There’s nothing like a summer spent on the water and kids can stay active with outdoor summer fun at the Sackawa Canoe Club! They’ll spend their days learning the sport of kayaking and canoeing, with dryland training, activities, games, and more. Let them play outside, make lifelong friends, and have a summer they’ll never forget!

Sackawa Canoe Club is located on First Lake in Lower Sackville and was established over 40 years ago. This not-for-profit organization offers youth the opportunity to learn how to canoe and kayak in a safe and fun environment. Sackawa aims to develop paddling skills and encourages life skill development to help athletes excel in sports and beyond. The coaching staff shares their knowledge and love of paddling so athletes can enjoy the sport and build skills to compete.

Sackawa Canoe Club Summer Camps (Family Fun Halifax)

Summer Paddling Program 

The Summer Paddling Program is an 8-week program for children ages 8 years and up. The program runs daily from 9 am – 4 pm, but parents can drop off as early as 7:30 am and pick up as late as 5:30 pm for no extra cost. Participants will be grouped according to age and no prior paddling experience is necessary. Beginners will learn canoeing and kayaking in single and team boats. More experienced paddlers can improve their skills to compete.


The U10 group will focus on fun while starting to develop balance and technical skills. Athletes will learn about the equipment and how to care for and store it, plus they will focus on boat safety. The paddlers will be encouraged to engage in the camaraderie of the sport, respecting fellow athletes and fair practices. The program will also include dryland training, outdoor sports, activities, and games. On select weekends, the U10 group will have an opportunity to attend regattas, a fun introduction to racing competitions.

U12 – U16

Paddlers in these age groups will have multiple paddling sessions, dry-land conditioning training, field sports, and more. For paddlers new to the sport, the emphasis will be on safety, equipment care, and a positive training environment while learning skills through the FUNdamentals program. More experienced paddlers will further develop and refine their paddling skills while working towards racing and more high-performance training. Participation in regattas at this level is considered mandatory.

Sackawa Canoe Club Summer Camps (Family Fun Halifax)

Two-Week Paddling Camps

The two-week paddling camps are an exciting introduction program for children ages 8 and older. Each day, experienced coaches will provide the campers with a mix of on-water and off-water activities, including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, soccer, and more. These day camps allow participants to try the sport and learn the basics of paddling in a safe environment, without committing to a full summer.

Try something new or polish existing skills — your kids will love their summer on the water with Sackawa Canoe Club! Register soon to reserve a post. Ready, set, paddle!

Sackawa Canoe Club Summer Camps (Family Fun Halifax)

Sackawa Canoe Club – Summer Camps

When: July 2 – August 23, 2024
Program Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Early Drop off Time: 7:30 – 9 am
Late Pickup Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
Where: 159 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville
Phone: 902-252-7225

Need more ideas? Find our Summer Camp Guide here.