St Croix Voyageur
A Canadian Heritage
River, the St Croix is ideal for canoeing, camping and family river
trips.A perfect introduction to camping and easy paddling. St Croix
Voyageurs meet at Loon Bay Lodge near St Stephen NB Canada and are offered
August 4 - 8
Trip Price: $1095.00
Requested Single Supplement: $90.00.
Private Bath: 2 evenings
Sleeping Bag Rental: $55.00
Airport Transfer: $55.00 per person from Bangor Maine airport.
St. Croix Voyageur
5 day quietwater
Inn and camping trip.
Heritage River, the St Croix is ideal for canoeing,
camping and family river trips.
A perfect introduction
to camping and easy paddling.
St. Croix River -- the border of Maine and New Brunswick is one of the
finest for quietwater canoe camping trips.
true gem, the St. Croix has been designated as a Canadian Heritage River;
scenic, steeped in history and abundant with wildlife. The St. Croix
river is noted as a major nesting areas for the American Bald Eagle,
and has a generous moose population. The fishing is excellent and includes
landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass.
river has several notable features including its gentle but challenging
whitewater, its sustained water flow all season long, and the uniqueness
of paddling along an international boundary. The river basin is a blend
of rolling wooded hills, extensive wetlands and marshes and
lakes, granite outcrops and glacial deposits.
Our adventure begins at Loon Bay Lodge on the St. Croix near St. Stephen
New Brunswick. Built over 55 years ago in the tradition of the Great
Camps of the North Country, Loon Bay provides the perfect setting to
begin our journey. After a great breakfast we are off to the put?in.
After a brief orientation and instruction we pull away from shore and
settle into the gentle pace of the river.
We will make camp at a scenic secluded sights at rivers edge. Over the
next two days we will become fully immersed in the wonderful isolation
of the St. Croix. Mornings find some of us up early enjoying the solitude
and the mist rising off the water, while others curl up deeper in their
bags waiting for their first cup of coffee. Rapids like Elbow Rips,
Mile Rips, and Rocky Rapids fill our days with excitement. In between
the quickwater sections we can slow down and wander through English
Cove and other quiet sections where we can take the time to fully appreciate
our surroundings. The St. Croix provides the perfect playground for
novices wishing to learn, or for those simply seeking a relaxed and
tranquil river sojourn.
Our journey ends as it began at Loon Bay Lodge. We are enchanted by
the lodge and our warm and rustic surroundings. During our final dinner
we reminisce about our adventure together and look forward to the next
Croix Voyageur Trip Notes
Where and when to go...and how to get there
Bay Lodge was built in the tradition of the Great Camps of the North.
appropriate place to start and end our journey on the St. Croix river.
Cabins are mingled around the grounds and we can look forward to delicious
filling meals when we gather together in the dining room. It is easy
to understand if you choose to linger here a few extra days.
Loon Bay Lodge
St Stephen New Brunswick
from Bangor Maine
Take exit 45 off I-95 north. Follow the sign for Rte 9 & 1 onto
Rte 395. Take the first exit after crossing bridge over the Penobscot
River. Follow Main Street north through several sets of lights onto
Rte 9 east. Continue on Rte 9 towards Calais for 90 miles(145 km). At
the end of Rte 9 turn right onto (US) Rte 1 south for 7 miles(11 km)
into Calais. Follow signs for Canada/International Bridge. It is advisable
to get gas before entering Canada as it is less expensive.
After crossing the border--remember New Brunswick is on Atlantic time
so move your clock ahead 1 hour--turn right and follow New Brunswick
Routes 1 & 3 through downtown St. Stephen (1 mile/2 km) to the traffic
circle. At the traffic circle on the edge of town take route 3 north
towards Fredericton. After traveling 5 miles\8 km along Rte 3, veer
left onto Rte 745 north towards Oak Hill and Canoose Stream until the
end of the paved road. Turn left and follow the gravel road 3 miles\5
km to Loon Bay. The drive time/distance from Bangor to St Stephen is
97 miles\145 km, 1 hour 20 minutes. From Canada Customs to Loon bay
is 20 miles\32 km, 25 minutes.
Logistics and Gear
BattenKill Canoe will provide all community camping equipment including
cooking gear and tents. All meals are included, beginning with lunch
on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 9. In addition we will furnish
dry bags for your personal gear as well. One dry bag will be given to
each two persons. The dimensions of the bag are approximately 17"
x 32". Think of it as the size of being able to fit your personal
gear (clothing, etc.), in a small carry-on bag that will fit under the
seat of an airplane -- not including your sleeping bags and pads. Regarding
sleeping bags, it is most important that we utilize modern compressible
sleeping bags to economize on space.
A packing hint that our guides use is to use small stuff sacks to help
organize gear inside the dry bags making it easier to find individual
items. We will have an assortment of colored (organized by person by
color) stuff sacks for use, as well as some compression sacks for compressing
The trip price includes canoe rental. We have an assortment of canoes,
usually Dagger Legends along with Mad River Revelations, Freedoms and
Explorers that are fully outfitted for with knee pads, tie downs and
supplemental floatation. If you would like to try a specific model,
please give us a call. If you would like to bring your own canoe please
give us a call to make sure it is appropriate for this river.
Your guides will meet you at Loon Bay Lodge mid to late afternoon. After
we have had dinner we will meet for a short orientation and take care
of last minute packing and gear preparation. Dinner is planned for 6:30
After a hearty breakfast we are off to the river. We will be shuttled
up to our put in near Vanceboro. After loading our canoes a safety talk
and a bit of instruction we begin our journey. The river is a delightful
playground offering quiet sections mixed with gentle current and swifts
as it tumbles it's way through isolated forests.
Our pace is leisurely allowing us time to enjoy our surroundings. We
will find quiet coves to swim in and try our luck at fishing. This is
a nesting area for bald eagles so we will keep an eye to the sky in
hopes of seeing some of these graceful and powerful birds. If we are
lucky we may also see moose, otter and great blue herons.
Late afternoon finds us pulling into a campsite tucked away on the river's
edge. After setting up camp and collecting firewood we have time to
sit back and relax. The aroma of the evening meal trigger our appetites.
The evening meal is accompanied by stunning sunsets, the gentle rhythm
of the river and the sounds of the forest.
We continue our journey down the river today. The river has been a good
teacher and we look forward to the small rapids and swifts as we paddle
toward Loon Bay Lodge. Days end finds us back at Loon Bay Lodge where
we enjoy our last evening and tell stories of the week at our farewell
Depending on our mood and travel plans we may choose to linger at Loon
Bay Lodge, enjoy a day hike in the area, or continue down the river
for a short day trip before we say our final good byes.
to Bring for the St Croix Voyageurs
__rain hat or hood on raincoat
__good quality rain jacket & pants (no ponchos)
__medium weight shirt or sweater (wool or pile/fleece)
__light cotton long-sleeved shirt
__light cotton t-shirts
__warm polypro, pile or wool pants
__light cotton or nylon pants
__river shoes (sandals, sneakers or booties)
__socks (cotton or wool or polypro)
__camp shoes (tennis shoes or soft shoes)
__light weight gloves
__toiletries (biodegradable soap i.e., Dr. Bonner or Campsuds)
__washcloth and towel (packtowel)
__sun screen & lip balm
__insect repellant & bug jacket
__sunglasses with securing strap
__personal first aid kit
__flashlight (extra batteries & bulb)
__sleeping bag and pad (rental kits available)
__camera & film
__fishing gear (breakdown please)
__notebook and pen
__flask of alcohol (no glass)
rain gear is probably the most important gear that you can bring. When
you are cold and wet, it is hard to be in good spirits. Remember, there
is no such thing as bad weather in the outdoors, only bad preparations
and bad gear.
This is a suggested list, we anticipate that you will have your own
idea of what is "necessary". By all means follow your instincts,
but please remember all our gear must fit in our canoes. If you have
any questions on what to bring, please give us a call. 802.362.2800
Trip Notes Supplement
If you have any questions or need special arrangements please call our
office. Regular office hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday
in season. We are open Saturday and Sunday for day trip rentals, but
our office staff is limited on weekends. We are generally closed Saturday
through Tuesday November through April, although you may catch us in
by chance other times.
Trip prices include lodging, all meals (except when noted) guide services
and accompanying support van. Trips generally meet mid to late afternoon
of the first day, and disband mid to late afternoon of the last day.
We may be compelled to increase or decrease trip prices on trips due
to matters beyond our control, such as currency exchange, airfare, taxes
or price increases. Gratuities for BattenKill guides and other staff
are appreciated, but are left entirely to your discretion.
Often it is easier to call our office to check for availability and
to make reservations. We request a deposit of $250.00 per person for
the two to four day trips, and $350.00
per person for longer trips. Immediate confirmation is possible using
your credit card for the deposit.
On receipt of your deposit we prepare a complete confirmation packet,
including a full
itinerary, personal equipment list, meeting location with directions,
and application for short term trip cancellation insurance. Your confirmation
letter will outline the balance which is due at the trip meeting for
domestic trips, and 60 days prior for Canadian and other International
trips. We strongly recommend that you obtain this cancellation insurance,
which reimburses you for nonrefundable costs and deposits should you
have to cancel your trip due to a personal emergency.
Your balance is due 60 days prior to the departure date and can be paid
by credit card or personal check. Please refer to your confirmation
letter for the amount due. BATTENKILL CANOE reserves the right to regard
reservations for these tours canceled when payment of the balance is
not received when due.
Notification must be received by BATTENKILL CANOE LTD. (BCL) in writing.
If you must cancel, but wish to reschedule for another trip, we will
do our best to accommodate you. If you must cancel more than 45 days
prior to departure, a refund of 50% of the per person deposit, OR a
100% credit valid for another trip. There are no refunds possible with
less than 45 days notice or for leaving a trip early or arriving late.
Gratuities for the inn and food portion of your trip are paid by BCL.
Gratuities for BATTENKILL guides are appreciated, but are left to your
discretion. Each year the guide staff of BATTENKILL CANOE pledge to
pool a portion of their tips and donate them to an outreach program.
Over the past several years these outreach programs have included a
scholarship program for a high school student in the remote village
of Yorkin in Talamanca, Costa Rica, supporting the Ninos in la Calle
program (alternative education program for the street kids) in Somotillo
Nicaragua, financial and educational support to the BattenKill Watershed
Council and an annual donation to the Vermont ACLU.
If you would like to find out more about these projects or have suggestions
for other projects your guides would be happy to visit with you. This
is just one of the ways we are able to reach out to the greater community
and practice socially responsible travel.
Our airline desk is able to assist you in making our airline reservations,
and we are pleased to do so. We can book with all the major carriers
and would be happy to assist you with your travel plans.
We almost always follow through with our entire trip schedule. However,
we must reserve the right to cancel a trip or to make changes to the
itinerary if necessary due to weather and/or water conditions, insufficient
reservations or other factors outside of our control. Although it is
unlikely, if we must cancel your trip, you may choose between: 1. A
100% refund of all monies paid, or 2. A 150% credit of your original
deposit for a future trip with BATTENKILL. This constitutes full settlement,
and BATTENKILL can not be held responsible for other costs incurred.
Dates & Small Trip Charge
Since you plan your vacation around our trip, it is our responsibility
to run every trip scheduled if four or more persons are on the roster.
A number of fixed costs make it more expensive to operate a trip with
six members than one with 12. We budget our trips with a nearly full
sign up, to enable us to price them at the lowest possible cost.
We will still run your trip if four or more guests are on the roster.
However, we will be obliged to add a small trip surcharge if there is
a low sign up of between four (4) and seven (7) participants. The small
trip surcharge is ten (10) percent of the published price.
If you make your reservations 6 months prior to departure, you will
qualify for our Earlybird Discount which guarantees your departure regardless
of the number of people on the roster.
In the event that
we discount a trip on which you are booked, we will automatically extend
to you a courtesy voucher representing the value of the promotional
discount. You may apply the discount certificate to any future BattenKill
trip. You may combine discounts, however the maximum is 20% off any
Our standard accommodation is two per room, generally with a private
bath. Usually singles and triples are available. BCL provides three
meals per day, beginning with dinner on the first evening and ending
with lunch on the last day (except where noted).
On our Voyageurs we provide top quality tents along with all other group
camping gear. You are requested to bring only a sleeping bag and pad,
as well as your personal gear. If you choose not to bring your own sleeping
bag, you may rent one of ours which includes a cotton liner and foam
If you're traveling alone and would like to assure yourself of a private
room, there is a single supplement surcharge of $45.00 per evening.
Singles willing to share will be matched with a roommate. If unavailable,
a forced single supplement of 50 percent of the full supplement will
We believe that sharing an adventure with your kids or grandkids
is a life-enhancing experience. Children twelve years of age or older
are welcomed on all trips. Special arrangements must be made for all
children 7-12. Regular discount is 25% off the trip price for folks
under 18 years old.
You must understand that river trips involve some risk. Guests are responsible
for: choosing a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and
state of health; arriving at the trip start with the clothing and gear
recommended in the confirmation packet; respecting the laws and customs
of the countries visited; following environmental guidelines and regulations
while on the trip in accordance with guides direction; and respecting
the rights and privacy of other trip members. You will be asked to sign
a Hold Harmless and Release of Liability form prior to your trip.
BATTENKILL CANOE reserves the right to substitute lodges, leaders and
to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary or advisable. BCL shall
not be liable, directly or indirectly for any delay, cancellation, mishap,
inconvenience, expense, personal injury or death, or damage of property
for any reason whatsoever, including acts of God. BATTENKILL reserves
the right to decline to accept, retain, or ask to leave any person whose
actions or deportment impede trip operation, or rights, welfare and
enjoyment of other trip members. No refund is possible under these circumstances.
Payment of deposit, and release of credit card number represents your
acceptance of these terms and conditions. All disputes shall be settled
by binding arbitration in Bennington County Vermont.
BattenKill Trip Guides
We are proud of the folks who lead our trips, and help make an extra
special adventure for you. Each recognizes, welcomes and encourages
the varying skills and interests of each guest. On the first evening
of our get-together, we will conduct a simple orientation of the trip
to come, and go over safety regulations. You will be asked to sign a
liability of release form, and we will collect your final payment then.
Word About Equipment
Canoe rental is included in your trip price. You are welcome to bring
along your own canoe if you would like, just let us know. We furnish
premium canoes, paddles and PFD's (life jackets). We feature canoes
by Mad River, Dagger, Old Town and others. If you have a particular
canoe you would like to demo, please give us a call and we will attempt
to have one available.
Also, enclosed is our suggested personal equipment checklist. Little
things like lip balm, sun blocks and dry socks make a big difference,
so check it over carefully.
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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