What: The annual kayak symposium gives an excellent opportunity to learn about the sport and try the latest equipment. Equipment manufacturers will let you test gear. There will be instruction on land and water each day, as well as demonstrations and classes on safety, boatbuilding, fitness and navigation. Kayak writers will sign books. There will also be a film festival on Friday night and a cardboard kayak race.
When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend
Getting there: From Highway 16 in Bremerton, take Highway 3 north to the Hood Canal Bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right on Highway 19 and continue until it connects with Highway 20 and enters Port Townsend. Follow the signs to Fort Worden State Park.
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Cost: $30 for demo pass or $70 for an all-access day pass or $165 for three-day pass.
Of note: Fort Worden State Park is a 100-year-old fort that has been restored as a museum of the area’s history. It offers various opportunities to explore and hike.
Craig Hill, The News Tribune