Tips for Snowshoeing

This week certainly didn’t feel like a typical mid-November day with temperature in the 60’s and 70’s throughout Maine. It may be hard for folks to think about but winter really is right around the corner. Snowshoeing is one of the most accessible and affordable winter activities that you can do to keep fit and healthy throughout the year. Here are a few tips to make your first trip a success: Before you run out and invest in a pair … Read More

Pedaling and Paddling in Belfast Harbor

North Star Adventures and CG Bikes are partnering to bring you exciting new paddling and pedaling adventures in the Mid-Coast region. Throughout the summer months we will offer opportunities to explore Belfast Harbor and the surrounding area by sea kayak and bicycle. Sea kayak tours will include a three-hour morning paddle exploring Belfast harbor. The opportunities are endless from paddling up the Passagassawakeag (Passy) to exploring Moose Point and Little River. Tours include all paddling gear and locally made snacks. … Read More

Staying Found with Map & Compass

In our world of electronics, you may ask why Map & Compass…it is so…primitive! The push of a button on a cell phone, GPS or PLB (personal locator beacon) is easy, convenient, more accurate, universal, no need to add or subtract declination…no need to think! While the world of electronics makes our lives easier, it does have its limitations. Tree cover, remote location, cost, and battery life, are the most common reasons our devices may fail. A basic base plate … Read More

Paddle Maine Monday

The Maine Coast: A paddling destination. Explore the nooks and crannies of this magical coastline with North Star Adventures. Maine has over 3,000 miles of coastline (over 5,000 miles if you include the over 4,500 islands)! Have you ever wanted to paddle the Maine coast but don’t have the gear, knowledge or paddling partner? North Star Adventures is excited to announce our new program for 2020, Paddle Maine Monday. Experience the tidal changes, biodiversity, marine life and coastal culture every … Read More

Winter Snowshoeing Series

Embrace the winter with North Star Adventures! Our winter snowshoeing series starts in February 2020. While Maine winters can be long, the season provides us with a beautiful landscape! Winter is the most peaceful of all seasons. The hustle and bustle of summer is gone and we are left with the stark beauty of the winter wonderland. Wildlife is hibernating, trails are less crowded…experience the silence of winter. Snowflakes and ice crystals make unique and interesting designs as they paint … Read More

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Paddle

On Saturday September 21st I had the pleasure of spending the morning with folks from the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. We met at the launch at 10:00 AM. After hauling boats and gear to the water (thank goodness for wheels) we had a fantastic morning paddling on beautiful Great Pond.  Prior to launching we spent a little time talking about boat design and learning correct paddling technique. We saw blue herons, kingfishers and turtles. It was a calm sunny day … Read More

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Presents: Nancy Zane’s Favorite Local Paddles

As I sit and look out the window at the current blizzard (some news outlets report anywhere from 18 -24 inches of snow are possible), it is hard to imagine that the first day of spring is next week. Will I soon be able to put away my skis, and hop into my boat for a brand new season of paddling adventures? The tranquil, and sometime not so tranquil, waters of Maine’s lakes, rivers, and bays await. Where will this … Read More

North Star Adventures Trip Log: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

As a school teacher, one of the many perks of my job certainly includes February break (I teach Emergency Medical Services at Waldo County Technical School). Sometimes I’m not certain who is more excited for the break–teachers or the students.  The vacation week allows me to enjoy the beauty of the Maine winter, and plan extended visits to some of the more scenic spots our state has to offer. For this winter break, our group’s destination was Katahdin Woods and … Read More

Featured Program: Adventures in Art with Ben Potter

Join artist Ben Potter and guide Nancy Zane for a late winter exploration of the iconic North Maine woods. We will use snowshoes and skis to explore the mountains, trails, and frozen lakes of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Baxter State Park. The beauty and stillness of the Maine Woods in winter is simply stunning. The East Branch of the Penobscot River and views of Mount Katahdin will provide a beautiful backdrop for our trek into this wilderness … Read More

Launch Party Success

After weeks of planning, preparation, and ,yes, some fretting, North Star Adventures officially set-sail with our Launch Party held on Saturday, January 27.  One of my biggest pre-event worries was, “What if no one shows up?”  Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the crowd that packed the cozy confines of the Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast. Unofficial numbers (several people in the audience counted) were around 70!  The standing-room-only crowd certainly exceeded my expectations. After I presented an … Read More

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