About Us

Bow Waters Canoe Club was incorporated as a not-for-profit society in 1972. The primary purpose of the club is to promote and support recreational paddling. We encourage new and experienced paddlers of all ages and backgrounds to join our club and participate in our various paddling trips, skills development courses and social activities.


We have our own clubhouse and paddling dock alongside the irrigation canal in the heart of Calgary. We have a fleet of canoes and stand-up paddleboards available for use by members on the canal or on club trips. We rely on our experienced volunteer coordinators to organize approximately 50 river paddling trips per year. These trips are mainly on local rivers and range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and from short day trips to long weekend family camping trips. We have contracted with Rocky Mountain Paddling to provide recognized paddling skill development and safety training courses for our members, and most of these courses are subsidized by the club. In addition, we support an annual program which introduces thousands of high school students and youth groups to the sport of paddling. Throughout the year, the club organizes slide shows and social events where members and guests can get to know each other and learn more about the types of paddling trips that are available. As members develop their paddling skills and make new friends within the club, they sometimes team up and organize their own longer private summer paddling expeditions to more remote destinations.

The club currently has about 150 members and is managed by a volunteer board of directors and member volunteers. We always welcome new ideas and new members, especially families.

We can’t wait to see you at a monthly meeting and more importantly on the river!


BWCC Board