Event hosting has a big impact. Events generate excitement and interest in the sport. They also have a major economic impact and can leave a significant legacy of sport infrastructure to be enjoyed for generations to come. Canoe Kayak Canada regularly works with host organizing committees and venue partners to host an array of national and international events.


National Events

Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

The Championships regularly attract over 1000 athletes from more than 40 clubs across Canada, making it CKC’s largest event. A 2011 study showed the Championships created an economic impact of $3.4 million for the local economy. The Championships rotate between divisions. A host organizing committee is established at the local level and proposes a venue and dates. Their bid is endorsed by the division and voted on by CKC’s sprint members at the AGM two years before the event.


  • 2016 Dartmouth (awarded)
  • 2017 Welland (awarded)
  • 2018 Sherbrooke (awarded)
  • 2019 Regina (awarded)
  • 2020 Eastern Ontario Division
  • 2021 Atlantic Division
  • 2022 Western Ontario Division

Sprint Canada Cup

The Canada Cup draws approximately 300 competing athletes from club, provincial, national, and international teams. The two-day event is aimed at exposing athletes in the train-to-compete stage of the Long Term Athlete Development model to high-level domestic competitions in Canada.

Technical Package: http://canoekayak.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Canada-Cup-Race-Series_version_2016.pdf

Expression of Interest Form: http://canoekayak.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Expression-of-Interest-for-Canada-Cup_v-3_May-10.pdf

Sprint National Team Trials

Typically 2-3 sets of trials are held each year to select the top sprint athletes for National Teams. The host venues are selected by National Team staff based on the needs of the High Performance program for the specific year. Host venues are considered during the fall High Performance planning sessions and are evaluated based on practicality, course standard and budgetary considerations.

Past hosts: Montréal, Dartmouth, Welland, Lake Lanier (USA)

Whitewater National Championships

The Championships take place annually and attract approximately 100 athletes from across Canada. There is a typical yearly rotation between Eastern and Western Canada which is offset with the hosting of Slalom National Team Trials. Host organizing committees make proposals to the Whitewater Council about a year before the event.

Past hosts:

  • Madawaska Kanu Centre (ON)
  • Kananaskis, AB
  • Chilliwack, BC
  • Ottawa, ON

Canoe Slalom National Team Trials

These trials are held each year to select the top slalom athletes for National Teams. Approximately 50 athletes compete. With a typical rotation between Eastern and Western Canada, proposals from host organizing committees are made to the Canoe Slalom High Performance Committee. The committee reviews the proposals and advises the Whitewater Council which makes the final decision.

Past hosts:

  • Minden, ON
  • Chilliwack, BC
  • Rutherford, BC
  • Charlotte, NC, USA

Coaches Conference

Canoe Kayak Canada hosts this conference to further coach education and technical leadership by bringing in a lineup of speakers who are experts in their fields. Approximately 60 coaches representing clubs, provincial teams and the national team attend. The conference is often coordinated to coincide with CKC’s Annual Meeting of Members or another Coach Conference. Recently CKC has been partnering with a Provincial Paddling Association to host this conference in the region where the provincial partner operates.


International Events

Canada has been host to some very successful international events for both the International Canoe Federation and the Pan American Canoe Federation (COPAC). For the ICF and COPAC bidding process, the National Federation (CKC) must endorse and submit the bid on behalf of a host organizing committee. There is a schedule of when each event to be voted on at an annual Congress. World Cups are usually decided upon 2 year’s out while World Championships are decided 4 years out.

Information on Hosting an ICF Event


Notable International Events hosted in Canada

  • 2015 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships (Beachburg, ON)
  • 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and U23 World Championships (Welland, ON)
  • 2011 ICF Dragon Boat Club Crew World Championships (Toronto, ON)
  • 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship (Dartmouth, NS)
  • 2008 Pan American Sprint Championships and Continental Olympic Qualifier (Montreal, QC)
  • 2007 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships (Ottawa Valley, ON)
  • 2000 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships (Dartmouth, NS)
  • 1997 World Canoe Championships (Dartmouth, NS)
  • 1989 World Junior Canoe Championships (Dartmouth, NS)
  • 1986 World Canoe Championships (Montreal, QC)


Hosting Resources

Visa Information for Event Hosts (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

ICF Hosting Bulletin (January 2015)