Date(s) Price(s)
August 27-Sept 3, 2023 $2,670

Canoeing With The Cree

This trip offers our guests a rare opportunity to travel with a Cree couple, David and Anna Bosum, through their ancestral homeland. David and Anna grew up in the bush living the traditional subsistence lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping.

On this trip, you learn how to: set fish nets, clean, cut and smoke fish as well as try some traditional crafts such as moccasin or paddle making.

Much of our diet comes from the land or water, consisting of moose, goose, walleye and bear. We spend several days in the Cree Village of Ouje-Bougoumou learning more about the Cree language and culture. We also take a tour of the Cree Cultural Museum. You’ll learn traditional northwoods canoe traveling techniques with the people who developed them. To view a trip itinerary, click here.



  1. One or two Cree guides, one Mahoosuc guide
  2. Transport by Mahoosuc van from Mahoosuc Guide Service
  3. Food on trip starting in village of Ouje Bougoumou, Quebec
  4. Camping equipment including sleeping bag and pad



  1. Transport to Chibougamou via airline
  2. Food on the road if traveling with Mahoosuc to Ouje-Bougoumou




For trip itinerary, click here

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Custom trips

Mahoosuc Guide Service can design custom Maine canoe trips for families, youth groups, clubs, or organizations from one to 10 days in length. We can also design trips to retrace any part of Henry David Thoreau’s route, including Webster Brook and East Branch of the Penobscot River. Contact us today to discuss your group’s interests, abilities, goals, and available dates.

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Safety and Basic Information for Canoe Trips

All our Maine canoe trips are fully outfitted and guided by Mahoosuc Guide Service’s owners Polly or Kevin. We provide all the food, camping, paddling, and cooking equipment, as well as a detailed clothing list to help you in packing for your trip. Most of our trips meet in Orono, Maine (just north of Bangor). We provide transportation to and from the river. Many of our canoe trips require no special physical conditioning. If you have any concerns about the physical requirements of a trip, please contact us.

On the Trip:

We are experienced teachers and will help you master the art of canoeing by teaching paddle strokes and poling techniques. You will learn how to set up a warm dry camp, and if you want, how to cook and bake over an open fire. All our food is natural or organic, and we source much of our food locally. Natural history, wildlife viewing, and fishing will be covered as your interests warrant.


You are in safe hands with Mahoosuc Guide Service. With more than 40 years guiding experience from Maine and Quebec to the Yukon Territory and Alaska, we have an excellent safety record. We are certified in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responders. We carry a satellite phone for emergency communication!

Trip Itinerary



Day 1

Drive to Ouje Bougoumou, Quebec OR fly to Chibougamau, Quebec.

Stay in cultural village.

Day 2

Tour of village.

Stay in David and Anna Bosum’s bush camp outside of town.

Day 3-6

Two day canoe trip down Chibougamau River to Scot Lake. Set up base camp.

Set fish net, smoke fish. Cree crafts of carving paddles, sewing, learning bush medicine.

Paddle back up river (slow current) to put in.

Day 7

Overnight in David and Anna’s bush camp.

Day 8

Drive home.