Rowing Canada Proposal

In 2019, Rowing Canada selected the Municipality of North Cowichan’s proposal to build its first-ever purpose-built National Training Centre on Quamichan Lake. This new facility and the waters of Quamichan Lake will provide a world-leading environment for all future Canadian rowing teams as they prepare and strive for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

February 2021 Update

Rowing Canada’s decision regarding a permanent long-term location on the lake for its National Training Centre has yet to be decided, but a short-term solution between the Duncan Community Lodge and Rowing Canada is moving forward.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a profound impact on the world around us, including the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. These challenges have led to significant delays in Rowing Canada's timeline for relocation to Quamichan Lake. The Duncan Community Lodge location offers many benefits and opportunities as the national team prepares for the rescheduled Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2021.


  • Rowing Canada Aviron is a non-profit organization recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in Canada.
  • Athletes, coaches, and their families will begin relocating to North Cowichan for the 2021 training season. Athletes will continue to train at Quamichan Lake periodically over the next two years, as they have done for the last decade.
  • Once the NTC is built, about 40 – 60 athletes will train daily as they prepare to represent Canada at international rowing competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games (held every four years) and World Rowing Championships (held each year).
  • Other recreational uses on Quamichan Lake, such as canoeing, fishing, the model airplane club, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and the aerodrome will continue to occur.

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