Banook Canoe ClubIn the Mi’Kmaq dialect, Banook means “First Lake”. The Mi’kmaq were the first to navigate Lake Banook and the Dartmouth lake system as they traveled across the Province. The waterway system from their winter home in Shubenacadie, led them to their summer home along the shores of the Dartmouth lakes and the body of water that is now Halifax Harbour. The lakes were also ideally situated for the military at the time – providing the ability to move supplies from inland communities to Halifax. Thus, in 1826, the construction of the Shubenacadie canal began which would open up the waterway to transport goods through the interior of the province and leading to the Bay of Fundy.

By the late 1800’s, canoe clubs were appearing all over Canada and the United States. The lakes of Dartmouth seemed to be a natural spot for the sport. At the same time, the William English Canoe Company hired Arthur Weston. He was a member of the RedCaps Snowshoe Club and an accomplished rower and canoeist. With four other canoeists, he engaged them in the idea of creating a space for paddlers to store their canoes. They decided to build a boathouse on the “First Lake.” Their first meeting was held in 1903. Later that year, they incorporated the Banook Canoe Club Limited and thus the club of today was formed.

Since it’s beginning, the Banook Canoe Club has had a deep history with the Dartmouth Natal Day celebrations. The first celebration which the club hosted was in 1904 – just one year after its incorporation! Funded by the Dartmouth Ferry Commission and the Town Council of Dartmouth, the day’s events included ball games, regattas and a concert. Natal Day regattas continue to be a part of the life of the lake and the club.

The history of the club is much more extensive than what is outlined here. For a more detailed account, the book, “Banook Canoe Club: voices from our past” by Allan Billard, provides a much broader picture and an interesting read!


Allan Billard, Banook Canoe Club: voices from our past; a celebration of our first one hundred years(Dartmouth: Sand Dollar Productions, 2003).

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Just a reminder of placing your singlet order if you need one by tomorrow morning. If you plan on sharing one, this will not work well for crew boats if you are in the same boat and will not work for war canoe.

ADCKC/CKC regulations require those who are 11 years old as of January 1st, 2018 and older to wear a designated club singlet. You will need one for the U13/U15 Championships August 23-25. http://adckc.ca/Regattas/Regatta-Schedule/

All those UNDER 11 years old DO NOT need a Banook singlet but must wear a red t-shirt at regattas. If you are under 11 and still want one then please do order one.

For the next month while you wait for your singlet, please wear a red t-shirt to regattas if you do not have the singlet pictured below as we have permission from ADCKC. There are no exceptions at National events, you must wear one of these when racing.

Banook has a few of these, but I don’t think we have enough for everyone. This year we are not going to make a large expensive order and end up not having enough of the right size and many of the wrong sizes. We are asking you to go onto this google document link and enter your name, phone number and put a big “X” in the square matching the size of the singlet your child requires.


Please keep in mind it is NOT a requirement for U11’s to wear singlets, they can wear a red T-shirt on their competitions days. If you are under 11 and still want one then please do order one.

Prices: Youth $42 and Women/Men $44. Please make payments to the Banook office. It will take 4 weeks from the time we place the order.

We are in a bit of a time crunch for you to purchase one of these singlets and need you to enter this data by tomorrow, July 16th at 1200. After this we will assume you already have one or do not need one. If your athlete is unsure of what size they require then please see me or Tiaro in the office and they can try on the different sizes we do have tomorrow morning.

Coaches will be following up with the athletes on Monday to remind everyone to enter their information if a singlet is needed.

As always if you have any questions please come see me or Tiaro in the Banook Office or send us an email.

Thank you,

Stephen Pottie
General Manager
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