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Make Your Own Canoe Trail

The following suite of blogs chronicle an adventure who’s seed was sown when the Northern Forest Canoe Trail was first conceived.  A couple of working stiffs, with scant money or vacation time, took the notion of canoeing upstream and over heights o’ land to patch together their own extended route.

Shakedown Cruise: Saint Lawrence Seaway to Penobscot Bay

Shakedown Cruise: Saint Lawrence Seaway to Penobscot Bay

  Shakedown Cruise by Matt Hopkinson Poling, paddling, sailing and portaging 400 miles across Quebec and Maine is quite an undertaking for a couple of guys, unsponsored and unsupported. We chose to each go solo, in tandem tripping canoes. This is at odds with the...

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From the Saint Lawrence to Penobscot Bay

From the Saint Lawrence to Penobscot Bay

Preface Before the first humans, came the glaciers. They carved great valleys before they receded. The Penobscot River Valley was a bay when the Native Americans began to populate the region.  These early Americans moved throughout the area seasonally, following the...

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2009: Veazie to Bath

2009: Veazie to Bath

July 2009. The Wawenock Ahwangans June 27, 2009.  Veazie Salmon Club It’s good to have friends in high places.  And when you’re out in the boondocks of Maine, a Game Warden is pretty much at the top.  We met Jim Fahey in Portage, Maine on our way down through the...

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Wawenock Ahwangans

Wawenock Ahwangans

July 2015.  Winnegansis This report is a continuation of a trip that started in the year 2000 at Riviere-du-Loup on the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  Doug Doremus and I began on June 1 and 27 days later made it 400 miles to Hamden, Maine.  Later, in 2009, we picked up the...

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Penobscot Connections

If we are to call the rivers highways, the Penobscot River in Maine had to be one of the busiest.  These articles describe trips on the “side roads”, taking the canoe tripper to the Saint Croix and the Passamaquoddy village at Peter Dana Point, to the now-underwater Maliseet village of Meductic on the Saint John, to Joseph Attean’s hunting territory on the far side of Moosehead Lake, and into the Allagash Region, who’s pre-contact history has been buried under the gushing of the logging era historians.  (OK that’s a little harsh, but true.)

Maliseet Trail

Maliseet Trail

Borne on the wings of a nine-day nor’easter, we retraced the ancient canoe route used for travel between the Saint John River in New Brunswick and the Penobscot River in Maine. Obscured by disuse, shamans’ curses and waterfront cottages, the trail has all but...

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NFCT Flagstaff to Chesuncook

NFCT Flagstaff to Chesuncook

Flagstaff Lake to Chesuncook Lake, Maine This trip follows a portion of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail but intersects with many other important trails. Our story starts with Natanis, a Montagnais from Southern Quebec who was driven out of his village as a boy during...

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Along The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

This follows a section of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Flagstaff Lake to Chesuncook Lake.

NFCT Flagstaff to Chesuncook

NFCT Flagstaff to Chesuncook

Flagstaff Lake to Chesuncook Lake, Maine This trip follows a portion of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail but intersects with many other important trails. Our story starts with Natanis, a Montagnais from Southern Quebec who was driven out of his village as a boy during...

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