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Gear Up at the Bi-annual Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo!

Its the surest sign of spring. Attracting over 10,000 outdoor enthusiasts, the Midwest Expo promises 120+ free outdoor adventure presentations, 100+ exhibitors, and the world's biggest canoe auction! If you're passionate about the outdoors, this is the place to be. And, did we mention, its free!

  • Beer and Gear Social Night and Raffle
  • Canoe & Kayak Auction
  • Canoe & Kayak Demo
  • Environmental Organizations
  • 100+ Exhibitors and Vendors
  • Yummy Food!
  • Meetup with Friends
  • Great Deals on Great Gear (Everything is on Sale)
  • Kids Area and Passport to Adventure Game with Prizes
  • Outdoor Clubs
  • 120+ Presentations
  • The Radical Reels Tour

What’s New:

Expedition Canoeing Roundtable Discussion Panel

Have a question that you'd love to ask an expert wilderness paddler? Ask a panel of four of the most well-known wilderness canoeists at this year's Expo! The panel includes respected authors and travellers Kevin Callan and Cliff Jacobson, Bob O’Hara, and Rob Kesserling, whose talks, books, and guided trips have inspired thousands. All four have won their knowledge from a lifetime of experience, and, of course, mistakes. Come with your questions and xpect a wealth of wisdom (maybe even humor) that will be vital for your next canoe adventure.


What’s Hot:

Canoe and Kayak Demos

Watch the experts show off different canoes, and try before you buy - the first paddle sports demo of the season (weather permitting) is at (time and location TBD) This is your chance to try out new canoes and kayaks direct from the manufacturer. Factory reps will be on hand with trailers full of canoes, kayaks, paddles, and stand up paddleboards, all for you to try. It's the best way to experience how a canoe tracks, lifts for weight and comfort, and best of all, you can ask the experts all about the crafts. Important: the demo is for new boats only, and does not include boats from the auction. Find out more about the Paddlesports Demo day HERE >

The World's Largest Canoe and Kayak Auction

Amongst the local paddlers, this auction is legend. Bid on everything from last-year's models to been-there-done-that boats. If you're a new paddler, it's a great place to find a deal -- if you're an addicted paddle-head, you might find that special treasure for your collection.

The world’s largest canoe and kayak auction takes place at 11am on Saturday across the street from the big-top tents at Midwest Mountaineering. Over the years we've seen some amazing deals and great buys on used canoes and kayaks - plus, nothing is more fun than watching the bidding over a rare find. Bring your canoe or kayak between 7-9am to register it for sale. Canoe and Kayak inspection begins at 10am. Find out more HERE >

canoe auction

Featured speakers include:

Ann Bancroft
"Passion Meets Purpose" Read More >

Matthew Davis, Terry Bernhardt, and Mark Stange
"Hike the BWCAW's Border Route and Kekakabic Trails" Read More >

Scott Oeth
Stand Up Canoeing: The Lost Art of Canoe Poling Read More >

Susan Leaf
A Canoe and the Search of the Good Life Read More >

100+ Vendors and Exhibitors

This is the way to get plan for your summer trips! Over 90 outfitters, resorts, manufacturers, magazines, outing clubs, environmental groups, trail associations, and more, showcase themselves to would-be adventurers seeking places to go and folks to go with. (Hint hint: will be there - and we'll be giving away prizes and more!)


Everything in the Store is on SALE!

Midwest Mountaineering was awarded 2010 Outdoor Retailer of the Year - and it's no wonder. They are the local authority on everything from ice climbing to mountain biking. With a great selection of gear for paddling, camping, cycling... if you're into the outdoors, you'll feel right at home.

The Radical Reels Expo Film Festival

The Radical Reels Tour will be Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm, at the U of M Willey Hall. Check out dynamic, high-adrenaline films from the festival including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment.

View the official show website at


Best of all, Admission is FREE!

Where and When:

Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo

Dates: April 22-24, 2016

Location: Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Featured Speakers:

Speakers 2016

Sneak Peek: Featured Speakers >

Map and Directions:

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See Trailers and Film Fest Info at:


Stop by the booth and Enter to Win a Fully Outfitted BWCAW Canoe Trip for Two! home
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