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Annual Kayak Symposium
(Includes Instruction, Demos, & Lunch)

Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clinch Park in Traverse City


Saturday, June 7, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dodge Bros. Park, Cass Lake, Birmingham

This annual on-water tutorial has become one of the most popular Backcountry North events! Come spend an afternoon with us learning about boat design, paddling techniques, and safety procedures. We will provide the information needed to select the right kayak for your needs and help you to develop safe paddling habits on the water. You may choose the instructional section that you would like to partake in. More information is available during registration.

Representatives from Wilderness Systems, Native Kayaks, Current Designs, and Liquid Logic will be there to offer instruction, answer questions, and also have a variety of model kayaks available for you to demo. Backcountry North staff will be on hand to answer questions about gear.

Lunch is provided and all participants will receive a coupon for discounts on kayaks and paddle-related accessories purchased over the weekend of the demo. Space is limited to ensure boat availability, so be sure to sign up soon! Pre-registration is required; contact your closest Backcountry North location for more information! 

Cost: $50 per person

US-31 Location, Traverse City: 231-941-1100

Downtown Location, Traverse City: 231-946-1339  

Downtown Location, Birmingham: 248-885-8750




Spring & Summer Happenings around BCN...

Our New Summer 2014 Catalog is Now Live!

Check out our new digital catalog (left) to shop some of our in-store product offerings or check out upcoming events.


Introducing our new Backcountry North
Online Storefront!

Yes, we are now selling products online! We will slowly be changing over to the new website listed below, so please bookmark it!
All of our events, sales and our online storefront will all be located at the following address in the future:

Store Hours


Downtown, Birmingham
Monday: 10-7
Tuesday: 10-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

US-31, Traverse City
Monday: 10-8
Tuesday: 10-8
Wednesday: 10-8
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-8
Saturday: 10-8
Sunday: 11-5

Downtown, Traverse City
Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-6
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 11-4





Winner of YOU! Photo Contest:


Erin Waineo!

 This beautiful photograph of

Bruce Peninsula,
Ontario Canada

is featured on the
of Backcountry North's
Summer 2014 C

Erin also won a $300 gift certificate
to spend on new gear in the store!



Photo Contest Runner Up:

"Campfire" by Todd Richter 
(won $100 to spend in the store)



A big thank you to all who participated...
we had some fantastic submissions!

Keep an eye out for future contest
opportunities from Backcountry North!

Photo Contest Runner Up:

"Indian Head Point" by Julian Bunker
(won $100 to spend in the store)