Canoecopia Goes Virtual March 12-14


- Advertisment -

After having to cancel last year’s venerable Canoecopia consumer tradeshow in Madison, WI, due to the pandemic, organizer Darren Bush is planning a virtual event this year, to be held March 12-14, 2021.While he admits it won’t replace the in-person event held at the 250,000-square-foot Alliance Energy Center, he says it’s a close second, complete with educational forums and presentations, product debuts and more.

Registrants will be able to visit virtual exhibitor booths and showrooms, watch demos (more than 80 presentations and seminars), connect with exhibitors, and more. Enrollment is unlimited and registrants will be able to view the presentations up to two months after the event.

Bush says they started their Canoecopia planning meetings last July, examining printer lead times, the likelihood of attendees wanting to be inside, and more, finally settling on going virtual. After investigating nine different platforms for presentations and virtual booths, they settled on one and began planning the line-up.

“While here is no good thing about COVID-19, the pandemic has made us all adapt and learn, try new things, envision a way to work around this, and try to make the best of a bad situation,” says Bush. “Adopting a virtual platform has its challenges and drawbacks, as nothing replaces face to face, but at the same time, a lot of Canoecopia attendees had to choose between speakers and sometimes not getting in due to room capacity. Now, with virtual speakers, the size of the room is unlimited and no one has to choose.”

And all sessions, he adds, will also be live for two months after the show. “People can watch one every night if they want after the end of Canoecopia,” he says. “This also means that I get to see a Canoecopia presentation for the first time…after 31 years!”

Attendees will also be able to live chat and live stream with manufacturers and exhibitors. “And the carbon footprint of the show is super low,” Bush adds. “Our shop is wind-powered, and we won’t have to drive vehicles around picking up boats, loading and unloading, and there will be no travel by attendees.”

Virtual show-goers get a gear discount with their $15 ticket.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Inside Level6’s Duke Drytop

Our friends up in the great white north have been working on a three-season drytop the past few years...

NRS Inks Deal to Use Gore-tex

Northwest River Supplies (NRS) has inked a deal with Gore-tex to bring the high-end waterproof/breathable fabric into a new...

First TIme’s a Charm: Dane Jackson Wins Oetz Extreme Race (Formerly Sickline)

Surprise? Not! We all knew it was coming. Jackson Kayak and Red Bull kayaker Dane Jackson showed he is still...

360 Adventure Collective Announces Dates for 2022 Paddlesports Experience

The 360 Adventure Collective (Formerly EORA / NESR) has earned more than 40 years of success connecting the most...
- Advertisement -

Paddling Life Photo Contest

2021 PHOTO CONTEST IS HERE We are looking for paddling shots showcasing kayaking, SUPping, rafting, and everything in between! Send...

Canuck Dianne Whelan Finishes 6-year Journey on Trans Canada Trail

Talk about a doozy of a paddling and hiking trip. In July, Canada’s Dianne Whelan became the first person to...

Must read

Inside Level6’s Duke Drytop

Our friends up in the great white north have...

The Quest for 4.0: Dane Jackson on Breaking the 4-minute Mark on the Green

Forget Chasing Mavericks. Like runners’ quest for the 4-minute...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you