Champlain Discovery

July 9–July 23, 2023
Ages 13–16
10 participants maximum, 2 trip leaders
Standard suggested tuition: $2,950

A 15-day expedition from Whitehall, NY to Canada by kayak! Each day the expedition will paddle on the lake to reach the next destination and camp for the night. At night we will set up camp, cook and clean together, and learn new wilderness skills, navigation, paddling techniques, and more. Though we will each be paddling our own kayaks, teamwork is an essential part of this expedition.  

Participants can either use their own kayak they build with us as part of our Kayak Building Camp (or previous years), or use one of the Museum’s expedition-ready kayaks. This expedition is perfect for you if you’re interested in kayaking, navigation, and backcountry camping.  

Browse through photos from past kayak expeditions below.

The Outdoor Expedition Experience

This is a full-time outdoor experience that runs for multiple days. Champlain Discovery takes place rain or shine. In the event of high winds or lightning our group will stay on shore, otherwise each day we will work as a team as we travel by water and camp outside each night. We practice low-impact camping and there is little to no running water or bathroom access along the way. We live outside for the entirety of the expedition, sleeping in tents, preparing meals, and exploring. Each expedition member has to pitch in and work with your crew to set up camp, cook, clean up, break down camp, and rally each other along the way. 

We ask that all participants come prepared for this unique experience, our expeditions can be physically and mentally challenging but the rewards of overcoming those challenges together are worth it. Expeditions on Lake Champlain are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at