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Summer Update #6

by Banook Canoe Club

U12/ U14 Champs

August 18-19-20

U12/ U14 Champs

Banook is permitted to allow spectators, as long as we are following our COVID plan. #GoBanookGo! 

Please note: No Banook athletes, coaches or spectators are permitted at Oakwood Park by the ADCKC racing centre. Banook is required to stay on-site at our own club (except paddlers when they are on the lake for racing).

Rules for spectators:

  1. Everyone must check with the Gate Attendant, upon arrival.
  2. Sanitize hands upon entry and whenever you see a hand sanitizer station.
  3. Spectators should remain on grass area for the day - do not congregate on the upper deck
  4. Spectators will be permitted on the upper deck to watch races
  5. Masks should be worn on the upper deck
  6. When observing races on the upper deck, please maintain 6 feet distance
  7. Only competitors will be permitted on the dock level - this area will be roped off from spectators
  8. The changing rooms will be reserved for paddler/ coach use only
  9. Washrooms in the hall will be available for spectators
  10. In the event of inclement weather, spectators are NOT permitted in the hall - they will be expected to watch the races outside. The only reason to enter the hall will be to use the washrooms
  11. Masks are MANDATORY at all times in the building (including going to the washroom) and at all times when 6 feet/ 2 metre distancing is not possible

Non-Member Regatta Spectators

We are very excited that we are again allowing non-member spectators to attend this regatta. We will be monitoring our maximum capacity for our outdoor area and we will record all names/ phone numbers for contact tracing purposes.

The gate will open at 8:00 a.m. There will be a guest sign in sheet at the gate. Each paddler who is racing will be permitted to sign in 2 guests (non-members). We will require the guest name and phone number for contact tracing purposes. Also, each member paddler is expected to advise their guests of the spectator rules outlined above. We reserve the right to deny non-member (or any) spectators if we exceed our outdoor maximum capacity.

PLEASE NOTE: Other members and paddlers who are not racing are not permitted to sign in non-member guests.

Parking during Champs

There will be very little parking available at Banook Canoe Club. Please plan to park either in the lot at the end of Nowlan Street (by Lion’s Beach) or on one of the sidestreets.

Also, we received the below message about parking on Prince Albert Road from Robin at ADCKC.
As you may be aware Prince Albert Road is often a problem with cars parked illegally.

I have been notified by the Halifax Regional Police Department that they will be ticketing and towing vehicles this week during U14/U12 Champs. 

I have attached a map (below) that shows where you are not allowed to park for your convenience.  It is illegal to park if: 

  • You are on a curve/bend
  • Within 5 meters on either side of a crosswalk
  • Either set of tires crosses or touches the white line

Can you please share with your club members?

August 23-27

  • Closing Week
    • Spend the last week of programming hanging out with your summer friends
    • This week will be a fun week with many different activities planned for all age groups

August 27

  • Last Day
    • This will be the final day of paddling programs, swimming/ lifeguard supervision and Member Activity Camp/ Childcare

Update on Water Testing

The beach at Birch Cove has re-opened and we finally received the results of our water test. The water at our beach was well below limits and is/was safe for swimming!

Member Try-a-Boat

Our plan is to host these for 2 more Thursday evenings this summer - August 19 and August 26 (depending on the weather). These sessions run 6:45 - 7:45. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram where we will communicate for sure, once we see the weather of the day!

Try out the Dragon Boat

We have a few more upcoming sessions to try out the Dragon Boat sessions for members as follows:

Wednesdays - 12-1pm - August 18
Sundays - 3-4pm - August 15, 29

COVID-19 - Masks

We realize everyone has COVID fatigue and everyone is tired of the restrictions. However, we are still in Phase 4 and we are obligated to follow the provincial mandates. If businesses and organizations do not follow public health measures, they can be fined $7,500. As a not-for-profit sport organization, this would be devastating. 

So we remind everyone that masks are required inside the club building or when distancing is not possible (except for Activity Camp which is following the day camp guidance). Please remind your children about this requirement, too. If you forget your mask, we have them available at the gate.

COVID-19 - Distancing

We are also still following COVID-19 distancing protocols – everyone please remember the requirements of 6 feet/2 metre distancing – especially on the grass, inside the Banook building, and on the deck – parents also please remind your children.

Social Media

We are active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You should follow us/like our pages to receive even more communication, to see lots of amazing photos as well as to keep up with late-breaking Banook news.

50/50 Draw - Sales end Aug 21

This is an amazing fundraiser for Banook… Plus? The jackpot is almost $22,000 and the winner gets half. Wowza! Click this link to support Banook and for your chance to win! Banook receives half of what we raise, so please donate - the big draw is Sunday - good luck!


Must be a resident of NS to buy tickets and win. Please share this with your friends and family. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Banook Swag

Looking for some Banook gear?  

Please note, this website does not include CKC approved Banook racing singlets for regattas - these are available in the office for purchase.

AGM - Mark your calendars

The Banook Canoe Club Annual General Meeting will be a virtual meeting (Zoom call) and will be held on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Further details will be sent out to members in a separate communication in early September.

Board Vacancies

Every year at the AGM, we elect our Board of Directors. Every year, all positions are up for renewal, so please consider joining the Board. Further info about current open positions will be published soon!. 

If you have any questions, or if you are interested, please send an email to Kim Gaudet, Commodore at [email protected].

National Sport Trust Fund –
Nova Scotia Chapter

We continue to fund raise through Sport Nova Scotia under the National Sport Trust Fund. This fundraising allows us to raise money for paddling, training, and club equipment. We are always in need of purchasing/replacing our equipment. Please consider donating to this fund.

All eligible donations of $20 or more through the National Sport Trust Fund to this fundraising effort will receive a charitable tax receipt. The National Sport Donor Form can be found at the following link. NSTF Donor Form

The donor must submit the Donor Form, along with funds payable to the National Sport Trust Fund by cheque, money order, or cash. The mailing address is found on the form. If dropping off cash to the Sport Nova Scotia office, please make an appointment with provincial fund manager Nick McBride ([email protected])