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Maine USA 'Colours of Fall' Saint Croix River 4 Day
A stunning way to see a tremendous part of the World! October is the start of an amazing transformation to the countryside in Maine, USA. This is a premier River trip in a location and on a River, steeped in Logging and river culture history. Come with us and our friends in Sunrise County (Bangor, Maine) and join in on this annual natural phenonmenon.
Departures: October Departures
Tour Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 10
2015 Cost: USD$2,500.00 Fully accomodated package
Tour Code: SC-Maine
Guests paddle traditional 15ft open 'Canadian' Canoes. They are stable and after some experienced tuition are pretty easy to handle. There are no back rests, however, the seating position is upright and comfortable, with a lot of legroom. The payload is huge, so lots of equipment for our comfort is carried.
Where We Stop
We are totally self sufficient giving us the luxury of being selective with our campsites and resting points along the river. The camp sites are permanent and used throughout the year as a regular 'Canoeing Trail'. A simple bush toilet is at each location. There's plenty of time to relax, swim, fish, bird watch, encounter wildlife and appreciate the scenery. We regularly access these sites with group sizes of 4-10, ensuring that we have minimal impact on the environment.
How Far, How Long, When?
The Canoeing portion of the trip is just over 4 Days and there is a relaxing prep day at Cathance Lake, where we do some canoeing practice. This tour runs in October, deep into the Maine 'Fall-Autumn' season. The temperature ranges from 2 C to 20 C, but the nights can drop to below 0 degrees Celsius.
We are fully self-sustained while on tour, giving us the ability to stop and set camp. Pre and post accomodation is included in Bangor, Maine and the night pre the trip embarkation is at Cathance lake (in our camping equipment).
You are Supplied With
2 Season tent , Water-proof Bags, all paddling and safety gear
You need to bring
A sleeping mat (self inflating mattress best option), we can organise one for you
A 0-7 Sleeping bag
Liner (or sheet) and pillow, a torch & mosquito repellent
Well equipped. It includes:
Picnic Tables and chairs
Fire place, Cooking Grill, Kettle & Camp ovens
Riverside views and swimming spots
We bring out our rubbish; bury Toilets are basic 'pit style' in the woods
Always a surprise for the nature enthusiasts! All hearty home style fresh food.
Dinners and breakfasts are cooked on an open fire
Lunches are ‘sandwich’ or ‘wrap’ style with cold meat and salad
Tea, Coffee and Hot chocolate are available at camp
The guide will do the washing up (unless you really want to help)
The Group Size
We travel with no more than 10 guests on the tour, (unless it is a specific group booking). You may not see anyone else while you are on the river.
Night 1 Meet at the Charles Inn in the centre of Bangor, Maine. You can join us for dinner if you want, or recover from your long flight in your room at the hotel.
Day 2 Our guides meet us at a reasonable hour of th morning and take us to their base at Cathance Lake (Cat-Hance). We spend the rest of the day checking out our camping equipment, having a lesson on the still waters of the Lake and enjoying a tremendous evening meal and looking up (well, across anyway, depending on the hour), at the North Star
Day 3 After a sumptuous breakfast, at the pu-in point we have our venerable 'river-talk' before setting off. Three nights are spent on the river, with the days lasting upto 6-7 hours of relaxing paddling on a flowing river. Most of the time there are shallow 'races (or rips) which keep you entertained, and there are two Grade 2 Rapids which are expertly supervised and handled by the guides. This continues until Day 5.
Day 6 This morning we have the option of doing a pre-dawn paddle in the moonlight on the flatter sections of the river. Its a dramatic way to end the trip and we may even chance across a 'Rutting' Moose (its mating season). We get back to Cathance by early-mid afternoon which will have us back in Bangor by the evening. Our stay at The Charles Inn is included.