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Classes and Workshops Offered at Gear Stores

Many gear stores host free and low-cost evening and weekend classes on everything from Leave No Trace practices to using a GPS unit to boat demos, where you can try out canoes and other paddling gear. Some canoe retailers even offer guided trips. Check out the stores listed below or call your local shops to learn about their offerings.

Find free and low-cost classes, presentations and canoe demos at REI stores across the country. The company also offers more in-depth instruction through REI Outdoor School in the San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. areas.

Charles River Canoe & Kayak
Well-known throughout the eastern US, this store offers paddling school, guided tours, group outings, and an instant entry into the paddling community.

Midwest Mountaineering 
Located in Minneapolis, MN, Midwest Mountaineering is a local expert in all things outdoors. You can always test-paddle canoes for free, and they host boat demos, Boundary Waters Canoe Area information sessions, and women’s programs.

This Madison, WI gear store is a local landmark, offering an extensive selection of canoeing classes and outdoor adventures for kids and adults.

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