347 days left until Canoecopia!     March 8 - 10
Canoecopia is presented by

Presenting Sponsor

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, Wisconsin

Show Hours
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM

1-Day: $15.00
3-Day: $30.00
Ages 17 and under are FREE
Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the event

Parking Fees
1-Day: $8.00
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center


  Nicholas Gordon

Nick Gordon is the owner and lead guide for the Wisconsin-based company, NOW Outdoors, where he leads trips on land and water both here in the Midwest and abroad. Nick has been helping people gain more skills, more knowledge, and more confidence outdoors since 2010. He operates the largest outdoor Meetup community in Wisconsin with over 13,000 members, and brings people together from across the region for backpacking trips, canoeing, and cold weather excursions. Nick is recognized is as a leader in the region when it comes to cold weather camping and routinely presents on TV, radio, podcasts, and large events including Canoecopia, the Winter Camping Symposium, and the International Bushcraft Symposium.

In addition to guiding, Nick is a Wilderness EMT and teaches adventure recreation courses at UW-Milwaukee and certification courses for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine and the American Heart Association.


Nicholas Gordon
 Culinary Tips for Backcountry Trips
BWCA - main floor Fri 6:30pm-7:15pm 
Bear - upstairs Sat 10:30am-11:15am 
This isn't your average dehydrated spaghetti talk! Join Nick Gordon, an experienced camp chef and guide, for a culinary adventure that will launch your trail food's bliss index from blah to WOW! This expedition paddles into daring, creative, ultralight, shelf-stable, savory awesomeness with a side of caloric fill power. "There is no better way to end a tough day than with an exceptional meal," says Nick (aka Nick of the Woods) who has a reputation for imagination when feeding exhausted paddlers from put-in to take-out. Whether he's cooking for 1 or 61, cheeseburgers, bbq spaghetti, cake, guacamole, smoked pulled pork, shepherd's pie, cappuccino pudding, and even fresh fruit and yogurt parfait, are all part of his ever-expanding menu.

Nick will share some of the tools and techniques he uses to bring delicious variety and inspiration to the trail. Topics will include dehydrating, baking, freeze drying, and the assortment of antique, modern, and modified kitchen equipment he uses to prepare meals for groups of any size. Gram weenies? Food allergies? Picky eaters? Don't let these thwart you. From A - "All You Can Eat" to Z - "Zucchini Fruit Snacks", Nick has got you covered!