Northstar Canoes Donates to Northern Forest Canoe Trail

What’s a popular way for a water trail to raise money? Raffle off a brand new canoe. For the second year in a row, Northstar Canoes has donated a touring canoe to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to support the nonprofit’s work on the longest inland water trail in the country.

The nonprofit’s executive director Karrie Thomas shares, “People are clamoring to buy tickets for a new canoe designed by Ted Bell. We are looking forward to giving this year’s boat away. We are so pleased to have Northstar Canoes as a partner.”

The Northstar boat being raffled is a Polaris 16ft 9in touring canoe made of BlackLite carbon fiber with aluminum trim. Tickets for this canoe, valued at $2,995, are $5 for 1 ticket and $20 for 5 tickets online at The drawing will be held on August 15.

Minnesota-based Northstar Canoes starting supporting the trail in 2015. Founder and owner Ted Bell had previously owned Bell Canoe Works for 18 years before selling his company. He re-emerged in 2014 with his new Northstar Canoes brand making high-performance solo and tandem canoes.

“We love supporting the work of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail,” said Northstar Canoes general manager Bear Paulsen. “Making sure there are places for families and individuals to do extended canoe trips is important. By maintaining the NFCT we’re helping ensure another generation grows to love canoeing.”

A winner will be drawn on Monday, August 15, 2016. Tickets can be purchased online at  


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