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Another Canoe the Wild St. Croix River canoe trip. this one five days with 2 families. This one meet in Vanceboro and ended at Kellyland. The check out our canoe trips for 2020 which include trips on the Allagash, West Penobscot, Bonaventure and East Penobscot Rivers. Photo credits: Andrew Gibbs, Peter Howorth and Dima Tylik

Another guided and outfitted canoe trip with  Canoe the Wild on the St. Croix River, three days and two nights. Up next, is our five & three day (back to back) St. Croix River canoe trips followed by four Allagash canoe trips….we’ve still got room for five on our six day Allagash canoe trip, August 16-21. check out our 2019 summer schedule click here

 

Our 5th canoe trip this month! this one guided by Tammi Matula. and Andrew Gibbs. The Allagash is our number one trip for spotting moose and other wildlife. Makes for a great Maine family vacation, choose 4 to 8 days, part or the entire wilderness waterway. Pictures taken by Tammi Matula. click here for Canoe the Wild’s 2019 schedule.

Four days and three night Allagash canoe trip. We spotted 6 moose. Allagash canoe trips  with Canoe the Wild make for a great short Maine family vacation. Many Fly into Bangor or Portland and rent a car spending 3 days at the coast at Acadia National Park  near Bar Harbor or in the Boothbay Harbor region taking part in Maine coast boat cruise, lobster bake and visiting the Mid Coast botanical Gardens before or after the canoe trip for a total of 8 or 9 days vacationing in Maine. Next available Allagash canoe trips are in 2019

A guided Maine canoe trip with Canoe the Wild on Spednic Lake offering great small mouth bass fishing and beautiful scenery. Spednic Lake is located above the St. Croix River and below East Grand Lake. Another Maine canoe trip that makes for a great Maine summer vacation include 4 days or longer on the Allagash River.

Our 1st of two NE Mistissibi River Canoe trips in Quebec, Canada this summer with Canoe the Wild. This group of girls paddled 70 miles of whitewater in 10 days learning lots of skills along the way. Other great canoe trips here in Maine include canoeing on the Allagash and St. Croix Rivers, 3 to 6 days. A guided canoe trip lead by fun, friendly registered Maine guides make for great Maine summer family adventure vacations and help make your trip safe and enjoyable. See our 2018 summer schedule here.

Dave Conley Master Maine Guide and owner of Canoe the Wild, has been paddling the rivers of Maine and Canada since 1985. During the school year, Dave teaches an outdoor education program at East Grand High School in Danforth, ME, host to the annual East Grand Adventure Race. In the fall, guided moose hunts are offered in northern Maine.

MEET DAVE

I grew up in the mid coast Maine town of Boothbay Harbor with my parents, Ervin and Jane Conley, and three siblings, Tari, Jan, and Mark.  I have fond memories in the fall at the age of 11 getting up hours before sunrise to travel to Pemaquid Stream with my father to go duck hunting. We would launch our wood canvas canoe well before first light, paddle up the Pemaquid Stream, setting out decoys and wait for first light. I think it was here that I fell in love with being outdoors on the water, and I am so thankful for a father that introduced me to hunting at a young age.

As a teenager, my passion for the water continued when my father loaned me $2,500 to buy a used 14’ wooden flat-bottom lobstering skiff, new 25 HP Evinrude outboard motor, and 25 lobster traps to get started. I was able to pay him back in just two seasons. This passion of being on the water continued through my high school years, spending summers on the Sheepscot River pulling traps by hand.

During my college years I worked summers in the family business but longed for a place less crowded than the mid coast region. I found what I was looking for in northern Maine. It was here I developed and oversaw a canoe tripping program in the East Grand Lake area for a summer camp. I enjoyed 21 summers paddling the rivers of Maine and Canada in my Old Town canoe, introducing others to the great outdoors while assisting with developing outdoor living and paddling skills.

Obtaining my Maine Guide license in the early 90’s was a prerequisite to starting my Canoe The Wild guiding business. The tripping season here runs from late May to mid-September, leaving time for other ventures such as guiding moose hunts in the fall from remote camps, overseeing an outdoor education program for students at the East Grand School since the mid-90’s, and selling Christmas trees and wreaths in Central Virginia for the past 27 years.

What I’ve discovered with the guiding business is that there are plenty of people looking for the exact same feeling I experienced at a young age on Pemaquid Stream, a desire to experience the outdoors with a break from daily routines. People of all ages and experience levels take part in our guided canoe trips. Many will take part in canoe camping for the first time this summer. Trip highlights include young people (freed of electronics) flourishing on the river and around the campsite, taking in a simpler way of life such as collecting fire wood, learning to use a saw and ax, building a campfire, catching a fish, hanging around the campfire, star gazing after dark, spotting and identifying wildlife such as moose, and experiencing the song of the loons.

I see a lot of recent growth within the guiding industry for a few simple reasons. Guided trips provide people with a quality, safe, and well-organized experience. Families, private groups and individuals choose guided trips to leave the pre-trip planning, logistics, gear and meals for the guide to take care of.

Each season, we offer about 12-15 trips with 3-5 day trips being the most popular for first timers, and the more adventuresome choosing a week or longer on a whitewater canoeing trip in Quebec.(see 2018 summer schedule).

For more information about Canoe The Wild, Dave’s guiding company, visit their website for at www.canoethewild.comBe sure to check back in May for Dave’s first educational article!

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