Bold Paths Adventure Travel

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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.

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Kayaking Opportunities                                                                                                                           Youth Kayaking summer 2016   —National Park Service Boots to Boats Centennial project connecting VT and NH National Parks

Vacation Camps                                                                                                                                            After School Programming                                                                                                                       Tours

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Boots to Boats (National Park Service 2016 project)                                                                          Kayak trips on the Connecticut River for 140+ youth this summer  (we made it to 220 kids)                For more information:   contact <>   or call 802-333-3549

KAYAKING for all

We offer paddling half-day, full-day, and overnight trips on the Connecticut for up to 12 people, trips may be scheduled at your convenience. We provide all the necessary equipment and a certified guide/instructor. We particularly welcome groups of 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

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

SUMMER PADDLING with the National Park Service:  Most of 2016 has been spent taking youth ages 8-16 years old kayaking on the Connecticut River, mostly above Wilder Dam, for the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial project Boots to Boats.  In addition to camp groups, there were three free public days.  We took out 152 youth, plus 68 of them went out for a second time, plus 73 adult trips either supporting the youth trips or on the free public days.  This was a marvelous opportunity for so many, and we all appreciate the National Park Foundation and all the work that the National Park Service has done to help facilitate the program.

for more information, contact <> 802-333-3549

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SEASONAL KAYAKING, from May through October:                                                                        *Bold Paths Guided tours and instruction are available.                                                                                                                    * * *Rentals are available with initial instruction.


  • $50/person for two hours of kayak paddling instruction and guiding with all equipment.
  • Group rates $30/person for 4 or more people.
  • $35/day kayak rental, $25 half day

On Lake Fairlee, 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.

On the Connecticut River in the upper valley, many locations.                                                                                                                          For distances / trip lengths, and locations of boat launches see                                        _-CT River Distances 4.2016

OSHER at DARTMOUTH trips:  Osher Kayakers who have taken a course with Bold Paths are invited to join us this summer.

  • (cancelled because of low water–no rain)  July 31 combination with St. Gaudens event- paddle from below Sumners Falls to Cornish, shuttle up to St Gaudens for hands-on arts day and concert. 8am meet at Sumners Falls, Hartland VT, to start car shuttle, come back and launch.
  • Pre-registration required.  Contact <> 802-333-3549


February & April School Vacation Camps Beaver at Houghton Rd wetland

February vacation camp

Partnering with Ravens Wood Outdoor School in Thetford Center, we are together offering our February vacation camp.  It  will be based at Ravens Wood Outdoor School in Thetford Center, with indoor space and outdoor basecamp up in the woods at a 16×20′ winter tent, complete with insulated deck, covered outdoor space, woodstove.  Vacation camp will be wonderful having a winter tentsite.

Touching the Earth & Natural Arts Camp:     Vacation Day Camp                         

February 20-24, 2017                                                                                                                          Location: Raven’s Wood Outdoor School for Renegades,                                                                   1046 Poor Farm Rd., Thetford Center, VT                                                                                     8:00am-4:00pm, with extended day options available                                                                  3-day option is available

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.

Volunteer High School Counselors-in-Training are welcome to apply if space allows.    Please contact <> 802-333-3549

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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

This summer, Bold Paths is working with National Park Service Centennial to get 140+ youth on the Connecticut River.  We are taking a break from our regular summer camp sessions.

Session One 2017: dates to be announced-let us know your preferred dates

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 can be arranged from the Hanover area to camp in S. Strafford.

Session Two 2017: dates to be announced

Ages 12-19. Possibly our 5-day camping trip to Plum Island in northern MA.  Enjoy hiking, kayaking, beach combing, adventure and explorations.


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.

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:

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 manatees, kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. Parents can come, too, if they wish. Watch for details.


      We partner with a local tour company to bring your group the finest travel experience in the Mediterranean.

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 in Vermont

Gear List:  kayak gear — day trips and overnight trips


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

Link to How to Prevent Heat Loss

Link to Cold Water Layering

-CT River Distances 4.2016-

Kayaking tips:  A partial kayaking course in an nutshell: 

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