Paddling a Beautiful Green Canoe in the Adirondacks

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Here at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meet at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks they even had canoeing.  On one of the evenings they had the traditional “Paddle By” where the canoes go by and they announce what they are, how old and who built them.  This lovely green wood and canvas canoe is going by in Lower Saint Regis Lake right in front of the Student Union/ Cafeteria on the water. 

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Little Green Wooden Canoe at Paul Smiths

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We are at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) meeting they hold here most every summer.  Here on the “Green” or lawn at Paul Smith’s College the WCHA gathers about 300-400 wooden canoes and boats. This is a nice small light green canoe with cherry decks. I like the nice paddle and the pads on the carrying rack.  It has steam bent cedar ribs and nice thin planks with a painted canvas covering. 

Mini Sailboat on Lower Saint Regis Lake, Paul Smiths

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At the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Meeting (WCHA) in Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks this summer, there were many sailboats and sailing canoes out on Lower Saint Regis Lake.  This was the strangest sailboat being tiny and oddly shaped.  It was a beautiful day at Paul Smith’s College to sail anything. 

Paddle Vendors at the WCHA meeting in Paul Smiths

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The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) in Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks has hundreds of people with their wooden canoes show up. There are workshops on rebuilding them, making Adirondack Pack Baskets, paddles, canvasing, sailing and all kinds of fun activities. Here is one of the vendors that sells amazing paddles.

Romantic Decked Wooden Canoe at Paul Smiths

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Out on the “Green” or lawn at Paul Smith’s College the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) was holding a large meeting with hundreds of wooden canoes. This beautiful and romantic wooden canoe has huge mahogany decks and the people in the canoe would be together in the center. These were often called “Charles River” or “courting canoes” and were famous in the Boston area at the turn of the century. They often sported parasols, phonographs, pillows and blankets for comfort.

Peeking at Paul Smiths College Through the Woods

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We are at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meeting (WCHA).  We have walked around the shoreline of Lower Saint Regis Lake to the point of the peninsula and we are looking back at the Student Union and eating hall that is right on the water.  In the foreground you can see some wooden canoes tied up read to go out paddling and sailing.

Here is a closeup of the building:

Canoes at the Ready to Launch at Paul Smiths

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Here we are at Paul Smith’s College in the Northern Adirondacks at the WCHA (Wooden Canoe Heritage Association) meeting during the summer.  Here they gather about 300-400 wooden canoes for most of a week and have seminars on use, sailing, repair etc. In this photograph the canoes are just above the beach with some heavier ones on wheels, getting ready to launch on Lower Saint Regis lake. This lake leads to Spitfire lake, Upper Saint Regis Lake and many more.

Panorama of Paul Smiths College Lake Front

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We have left the Visitors Information Center (VIC) and Nature Center at Paul Smiths in the Northern Adirondacks and headed over to the campus itself. Here you can walk around the college that is right on beautiful Lower Saint Regis Lake.  Here at Paul Smith’s College they are having another annual Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) meeting. Out on the “Green” or lawn some of the wooden canoes are gathering and so are the vendors.  This is the early pre meeting day before all the hundreds of canoes show up.  There are large tents to teach classes and have gatherings.  This Panorama was made from 5 photographs stitched together into one. View large if possible.

Historic Photo of Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks

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Here at Paul Smith’s College in the Northeastern Adirondacks there is a campus where they now teach Forestry, Hotelery and many other fields.  It used to be a large, famous Adirondack resort run by Apollus Paul Smith in the late 1859. It was the first and largest resort in the Adirondacks. Presidents such as Roosevelt, Cleveland and Coolige,  P.T. Barnum even stayed there and visited the VIC area where they named a trail after him.  It started small as a 17 room inn with no amenities such as indoor bathrooms or bellboys etc. It grew to a huge resort of 250+ rooms with electricity, bathrooms, an elevator, stables, bowling alley and casino. It even had a spur of the railroad running to it. It had a large fire like many of the famous Hotels in the Adirondacks and later was made into a nice college that has grown and grown.  Here you can see guests of the Paul Smiths Hotel arriving or leaving on the Paul Smith’s stagecoach. The coach is still kept here at Paul Smiths College on display.

The Nature Center at Paul Smiths College, Adirondacks

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After walking the trails of the Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, we head up the trail to the peak of the hill to the Nature Center. This is a large two story building with many displays, a giftshop and a schedule of guided tours out into the surrounding trails. There is even a live butterfly house to visit and a theater. It has wonderful views of the lake and marshy water below.