Maine Greenland Kayak Festival

September 13 - 15, 2019

8th Maine Regiment, Peaks Island, Maine

Maine, home to the world’s first island trail, has a unique, historical connection to Greenland. The Maine Greenland Kayak Festival brings that heritage home to those who love seafaring in small boats with a skinny stick.

Greenlandic paddlers

Kayakers around the world are drawn to the simplicity and grace of the Greenland paddle. It's the perfect tool for rolling, and has been the paddle of choice for many who have journeyed far by sea.


Evening presentation by kayak historian
  • Vernon Doucette
Historic replica ski-on-frame qajaq
Skin-on-Frame Qajaqs

The Greenland Paddle - A Tool of the Sea

Learn your first roll, perfect a more advanced one, or build your journeying skills by paddling into protected seas or more challenging ocean conditions. Take in the exceptional natural beauty of Peaks Island and Casco Bay. Enjoy great food, amazing views, and the company of new companions and old friends, all at the 8th Maine Regiment Oceanfront Lodge and Museum.

New to Greenland paddling? Join MIKCo for our one-day course:

Getting Started in Greenland Paddling

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Festival Coaches, Rolling Mentors & Registered Maine Guides

Cheri Perry, Greenland rolling coach
Cheri Perry


Turner Wilson, Greenland Kayaking Coach
Turner Wilson


Ginni Callahan, Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
Ginni Callahan


Greg Stamer, World Class Sea Kayaker
Greg Stamer


Dan Segal, Qajaq USA
Dan Segal


Tom Bergh, Maine Island Kayak Co.
Tom Bergh

Coach and RMG

Vernon Doucette, Kayak Historian
Vernon Doucette


Ben Fuller, Master boatsman and Greenland Kayaker
Ben Fuller


Ernie Forgione, Registered Maine Guide
Ernie Forgione


Pam Powers, Greenland Roller
Pam Powers

Rolling Mentor

Robin Read
Robin Read

Rolling Mentor

Humphrey Johnson, Registered Maine Guide
Humphrey Johnson


Liz Johnson, Registered Maine Guide
Liz Johnson


Full moon rising
September in Maine

Clear days, warm water, rocky shorelines, lighthouses, and the full harvest moon. The crowds are gone and we have the islands to ourselves.

Ram Light and Two Lights
8th Maine Musuem & Lodge

We have reserved the entire 8th Maine Lodge on Peaks Island for the event. The 8th Maine is an historic, Civil War era regimental hall perched above the shore. Views of Whitehead Passage and the sunset over Portland are unparalleled from its huge, wraparound porch.

8th Maine Museum and Lodge on Peaks Island
View from 8th Maine

We'll gather on Friday night for a Barbecue and Bonfire.

Barbecue and Bonfire
Maine Lobsterbake Co.

Saturday dinner  will be "Maine island-style" provided by Maine Lobsterbake Co.

(Non-lobster options available, too!)

Registration opens June 1, 2019.

A comfy bed at 8th Maine sound too plush? Free backyard camping for MITA members!

Questions? [email protected]

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”  T.S. Eliot