Hello friends of Northern Wilderness Travelers!
We have missed The Paddlers Gathering and Snow Walkers Rendezvous in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic.
Announcing a combined Paddlers and Snow Walkers gathering the weekend of:
October 13 - 15, 2023
It will be held at:
Ohana Family Camps
341 Quinibeck Rd
Fairlee, VT 05045
It will be wonderful to see all of you again!
This gathering will be a combination of speakers, workshops and great food. The topics will cover both winter and summer outings for this once a year event.
NEW: We will have programs geared towards children and families.
Please send any questions or suggestions for speakers and workshops to:
• Paddling lessons with Becky Mason and Laurie Gullion
• Make a canoe pole and learn how to use it in your canoe
• Map and compass skills/GPS skills
• How to tie knots
• Learn how to set up a campsite for canoeing, hiking and winter camping
• Menu planning and food preparation
• First Aid course, WFA with CPR - Solo Thursday and Friday October 11-12, 2023
And many more!
Presentations (tentative list):
• Becky Mason and Reid McLachlin - paddling local river in Quebec
• Chris Giard - Traveling in Labrador
• Paddling and camping with kids
• Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
• Winter camping in Maine
You may also check our Facebook page for updates.
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Tour of the tents.
Tent on the Hulbert lawn.
Showing us a homemade tent and stove.
Working with maps and compass.
Build your own toboggan.
Learn about dog sledding.
A happy crew.
Talking about Cree medicine.
Winter fun in Maine.
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Snowwalking in Labrador.
Winter camping in Algonquin park.
Winter tent at night.
- WINTER STORMS
Labrador Lake Crossing
Our conferences are a mixture of hands-on workshops, slide shows, films and readings. There are shows about winter trips both close to home and in far-flung areas of the north. Presentations about First Nations perspectives and knowledge are intermixed with talks by researchers who study northern environments. A presentation about the history of an area may be followed by a talk about the effects of climate change in the arctic. There are readings of poetry, short stories and essays.
Winter is a magical time to travel in the northern landsape. The hands-on workshops provide an opportunity to learn the skills you need to travel both safely and comfortably during the winter . These range from the care and use of an axe to working with wood stoves and food and clothing for the trail.
The food at the Hulbert Center is wonderful and there's always plenty of time to connect with other like minded travelers. It's a place to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.
Mark your Calendars!
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Great meals at the Hulbert Outdoor Center.
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The Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
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Paddling in Cuba.
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Knot tying workshop.
Cooking with a reflector oven.
Using GPS and mapping software,
Wilderness first aid.
Canoe rescue techniques.
Historic canoe trips.
Ethnobotany presentation in Greenland.
Building lightweight watercraft.
Paddling in northern Quebec.
Our conferences are a mixture of hands-on workshops, slide shows, films and readings. There are shows about canoe trips both close to home and in far-flung areas of the north. Presentations about First Nations perspectives and knowledge are intermixed with talks by researchers who study northern environments. A presentation about the history of an area may be followed by a talk about the effects of climate change in the arctic. There are readings of poetry, short stories and essays.
Many of us fell in love with the north during a canoe trip. We are fortunate to have large areas of wilderness perfect for canoe tripping that are relatively easy to access. There are also many canoeing opportunities very close to home.
Come to the Paddlers Gathering to learn the necessary skills for wilderness paddling, to trade canoe route information, to make new friends and to have time to connect with other lovers of traveling by canoe.