• Water droplets fall from a paddle into Okanagan Lake, B.C. (Photo: Darrel Giesbrecht/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Morning paddle in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, B.C., around the Broken Group Islands (Photo: Iain Reid/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Morning paddle on Moraine Lake, Banff, Alta. (Photo: David Buhler/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Canoeing on Lake Superior. (Photo: Guoqiang Xue/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Canoeing down Georgian Bay, headed to West Fox Island. (Photo: Scott Bagg/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Taking a break from paddling on Peppers Lake, Alta. (Photo: Kent Wirtanen/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Paddle boarding on Lake Koocanusa, B.C. (Photo: Anita Braconnier/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Paddling through the Alberta Badlands on the Red Deer River. (Photo: John Novotny/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Conquering the Elora Gorge on the Grand River. (Photo: Evan Ferrari/Can Geo Photo Club)

  • Canoeing on Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C. (Photo: Claude Robidoux/Can Geo Photo Club)

The vastness of Canada’s open water makes paddling one of the best ways to explore the country, and if you've never paddled, this week is the perfect time to start!

June 10-19 marks National Paddling Week, an annual celebration of the craft, sport, and heritage of paddling, from canoeing to kayaking to boarding. Started in 2013 by Paddle Canada, the goal of Paddling Week is to promote paddling as a recreational sport as well as educate the public on paddling safety.

In honour of National Paddling Week, the slideshow above features ten photos from our Photo Club members that capture the joy of being on the water.