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Maine Canoe Symposium June 7-9, 2019

Events and Activities

Events & Activities

    Evening speaker Harry in Memorial Hall Memorial Hall crowd    

Garrett Conover
2018 Friday Evening: "Wildwater North: Classic canoeing and snowshoeing Maine’s premier routes" ~ Garrett Conover

Garrett Conover, Maine Guide, will offer an exploration of the wildest remaining canoe trips in Maine; an early spring run on the St. John River, summer and fall trips on the West Branch of the Penobscot and the Allagash. He'll talk about Big Black Rapids, Maine, wildlands, wildlife, and glimpses of northwoods history, as well as the skills of canoeing, poling, and comfortable camp life. The show includes scenes from the winter trail on the same waterways, when canoes are replaced with snowshoes and toboggans.

Brad Krog
2018 Saturday Evening: “1,000 mile Yukon Endurance Challenge, An Epic Endurance Paddling Event” ~ Brad Krog

Join Brad Krog, an outdoor enthusiast from Maine with over 30 years paddling experience, on an unsupported “Journey of a Lifetime” racing 1000 miles on the Yukon River. Starting in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, competitors from Germany, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States travel through some of the most isolated, yet breathtaking, areas in North America crossing into Alaska, entering the Arctic Circle and finishing at the Dalton Highway Bridge 135 miles north of Fairbanks.


Parade of Canoes

    Shawn's Ming Harry's demo. Sailing    

On Saturday morning, we will be updating the former Paddling Styles Demonstration and are excited to present our new-for-2017 Parade of Canoes, narrated by your MCS Steering Committee. If you have a canoe you would like to show off, or a paddling style you would like to demonstrate briefly, please feel free to join the parade-we will take care of the narration. Maine Canoe Symposium celebrates the diversity of canoesport, so the more participants and variety in the parade, the more fun for everyone.

If you want a head start on styles of paddling, check out MCS Pro-Staff member Shawn Burke’s Paddling_Styles_Primer.pdf to learn more about different styles before you arrive.


Children’s Program

    Bow drill Children's workshop Children paddlers    

MCS is kid friendly. We have lots of activities to engage your children. All presentations and workshops will be open to adults. Parents are fully responsible for their children, there are no baby sitting options available.


Voyageur Canoe Race

Held in honor, memory and celebration of Uncle Al Ordway, our friend and host for more than 25 years.
    War canoes War canoe 1 War canoe 2 War canoes 4    

The starting cannon fires at noon on Sunday. Be ready to either paddle or cheer your favorite team on! Which team will receive the infamous Golden Boot Award in 2017?


Silent Auction

    Auction Door prizes Auction    

The Maine Canoe Symposium is supported by many fine sponsors and individuals that donate paddles, books, packs, poles, and gear of all kind for our silent auction on Saturday evening. Bring your checkbooks and find great deals while supporting MCS.

Maine Canoe Symposium
c/o Winona Camps
35 Winona Road
Bridgton, ME 04009
Reservations: 207-647-3721
Information: 207-650-2669
Email: info@mainecanoesymposium.org