A Chinook is a warm wind blowing eastwards from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. As we are located as far west as one can locate in Canada, on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, it is apropos that this name represents our geographical location. And, as Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint National Championships are rarely west of Regina, we will always be blowing in from the west to compete.
A Chinook is also a highly prized Pacific Ocean salmon; spiritually, culturally and monetarily valuable. The Chinook “King” salmon sometimes have blueish-green/reddish-purple sides and backs. Chinook chose our unique team colours on our singlets to reflect this.
Embedded in our club logo: a small white “c” of CRcC with the black background refers to the Latin word “celeritas”, which translates as “swiftness”, while bearing the value of the “speed of light” as expressed in Einstein’s equation of the Theory of Special Relativity: E = mc2.
Motto: perficientur excellentiam
Our Latin motto means “performance excellence” or “high performance”. Chinook Racing Canoe Club was established to introduced children and youth in our community to Sprint Canoe Kayak and to provide a local resource for those pursuing the sport competitively without being required to transfer to the mainland.