Fundraising

New $25K war canoe gives Banook paddlers edge in ‘very Canadian’ sport

‘It’s really a point of pride to win a war canoe race,’ says paddler Hannah Vaughan
By Nina Corfu, CBC News Posted: May 12, 2017 8:00 AM AT

The Banook Canoe Club in Dartmouth has a new war canoe, a 15-person boat that the chair of the club’s paddling committee describes as “a work of art.”

“They’re beautiful, beautiful boats,” Michael Traves said of the oversized, cedar-strip canoes during an interview with CBC’s Information Morning.

They don’t come cheap. Club members raised approximately $25,000 for the boat which was built at Bear Mountain Boats in Peterborough, Ont.

The new boat is expected to arrive in Nova Scotia by the end of May. 

Old boats were 15 years out of date

Traves spearheaded the fundraising campaign for a new war canoe after it became apparent old boats were putting the club at a competitive disadvantage.

In 2000, the standard design for a war canoe in Canada changed, he said, and the newer models are “a little faster.”

The club had four war canoes, the newest of which was approximately 40 years old. That put them “about 15 years out of date,” Traves said.

The new boat is expected to arrive in Nova Scotia by the end of May, after which there will be a grand unveiling at the club.

Uniquely Canadian

War canoe racing is a “very Canadian” thing, said Dartmouth paddler Hannah Vaughan, a Pan American Games gold medallist. The sport doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.

Vaughan, 28, who retired from the Canadian kayak team in early May, said she grew up watching war canoe races on the shores of Lake Banook.

“Being a part of that energy is something that’s really special every time.” The sport requires 14 paddlers “going as hard as they can,” plus a coxswain who steers from the back of the boat, Vaughan said. Race distances range from 200 to 1,000 metres.

The value Canadian paddlers place on the war canoe events is hard to put into words, she added.
“It’s really a point of pride to win a war canoe race,” she said. “It’s such a part of what we do.”

The great leveler

Traves said there are different age categories, but the sport is very inclusive because it requires the participation of so many.

Most athletes wouldn’t make it to nationals in a single boat — you have to be the best of the best for that, he said. But when you get into a war canoe, there’s more room for variation in ability.

“Often times you could get a boat where none of them are world-class paddlers,” Traves said.
But as a team, “they can actually do better than some of the boats that have some hotshots in them.”

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!

Spring Cleaning?…..Yard and Plant Sale

Donate it to the Banook Canoe Club’s upcoming Yard and Plant Sale

When: Saturday May 13th 8 am – noon.
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
  • Kids clothing and puzzles/games/toys
  • Linens/Blankets/Drapery
  • Artwork/picture frames, lamps, rugs, Christmas decorations
  • For the plant sale – any perennial flower, vegetables, small shrubs
  • *NO LARGE FURNITURE OR APPLIANCES PLEASE*

Please contact Banook’s new manager Michelle (banook@banookcanoeclub.com) to arrange a time to drop off items. Pick up of donations can also be arranged.  Please email hbrown@chebucto.ns.ca or call 902-469-1934

Funds from the yard sale will go toward summer paddling equipment such as paddles, buns, and lifejackets.  The plant sale funds go to masters paddlers who are  fundaising for Ergs and our new war canoe.  Scotiabank will match the funds raised.

 We need volunteers on the sale weekend – both Friday night and Saturday.  Please let us know if you can help.

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