Exploring Maine by canoe or kayak is an amazing experience.

On each trip you will:

  • Paddle Maine’s most scenic lakes and rivers and camp at remote campsites
  • Explore the natural surroundings which support a diverse population of wildlife including loons, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter and moose
  • Learn skills such as paddling strokes, maneuvers, rescues, orienteering, weather forecasting, and boat maintenance
  • Learn and practice Leave No Trace principles
  • Give back to the location by providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and more
  • If you are interested in fishing, you will need to acquire a State of Maine fishing license. We provide fishing gear for the fishing trips only. For more information on purchasing a State of Maine fishing license, please click here.


Summer Nova trips are offered during the four weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester. The last session is open only to those students traveling from outside of New England (the New England states include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut). These students may also opt to apply to a trip during any week of Nova if they choose to do so.

Moose River Bow Loop: Fishing and Canoeing
Dates: August 12-16
Exertion Level: Moderate to Strenuous
This location is our staffs favorite backcountry trip! The Moose River is part of the Holeb’s Public Reserve Land in a remote wilderness located in western Maine. This trip has phenomenal views of mountains, cascading waterfalls, and possibly a Moose or two walking the shores of the river. The Moose River Bow Loop is a 34-mile canoe loop encompassing Holeb Pond, Holeb Stream, Attean Pond and the Moose River. We will have the opportunity to paddle in open water Class I-II rapids. The group will work together to carry food, water, canoes and paddles over two portages. This remote trip is one that will create a memory of a lifetime. We will also take the time to fish. Bring your own rod and equipment or we will have plenty to borrow.

Unity College NovaScraggly and Junior Lakes: Fishing, Canoeing and Primitive Skills
Dates:
July 29 – August 2
August 12-16 (Kayaking)
Exertion Level: Mild to Moderate
This is not just a canoeing trip, we will focus on variety of primitive skills: including wilderness awareness, stalking, tracking, shelter building, and fire making. We will also take the time to fish. Bring your own rod and equipment or we will have plenty for you to borrow. Scraggly and Junior Lakes are connected to a series of lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands which make the perfect location for our activities.  (August 12-16 the group will be kayaking).

Nova Unity College St. Croix River: Fly Fishing and Canoeing
Dates:
August 5-9 (Non-Traditional Students Only)
August 12-16
Exertion Level: Moderate
The St. Croix River is a beautiful scenic waterway that runs along the border of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. We will start in the small border town of Vanceboro, Maine and take out at Loon Bay. We will be paddling through many rapids class I-III where we will hone our paddling skills. Staff will teach the skills necessary to paddle this river. We will also take the time to teach fly fishing techniques. Bring your own rod and equipment or we will have plenty to borrow. Photo identification (driver’s license or passport) is required for this trip.

Unity College NovaThoreau-Wabanaki Trail: Fly Fishing and Canoeing
Dates:
July 29 – August 2
August 19-23 *Reserved for students who live outside the New England States
Exertion Level:
Moderate
Henry David Thoreau, in late 1800s, made many trips to Maine each following ancient Wabanaki canoe routes.  These are the routes that this Nova trip will travel down. We will follow a section of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail from the Upper West Branch of the Penobscot River to Chesuncook Lake . The forest lines the calm river. We will be deep within the wilderness and wildlife will be plentiful. Staff will teach the skills necessary to paddle this river. We will also take the time to teach fly fishing techniques. Bring your own rod and equipment or we will have plenty to borrow.