Accent Paddles started in 2004 when Lee Bonfiglio and Stuart Lee met at our industry's largest trade show. It was clear that a common vision was shared to deliver high quality paddles with exceptional customer service. We are constantly researching materials that allow us to produce some of the worlds lightest paddles. With over 50 years of industry competition, design and experience, our commitment has and will always be to work to keep evolving our craft and provide the highest quality offerings in each of our paddle categories.
Cooke Custom Sewing
At CCS, “Locally Sewn, Globally Tested” is more than just a nice slogan – we are truly committed to those words. From our shop in Minnesota, we have been designing and producing some of the finest gear made for canoeists and other outdoor enthusiasts since 1980. We are inspired by our own travels and our constant search for the best gear.
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center
Journey 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail to the Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, a first-class museum housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge. Learn the natural and cultural history of the rugged, remote area of the Gunflint Trail. Visit the activity-oriented Nature Center. Come join the Gunflint Trail Explorers Club. Discover some of the local plants and animals and enjoy a network of hiking trails. Open Memorial Weekend to mid-October.
EarthEd seeks to provide youth a meaningful opportunity to engage nature through both organized, structured activities as well as unstructured outdoor play. They also build and sell hand made wanigans to support their work. A wanigan is a traditional canoeing pack used since the time of the fur trading voyageurs. Its roots are likely from Native American culture in the New England area. Today these boxes have been modernized somewhat and are surprisingly comfortable to carry, even when loaded.
All of the work to make the wanigans is done in Minneapolis. The materials come from the places people make materials. The cutting, the gluing, the finishing, the sewing; that was all done by hand in their little shop or garage. They care very much about each wanigan they make and would love to have you share it’s stories and adventures with them at www.earthedfound.org/share.
Get the Lead Out!
Get the Lead Out! Is a program that aims to reduce the use of Lead fishing tackle to prevent loon deaths in Minnesota. We will be at the BWCA Expo to help educate about this issue and collect lead fishing tackle. Bring us your lead fishing tackle and we will give you a sample of lead-free tackle to help you make the switch! Any amount of lead tackle will be accepted, big or small. Check out our website for more information on the program: www.pca.state.mn.us/leadout
Glørud Design is building quality, artisan, handmade paddles and fine woodwork in Duluth, Minnesota alongside the world's greatest lake.
Gunflint Trail Artisans
A display of local artist and craftspeople's works.
Kondos is proud to have taken part of so many andventures, races, and expeditions over the last 40 years. Whether being carried over a portage in the wilderness of the Boundary Waters, or racing across the cold snow of the north, your stories and experiences have become our heritage of crafting the toughest gear right here at the edge of the Boundary Waters– always.
Kondos was born in Ely, MN in 1980 out of a need of the outfitters to have gear that could withstand the rigors of being on trail all season long. With a roll of fabric, some thread, and the determination of crafting the best gear, began the course for the next 40 years . Since then with our own experiences on trail and the constant input from guides and mushers, we have created a line of no-frills, but everything you need gear for mushing across the snowy tundra or venturing into the wilderness.
NEMO is founded on a commitment to adventure – to the fearless pursuit of uncharted paths, in everything from the equipment we build to the way we run our business. Bravely exploring new directions opens our minds, brings us closer to the people we depend on, sharpens our wits, and lifts our spirits.
Adventure gives us purpose and perspective. It makes us humble and proud. We believe meaningful adventures are possible for everyone, anywhere. Possible, that is, if you bring the will, the imagination, and the right gear.
Northstar Canoes has a clear direction. Guided by renowned canoe builder Ted Bell, they're focused on crafting exceptional canoes for experienced paddlers. But even a novice can paddle one – they’re designed to make you a better canoeist. And before too long, you’ll be discoursing about your appreciation of the elliptical cross-section, soft chines and constant flare.
Nova Craft Canoe
Nova Craft Canoe began in 1970, when they started producing a limited selection of fiberglass canoes in a small-scale, garage-based operation near London, Ontario, Canada. As the years passed and the reputation of their quality designs and workmanship quickly spread, and the company naturally began to grow.
Today, Nova Craft still builds canoes with fiberglass but have also adopted more advanced composite materials including aramid, basalt/Innegra, and carbon fibre. Alongside the use of these new materials came innovations in new manufacturing techniques including composite infusion, thermoplastic vacuum forming and rotational molding. The scope may have expanded since 1970 but the core focus remains simple – build quality canoes that give paddlers special experiences in the great outdoors. It’s all about making a connection to nature and wild places, be it solo or with friends and family.
Old Mustache Canoe Paddles
At Old Mustache Canoe Paddles "It's About the Balance". The Balanced swing weight during the recovery phase of your stroke. The Balanced ergonomic connection between your hands and the paddle. The Balance between stiffness and flex. The Balanced water flow over the blade's dihedral shaped power face. The Balance between light weight and strength. The Balance of visually book matched wood grain. The Balance between beauty and function.
Old Mustache Canoe Paddles are handmade, carefully utilizing the best properties of Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, fiberglass cloth, epoxy, and spar urethane.
Visit the Old Mustache Canoe Paddles booth and discover "The Balance" for yourself.
Steeped in Swedish engineering, Primus has been globally recognized for pioneering outdoor cooking since 1892. Since then our innovative products have made countless expeditions possible through outstanding quality and performance: a Primus stove accompanied Roald Amundsen when he was the first person to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay used a Primus on Mount Everest when they climbed the summit on 29 May 1953.
However, these are just the most popular amongst several pioneering adventures that relied on Primus in the past. Until today, our search for improved technologies and smart solutions for the most adventures has never stopped.
Our passion for the outdoors and technical expertise is the secret behind every one of these innovations. It's also the reason we hand test every stove before it leaves our state of the art European production facility in Estonia. Our goal is to ensure each and everyone becomes a truly reliable, life-long companion.
This approach is not limited to products for those who climb the highest mountains, enter hostile Polar regions and discover the most remote areas you can imagine. Our innovations also come into play for your everyday stove, lantern or accessories. We want you to enjoy your time outdoors. No matter where you are, no matter what you do!
SealSkinz is an independent company specialising in fully waterproof, windproof and breathable hand, foot and head accessories. At Sealskinz we have over thirty years' experience in developing and manufacturing endurance accessories. From our conception we’ve worked in partnership with some of the world’s greatest athletes, to ensure our products deliver the very best in comfort and performance, to enable you to defy the great outdoors.
St.Croix Canoes builds fine custom made, hand crafted cedar strip canoes. St. Croix Canoes was started on a whim by a couple of old Scout Guys. After their sons were finished with Boy Scouting (Eagles Scouts, as well), several leaders wanted to stay connected. The idea of canoe building was presented and it seemed like a worthy project. Their canoes are beautiful, light and strong, and built with techniques backed up by many miles of BWCA and Quetico paddling.
Introducing the Superior Hammock. The coziest, simplest, quickest, ultralight sleeping haven ever created. Weighing just 2 pounds, this unique hammock with integrated down insulation will keep you warm and comfortable all night. Using only the most cutting-edge new fabrics, the Superior Hammock is 10.25 feet long and rated for 400 pounds. Boasting a huge comfort range of 30°F to 75°F, the breathable materials and design will keep you at just the right temperature, no matter the weather. Imagine laying your tired body in a soft cozy hammock after a long day of trekking, paddling or biking. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Voyageurs Outdoor Gear
Not your father's camp stove! With more than 150 years of combined experience in Canoe Country, we set out to build a better camp stove. Voyageurs Outdoor Gear's Voyageur Stove is a full-featured, double burner stove at a fraction the size and weight of traditional camp stoves.