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  • About Paracanoe

    Paracanoe is the canoeing discipline for athletes with an impairment and races are contested by two types of boat, kayak (K) and va’a (V). The kayak is propelled by a double-blade paddle, while the va’a is an outrigger canoe which has an ama (second pontoon) as a support float and is used with a single-blade paddle. Both kayak and va’a have three different classes of event for men and women, depending on the classification of an athlete’s impairment, with KL1, KL2 and KL3 for kayak and VL1, VL2 and VL3 for va’a. At international level all paracanoe races are individual events and competed at a distance of 200m.

    Paracanoe began as an initiative by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to allow athletes with an impairment to compete in the sport. The discipline featured with exhibition status under the name Paddleability at the 2009 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, NS, Canada, and was given official status as paracanoe at the following year’s edition in Poznan, Poland. Later in 2010, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced at a meeting in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, that paracanoe would make its debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. There will be six medal events at the Games (three men, three women), all in the kayak category. (Source: ICF)

    For the 2020 Tokyo, Japan Paralympic Games, three va’a events have also been added to the Paralympic programs. The program will feature VL2 races for men and women, and VL3 races for men.

    For Paracanoe Athletes


    The Host Organizing Committee has pre-arranged preferred rates at Dartmouth hotels with a range of accessible room options. Please find additional details with regards to accessible accommodation here.

    Site Map

    Please refer to the image below to see our fully accessible sitemap.

    Venue Map Legend

    1 Officials Lunch Area / Washrooms / Storage & Meeting Space
    2 Main Office / Volunteer & Staff Washrooms (closed to public) / Off Water First Aid Post / Welcome Centre / Dockside – Boat Control Embarkation
    3 Finish Tower / Results Manager / Safety Boat Coordination
    4 Reserved Parking Lot / Portable Washrooms (including fully accessible) / Hand Wash Stations
    5 Anti-Doping
    6 Public Park Area – Spectators
    7 Welcome Centre / Accreditation
    8 Athlete Area / Disabled Parking / Portable Washrooms (including fully accessible) / Hand Wash Station
    9 Outdoor Vendors
    10 Reserved Parking: Event Volunteers / Staff / Trailers / Disabled Parking
    11 Results Sign
    12 Canteen / Bar
    13 Spectators
    14 Boat Control – Pre-Competition / Boat Control Disembarkation / On-Water First Aid / Vendors /
    Canteen / Bar / Media Area / VIP Area
    15 Grandstand Seating / Medal Presentations / Portable Washrooms (including fully accessible) /
    Hand Wash Stations / Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    16 Spectators
    17 Race Course

    Please note that a roll in shower facility will be available for Para Athletes at the Main Office location.



    Accessible transportation will be offered to athletes from their hotel to the race course and around the Lake between the Athlete Village and medal presentations.

    Transportation Schedule

    Monday: 7 to 10 a.m & 2 to 5 p.m.

    Tuesday: 7 to 10 a.m & 2 to 5 p.m.

    Wednesday: 7 to 10 a.m.,1 to 4 p.m. & 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

    Thursday: Morning 7 to 5 and afternoon return 2 to 5 (pending the completion of the regatta)

    Friday: Morning 7 to 5 and afternoon return 2 to 5 (pending the completion of the regatta)

    Saturday: Morning 7 to 5 and afternoon return 2 to 5 (pending the completion of the regatta)

    Sunday: Morning 7 to 5 and afternoon return 2 to 5 (pending the completion of the regatta)

    ***Shuttle will also be available to take athletes to medal area***


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