Boatbuilders Saguenay Sea Kayaking Trip

Built by Hand, Paddled with Heart

Building a kayak with your own hands is a rewarding challenge in itself. Combine that with paddling that same vessel on a sea kayak expedition along the Maine coast and in spectacular Saguenay Fjord National Park in Quebec, and you’ve got a five-week adventure that produces deep learning, and a strong sense of accomplishment and leadership.

Boatbuilders stop over at Wooden Boat campus. July 2010

Boatbuilders Saguenay Sea Kayaking Trip

Ages: 15, 16, 17
Program Type: Boatbuilding
Grades: 10-11
Length: 5 Weeks
Tuition: $10,200


Session 1: July 7 – August 12

A Craft to Last a Lifetime

Students in the Boatbuilders Expedition spend the first half of the program on the Chewonki campus creating their own Willow sea kayak, designed by boatbuilder Bill Thomas of South Berwick, Maine. Bill teaches the students basic boat building techniques and works with them to guide the process of constructing these boats from frame to finish utilizing hand tools. Between work sessions, they acquire paddling skills at our waterfront. After just two weeks, these striking, voyage-worthy boats are ready to launch. Next, the group embarks on a multi-day trip on the waters off the town of Stonington, Maine, a lobster port on Penobscot Bay.

Explore the Grand Saguenay Fjord

We then journey by van to the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. With its dramatic cliffs and rich ecosystem, the Saguenay Fjord National Park is home to seals, many kinds of birds and fish, and many species of whale. After the expedition, the participants take their kayaks home as a keepsake of the skills they gained and memories they’ll have of their adventures.


Meet the Director

Jen Adams

Director of Outdoor Programs
1 (207) 656-5836

Deposit Information:

A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • $950 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions 
  • $600 per child – Puffin Program 
  • $100 per child for families applying for financial aid 


We reserve the right to cancel, delay, substitute, or revise any program itinerary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are forced to cancel camp programming due to COVID-19, families will be given a full refund, including their deposit.

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