Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Host the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

DARTMOUTH, N.S. (March 23, 2018) Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has been chosen to represent sprint canoe on the world stage for the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, an event they are calling – Canoe ‘22.

In the final bidding process, Canada was selected as the successful proponent against Russian and Romanian competing bids. Dartmouth has previously hosted these Senior World Championships in 2009 and 1997 and the Junior World Championships in 1987.

In August 2022 – Dartmouth will be welcoming athletes and families from across the globe to join in a celebration of sport, community, and excellence. Athletes from 70 countries are forecasted to compete in Dartmouth for the World Championships.

“As a former athlete who has grown up paddling on Lake Banook, and who has had the experience of racing at a World Championship here, I am extremely excited to show the world the great depth of our paddling community.  Our officials, clubs, and volunteers are some of the best in the world, and we are certainly up to the challenge of hosting the best World Championships ever” said LA Dempster, who, along with Chris Keevill is Co-Chair, Canoe ’22.

CEO at Canoe Kayak Canada, Casey Wade said, “Canoe Kayak Canada is delighted that the Worlds are returning to Canada in 2022. This is an exciting time for our sport as it will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and showcase our own Canadian heroes on our home soil as we continue to strengthen our high-performance program”.

A major priority of the host organizing committee (HOC) of Canoe ‘22 is to use this event as an opportunity to further develop coaches, athletes, and officials in the region. Canada will be hosting the top-tier, global experts, and the HOC plans to hold various seminars and workshops to ensure local talent reaps the benefits.

Canoe ‘22 will also provide the opportunity to develop and revitalize existing infrastructure at Lake Banook. Plans for major capital projects include the remodeling of the current judge’s tower, Atlantic Division Racing Centre upgrades, wakeless pontoon boats and a permanent video broadcast anchoring system.

The HOC has made a commitment to creating a $1 million legacy to benefit local paddling initiatives that support the strategic intent at the national and international level. A similar fund was created with Canoe‘09 and has had a very positive impact supporting paddling throughout the Atlantic Region. Funding for the event will be provided by all three levels of government, generous corporate sponsors, and participating countries.

In January 2018, Lake Banook was also chosen to host the 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships from September 13 to 16, 2018. The Pan Ams will serve as the ideal precursor to the Worlds event coming in 2022.


About the ADCKC

The ADCKC is a non-profit organization committed to the support and advancement of canoe kayak in Atlantic Canada. Representing 12 member clubs and over 1,800 competitive athletes, ADCKC represents over 40 percent of the registered paddlers across Canada. The organization works with the canoe kayak community to ensure all athletes are able to enjoy recreational and competitive paddling in the Atlantic region. Follow the ADCKC at TwitterFacebook, et  Instagram.  

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.



For more information :


Andrew Russell

Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada


(902) 223-8107


Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator


(418) 271-3785