Afternoon: Check into Heartwood Lodge from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. There will be a social in the Heartwood Lobby at 5:30. Your registration packet will be ready for you upon check-in by the Program Coordinator.
Dinner: A delicious home-cooked dinner will be prepared and served at The Commons dining room.
Evening: After dinner, you will meet with your Maine guides for orientation and learn what you may expect for planned activities.
Activity note: Please note that a U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.
Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious healthy home-cooked breakfast at The Commons.
Morning: Depart Heartwood via vans to Campobello Island, where you will hike the many varied trails around the scenic island. You will enjoy stunning coastal vistas of the rugged coastline overlooking Grand Manan, and hike through ancient bogs. Roosevelt Park encompasses a multitude of carriage trails, ponds, and wonderful terrain. Expect to explore local flora and fauna, have the opportunity for sightings of lots of waterfowl species.There a variety of scenic views as you hike along Soft and hardwood forests, salt water coves, sand and gravel beaches, cliffss, off-shore islands and an array of migratory birds and wildlife. IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: A U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.
Lunch: A healthy picnic lunch will be enjoyed at an approprieate location during the hike.
Afternoon: While on Campobello Island, we will visit Roosevelt Cottage International Park, the summer home of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We'll take time to tour the cottage, walk the gardens, view the historical exhibits; and time permitting, we'll hike Friar's head for overlooking views of Passamaquoddy Bay.
Dinner: We'll partake of another delicious dinner prepared by our chef at The Commons.
Evening: Meet with Sara, our lobster lady, from a lobster fishing family, who will astound you with lobster details from the depths of the ocean.
Activity note: Explore the best of Maine's Bold Coast
Breakfast: Enjoy a health home-prepared breakfast at the Commons.
Morning: Depart from Heartwood via vans for Boot Head. This preserve covers 60 acres with there miles of bold, ocean frontage, where you will encounter a mix of wooded and shoreline trails. Boot Head is famous for its beauty, and its reputation is well deserved. Hike along moss-lined paths to coastal bogs, cobble beaches and rocky promontories with stunning views of Maine's Bold Coast. Expect to see shore birds, eagles, osprey, and maybe some seals.
Lunch: Enjoy a healthy and hearty picnic lunch.
Afternoon: We will be continuing the morning hike, and extending our passage through other preserves in the area, like Hamilton Cove. Hamilton Cove enjoys a long history of human activity The original land grants date back to the early 1800's. A portion of an existing trail follows an old dam that was built to support a local mill. Several ships were built on the property in a shipyard located near the mouth of Hamilton Stream where it meets the sea. The present trail from the main trail to the brook folosw the old dam. A line of willow trees mark the dam's location.
Dinner: Enjoy an delicious supper with your new friends and counterparts at The Commons, served by our chef.
Evening: Optional Free Evening or Movie Night. It's great to start a fire in the fire pit and enjoy the marvelous night sky.
Activity note: Hiking and motoring along the waters of Head Harbor Passage, surrounding Eastport's Moose Island
Breakfast: Enjoy a healthy home-prepared breakfast at The Commons
Morning: We'll head for Eastport's Moose Island, where we'll explore Shackford Head State Park. The Park is one of the smallest in the Maine park system and consists of about 90 acres. The hiking trail system loops around several secluded rocky, gravel coves and beaches and offers a stunning view of Cobscook Bay and the North Lubec penniusla. While in the Park, you will visit fossil beds, traverse several land bridges, and get a sense of the tremendous tidal action in the bay.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in the scenic waterfront city of Eastport.
Afternoon: Depart the Easport Breakwater for a trip aboard a lobster boat. The captain and crew will head out Head Harbor Passage for a visit with the abundant pelagic birds and marine mammals. You will surely see seals and porpoise and don't be surprised if we encounter a whale or two. This trip takes us around several Canadian Maritime islands. We will be in Canadian waters for most of the trip (but we won't need passports unless we touch land). We will make a pass the "Old Sow", an interesting whirlpool said to be one of the largest in the Northern hemisphere. At the right time of tide, it's very impressive. And on our way back to land, we'll stop and pull a couple of lobster pots.
Dinner: Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and delicious food at a home-cooked dinner prepared by our Peggy. Share the discoveries of the day with your fellow hikers.
Evening: Live entertainment.
Activity note: The easternmost lighthouse in the continental US and trails that are nothing less than breathtaking.
Breakfast: Enjoy a healthy breakfast prepared by chef Peggy
Morning: We'll head for Quoddy Head State Park which encompasses 341 acres at the tip of America's easternmost peninsula. Here we'll be able to visit an historic lighthouse and hike up to 5 miles of scenic trails. Visitor in the summer may spot minke, humpback or finback whales, as well as the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan island just across the bay. You may also see lobster fisherman coming in from a day's haul on the water.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at West Quoddy Head.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue with Park explorations of scenic wonders that make up West Quoddy Head Park. An easy one-mile round trip hike leads to an unusual coastal plateau bog (also known as "heath" with arctic and sub-arctic plants rarely seen south of Canada. You will also want to visit the lighthouse museum.
Dinner: Enjoy a DownEast Lobster Feast.
Evening: Graduation festivities.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast of Maine's blueberry pancakes.
Morning: Explore the historic seaside village of Lubec on your own, catching all of those nooks and crannies to which you were introduced, but never had the time to investigate.
Afternoon: Have a safe journey home.