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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    

Maura and Bobby Marko
2019 Friday Evening: "Canoeing with Babies and Toddlers" ~ Maura and Bobby Marko

Maura and Bobby Marko, parents to two young children, Jack, 4, and Rowan, 2., are passionate about educating and assisting parents in feeling confident and comfortable while preparing for, and having, outstanding experiences in the outdoors with their children, no matter how young. The Markos firmly believe that a child is never too young to begin explorations in the outdoors, even by canoe. Canoe camping with babies and toddlers is loads of work but always worth the effort. Since becoming parents, the Markos have developed skills, coping mechanisms, and lots of sneaky tricks to have successful and meaningful trips in the wilderness with very small children along. They'll share all that they've learned to make canoe trips with babies and toddlers enjoyable, from simple overnight trips to long-distance, week-long expeditions.

Jim Baird
2019 Saturday Evening: “Four Rivers to the Labrador Sea” ~ Jim Baird

Join Jim Baird, a professional adventurer photographer, writer, and filmmaker who grew up exploring the Public Lands of Southern Ontario, Canada, on an 33 day canoe trip from Schefferville, Quebec to Hopedale Labrador via the Du Pas, and unnamed river, the George (which we went up) and the Adlatok. The route had about 30 miles of portaging (no trails) two portage’s lasting over two days and it also consisted of significant navigational challenges, large open water crossings, up river travel and advanced level whitewater. This presentation was made possible by the generous support of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization


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