14 days left until Canoecopia!     March 12 - 14
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports

Virtual Tickets
3-Day: $15.00

Virtual Show Hours (CST)
Fri 3/12: 12 - 8 PM
Sat 3/13: 10 - 6 PM
Sun 3/14: 10 - 6 PM

Phone Hours for Boat & Trailer Purchases
Fri 3/12: 12 - 8 PM
Sat 3/13 - Thu 3/18: 10 - 6 PM



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  Amy Funk & Mary Jean Blaisdell


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Amy Funk teaches Mental Health Nursing and Community Health Nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University. She loves to canoe, solo hike, geocache, camp, and travel internationally. A wanderer at heart, she prefers living out of a pack or a suitcase. She self-studies on the topic of survival skills. Some of her favorite places to explore are rural Illinois, the Pacific Northwest, Wabakimi, Banff, Kauai, and the Sonoran Desert. She is on several committees devoted to conservation, preservation of land, social justice and health care for the homeless.

Mary Jean Blaisdell, 61, lives in Independence, Iowa. She is a retired elementary principal who loves wilderness paddling and camping. She had limited experience with the sport growing up, but once older and on her own again, she discovered it was a passion. She had heard of wilderness places like the Boundary Waters and dreamed of going. Early on, she attended a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop to learn some basic skills and then tried camping on her own. She went on a small guided group trip to the Apostle Islands in her sea kayak and learned new skills. From there, she went on to do BWCA trips and also local river paddling outings with others. Once exposed to the BWCA, she set out to do short, successful solo trips. She has taken over 15 trips (3 of those solos) to the BWCA/Quetico areas, participated in three Wabakimi Project (Canada) trips, and recently completed her longest solo yet of 6 nights in the BWCA.



Presentations

 Girls with Fire: A Solo Sisterhood
Pre-recorded - Sat 11:00am-12:00pm 

Join MJ Blaisdell and Amy Funk for a fireside chat as they discuss being women who love the outdoors - even going solo. Topics covered will be barriers and challenges that stand in the way, the impact of stereotypes on their efforts, facing fear, and gaining confidence through experience. They will also discuss how they got to the point of wanting to do trips on their own, the best and worst of it all, and some of the difficulties along the way. Photos and snippets from canoe trips will be shared. Pull up a log and join us.


 
Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports

Virtual Tickets
3-Day: $15.00

Virtual Show Hours (CST)
Fri 3/12: 12 - 8 PM
Sat 3/13: 10 - 6 PM
Sun 3/14: 10 - 6 PM

Phone Hours for Boat & Trailer Purchases
Fri 3/12: 12 - 8 PM
Sat 3/13 - Thu 3/18: 10 - 6 PM

Wondering what to expect? Check out last year's show guide for examples of speakers, products, and participating vendors.

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