What if we promised you biking along the spectacular coast of Maine, rafting on the wild Kennebec River, moose spotting, stargazing, and the opportunity to try out your French in a foreign city? You’ll do all this and more on our exciting Coast to Québec trip. This goal-oriented bicycling and rafting trip will have you exploring the back roads of both coastal and inland Maine, making great new friends as you go. Whether cooking meals together or working on a community service learning project, your group will bond with each day’s adventure. Together you will cross the Canadian border and make your way to historic Québec City, the grand finale of this amazing journey!
Maine & the Kennebec River
Our group will meet in Freeport, Maine where we’ll spend the day getting familiar with each other and our gear, and learn safe riding techniques. In the morning we’ll pack up camp and hit the road “downeast,” riding along Maine’s famous, island-dotted coast. On a day off, we’ll spend time working on a service project in a small Maine community. We’ll then leave the coast and head inland for the great Maine woods and the Kennebec River, which we’ll raft for a day with professional guides.
Canada and Québec City
Crossing the border into Canada, we’ll follow back roads to the charming city of Québec. As we navigate narrow cobblestone streets and hear French spoken, we’ll feel as though we’ve just pedaled into old Europe. We’ll spend two nights and a day exploring this vibrant city and celebrating our international adventure.
Please see our General FAQ page for many more frequently asked questions and answers!
Aside from the trip cost, what are the additional expenses for this trip?
Apogee’s tuition costs include all meals, accommodation, and activity fees. The most significant additional expenses on our Coast to Quebec trip will include travel to and from Portland, Maine, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad, a bike helmet, and bike and pannier rentals ($225 & $50 respectively), as needed.
Does my child need to bring his or her own bike for this trip?
No – we offer rental bikes (as well as panniers) for an additional fee. In 2016, the cost of a hybrid rental bicycle for the 15-day trip is $225. Waterproof rental panniers are available for $50. If your child already has a bike that is appropriate for this trip, they are welcome to bring it!
What does the community service portion of this trip entail?
Our service projects vary from year to year, but most CQ groups will work with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust, based in Rockland, Maine, helping out with trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, or weeding and maintenance of organic blueberry fields – which means lots of snacking along the way! Students can expect 3-5 hours of community service on this trip.