Kelowna Rowing Club was established in 1913 and has been operating on Lake Okanagan ever since. Today, KRC continues to develop a passion for rowing among its membership of over 70 rowers. Based in the protected cove of Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna, the club's location allows for a beneficial partnership with the West Kelowna Yacht Club and ideal access to the best rowing water Lake Okanagan has to offer!


Rowing on Okanagan Lake dates back over 110 years. KRC rowers have raced at the Olympics and stood on the podium; many others have become 'lifers'.

We are currently researching and compiling a more detailed history of the club; if you have any information or images to share, please contact us.


The club caters to a wide range of ages and abilities:

  • Beginners taking their first strokes under the watchful eye of our patient, experienced coaches;
  • Recreational rowers looking for a low-impact workout and a network of like-minded individuals;
  • Competitive rowers preparing to race at local and international regattas

We recommend a rower's journey start no younger than 13 years, but there's no limit beyond that to take those first, magical strokes.

It is important to understand what your membership fees cover and how they account for the opportunities provided and your overall rowing experience.


KRC's coaches endeavour to carefully consider the needs and objectives of each individual participant. Programs are directed by our Head Coach, Alex Cruickshanks, who brings over two decades of rowing and coaching experience at high school, club, university and international levels. His critical eye and patient demeanour have assisted KRC in developing the club's standard of technical rowing and physiological training.


Safety is the responsibility of all rowers, coaches and volunteers at KRC. The club abides by the strict safety protocols and policy as set out by Rowing Canada and Rowing BC. The club endeavours to ensure that all members are able enjoy all on and off-water activities in a safe manner.