Abegweit Paddlers Club
was originally founded in 2005 as the P.E.I.
Canoe & Kayak Club.
The very first club in P.E.I., George Bitar
and Kevin Lynch helped to start the club but major credit
goes to Justin Richard Batten, a former Otterburn member,
for steering the club towards success in a new location
in 2007, moving from Glenfinnan Lake to Brudenell Provincial
Park near Georgetown. Aimed at raising Prince Edward Island’s
canoe-kayak profile for the 2009 Canada Summer Games, Abegweit
was the only club from the island. In 2016, the Brudenell
Canoe Kayak Club took over from the former
Abegweit club, rebranding to better reflect their location
on the island. “Abegweit” means “cradled
on the waves” and was the Mi’Kmaq name for PEI.