Gaspé Peninsula Backpack
Journey to the Edge of the World
This is a multi-faceted, cross-cultural experience integrating French Quebec culture and outdoor leadership, introducing campers to the stunning landscape of the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. Campers will follow the trail and compass along the path of the International Appalachian Trail, a geologic continuation of the traditional Appalachian Trail. Participants must have successfully completed one or more Chewonki remote trips, or had similar experiences.
Rugged, Remote & Rewarding
Participants travel from Chewonki by van to the Matane Reserve in eastern Quebec. Here the group will begin backpacking on the International Appalachian Trail. The group will hike east for the next 3 weeks, practicing expedition behavior while going through the Parc de la Gaspésie. The route traverses the majestic peaks of the Chic-Choc Mountains, home to the southernmost herd of caribou in eastern North America.
Learn Together in a World Apart
On the trail, the group will practice the skills of remote travel, including leadership, route finding, and other advanced camping techniques. They will spend many of their days above treeline and in remote boreal landscapes, living far from ordinary life and close to many types of wildlife. At the trip’s end, the group returns to Wiscasset to share and celebrate their experiences with the rest of the Chewonki community.
A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.*
- $700 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions
- $400 per child – Puffin Program
- $100 per child for families applying for financial aid
For families carrying over a credit from summer 2020, we will apply your non-refundable deposit (either $700, $400 or $100) towards the deposit owed. Any remaining credit balance will be applied to your remaining tuition. The first half of which is due February 1 and the remaining balance is due May 1.