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Northern Forest Canoe Trail

October 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Northern Forest Canoe Trail: the “Wrong” Way
A presentation by Peter Macfarlane
Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
In the spring of 2013, Peter Macfarlane through-paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from the
Adirondacks to northern Maine, a distance of some 750 miles in 28 days in a cedar-strip canoe that he
designed and built. His presentation at the Ilsley Library regarding this trip was recorded for MCTV.
This spring he ventured out on the Trail for another through-paddle, but this time took on more of a
challenge by paddling from Maine to the Adirondacks. He faced nine major upstream rivers and only
four downstream, not to mention prevailing headwinds, which were to be a significant player in this
trek. On the 10th of June he paddled into Old Forge to become the first recorded person to through-paddle the Trail from east to west.
In this presentation he takes the audience on a trip through his planning, and then the roller coaster ride
of overcoming challenges, joyful paddling, loss, exhaustion, despair, and some sublime moments, all
illustrated with photos and snippets of video.


October 9, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Community meeting room
Ilsley Public Library