Events & Activities

Adirondack Canoe Classic

The Adirondack Canoe Classic — known as the 90-Miler — is an Adirondack tradition that dates back over three decades. The annual event, which takes place over three days on the weekend after Labor Day, takes paddlers from Old Forge, NY to Saranac Lake, NY, the first 90 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This year’s 90-Miler will be Sept. 9-11Online registration will begin July 1, 2022.

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Adirondack Paddling Symposium

A comprehensive weekend of paddling instruction for paddlers offering beginner and intermediate course tracks for kayaks, pack boats, SUPs and canoes. This year’s Symposium will be June 17-20.

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Celebrate Paddling Invitational

Outfitters and guides come together in June every year to host paddle sport related activities in the northern Adirondacks, culminating in the Celebrate Paddling Invitational on the last Sunday of June. This year’s Invitational will be Sunday, June 26.

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Community Paddles

The NFCT coordinates with local paddlers to organize community paddles on and near the canoe trail.

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Long Lake Long Boat Regatta

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail closes out the 2021 Adirondack race series by partnering with Long Lake Recreation and Tourism to host the Long Lake Long Boat Regatta each year on the last Saturday in September. This year’s Regatta will be Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Missisquoi River Paddle-Pedal

The Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal combines 6.5 miles of paddling down the Missisquoi River and 5 miles of cycling on the adjacent Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. Food, music and an awards ceremony finish the day at Davis Park in Richford, Vermont. 2022’s event will be held on Saturday, July 16.

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Online Auction

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s annual online auction takes place the last two weeks of November. Find great deals on outdoor gear, regional adventures, books and services. Your participation supports our mission.

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Paddling Film Festival

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail traditionally hosts screenings of Rapid Media’s Paddling Film Fest World Tour every spring in many cities across the northeastern United States.

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‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race

The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race is an Adirondack favorite, taking place annually on the second Saturday of May — the unofficial kickoff event of the Adirondack paddling season. This year’s race will be held Saturday, May 14.

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Virtual Speakers Series

Occasionally, we host virtual sessions highlighting trips, experiences, stewardship work and much more. These events are scheduled throughout the year; check back regularly for the latest installments. If you have a story to tell and would like to be a presenter, let us know by emailing [email protected].

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Waterway Work Trips

Get your hands dirty, support the trail and meet people with similar interests. Join us for a weekend working with staff and interns improving portage trails and campsites, building access points or installing safety signage. Meet like minded paddlers. And we always make time for paddling. Look for the coming year’s project lineup in March.

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