The BattenKill Philosophy
A New World Awaits
Fortunately most of the earth is not paved.
Let's face it, if you've seen one road you've seen them all. Thankfully,
the same can not be said for the special places that are wild and beautiful,
the mountains, the deep valleys and gorges and rivers and meadows. If
you want to pass through quickly, then travel by car. If you like roads,
then bike. From the roads you see little, and learn even less. Join
us off the roads, away from the cars and crowds, celebrating the peaceful
places where nature is close.
goal has always been to rise above the rest, to guarantee more than
just an ordinary canoe trip, to provide you with a vacation that goes
beyond the mundane.
We plan vacations, not expeditions.
is a special window on our world.
Afloat, a new world awaits, a world of
slowed-down time and stretched-out space, of peace and quiet beauty.
From a river, you feel more, and see with different eyes. We at BattenKill
take the importance of free-flowing, healthy rivers, and unspoiled outdoors
as a priority.
are the planet's arteries; they carry its life blood . . . water. It's
no small wonder that early humans saw rivers as God incarnate, or that
people today are drawn to rivers and mountains, where you can find peace,
refreshment and adventure.
see it on the faces of the people who enjoy our rivers and their landscape:
recreation and relaxation, exhilaration and enthusiasm. Some are soothed,
others challenged. Others challenge the river. All find a special magic
in paddling their canoes through the water.
days are simple and loosely structured. Take a few moments at the waters
edge and you will feel yourself wrapped by the rivers gentle music,
and find the sounds of civilization stopped for a moment. Such moments
are timeless and natural.
Who knows? Take it as a gift from the river.
with BattenKill Canoe.
and foremost we are canoe outfitters, and love rivers. In our explorations,
we have often left our canoes to explore unique trails and pathways
leading into the wilderness. We canoe and walk because we want to stay
close to this incredible planet and its people to peel back the layers
and feel, look and learn the experience.
Rambles with BattenKill are special, since we combine canoeing and walking
in the same trip. . . yes, we will walk through the woods to a river
crossing, and float into the magical world of rivers.
or hiking. To us walking implies smoother pathways and trails with gentle
hills. Hiking is slightly more strenuous -- uneven, rocky trails with
moderate elevation climbs. Walking also becomes hiking after walking
considerable distance. And now, considerable distance is a personal
perception -- and we at BattenKill will allow you to determine if you
are walking or hiking on any particular day. All itineraries are designed
with walking and hiking options built in. You can walk with the leader/guide
or, detailed directions in hand, make your own way. The seasoned hiker
will step out and near mid-afternoon will usually encounter more strenuous
sections, while the rest of the group ambles into the inn mid-afternoon.
As Americas Original Country Inn
Canoe Outfitter we make sure that the inns are as special as the rivers
we canoe. We would not want to end a memorable paddling day at an ordinary
chosen only those inns where the setting, food and friendliness are
exceptional. Tucked away on byways along rivers, or nestled in the crooks
of hillsides or small villages, these inns have ambiance and graciousness
mellowed by decades of hospitality. Guests can count on getting the
welcome that they deserve as a carefree and hungry band of voyageurs.
country inns carry on a glorious tradition dating back almost 200 years.
Each has a distinct flavor. Stay at any of them and you'll find antique
furnishings, quilted bedspreads, wide-board floors, porches, firesides,
wine, company and graciousness.
unique inns we've selected fit perfectly into the relaxed nature of
our trips. You'll enjoy the attentive care lavished on us throughout
our stay. Our dining is intimate, and for many guests the meals are
a highlight of the trip. All of the innkeepers take special pride in
their hospitality, and we are pleased to oblige.
standard accommodation is two persons per room, with private baths when
available. Singles and triples are usually available.
Our camping trips capture the true spirit
of the outdoors. The campfire crackles, the birds dance, the crickets
fiddle. The air smells clean and fresh, broken only by the aroma of
freshly brewed coffee wafting through the woods, arousing you from your
The emphasis is on sharing: sharing with each other and sharing of natures
splendor. Needless to say, you can do as much or as little as you wish...we
will take care of all camp details because we know you are on vacation.
will supply all food, tents, kitchen and camp equipment, First Aid and
repair kits. A detailed equipment list is included in your confirmation
are a professional and dynamic travel organization that operates distinctive canoe trips for individuals, couples,
families and groups. Since 1983 we have explored and researched rivers
to provide the highest quality trip. We have never considered ourselves
as just another touring company. We realize that peoples interests
and definitions of the perfect vacation vary widely, so we offer a wide
variety of distinctive canoe vacations. We avoid the commonplace for
a vacation that goes well beyond the mundane.
Paddling and safety instruction are part of every trip, but most of
all, you are encouraged to explore and make your own discoveries. On
the first evening of
the trip, your guides will conduct a brief, but thorough orientation
session. Throughout the trip, your guides are eager to be of assistance,
answer your questions, supply information, and coach you to bring out
and sharpen your paddling skills.
Furthermore, our equipment is the best available. Usually we bring more
canoes than there are people on a trip, giving you the opportunity to
choose from a variety of tandem and solo models and styles from different
manufacturers. Our support vans and custom designed trailers carry our
supplies, your luggage, and anything else you may want to pick up along
Let us be your hosts as you travel secure with the knowledge that you
are backed by a solid organization where every visitor becomes a friend.
We are determined to make the difference between your vacation being
just good...and being great.
groups are small: eight to twelve guests, more like a few friends traveling
together than a tour group ensuring a relaxed atmosphere and personal
attention to each guest. Returning guests are a testimony to the
quality of our touring adventures. We'll be happy to furnish you with
references from around the country.
previous experience or special skills are needed to join us on one of
our canoe or walking vacations, just a spirit of adventure and a desire
to have fun. we've had folks of every age from children to grandparents
with skills ranging from never-evers
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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