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Downeast Ramble

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Adult Ages 18+
Child Ages 13-17
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A Five-Day Expedition to Paddle Maine’s Most Rugged Coastline

The easternmost region of Maine (known as “Downeast” because it’s typically downwind if you’re sailing) has a rugged, wild and gorgeous coast that makes it one of the most exciting areas for sea kayaking in the United States. As you move further east along the Maine coast, towards Canada, the tides become more powerful, the oceanside cliffs become more dramatic, the islands become more remote and the wildlife more abundant. This trip goes just about as far east in Maine as you can go. Greater exposure to open ocean and strong currents make this stretch of the coast somewhat more challenging for sea kayaking, creating all the more opportunity for adventure. Only a tiny fraction of visitors to Maine reach this sparsely-populated region, but it contains dozens of wonderful fishing villages and long stretches of stunning coastline that are only accessible by boat.

Where You’ll Paddle

This trip offers kayakers a chance to paddle a variety of our favorite areas along the Downeast coast, with possible destinations including Cobscook Bay, the Bold Coast, Machias Bay and the Great Wass archipelago. Conditions along this stretch of the Maine coast change quickly, so your guide will choose a destination each day based on what fits best with the weather conditions, sea state and tidal cycles.

You’ll spend all four nights camping on island campsites of the Maine Island Trail. These include some of the most wild and remote islands on the trail. As you island-hop through this region you’ll encounter gorgeous crescent beaches, towering lighthouses and fascinating geologic features. The coastline is sparsely populated along this coast, but you’ll paddle through at least one of the small harbors packed with lobster boats.

More Info

CLICK HERE for a detailed packing list and tips on packing a sea kayak!

For an depth sample trip itinerary, CLICK HERE!