For those seeking an authentic Maine experience fit for Paul Bunyan himself, look no further than the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.

Hosted annually near the Bangor International Airport, this 16.5 mile canoe race is the largest paddling event in New England, and was co-founded by famous canoe designer and long-time Old Town Canoe employee Lew Gilman. 

Each April, locals and tourists alike gather to watch competitors race down the Kenduskeag Stream, through farm fields, neighborhoods, and canals, to the confluence of the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor. Many of the canoes used in the race are made at the nearby Old Town Canoe facilities– like the best-selling Discovery Canoe and namesake Penobscot Canoe

Interested in learning how modern day canoes and kayaks are built? While you’re in the Bangor area, book a private tour of the Old Town Canoe facilities (call 800-343-1555 or email to arrange a tour). Would you rather experience the river for yourself? Organize a canoe camping trip down the Penobscot River Paddling Trail, a newly developed campsite network based on handshake agreements with public and private landowners who share a commitment to river access, stewardship, and the ethos of Maine. To learn more, visit

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