Paddling & Blue-Green Algae

UPDATE: This week’s U15/U13 Championships will still take place on Lake Banook regardless of the outcome of the water tests. We have installed an outdoor shower for the athletes to rinse off after their races or if they tip.

As mentioned last week, Banook Canoe Club has been in discussions with the Department of Environment regarding the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Banook.  They have advised against swimming or wading in the lake due to the potential presence of the algae throughout the entire lake.  For this reason we have modified our programming this week to ensure the safety of members.

  1. Children will still have the opportunity to paddle this week.  However, to reduce the possibility of falling into the water they will only be permitted in stable boats.  Our coaches know at this point of the summer which boats your child can paddle without tipping. Therefore, some paddlers may be limited to the more stable 2 and 4 person crew boats or the War Canoe and Dragon Boat.  As always, a shower is available on the dock to rinse off after paddling.
  2. The Kiddie Canoe and Open Wharf sessions will be cancelled until there’s no risk from exposure to the algae.  
  3. Our beach will remain closed to swimming.

We realise that some parents may be concerned about their child being on the water at this time. The decision regarding your child’s participation in any on water activity is up to you.  If you would rather your child stay on land during the time when their group is out on the water, please notify their coach prior to practice. 
If your preference is to not have your child on the water, the coaches will have other activities planned to keep your child entertained and active.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with the extraordinary situation we are currently experiencing on Lake Banook.  We will provide another update once we have discussed the results of the latest water test (expected Aug 23) with the Department of Environment.

The Pam-Am Canoe Championships are coming!

Starting around September 7th, members will see changes happening on the lake and at the club as the Pan-Am Championships setup begins. As previously mentioned in the weekly newsletters, the Banook Canoe Club (BCC) will transform into the Pan-Am athletes village to host over 300 of the top competitors, coaches and trainers from approx. 16 countries in North, Central, and South America.

During the week of competition, we are looking for volunteers to help with the logistics of transforming the BCC to host the Pam-Am Championships and to assist with a daily lunch service. Interested BCC members can sign-up online and earn volunteer credits.

Visit our dedicated Pan-Am Championships web page to stay informed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steve Pottie, Manager BCC.

Canteen Supervisor

We’re still hiring for summer 2018!

The Canteen Supervisor is responsible for the proper management of the club’s canteen.


  • Establish canteen operating hours
  • Order all food and drink items considered necessary to stock the canteen
  • Determine price lists.
  • Arrange pick up/delivery of all canteen items.
  • Ensure the canteen is regularly re-stocked throughout the season.
  • Supervise canteen staff as required.
  • Obtain daily cash float from the Manager in the beginning of business day and return float and sales receipts at the end of each day. Ensure all sales receipts and cash are given to Manager promptly at the end every business day.
  • Monitor sales to ensure the canteen is not overstocked on certain items.
  • Maintain appropriate records.
  • Ensure that the canteen and its contents are secure at all time.
  • Keep the Committee informed of all relevant matters.
  • Operate canteen on any other required days.
  • Ensure compliance with club safety standard and Banook Code of Conduct


It is essential that a range of ‘healthy’ food is always available at the canteen

Starts: 10 weeks starting June 28th.
Salary: $15/hr
To apply: banook@banookcanoeclub.com

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! 

Interested in Helping With Club Repairs?

Andy, our facilities chair, is looking for some help extra this summer with keeping the clubhouse maintained. Lots of projects to choose from, contact Banook@banookcanoeclub.com to get in touch with him. Volunteer as much, or as little you like!

Here’s the project list:

  • Gymside railing
  • Painting picnic tables
  • Dock board replacement. 
  • Interior stair edging
  • Old building shingle replacement 
  • Cut bolts on picnic tables
  • Flooring in café

Dobre doshal! to Toshko!

Dobre doshal! to Toshko!

The day is finally here. We would like to welcome Coach Toshko Kalpakov to our Banook family.  Toshko has arrived via Scotland and will be familiarizing himself with our Banook programs, athletes and families over the next few weeks.
He was already even on the docks lending a hand first thing this morning in fact!

Make him feel welcome by introducing yourself and welcome him to Canada with a “Dobre doshal!” (welcome phrase in Bulgarian). His English is excellent in case you are wondering.

Our summer paddling programs will continue under the leadership of Jill, Angela, Jake, Jeremy, Will, Ryan, Sarah and Emma. We hope will progress forward with strong finishes through the remaining August regattas as Jill and Jake head our team at Nationals (25 Banookers strong) in Ottawa starting August  25.

Thank you
Your Banook Board

Coach Toshko

Coach Toshko

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