Canada is one of the seven overseas teams competing in this year’s paddling feast.
The side had brought a 12-member team and for 10 of them, this will be their first Vaka Eiva experience.
They had a test run yesterday at Avarua wharf and were pleased with the conditions on Rarotonga.
“The weather and water is spectacular. It was the first time for all of us to be in the canoe together because we come from different towns and cities in Canada,” team member Donna Harrison said.
“We are in to enjoy it. We are not looking to come up on the top but we are looking to have a good race.”
Canada will be competing in the senior masters division.
Harrison, who took part in Vaka Eiva 2011, said the event was one of its kind and thanked the organisers for holding it annually.
“The people of the Cook Islands are so friendly and so open. The whole week during Vaka Eiva is so delightful and fun.
“We are glad that you guys are able to put it on every year and have us keep coming back.”
About 700 paddlers are expected to compete in the 12th edition of Vaka Eiva. Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa and USA are the other overseas teams competing.