Exclusive canoe club was 1908's place to be

Tuesday, 30 September 2008
The Conduskeag Canoe and Country ClubDoes the cynical paddler in you think that paddling today is an exclusive club only for old white guys with salt n' pepper beards (who at the same time refuse to listen to Salt n' Pepper? Best band ever!)

Well time have changed because back in 1908, Hampton, Maine was the home to a canoe club that was so exclusive that only the coolest and most powerful members were allowed. Membership was capped at 100. Name of the club? Welcome to the Conduskeag Canoe and Country Club.

Ladies were not allowed unless you were married to a member. Don't worry guys, you won't need to mingle with them; there is a separate room so the ladies could socialize in peace.

Throughout the paddling season, you can expect a variety of great activities including late dances, evening paddles, canoe sailing and speed boat racing, golf, tennis and shoeshoeing in the winter.

For the drunks club members, they had "personal lockers" where you could store your "personal beverages". This system allowed the club to get around Maines' tough liquor law of the day.

More info: bangornews.com

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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