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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2014/2015 World Tour
Afterglow Party at Keen Technical Solutions/Franklin

Thursday, April 9, 2015
6:00pm - 8:45pm
The State Theatre, Downtown Traverse City
Tickets: $12 Advance, $15 at the Door

Backcountry North is proud to announce that the
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is once more coming to Traverse City!

"The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The Festival is held each year in Banff, Canada and features a collection of thought-provoking films from all over the globe. Hot on the heels of the festival each year, the best films head off on the Banff Mountain Festival World tour with stops in about 285 communities and 36 countries across the globe. Travelling from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline-packed action sports, the World Tour showcases the efforts and talents of the world’s finest mountain filmmakers."

"Exhilarating and provocative, the 2015 World Tour is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and those with a spirit of adventure. Through the big screen you will experience the highlights of adventure sports such as climbing, kayaking, alpine skiing and mountain expeditions and also visit remote cultures and some of the world’s last great wild places."

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance for $12
at either Traverse City Backcountry North location.


Annual Kayak Symposium
(Includes Instruction, Demos, & Lunch)

Saturday, June 13, 2015
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location TBA


This annual on-water tutorial has become one of the most popular Backcountry North events! Come spend an afternoon with us learning about boat design, paddling techniques, and safety procedures. We will provide the information needed to select the right kayak for your needs and help you to develop safe paddling habits on the water. You may choose the instructional section that you would like to partake in. More information is available during registration.

Representatives from Wilderness Systems, Native Kayaks, Current Designs, and Liquid Logic will be there to offer instruction, answer questions, and also have a variety of model kayaks available for you to demo. Backcountry North staff will be on hand to answer questions about gear.

Lunch is provided and all participants will receive a coupon for discounts on kayaks and paddle-related accessories purchased over the weekend of the demo. Space is limited to ensure boat availability, so be sure to sign up soon! Pre-registration is required; contact either Traverse City Backcountry North location for more information! 

Cost: $50 per person

US-31 Location, Traverse City: 231-941-1100

Downtown Location, Traverse City: 231-946-1339  




What SUP? Stand Up Paddleboard Demo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Boardman Lake, Traverse City

Come try the best boards and paddles from top-quality marker at this year's Stand Up Paddleboard event. Manufacturer's reps and Backcountry North staff will be there to provide basic instruction and opportunities to paddle a variety of SUP boards.

Prepare to get wet! Dress for water temperature and bring a spare change of clothes. Suggested clothing: wet suit. Be sure to call and reserve your place, as space is limited due to board availability.

Cost: $20 per person

Downtown Location, Traverse City: 231-946-1339

US-31 Location, Traverse City: 231-941-1100




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Store Hours


Downtown, Birmingham
Monday: 10-7
Tuesday: 10-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

US-31, Traverse City
Monday: 10-8
Tuesday: 10-8
Wednesday: 10-8
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-8
Saturday: 10-8
Sunday: 11-5

Downtown, Traverse City
Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-6
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 11-4