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Define Your Own True Maine

Across 100 miles as the crow flies from Bar Harbor and Acadia to the banks of the St. Croix River and its Canadian gateway, explore an unbelievable 2,330 miles of coastline. With 5,600 square miles from end to end, DownEast Acadia offers visitors lots of room for exploration.

The Blue Hill Peninsula is home to historic Castine, industrious Stonington, and artsy Blue Hill. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are at the heart of Mount Desert Island.

Anglers will love downtime in Grand Lake Stream. Ellsworth is a crossroads for commerce, while each morning the sun rises first over Bay of Fundy and Campobello.

From the heights of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge to the depths of the Old Sow, —the largest whirlpool on our side of the planet, and the Way DownEast cities from Machias, to Lubec, Eastport to Calais — each DownEast Acadia community offers a unique True Maine experience.

Featured Stories
The area referred to as Way DownEast is a place to immerse yourself in both the natural wonder and cultural vibrancy of DownEast Acadia and...more>
Located ten miles south of Ellsworth on Route 3, Trenton welcomes visitors to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Along the road...more>
The Grand Lakes region of DownEast Acadia is an inland paradise filled with outdoor recreation opportunities that have been attracting...more>
Traveling from Schoodic to Jonesport covers a wide variety of terrain formed by glaciers: wild blueberry barrens, hiking trails atop...more>
The Ellsworth area is the crossroads of the DownEast Acadia region. Ellsworth proper boasts tree-lined streets and a lively downtown with...more>
As you head into the Machias Bay area along U.S. 1, the first village one arrives in is Whitneyville. Tucked away on the Machias River and...more>
Running from working waterfronts of Winter Harbor and Milbridge to the small town of Calais, The Bold Coast section of DownEast Acadia can...more>
Welcome to the Blue Hill Peninsula, filled with small-town charm and character. Sheltered harbors, lighthouses, and picturesque islands make...more>
The charming coastal town of Lubec is famous for its iconic red and white striped lighthouse set on the U.S. easternmost point of land....more>
Events
5/20/22 5/22/22

Wings Waves & Woods Birding Festival

A weekend of birding in the Deer Isle Archipelago.

5/24/22

Adventures in Rockweed: Researching the Ecology of the Maine Coast

Schoodic Institute's Marine Ecology Director Hannah Webber will share her research on the rockweed...

5/27/22 5/29/22

Down East Spring Birding Festival

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in one of the important bird areas in the US!

6/2/22 6/5/22

Acadia Birding Festival

A celebration of the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine.

6/11/22

Rhubarb Festival

The Rhubarb Festival celebrates the under appreciated vegetable. There will be workshops about...

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Deals
5/26/22 7/26/22

Special Day and Night Paddling Combo Package

Here at Castine Kayak Adventures, we are offering a Special Day and Night Paddling Package: Join us for a day and night trip and receive 20% off your entire purchase when you book them at the same time! This is a great option if you are looking to get...

7/27/22 9/27/22

Special Day and Night Paddling Combo Package

Here at Castine Kayak Adventures, we are offering a Special Day and Night Paddling Package: Join us for a day and night trip and receive 20% off your entire purchase when you book them at the same time! This is a great option if you are looking to get...

9/28/22 10/16/22

Special Day and Night Paddling Combo Package

Here at Castine Kayak Adventures, we are offering a Special Day and Night Paddling Package: Join us for a day and night trip and receive 20% off your entire purchase when you book them at the same time! This is a great option if you are looking to get...

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