Northern Forest Canoe Trail at the nation’s largest on-water canoe and kayak show

WAITSFIELD, Vt. – Northern Forest Canoe Trail will be represented at the 14th Annual Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge, New York from May 18–20. Sponsored by Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, the state’s largest canoe and kayak dealer, the weekend features over 75 of the leading manufacturers of canoes, kayaks and accessories. The festival will include clinics, on-site test paddling, speakers, instruction, live music, food and fun for the whole family with over 1,000 canoes and kayaks on sale.

New this year at Paddlefest is the 1st Annual Adirondacks Paddlers Photo Contest. Winners will be announced Saturday, May 19 at the VIEW. Returning to Adirondack Paddlefest is the acclaimed Reel Paddling Film Festival, which showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences around the world.

This year’s Paddlefest will have a festival atmosphere with the number of free clinics and demonstrations increased dramatically. There will be demonstrations on paddling technique, Stand-Up-Paddleboards, how to choose the right boats and gear, and more.  There is also a special Kid’s Kayak Clinic with classes held throughout the weekend sponsored by Swift Canoe and Kayak, the American Canoe Association and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Admission to Adirondack Paddlefest 2012 is just $5 per day with children 12 and under free. Or visitors can choose to test paddle all weekend for $20 and be admitted free to the show. The $20 test paddle fee is applied to a canoe, kayak, or SUP board purchase.

For more information on Adirondack Paddlefest 2012 visit or call (315) 369–6672.


The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc. is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, and connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.

To learn more about paddling the NFCT, to become a member, and to purchase a guidebook and maps, visit or call 802-496-2285.


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