The term “Downeast” refers to a sailor’s heading. The prevailing maritime winds took the old sailing fleets down wind and east along the coast. If you look towards Canada from Schoodic Point on the northeastern edge of Acadia National Park, you’ll begin to see Downeast Maine, and the setting of this great adventure.
It’s a place where narrow peninsulas finger out into the cool Fundy current. Tamarack pine, peat bogs, and blueberry barrens replace oak forests. The fog is more enduring and impenetrable. The farther east one paddles, the more sub-arctic the coastal ecosystems appear. The climate is cool, raw, and damp all but one or two months each year (when we'll be visiting!).
Read more detail about this trip in our Intro to Downeast document (.pdf). Request a Trip Packet including trip itinerary, trip tidbits, FAQs and registration forms by e-mail or telephone (207) 865-0455.