Canoecopia, one of the biggest paddlesports events of the year, is set to take place virtually March 12-14.
In a normal year, Canoecopia brings together paddling enthusiasts from around the world for three days of seminars, clinics, expos and more. The virtual version will feature more than 80 presentations, 70-plus exhibitors and access to deals on some great outdoor gear.
Two longtime friends of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail — Katina Daanen and Laurie Chandler — are among this year’s featured presenters.
Daanen, who authored The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through-Paddlers Companion: A Guidebook to Paddling the 740-Mile Water Trail from its Western Terminus in Old Forge and The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Planning and Paddling Log, hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and 2017 and returned to long distance paddling in 2019, completing the Wisconsin River in 20 days — Daanen’s Canoecopia presentation will focus on that adventure along the river’s 430 miles.
Chandler, author of Upwards and the first woman to solo thru-paddle the NFCT, recently published a new book: Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine’s New National Monument, which details her 2018 exploration of Maine’s new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Her Canoecopia presentation will feature a slideshow of her 17-day journey and highlight the region’s ancient geology, history and natural wonders.
Another longtime NFCT friend, Joe Geronimo, has a photo essay in this year’s Canoecopia show guide; click here to check it out!
Tickets for the virtual event cost $15 and provide access to presentations, interactive exhibitor booths and special deals and incentives on gear. Most presentations will be available for viewing up to 60 days after the event.
To learn more about Canoecopia, visit canoecopia.com.