Canoecopia is presented by
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Ages 17 and under are FREE
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||Susan Conrad feels blessed to live a life filled with adventure, as a writer, paddler, public speaker, and EXPED adventure ambassador. Sea kayaking the Inside Passage, a serpentine coastal route that pulses its way up the western edge of North America, is her jam, having completed two approximately 1,200-mile solo through-paddles from Washington State to Southeast Alaska. She has authored three books about the Inside Passage and loves sharing her personal stories to inspire people and to demonstrate the power of self-belief and tenacity in order to accomplish anything you want to in life. She'll be sharing her stories and images of her 2022 solo paddle from San Juan Island to Sitka, Alaska.
Put any human in a tiny vessel and send them up a perilous 1,200-mile stretch of the Inside Passage of British Columbia and SE Alaska-and they are bound to have stories! Susan Conrad's stories are not just filled with intrigue and adventure, but they have inspiration and gratitude. Susan will share stories and images of her 2022 solo, 78-day sea kayak expedition up the Inside Passage from Washington State to Sitka, Alaska, comparing and contrasting it with her 2010 expedition. Relive the trip with Susan as she shares experiences of paddling marathon distances for days on end, struggling to keep an open mind and interacting with the sea on its terms, forging friendships with amazing people in remote locations, pretending not to be intimidated by 700-pound grizzly bears and 40-ton whales, and living her dream. Highlights will include her efforts to raise awareness of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, and retracing the paddle strokes of the late, great Audrey Sutherland, the grand dame of expedition paddling.