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 on the inside of the canoe. Raffle tickets are on sale until midnight on Halloween; the winner will be selected on Nov. 1.
“2020 marks our organization’s 20th anniversary, though the rivers, lakes, streams and portages have existed as Idigenous travel routes for centuries,” said Karrie Thomas, NFCT’s executive director. “It’s been an unprecedented year for us: COVID derailed many of our events and activities, even as paddling and outdoor recreation has boomed. Fortunately, we were able to follow through on most of our stewardship work across all four states, and we continue to work toward the acquisition of the Adirondack Watershed Alliance and its events, including the 90-Miler.”
“Our business and corporate partners, donors, members and supporters have been gracious and generous, carrying us through some uncertain times. We’re excited to share this opportunity to win a special boat that memorializes our first 20 years.”
“We have supported the NFCT since 2003, and we are thrilled to mark its 20th anniversary with this unique and beautiful boat,” said Bill Kueper, vice president of Wenonah Canoe.
The boat will be shipped to the winner via any Wenonah dealer in the contiguous United States. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit stewardship work and programming. Visit bit.ly/wenonah2020 to learn more.
NFCT stewardship work is also supported by memberships and donations to the Trail Fund, public and private grants and business and corporate sponsorships.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a nonprofit organization that maintains and promotes the 740-mile water trail that runs from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, and connects New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. The trail showcases the mix of landscapes and communities currently lining the traditional routes used by indigenous peoples, settlers, and guides. It is the longest in-land water trail in the nation and consists of 23 rivers and streams, 59 lakes and ponds, 45 communities, and 65 portages.
To learn more about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, visit northernforestcanoetrail.org.