Reel Paddling Film Festival Returns to Lake Placid

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Adirondack Lakes and Trails are co-hosting the Reel Paddling Film Festival on Friday, April 8, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The award-winning films tell stories about canoeing, kayaking, and the privilege of having wild places to paddle.  

One of the feature films, Paddle for the North, is about a six-man expedition team and its 1,500-kilometer journey through the Yukon and Peel river watersheds. Other film themes will include kayaking the Aleutians and a multi-sport adventure on Baffin Island.

NFCT’s showings are co-sponsored by NRS, maker of innovative paddling apparel and accessories. Festival proceeds support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the organization that maintains and promotes the 740-mile water trail that starts in Old Forge and ends in Fort Kent, Maine. The NFCT follows the 90-Miler canoe route through the Adirondacks, before heading toward Lake Champlain on the Saranac River.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is located at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and screenings begin at 7p.m.

At 6:40 p.m., Lake Placid resident Danny Mongno, of Werner Paddles, will lead a short seminar about how to improve your paddling stroke. This presentation is free and applies to both kayaking and canoeing. Mongno is the marketing manager for Werner Paddlers, a leading manufacturer in the paddle-making industry.

There will be a free raffle at intermission, and a chance to get tickets for NFCT’s season-long raffles for a Northstar Polaris tandem canoe and a Placid Boatworks Spitfire solo canoe.

People looking to find out more about NFCT summer programs and events, or volunteer for them, should show up early to talk with staff. The NFCT runs two summer trips in the Adirondacks for youth aged 10 to 14 years through its Northern Forest Explorers program.

In addition, NFCT is hosting a paddling festival in Saranac Lake on June 10-11. The Paddlers Freshet Fest will include clinics, guided trips and evening presentations. Tickets will be on sale at the film festival. The event is one of several that the NFCT will hosting in Saranac Lake with Adirondack Lakes and Trails and St. Regis Canoe Outfitters during the month of June.

Film festival tickets are $12 in advance online at, in person or by phone at Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters in Saranac Lake (518) 891-7450 and Lake Placid Center for the Arts (518) 523-2512, or $15 at the door. The student rate is $12.


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