Northern Forest Explorers - Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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P.O. Box 565
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Phone 802-496-2285
Fax 802-329-2239

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Northern Forest Explorer Trips

Spend an incredibly fun week outside with new friends paddling, camping, learning outdoor skills and testing yourself on adventure courses designed especially for you. No previous paddling experience required!



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  • Trips available for kids ages 9-14.

  • Choose the trip for you from the adventures offered by our partner outfitters.

  • Through generous support from individual donors and grant funders, Northern Forest Canoe Trail has a limited number of partial and full scholarships available on a first-come first-served basis. To apply for a scholarship fill out this form.

Whether you live along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail or have always wanted to give your child a life affirming adventure away from home, Northern Forest Explorers has something for you.


2017 Trip Schedule

Check out the 2017 Trip Descriptions and contact the outfitter to sign up today!

North Country Adventure Camps - New Hampshire


July 10-14 (ages 13-16) Class III/IV Rafting

July 17-21 (ages 10-13) Class II Rafting

July 31-Aug 4 (ages 10-13) Class II Rafting

Aug 7-Aug 11 (ages 13-16) Class III/IV Rafting

Explore the NFCT on a North Country adventure! This program will take participants down the river through whitewater waves, in the trees on a 12-element ropes course, and on the calm water of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. We will explore many different facets of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  Participants will gain a host of new skills, enhance their sense of adventure, and have FUN!

Contact:; (603) 215-0002


Whitewater on the Androscoggin River - New Hampshire

Great Glen Trails

June 26-30 

A 5-day adventure that includes paddling Class III rapids in a kayak, you’ll also explore the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, home to eagle, bear and loon in Coos County, New Hampshire. Ages 12-14.

Contact:; (603) 466-3988


Wild & Scenic Missisquoi - Vermont

Montgomery Adventures

July 31-August 4

August 7-11

Take a 5-day trip down the newly designated National Wild & Scenic upper Missisquoi River and experience first-hand what makes this river special. Learn fishing techniques, find wild edibles, build fires, and develop other outdoor skills. Ages 11-14.

Contact: 370-2103

Connecticut River Canoe Adventure - Vermont/NH


July 10-14

From the Class I rapids and quickwater of the northern reaches, to wide meandering stretches, this section of the CT River, from Colebrook to Guildhall teems with soaring birds of prey, expansive views and prime riverside camping. Explorers prepare for the journey at the NorthWoods campus, test their team on the challenge course, then head to the river. Ages 9 – 14.

Contact:; (802) 723-6551 *303

Adventures on the Adirondacks - New York


July 24-28

Heart of the Adirondacks:  A 5-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, explore beautiful Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that make this section such a favorite for paddlers. Ages 10-14.

July 31-August 4

Adirondack Lakes & Peaks:  Starts on Blue Mountain Lake, and continues onto Raquette Lake and Forked Lake. This incredible scenic paddling trip will also include fun hikes to take in the panoramic views. Ages 10-14.

Contact: 359-3228  



Personal Account: Northern Forest Explorer Jack Skiff wrote about his participation on trips in the Adirondacks in LOCALadk Magazine Spring 2014. Read about Jack's experience.