About Us

Maskwa Aquatic Club is a non for profit sports organization located on the beautiful Kearney Lake, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our mission is to develop world-class paddlers with a healthy, competitive attitude in a sustainable and accessible environment suitable for all swimmers, recreational paddlers, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts in Halifax and the surrounding community.

Club Success

Founded in 1974, Maskwa has been the centre of Halifax’s paddling community for 47 years, and has developed junior and elite-level paddlers, including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, World Champion, and world record holder Mark de Jonge.

2x National Champions

Maskwa is proud to be back to back National Champions for both 2016 and 2017 - an incredible accomplishment for the club! Year after year, Maskwa is highly successful at getting athletes to the podium both locally, provincially, and beyond.

our paddling club

Maskwa is proud of its state-of-the-art clubhouse and boathouse located on a beautiful wooded property at the end of Saskatoon Drive, overlooking Kearney Lake. The only recreation facility of its kind in Halifax, Maskwa is truly your destination for sporting excellence and family fun on the water. Come check us out today!

Our olympian

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!


follow mark's journey

Learn more about Mark de Jonge, and stay up to date on his exciting career as a competitive kayak athlete: