NFCT Events

Adirondack Canoe Classic

The Adirondack Canoe Classic — known as the 90-Miler — is an Adirondack tradition dating back over three decades. The annual event, which takes place over three days in September, takes paddlers from Old Forge, NY, to Saranac Lake, NY, the first 90 miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

‘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.

Virtual Speakers Series 2021

We’ve teamed up with NRS to put together the Virtual Speakers Series to get us pumped for paddling. Each event will be simulcast on Zoom and Facebook. Participants will be able to interact with presenters during Q&A sessions both live and in chats. NRS, as our premiere event sponsor, will provide door prizes, which will be raffled off the following day. Anyone who makes a donation to NFCT in association with the presentation will be eligible to win.

Paddler Series

Join fellow community members for a shared paddle along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, led by experienced and knowledgeable volunteers! Stay tuned – we are building a list of trips now.

Paddling Film Festival

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail traditionally hosts screenings of Rapid Media’s Paddling Film Fest World Tour every spring; this year’s festival is virtual. Click here to learn more.

Missisquoi River Paddle-Pedal

The Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal takes place the third Saturday in June each year. The event 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.

Long Lake Long Boat Regatta

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail will close out the 2021 Adirondack race series by partnering with Long Lake Recreation and Tourism to host the Long Lake Long Boat Regatta.

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. Register here

Celebrate Paddling

Outfitters and guides come together in June every year to host paddle sport related activities in the northern Adirondacks.

Online Auction

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s online auction takes place in November every year. Find great deals on outdoor gear, regional adventures, books and services. Your participation supports our mission.


View a full listing of events along the trail on our calendar.