Voices from the Trail

A Springtime Paddle Through the Trees

Maybe it’s the backcountry skier in me, but there’s something about weaving in and out of trees that will never get old — and maybe that’s why I always mark the transition from winter to spring with a paddle upstream…

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Aaren Harris: Navigating the NFCT with FarOut

My husband, Chris, my son, Rewan, and I began section paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in June of 2018, when Rew had just turned 4. We knew we wanted to do a long canoe adventure and Rew had grown…

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NFCT Teams with FarOut Guides for Paddling App

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), in partnership with FarOut Guides, has launched a new trail app, just in time for the beginning of paddling season. The new GPS-enabled guide features over 1,400 waypoints, site photos and several base maps,…

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NFCT adds paddling trails, new adventures to Trip Planner tool

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has updated its Trip Planner tool to include the Penobscot River Paddling Trail as well as the Lamoille, Connecticut and Androscoggin river paddling trails. Additionally, NFCT’s Suggested Trips listing now includes several new itineraries…

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Onion Foundation supports Water Trails Network

A grant from the Onion Foundation is helping the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) cultivate a water trails network, a cohort of organizations across the Northern Forest region working to promote paddling opportunities in their communities. This year, the NFCT…

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#nfct20: A perfect match

Katina Daanen and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail were destined for each other long before the trail came into existence. As a kid, Katina spent her summers swimming in Shell Lake and making camps along the shores of Ada Lake…

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2020 trip planning update

If you’re a ski-junky like me, you’re probably not quite ready to plan out your summer paddling adventures. (It feels like winter just arrived here in the Adirondacks.) But I often find myself planning new ski adventures as early as…

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Re-route at the Canadian border

One unique aspect of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is crossing into Quebec, Canada. The chance to “paddle across the border” adds a sense of adventure and new cultural experiences. It is remarkable how different things feel just a few…

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A Video Guide for the NFCT in Vermont

The following is a question-and-answer session done via email with Joseph Defelice of Riverbank Media in East Dorset, Vermont. He created a five-part video series about Northern Forest Canoe Trail waterways in Vermont. The series can be found in our…

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Advice for a Thru-Paddle

Paddling the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a challenging adventure that requires thoughtful planning and the proper gear. When planning for my trip in 2011, I sought out advice from numerous sources, including books, maps, blogs, the NFCT organization,…

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