St. Croix River: Canoeing
August 6-10, 2018 (Monday morning– Friday afternoon)
Difficulty Level: Advanced
$700 Last date to register is April 20, 2018.
Explore the thrill and solitude of this beautiful river in Maine along the Canadian border
The St. Croix River is a beautiful scenic waterway that runs along the border of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. We will start in the small border town of Vanceboro, Maine and take out at Grand Falls over 34 miles later. We will be paddling through many rapids class I-III where we will hone your paddling skills. Photo identification (driver’s license or passport) is required for this trip.
During this trip you will:
- Paddle one of Maine’s most remote rivers and camp at scenic campsites.
- Explore the natural surroundings which support a diverse population of wildlife including loons, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter, and moose.
- Learn skills such as paddling strokes, maneuvers, rescues, orienteering, weather forecasting, and boat maintenance.
- Learn and practice Leave No Trace principles.
- Give back to the location by participating in a service project such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and more
- There will be time to fish. If you are interested in fishing, you will need to acquire a State of Maine fishing license. For more information on purchasing a State of Maine fishing license, please click here. Bring your own fishing gear.
- The tent sites will be rustic and secluded, equipped with outhouses, firepits, and picnic tables while meals will be cooked on camp stoves.
- Delicious and well-balanced meals will be provided on the trail. These meals will be prepared as a group i.e. hash browns & eggs, homemade pizza, burritos, blueberry pie, s’mores’ just to name a few.
- Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions.
After checking in at Unity College, we will begin to pack and finalize all individual and group gear needs. We will gather for lunch with your fellow adventurers for an outside BBQ before traveling to Vanceboro, ME. Instructors will introduce paddling skills and techniques before paddling 3 miles to our first campsite. The beautiful and remote Wingdam Island will be home for the first day of your adventure.
Wake up to a hearty breakfast and prepare for a 8 mile paddle to Little Falls. This stretch of river will cruise in between Maine and New Brunswick, offering periodic views of Bald eagles, owls, beavers, turtles, and, if you we are lucky, Moose! This class III rapid will be an place of learning and play. The guides will teach more advanced whitewater techniques, and offer time for everyone to play in the rapid as well as practice and hone their skills. Those who would like to fish will find a great spot in the eddys just below the falls. This site will offer stunning sunsets, and the lullaby of rushing water each night.
After a delicious breakfast, we will set off on a 12 mile paddle down the river. New and improved skills will be put to the test in the rips and rapids that lead to Loon Bay. Don’t lose those binoculars! Kingfisher can be seen on this portion dropping from the air to catch their lunch. We will have a light lunch at a scenic campsite along the way, ample snacks will be accessible to fuel us through to the next site.
After packing up camp, we will begin the last leg of the journey, an 11 mile paddle to Grand Falls. We will pass through a nature reserve, as well as past some small streams and microhabitat, great for wildlife watching! In the afternoon, we will arrive at our final campsite just before Grand Falls. This will be our last night in the Maine woods.
On our final day will wake up before the sun so we may pack up and take in the final sunrise of our trip, coffee in hand. After taking in the scene, we will travel back to Unity College via a backwoods logging road for the first portion. Keep an eye out! This is a great time of day to see Moose and other wildlife large and small. Upon our return to campus, we will unpack then unwind with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
- Tour groups have been kept small, so register early.
- The Unity College dining staff is masterful when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions, but we need to know what those are in advance of your visit.
- Adjustments to Tour itineraries may be made due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
- Participants must be in good health and be able to participate in various activities not limited to hiking, paddling, and wilderness navigation.
- Once you register, an email will be sent with more details about times, directions, and what to pack.
- With the exception of the Katahdin Tour and Penobscot Tour, which has one night of camping, all other tours will spend the night on campus in comfortable residence halls.
- Cancellations can be made up to one month prior to the tour, but there is a non-refundable $200 fee. If Unity College cancels for any reason, a refund will be made in full.
- Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Transportation can be provided for an additional $50 to and from the Bangor Airport, $75 for the Portland Airport, and $25 for the Augusta Airport.
- Unity College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, age, or disability. However, please be aware that due to the nature of some activities we cannot adequately accommodate those who are not physically capable of participating.
- For groups of 10+, please contact 207-509-7121.
All schedules are tentative and are subject to change at any time.
Tips will not be accepted, Thank you!