Bold Paths Adventure Travel

Bold Paths Kayaks Shorefall on the river

Welcome to a Lifetime of Adventure

Bold Paths specializes in customizing and personalizing trips to meet the needs of the participants (TLC). We are a small company with American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Essentials Kayak Instructors dedicated to taking very special trips with very special people. Are you meant to travel with us? We have years of experience taking people on the water and running camps for children. Now we are putting this happy experience to a new use in our family travel, women’s travel and kayaking adventures. Our trips are small, intimate, and personal. This year we are offering a few very special opportunities.

February & April School Vacation Camps Beaver at Houghton Rd wetland

Based in Bradford, VT, this camp focuses on outdoor skills, including fire-building, campfire cooking, cross country skiing (gear provided), exploration, snow forts (if we get enough snow!), and natural arts. We do come indoors during this camp, but spend a good amount of time outdoors if the weather is fair.                                                                            Middle and High School Counselors-in-Training are welcome to apply.                                 Want to learn more?

Teen kayaking

Boots to Boats (National Park Service 2016 project)                                                                          Kayak trips on the Connecticut River for 140 teens this summer                                               For more information:   contact <>   or call 802-333-3549

Outdoor Adventure After School Program – Mondays   after school hike in field

Outdoor skills education and natural arts program at the Open Fields School in Thetford, VT. To learn more, please call 802-333-3549 or email us. To register, visit the Town of Thetford Department of Recreation’s web site. We have some great activities planned for this year.


We offer paddling half-day, full-day, and overnight trips on the Connecticut for up to 12 people that may be scheduled at your convenience. We provide all the necessary equipment and a certified guide/instructor. We particularly welcome groups of boy scouts and girl scouts, and other organizations for young people. We can arrange luxury trips based at a beautiful bed and breakfast, or inexpensive trips based at local camps. Our boats accommodate a variety of experience levels and body types.

kayaks on CT River near Mink Brook

Our trips feature:

  • individual attention
  • flexible teaching to suit your needs and experience
  • kayaks suited for your ability level
  • kayak instruction and coaching
  • outdoor survival and camping skills

SPRING PADDLING:  Late April (when the ice is out), May and June—We offer reunion paddling opportunities, new paddler opportunities, and half or full day trips.  Weather dependent, of course!

SUMMER PADDLING:  The kayaks are scheduled to be at Halls Lake in Newbury, VT for part of July, and at Treasure Island on Lake Fairlee for the rest of the summer and fall.                  Guided tours and instruction are available.                                                                           Rentals are available with initial instruction.

  • Rates:
  • $20/person for two hours of kayak paddling instruction and guiding with all equipment.
  • $35/day kayak rental, $20 half day

There are wonderful wetlands to explore, long stretches to paddle on the 6-mile perimeter lake, an inlet to go up on the far south end, and a peaceful feeder stream to explore.

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Summer Camps

The cornerstone of our kid-friendly offerings is our Touching Earth and Arts Camp that teaches children technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics along with a deep appreciation of and connection with the world we inhabit. Visit our Camp page to learn more.

Touching the Earth and Arts Camp 2016

Session One 2016: dates to be announced

Ages 9-14. Based at our home campsite in S. Strafford, VT, this camp focuses on fiber arts and other natural arts, outdoor exploration, and gentle waters kayaking adventures with instruction. Kids may participate in one overnight primitive camping/kayaking trip on the Connecticut River. Gear provided. Transportation arranged from the Hanover area to camp in S. Strafford.

Session Two 2016: dates to be announced

Ages 12-19. Five-day camping trip at Plum Island in northern MA.  Enjoy hiking, kayaking, beach combing, adventure and explorations.

Camp Registration Form

Gear List:  kayak_gear day trips and overnights

Just for Kids

We also offer a tour just for kids during winter break traveling to Crystal River, Florida’s Nature Coast, to visit the manatees. The trip features snorkling with the mantees, kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. Parents can come, too, if they wish. Watch for details.

Other Tours

Our tours are designed to meet your needs and wishes. We like to serve you in a personal manner, so that you can get the most from your time on your trip.
We offer tailor-made trips for women, families with or without children, children with or without parents, and businesses seeking corporate, team-building experiences. We also feature trip for you and your canine companion.

Some of the trips we offer are:


Women’s Kayak Trips: Allow yourself to enhance your energies and focus, recharging your self for the work ahead.

ALASKA:   A trip to Southeast Alaska, with plenty of explorations, kayaking between islands, camping or town apartment stay.

Winter Excursions: Our winter trips let you experience the pristine beauty of snow swept frozen lakes as well as the gentle caress of lapping waters on your feet.

    • Crystal River, FL
    • Lake Champlain
    • Annual Women’s Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Excursion


NRS has wonderful tips for boaters, but they are good also for all outdoor sports.

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