Sammy Says: "You will find Easter Eggs if you follow the links from the solo paddler icons (_;__)"
Happy to be your guide for this virtual tour of the Ancient Maliseet Trail. Here you will find historical accounts, maps that few people have ever seen, pictures, trip reports, as well as, folklore about lost Maliseet gold, Shamans Protectorates, and portage trails being worn into solid granite.
There is plenty of information on this site but it is not suitable for navigational purposes.
The intent of this site is to: celebrate the cultural significance of the Trail; recognize the role the Trail played in pre-contact society and post-contact politics; and, to stack the deck in favor of a respectful future for the Trail (_;__).
Adventitious travelers wanting to join the ranks of the 3 parties that set out on the Trail's 200 kms of paddling and 15 kms of portaging in the last 85 years will find this site to be a logical starting point. Only a starting point.(_;__)
The Trail's portage routes are unmapped, and unmarked. Most are under private ownership and getting lost on the portages has happened to more than one experienced traveler.
The Trail's rivers and lakes are remote and can be dangerous. The Trail can be crossed in open canoes loaded with gear; however, there is a need to scout and be aware of weather conditions. There are waterfalls, class IV rapids, and hydro dams appearing without much warning. On the 25-30 kms of open water crossings one finds wind-swept lakes with shallow bottoms. A combination which quickly produces a dangerous chop of white caps capable of running in cross directions.
Stories for drowning and serious injuries on the lakes and rivers comprising the Trail have been documented as recently as July 2005 (_;__). < Click on that last solo paddler icon to read one of the latest.
A party considering a crossing should have members with similar types experiences and be prepared to spend time scouting the Trail in advance of the trip.
However, we cal all enjoy this virtual tour of the Ancient Maliseet Trail which starts here ...
Sammy Solo's Lament for the Lost Maliseet Trail©
The Maliseet Trail Crossing of 2005 by Mike Grant, Matt Hopkinson, Elizabeth Johnston, Dino KubiK, Paul Meyer, Anthony Reader, Craig Macdonald, and Nancy Macdonald
The Maliseet Trail Revisited: An October 2005, Weekend Trip by Sammy and Mike Grant (Page Partially Constructed)
The Maliseet Trail Crossing of 1964 by Dr. Peter Lewis Paul and Nicholas N. Smith
The Maliseet Trail Crossing of 1994 by Ty Polchies and Martin Paul
Maliseet Trail Maps, Descriptions, and Stories, by Henry David Thoreau, W.F Ganong, Mike Krepner, Chief Joseph Neptune, W.J. Bailey, G.F. Clarke, Robert J. Ross, and Joseph Treat
Here are additional links that have been added since the site opened in June 2005....
- NEW FOR JULY
- NEW FOR AUGUST
- NEW FOR SEPTEMBER
- Just The Pics Ma'am.
- Sammy Solo's Lament for the Lost Maliseet Trail - As published in WWW.No Unbrella.Com and the Woodstock Bugle-Observer
- Map of Portage Trail at Maducktuck by Joseph Treat, 1820
- Map of Portage Trail at Eel River Lake by Joseph Treat, 1820
- Map of Portage Trail at Scoodac Lake (North L.) by Joseph Treat, 1820
- Map of Portage Trail at Davenport Cove by Joseph Treat, 1820
- Map of Portage Trail at Beskahiegon Stream by Joseph Treat, 1820
- Anthony Reader's Maliseet Expedition - As published in the St Croix Courier
- NEW FOR OCTOBER
- The Trail Revisited - An October 05 Weekend Trip from First Eel River Lake to The Saint John River.
- NEW FOR JANUARY 2006
The site owes much to many people. These include: Allison Connell; Ann Harvey; Anthony Reader*; Beth Johnston*; Bill and Matt Fleming; Bill Paul; Bob Miller; Craig Macdonald*; David Cook; David Cook; David Myles; Dino KubiK*; Donald Soctomah; Dr. Kent Orlando; Elbridge Cleaves; Frederic Clarke Jr.; Geoff King; Ian MacEacheron; James Henderson; Jane Hargrove; Janet Bishop; Jaye Hargrove; Jim Dumville; Joanne Light; John Heinstein; Lane MacIntosh; Linda Baier; Mary Ellen Badeau; Matt Hopkinson*; Mike Grant*; Mike Krepner; Nancy Macdonald*; Nicholas N. Smith; Nick Callanan; Patricia Belier; Paul Meyer*; Phillip Warn Foss; Roy McNally; Sean Phinney; Timothy Gould; Tom Somerville; Tony Grant; Wayne Gunter; and W.E. (Gary) Campbell.
* members of 2005 Crossing Party
Yours in the matters of the Trail,
Sammy Solo ( _;___)
PS- I have a higher standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but promise I won't. (_;__)