Things To Do While Visiting

What do zip lines, alpine slides, mountain bikes, hiking and history have to do with the USCA National Championships? Well there is more to do than canoe racing in Northfield, MA and the surrounding area. This is why we are encouraging everyone to make the 2016 Nationals a family vacation.

If your family is interested in history, then Boston is the place venture off to, or stay locally and visit Old Deerfield Village. If you love the ocean, you can travel from the Maine coast to Cape Cod. There is nothing more delicious than lobster cooked right at the pier! Anyone who loves hiking would not want to miss Vermont's Green Mountains or New Hampshire's White Mountains. You can even take a drive up the auto road or a cog railway ride up Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. Locally, there is Sugarloaf Mountain with short hikes or a drive to the top where there is a majestic view of the Connecticut River Valley.

At the race site you can take a river cruise, hike and mountain bike up Northfield Mountain, and road bike on the Franklin County Scenic Byway. If you love shopping, you can visit the flagship stores of Yankee Candle and Kringle Candle along with many quaint downtown shopping opportunities in nearby towns.

For more specific suggestions, take a look at the list compiled by Tricia Heed.

We guarantee something of interest for everyone. Of course, it goes without saying, the beautiful Connecticut River Valley is a great place for paddling!

The New England Canoe and Kayaking Association is looking forward to hosting paddlers from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Tricia's Travel Tips  

In the Northfield Area:

In the Boston:

For those interested in history: Plimoth Plantation
Mystic Seaport
Old Sturbridge Village