in the early seventies as a traditional eastern Maine guiding outfit,
Sunrise's operations now encompass itineraries ranging from the
vast Arctic frontiers of northern Canada . . . to the desert canyons
of the American Southwest.
There also continues
to be emphasis on exploring the more unique, and lesser traveled,
rivers of eastern Canada, particularly Quebec, and of course . .
. Maine. Known and respected nationwide for combining the best elements
of traditional northern guiding and canoemanship, with contemporary
whitewater and expedition techniques, Sunrise has over the years
attracted some of the finest professional canoeists and expedition
river guides. Catering to a distinct clientele who seek unusual
river destinations, our trips are run with integrity - in respect
to aesthetics, instruction, and personalized service. Whitewater
technique, particularly solo paddling and poling, has been our specialty
for over 25 years.
repeatedly by numerous publications, and used by the National Geographic
Society, our quality and style can be attested to by our clientele,
many of whom come back loyally, year after year, to try new and
AND PRIVATE GROUPS are a specialty.
have always considered canoe voyaging an art; and the guiding and
outfitting of small parties of open canoeists has always been our
is known for offering the most extensive selection of itineraries
of any outfitter in the specialized field of canoe tripping, our
heritage remains that of the professional Maine Guide - stressing
care and respect for the welfare of our clients. However, unlike
some tripping outfits, we are definitely technically oriented; instruction
in all facets of canoe handling and living comfortably outdoors
is an integral element of all of our trips.
is included in the trip price; canoes, all river running and camping
gear, meals, ground and/or float transportation and, of course,
the services of some of the most versatile, seasoned, and dedicated
veteran professional river guides in North America. (Staff: participation
ratio is approximately 1:4). All you need to bring is your own clothing
and sleeping bag. We pride ourselves on our meals. Fine food and
company, complement beautiful riverside settings. Dinner is
accompanied by fresh baked goods, salads, and wine. Special dietary
needs and preferences can generally be accommodated.
trips are conducted at a fairly leisurely pace. We camp each evening
at choice spots along the river; putting into camp early enough
in the day so there is ample time to swim, fish, and just relax.
As concerns to
trip logistics, specific information on each river, packing list,
recommended reading, etc., will be forward to you upon receipt of
your deposit. (Typically, you arrive the evening prior to the trip
starting date to facilitate final packing and other details. ) Our
personalized service extends to an office staff that is exceptionally
responsive, thorough, and experienced in assisting with your other
travel and administrative arrangements.
addition to scheduled trips, customized arrangements are welcomed
for private, family, group, or corporate parties; with the itinerary,
menu, daily pace, and level of service constructed to fit the needs
and style of the individual party.
of practical experience teaching canoeing has led to a system of
instruction that is both thorough and concise; and which provides
our clientele with a solid background for good river performance
in a relatively short time. We feel that, given the proper coaching,
most people can be taught to run easy to moderate whitewater., (class
I-II), with grace and confidence, within a few days' time. Should
you already have some skills and experience, this could be the opportunity
to develop truly dynamic technique and to refine your form. Our
strong and effective style combines decades of canoeing influence
- it merges the traditional skills and attitudes that most of us
grew up with, with the latest contemporary whitewater methods. You
can learn either tandem or solo, although we encourage solo canoeing
as it allows for greater personal freedom and style. Poling has
always been our trademark. A little bit of instruction goes a long
many years the setting pole was the accepted method of propelling
a canoe in the rivers and streams of the north country of Maine
and eastern Canada. It was a skill passed on from one generation
of rivermen to the next. Lately, there has been a renewed interest
in poling - with competitive poling in particular capturing canoeists'
interest. Offering a level of control and visibility not always
possible with a paddle., poling can range from an immensely practical
and efficient method of upstream and shallow river travel - to an
elegant downriver art form; combining the best elements of surfing
and downhill skiing. It can be delicate or daring, but most significantly
- it offers The best means for understanding the subtleties of river
current. Simply put: poling will make you a better paddlers, and
certainly a more versatile canoeist overall. If you are interested,
we'll pass it on.
CORPORATIONS AND PRIVATE GROUPS
Sunrise has successfully
adapted the group format to suit the diverse needs of corporate
clientele. whether it be for incentive travel, relaxing executive
retreats, to provide an environment t to complement staff development
programs, or just plain "R&R", we have the ability to package
first-class trips and itineraries to accommodate a broad range of
requirements and requests. You are only limited by your imagination
as to the possibilities; river trips can be excellent vehicles for
fostering group skills and communication - not to mention just "blowing
off steam". On all private, family, group or corporate trips,
the itinerary, menu, daily pace,, and level of service can be constructed
d to fit the needs and style of the individual party. We're quite
flexible in this regard. Past experience, however, has indicated
that relatively easy rivers, such as the Saint Croix or Cascapedia,
or, (if challenge is more a priority), possibly the Bona venture
or Rio Grande, best lend themselves to groups of mixed skill, where
social experience is a primary consideration. Corporate references
and price quotes upon request.
reservations and other information contact us at:
Martin Brown & Assocs.
River Guides & Expedition Services ~ Since 1973