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June 7-9, 2024

Camp Caribou, Winslow Maine

Established in 1986, the Maine Canoe Symposium is a fun-filled weekend where you can learn new skills, connect with other paddlers, share stories, and enjoy the quintessential Maine sport of canoeing.

Lakeside Days
Instructor led, On-Water Classes
Land-based Presentations and Workshops
Happy Paddlers

Proudly Sponsored By:

The Maine Wilderness Guides Organization is an association of Registered Maine Guides and Sporting Camp/Lodge owners who are committed to protecting the habitat in which we guide for our profession, our clients, and for the fish and game we pursue. Our membership is composed of a diverse selection of professional guides who are committed to providing safe, educational, and meaningful outdoor experiences for our guests. MWGO guides have made a commitment to maintain qualifications and standards higher than those required by the state. MWGO is the leading organization offering guide training and development opportunities for the professional guide and those preparing to take the Maine Guide exam.



The Maine Canoe Symposium encourages participants of all ages to develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of North American canoeing heritage and to develop canoeing and related skills through educational workshops, presentations, and hands-on instruction.


Whether you're just getting started or are a veteran paddler, The Maine Canoe Symposium offers a variety of programming to meet all skill levels. We provide the instruction, canoes, paddles, PFDs, and anything else you need to get out on the water. The weekend incorporates the wide range of workshops on various paddling techniques, including basic recreational, competitive, freestyle, and whitewater, as well as traditional canoe tripping and poling.

In addition to our on-water program, we also feature land-based workshops and presentations across a wide range of related topics. Past workshops have included topics such as First-Aid, Paddle Making, Predicting and Understanding Weather, Painting and Photography, Maine History, Knot Tying and Tarp Setup, Fly Fishing, and Open-Fire Cooking, to name a few.

The Maine Canoe Symposium also offers a companion children's program which includes kid-friendly activites, like low-ropes and paracute games to canoe safety and even paddling their own canoe!


At the Maine Canoe Symposium you can receive individualized instruction from an amazing group of Registered Maine Guides, Canadian paddlesport professionals, and seasoned canoe enthusiasts.

Explore topics like:

Canoeing for Fitness

Trip Planning

Safety Skills

Map and Compass

Meal Planning

Plant Identification


June 5th Update - Format adjustments to the schedule for press, the map has been updated and posted below.
June 2th Update - Workshop descriptions and minor tweeks to the program schedule.
June 1th Update - The final-ish schedule can be found below. We're working out the final specifics of where each workshop will be stationed but we're not sweating the small stuff. I'm super stoked on our the new venue, some of the steering committee took another site visit earlier this week and it's looking very very nice. The weather for the weekend looks a little damp but no where near as cold as last year. We highly recommend packing rain gear and a towel.


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NEW FOR 2024:

This year's event will span Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! The pace will slow a little, and our new venue will allow us a little more elbow room. We'll include Friday and Saturday evening activities, on-site tenting or cabin bunks, and an exceptional on-site dining experience.

No need to print your own schedule, we always have plenty of printed schedules and maps on-hand on the day of the event.


The Maine Canoe Symposium is proud to partner with the Camp Caribou for Boys to offer a beautiful and emersive program.


Registration is OPEN

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If you have a question, please contact us.
David is very friendly! He's happy to answer any questions you may have or discuss special accomodations.

Phone: 207-650-2669
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