Welcome To Maskwa

Halifax's home for competitive and recreational paddle sports, and home of World Champion & Olympic medalist Mark de Jonge. With programs for every age and skill level, we welcome you to join the Maskwa family. Atlantic Canada's paddling lives here!


adventure day camp

Our 2-Week Adventure Day Camps at Maskwa are a great way to spend some time this summer- outdoors, making new friends, and being introduced to the exciting sport of canoe kayak. (Ages 7-12)

summer paddling program

The Summer Paddling Program at Maskwa is one of the best ways to spend a summer- on the lake, hanging out with friends, and honing your skills in the sport of canoe kayak. (Ages 8-13)

development program

The Development program is a fun and relaxed introduction to year-round training for canoe/kayak. (Ages 9+ as of Jan 1, 2023.)

academy program

With multiple variations to suit multi-sport athletes, our year-round Academy program is the key to honing your skills & strengths. This program prepares competitive athletes to enter the High Performance program.

High Performance Program

Our High Performance paddling program is a year-round program for elite athletes honing their skills and strength to become the fastest sprint paddlers in Canada.

Masters adult Program

The Masters Paddling Program offers participants the opportunity to paddle recreationally, competitively, or both, depending on personal goals. (Ages 25+).

paddle all

The Paddle All program provides athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to try paddling and be introduced to the world of canoe kayak. (Ages 10+).


This program is an introduction to the sport of para-canoe, an adaptation of sprint paddling to accommodate paddlers with physical disabilities. (Ages 12+).

Dragon Boat Adult Program

Dragon Boat is a social, recreational paddling program for adults. Not sure what a dragon boat is? It's a team of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, and a cox who steers the boat from the rear!. (Ages 18+).

ALUMNI Program

A spring / summer program that offers former competitive paddlers the opportunity to get back out on the water again .

Mark De Jonge Canoe Kayak Canada

Mark De Jonge

Mark de Jonge’s first goal in sprint kayak was simply to stay upright- a feeling that all our new paddlers experience! Nearly two decades later, Mark is one of the best sprint paddlers in the entire world, winning two World Championships, a bronze medal in his Olympic debut in London 2012, and many more international medals. Mark calls Maskwa Aquatic Club his home, and can often be seen around the club, making time for even the youngest of paddlers. We are proud of you, Mark!


Maskwa Paddling & Canoe Club

Volunteer With Us

Volunteers are a necessary part of paddling clubs in Atlantic Canada. Our regattas wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers with Maskwa and Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada.



Contact us to learn about volunteering options around Maskwa and the paddling community.

Parent Info

If you have a child attending Maskwa this summer be sure to read our parent information section!


We have commonly asked questions and important information about all our summer camps and paddling programs.


Stay up to date on news, events and programs at Maskwa.

our paddling club

Maskwa isn’t just the biggest paddling club in Atlantic Canada… it also has one of the best reputations (and a lake that’s fun and safe to swim in!). Our members are not just “members”. Many of our athletes are also summer coaches, and many of our parents are volunteers. We’re all part of the Maskwa family and share and enjoy our club together. 

Our Canoe Club Sponsors

As a non-for-profit organization and one of the largest paddling clubs in Canada there is always a need for funding for new equipment, events, and special projects. You can help us provide the best possible program experience for our 400+ members and their families by becoming a sponsor.  Sponsorships are welcomed by individual, small business, and corporate donors.