Maine Woods Discovery received the “Originality Award” at the Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Mike Wilson, senior program director for the Northern Forest Center, coordinates Maine Woods Discovery and had the vision for the Thoreau-Wabanaki Tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of publication of Henry David Thoreau’s Maine Woods. Maine Guides, members of the Penobscot Nation, scholars, and others launched the 250-mile canoe trip to retrace the last of three adventures immortalized in Henry David Thoreau’s iconic book The Maine Woods. The trip was designed to draw national and regional media attention as the paddlers experienced a Maine Woods landscape that remains remarkably unchanged from what Thoreau and his Native Penobscot guide Joe Polis saw 150 years previously.

Yankee Magazine and the Maine Office of Tourism captured extensive video footage and photography of the unspoiled landscape and remote adventure that is available in the wilderness of the Maine Woods. Yankee Magazine produced a moving photo essay with images from the photographers at Little Outdoor Giants. Yankee’s feature on “Thoreau’s Maine” can be found in the March/April 2015 edition (on sale through the end of April) and online.

We encourage you to enjoy the Maine Office of Tourism’s ezine “The Maine Thing Quarterly,” which invites you to join the journey and entices visitors to imagine their next trip to the Maine Woods.

To learn more about our Tourism program, which is working with the industry to develop quality recreation tourism destinations in the Maine Woods in order to create local wealth and improve career opportunities for tourism employees, visit our Tourism page.