Welcome to Mahoosuc Guide Service!

Mahoosuc is one of the most respected and experienced recreational guide services in New England. We offer a variety of dogsledding and canoeing vacation options – most with no prior experience necessary. We are beginning our 27th consecutive year offering dogsledding and canoe trips in New England and Canada. We started mushing in the late ’70′s and had years of experience from Alaska and the Yukon to the Eastern Canadian Arctic before we started Mahoosuc. We’ve canoed wild rivers all over North America, from the Grand Canyon to the sub-arctic. We’re full time, year-round professional guides.You can follow our doggy world on Facebook. We look forward to introducing you to our healthy, happy Yukon Huskies. P.S. One or two of our huskies come on every canoe trip as well!
Dogsledding Trips

Dogsledding Trips

More information on our dogsledding tours in New England and Canada
Canoe Trips

Canoe Trips

More information on our canoe trips in New England, Western US, and Canada
Courses and Events

Courses and Events

More information on our canoe-making, dogsled-making, wilderness first aid certification courses, and other special events.
About Your Guides

About Your Guides

Click to read more about your guides, Polly & Kevin
In the News

In the News

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Our Dogs

Our Dogs

More information about our dogs, and Yukon Huskies

Dogsledding Vacations, Trips, and Tours

Like Dogs? Like Snow? A dogsledding trip may be the winter vacation for you! Here are a few reasons why Mushing Magazine, the recognized international authority on dogsledding, recommends us (CNN article) as one of North America’s Top 5 outfits to go dogsledding with:

• We are both Master Maine Guides, the highest level recognized by the State of Maine with 30 and 40 years experience.
• We have been in business since 1989.
• We are full time professionals. Guiding is all we do – it is not a part time hobby.
• All of our trips are owner guided. One of us (Kevin or Polly) is on each of our trips.
• We are one of the few kennels where every dog was personally raised by us from puppyhood. They are all well trained, and we have been working with these bloodlines since 1979.
• We take extremely good care of our dogs. They get a summer vacation, full vet care, pastures to play in during the off season, and retirement to our house.
• We make our own wooden dogsleds, snowshoes, and toboggans.
• Our Yukon huskies are novice-musher friendly. Small size teams (5 dogs) with big steady dogs make it easier for beginners to learn to mush.
• Our business received the Maine Office of Tourism “Excellence in Nature Based Tourism Award.”
• Mahoosuc Guide Service offers the only Winter Guide Training course in Maine for guides and outdoor leaders.

Canoe Trips – Allagash River and other Wilderness Rivers in Maine and Canada

Traveling by canoe is the most natural way to see the Northwoods and its wildlife. Our wilderness canoe trips provide instruction in traditional northern canoeing and camping techniques developed by the Wabanaki People and later by Maine Guides. Use of a setting pole for shallow river travel, native paddling techniques, and baking sourdough bread in a reflector oven are several examples of these techniques, which are becoming lost with time. We offer most of our wilderness canoe trips on the northern rivers of Maine; the Allagash River Canoe Trip is our most popular, but we also guide the Penobscot, St. John, and the Moose. By previous arrangement, we are also available to guide the Machias, St. Croix, Aroostook, and any other area you wish to explore. Late summer finds us migrating north to Quebec for our Canoeing with the Cree trip. This is a rich opportunity to travel with a Cree family, the Bosums, in their ancestral homeland they call Chitchinnu (our garden). New this year we are offering canoeing/cultural experiences with Penobscot Natives to Sugar Island in the Penobscot River. This will be a rare opportunity to spend time learning about some of the ways of the Wabanaki people. We offer shorter 1-3 day canoe trips into Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge; contact us about scheduling and available dates.
A few reasons you may want to consider Mahoosuc Guide Service for a canoe trip vacation are:

• We are Master Maine Guides with 30 and 40 years of experience.
• We have been in business since 1989.
• We are former ACA certified Instructors and Instructor trainers.
• We are full time professional guides. Guiding is all we do.
• Mahoosuc Guide Service offers the only Canoe River Guide Training Course in Maine.
• We handcraft our own cedar-canvas canoes, paddles, and setting poles.
• We developed one of the first River Rescue courses for professional guides back in 1985.
• We received the State of Maine’s “Excellence in Nature Based Tourism Award.”
• We are able to design custom trips for families or friends and cater to any special needs you may have.

FEATURED TRIP: Dogsledding Day Trips

late December through mid March
$280 midweek and $300 weekends per person

Day trips on Umbagog Lake or gentle trails in the Mahoosuc Mountains are available Tues. – Thurs. mid Dec. through mid March. A warm homemade hearty lunch cooked over a campfire is included on day trips, as well as insulated winter parkas and warm boots. Cost is $280 per person. Book early as these fill fast. We have some day trips available on weekends. Participants can be passengers or mush the team (2 people per sled) depending on people’s abilities and desires and trail conditions. We provide a hot lunch midday and use of our insulated winter parkas and boots. Cost is $300 per person. Call or email for availability.

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Call us at 207-824-2073 or e-mail
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