In order to better understand the foundations resting at the origins of the Traditional Canoeing Club for Youngsters, one must dwell deep, up until the 18th century, when canoes started to be used on a wide scale in the northern parts of the country, an import from the “wild woods” of the New Continent where they were prominently used by fur trappers and explorers mapping Northern America. It was then that some people saw the potential to use them for recreational activities or even competitions and this was the driving factor that determined the constant rise in canoeing in this region of the country.
In the 1900s, the canoeing phenomenon increased in occurrence and even more people began practicing this pastime as a recreational activity. It was back then that a group of more than twenty people who were meeting constantly for canoeing together, decided to create the canoeing club. Initially founded as a way to relax and learn canoeing skills, the initial “clients” of the club were children, which were brought to the club by the parents which wanted for their kids to learn how to handle a canoe and therefore practice a sport that was specific to that area.
The club grew in both the number of members as well as the area which represented its grounds, quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions in the northern part of the country. More and more people came for canoeing and it was years later that the club was officially registered as a standalone venue with the local authorities.
As mentioned in the previous pages, the name of the club comes from the fact that it was initially designed as a school for canoeing, where children and youngsters could learn and practice canoeing.
In recent years, due to the expansion in its domains area, the Traditional Canoeing Club for Youngsters has collaborated intensely with the local national parks administrative staff, which ensured that the canoeing trails and river segments were always in top shape and ready to receive the eager canoe aficionados.
The current “owners” of the canoeing club are remote descendants of those who were among the first ones to introduce the concept of canoeing in the area, back in the 18th century, when this activity was seen, very marginally, simply as a way of transporting goods over the river and increasing the efficiency of transportation.