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Maryland to Host Canoe Slalom World Championships

The Deep Creek Lake area in western Maryland welcomes the International Canoe Federation (ICF) canoe slalom world championships this fall, from September 17 to 21. Olympic-level athletes will compete for the title. The event will be held at the Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland, three hours from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and just two hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The unique venue is home to the only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course. With the turn of a dial, the course can ramp up from Class I to Class IV rapids, which makes it accessible to professional athletes and beginners, alike.

 Bring your group for a "Behind the Scenes" package, including a general admission ticket to watch the athletes compete; lunch on-site; access to the Adventure Sports exhibit, sponsored by the Adventure Sports Institute; the International Whitewater Hall of Fame exhibit, by the Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning of Garrett College; and special credentials access to the "Behind the Scenes" operations and tour.

While you are in the area, check out our fall foliage driving tour, local museums, state parks, historic landmarks, shopping, and much more! For area information, visit, and contact us for more details about the ICF event at 301.387.3700 or


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