Want to win a Polaris 16 foot Northstar Canoe?

WAITSFIELD, Vermont — What’s a popular way for a water trail to raise money? Raffle off a brand new canoe. For the second year in a row, Northstar Canoes has donated a touring canoe to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to support the nonprofit’s work.

The 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest paddling trail in the nation and runs from Old Forge, N.Y., through Vermont, Quebec and New Hampshire, ending in Fort Kent, following ancient Native American travel routes.

The nonprofit’s executive director, Karrie Thomas, said, “People are clamoring to buy tickets for a new canoe designed by [Northstar founder and owner] Ted Bell. We are looking forward to giving this year’s boat away.”

The prize is a Polaris 16 foot, 9 inch touring canoe made of BlackLite carbon fiber with aluminum trim, valued at $2,995. Tickets are $5 for one ticket and $20 for five tickets online at The drawing will be held on August 15.

“We love supporting the work of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail,” said Bear Paulsen, general manager of the Minnesota-based Northstar Canoes. “By maintaining the NFCT we’re helping ensure another generation grows to love canoeing.”

In 2014 the Northern Forest Canoe Trail was named “Editor’s Choice–Best Canoeing” by Yankee Magazine.

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