Voices from the Trail

Finding community in 2020

It wasn’t long after I accepted my offer to be a member of the 2020 Northern Forest Canoe Trail Stewardship Crew that it became evident that COVID-19 might end our season before it could even start. I was so excited…

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Lobster Lake, or the effects of Mars on a Maine canoe-camping trip

In mid-August of 2003, my friend Cynthia, a Mainer and artist, phoned and said: “I thought we were going canoe-camping this summer.”  “I don’t know. It’s getting close to the start of school,” I said.  “I found all these great…

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#nfct20: Mapping a path forward

As the Northern Forest Canoe Trail celebrates its 20th anniversary, we’re sharing stories that highlight the progress the trail and our organization have made over the last two decades. Earlier this year, we interviewed Kay Henry and Rob Center for…

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New NFCT interpretive panels at Mansonville Landing

River enthusiasts will be greeted with new interpretive material at a kiosk in Mansonville, Quebec. The signs were installed by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) with support from local organizations and volunteers. The two panels, set up on a…

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NFCT raffling off 20th anniversary Wenonah canoe

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is raffling off a special 20th anniversary Wenonah Adirondack tandem canoe. The custom-made boat features a map of the entire 740-mile water trail that runs from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine, inlaid…

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NFCT completes New York stewardship projects

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) completed several stewardship projects this summer along New York sections of the 740-mile waterway trail connecting Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine. “Each stewardship season presents us with challenges, and this year was…

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NFCT completes Maine stewardship projects

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) completed three stewardship projects this summer along Maine sections of the 740-mile waterway trail connecting Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine. “Each stewardship season presents us with challenges, and this year was certainly…

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NFCT completes Vermont stewardship projects

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) completed several stewardship projects this summer along Vermont sections of the 740-mile waterway trail connecting Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine. “Each stewardship season presents us with challenges, and this year was certainly…

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NFCT completes New Hampshire stewardship projects

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) completed two stewardship projects this summer along New Hampshire sections of the 740-mile waterway trail connecting Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine. “Each stewardship season presents us with challenges, and this year was…

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#nfct20: Four women & a big white dog in the Allagash Wilderness

In 2012, Joanne Blondin, three friends and a big white dog paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Joanne shared their story in honor of NFCT’s 20th anniversary. (Photos by Valerie Caro) “No! Not left! Turn us right! Paddle hard!” Beth…

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