TEEN SUMMER BICYCLE TOURING, COMMUNITY SERVICE & KAYAKING
- Ride Vermont’s backroads
- Volunteer in rural Vermont
- Kayak Lake Champlain
- Explore and celebrate in French-speaking Montréal
- Trip Start: Manchester, NH, USA
- Trip End: Manchester, NH, USA
- Age Range: 13-15
- Trip Dates: 6/25-7/07, 7/11-7/23, 7/27-8/08
Tuition: $2895 (airfare not included)
Vermont. It really is as beautiful and green as you imagine it to be. On this goal-oriented, summer bike trip you’ll pedal through Vermont’s deep green valleys, famous for covered bridges, cool streams, cow-dotted pastures, and charming small towns. Along the way you’ll kayak Lake Champlain and volunteer on a local community service project. Together as a team you’ll make your way north, cross the Canadian border, and reach your final destination, Montréal. A fun contrast to rural Vermont, this lively, cosmopolitan city offers the perfect international setting to celebrate your many amazing accomplishments.
Vermont & Lake Champlain
We’ll start our ride in the charming village of Poultney, where we’ll get to know each other and learn the ins and outs of safe riding. With Lake Champlain as our first goal we’ll begin our northward ride through lush valleys, rolling hills and picture-perfect villages. We’ll follow the lake’s shore until we are just south of the Canadian border. Here we’ll trade our bikes for sea kayaks and spend a full day exploring Champlain’s gorgeous coves and bays.
Route Verte & Montréal
Back on the bikes, we’ll mark our next milestone as we pedal across the border and into Canada’s fertile farmland. We’ll pick up the Route Verte (the “Green Road”) and travel this world-famous cycling path through the rural heartland, over the St. Lawrence River and into historic, French-speaking Montréal. Feeling fantastic about reaching our final goal, we’ll spend two nights and a full day exploring the sights of this dynamic city. A French feast and warm “adieus” will round out our time together in Montréal.
Apogee will provide courtesy van transfers from Manchester to Poultney, Vermont and back to Manchester from Montréal. This is a beginner to moderate trip, and is well within the range of any reasonably fit and motivated participant.
DAILY MILEAGE: 25
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: 3-5