Maine Holiday Gift Guide- Give the Gift of Adventure!

The Gift that Fits Any Size Outdoor Enthusiast

Looking for a gift for that outdoor enthusiast on your list who has everything? Looking for something really unique, fun, and comes with lifelong memories? We’ve got the perfect gift for any age or skill level- a trip with a Registered Maine Guide or Master Maine Guide!  Guided trips are a great experience for individuals, groups, or families!

What is a Maine Guide?

Registered Maine Guides and Master Maine Guides are a group of professionals who are thoroughly tested, both written and in front of a board, by the State of Maine.  Those who pass have proven they have the high-level of skill required to safely bring people of all ages on wilderness adventures in Maine.

Their goal is to share awesome Maine outdoor experiences and adventures with you.  They teach people of all ages and abilities outdoor skills, bring them to incredible destinations, are committed to safety, and have great stories they love to share with you along the way!  Maine Guides are dedicated to conserving Maine’s wild lands, waters, and wildlife for future generations.  They also are fantastic cooks who can accommodate any dietary needs!

What is the Difference Between a Registered Maine Guide and a Master Maine Guide?

A Master Maine Guide is a Registered Maine Guide who has conducted the activity they are licensed in for over 10 years.  Master Maine Guides must also document 1,200 hours of guiding activity within those ten years.  Both types of Maine Guides are skilled professionals who will deliver an unforgettable Maine outdoor experience!

Maine Guide Activities (Listed by Guide Type)

What activities can you experience on a trip with a Maine Guide?  LOTS!  Activities can be on land, on the water, or both, and range from a few hours to a week or longer.  Maine Guides offer something for every season of the year!

Here is a list of activities by guide license type.  Many activities are obviously year-round like sightseeing, although some that are often considered warmer-weather-only activities have been noted “year-round.”

  • Hunting/Trapping (year-round, varies by species hunting season)
    • Big Game Species
    • Small Game Species
    • Camping (related to hunting activities)
    • Wildlife Watching (during the trip)
  • Fishing (year-round)
    • Rod & Reel
    • Fly Fishing
    • Ice Fishing
    • Camping (related to fishing activities)
    • Wildlife Watching (during the trip)
    • Boating (during the trip)
  • Tide-Water Fishing
    • Ocean Fishing
    • Camping (related to ocean fishing)
  • Recreation
    • Dogsledding
    • Ice Climbing
    • Guided Snowmobile Trips
    • Snowshoeing
    • Cross-Country Skiing
    • Hiking
    • Camping (year-round)
    • Sightseeing
    • Wildlife Watching
    • Canoeing/Kayaking (freshwater only)
    • Guided ATV Trips
    • Boating (freshwater only)
    • Rock Climbing
    • Backpacking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Mountain Climbing
  • Sea Kayak
    • Kayaking
    • SUP
    • Camping (during sea kayaking)
  • Whitewater Rafting

Where do I find a Maine Guide?

There are several places you can go to find a Maine Guide.  A simple Google search will bring up many results.  The Maine Professional Guide’s Association has a great website offering a search by region and guide type, as does the Maine Wilderness Guides Association.  The Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors lists only sea kayak guides, and you can click here for a list of whitewater guides.

Enjoy the Adventure!

I’m planning to try something I’ve never done before and go on a dogsledding adventure with a guide myself this winter.  Ice climbing is also on my bucket list!

Memories and adventures are best shared, so reserve an extra space for yourself or book a trip for the whole family!  Quality time with friends and family outdoors making lasting memories you’ll never forget.  That’s what it’s all about!

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