pay off $24k to Revenue Canada  this year which will allow more financial flexibility in the future.
  • This spring, we will replace the front stairs and ramp for the Hall – with a building code compliant ramp – to ensure Hall access is fully accessible to members and guests.
  • We will be making a greater effort to communicate to the club membership, through regular newsletters, social media and web site updates.
  • We have started an exciting fund raising effort to purchase a new 15 person war canoe. Rumor is Bear Mountain (manufacture of best in class war canoes) will not be producing any more war canoes after this year. We have placed a deposit to secure a boat. Stay tuned for further details in the coming months and how you can help.
  • We are activity seeking a Club Manager.  During this transition were are committed to respond to all emails and voice messages within 24 hours. If you are interested in the position please forward your resume to
  • Watch for information later this Winter regarding 2017 registration, including times for our annual open house
  • And finally, between now and the start of the new paddling season, we will applying for new employment grants from the provincial and federal governments, contacting organizations who have supported in the past.

Thanks for your help in another great year at Banook. We continue to make steady and encouraging progress towards our vision. I have no doubts that if we continue to work as a team committed to being recognized as the preferred community club for recreational and competitive paddling in HRM we will move closer to that goal. I hope everyone has a successful start to 2017, please stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Yours sincerely,
Ian Lezama
BCC President

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Banook Canoe Club

Due to the weather forecast, our annual yard sale fundraiser has been moved to Sunday morning.

We also need a couple of volunteers to load tables and help setup Sunday morning. Donations are still being accepted, and can be dropped early sunday morning at the location below.

See you at the corner of Sinclair and Prince Albert Rd for lots of great deals!

Sunday (May 27) - 8:00 to noon!
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Banook Canoe Club

Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada will be hosting a Pleasure Craft Operators License Course on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 from 10am-2pm.

The cost for this course is $40.00 unless you will commit to drive the Officials Boats for a minimum of two regattas this season...It is FREE!

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 24th, 2018 to

Banook members can also earn volunteer credits through supporting regattas activities on Lake Banook.
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