Mike Wilson with other colleagues shared his experience of a 350-mile canoe expedition through Maine’s North Woods to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s “The Maine Woods” at the Thoreau Society’s annual gathering: Thoreau’s Sense of Place. Mike was joined by Mel Allen, Editor of Yankee Magazine, and Little Outdoor Giants Photography, Lucas St. Clair and John Kucich.

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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.

The Northern Forest Center and Maine Woods Discovery partners announce the 150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour to commemorate the day Henry David Thoreau’s classic The Maine Woods was published. A group of Maine Guides, Penobscot Nation members, scholars and others will trace the last of three adventures by Thoreau and a Penobscot guide on a 16-day canoe adventure. The rigorous excursion takes the travelers across hundreds of miles of rivers and lakes and over 2-mile portages. They will experience the enduring landscape of the Maine Woods largely as Thoreau would have in 1857, showcasing the spectacular opportunities that they provide to visitors near and far.