The area referred to as Eastport, Lubec, and Campobello is a place to immerse yourself in both the natural wonder and cultural vibrancy of DownEast Acadia.
The Cutler coast boasts some of the most dramatic hiking trails on Maine's coast, thanks to the thousands of acres of public land managed for recreation and wildlife habitat. The Little River Lighthouse sits on a 15-acre island at the edge of Cutler Harbor, where boat transportation is available.
Thousands of thousands of waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors migrate southward through Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge each fall. Because the tidal powers of the Bay of Fundy become increasingly apparent from Cutler eastward, it is advised one charter a boat tour or hire a kayaking guide to view this remote island refuge safely.
The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival is held in the Cobscook Bay area. The Orange River Conservation Area has two public boat landings to get visitors on the water.
Lubec is the easternmost town in the U.S. and famous for its iconic red and white striped West Quoddy Lighthouse. Quoddy Head State Park and local preserves provide visitors with views of the rugged coast that inspires the vibrant arts and culture scene.
Cobscook Bay State Park offers camping, hiking trails, and plenty of places to view the area's powerful tides. The features of the bay make it nutrient-rich, attracting numerous types of wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic. This part of the world offers the chance to explore the night skies above us, which is possible in part due to the lack of light pollution found elsewhere.
Make Way Downeast your arts destination this summer. The majesty of the Bold Coast has always attracted nature lovers and has provided inspiration to artisans through the ages. From the original inhabitants, the Passamaquoddy, to painter Dougal Anderson (1854-1921) who grew up on Kendall Head in Eastport, and George Pearce Ennis, founder of the Eastport School of Arts (1926-1936), artists continue to flock to the region as evidenced by the vibrant and expanding arts scene today.
During the summer, Eastport and Lubec host ArtWalk Passport weekends to celebrate the arts and music. The full schedule of events is available at: facebook.com/eastportpassport.
The ArtWalk Passport weekends kick-off in Eastport’s historic downtown on Fridays with events sponsored by the Downeast Rainbow Alliance. Enjoy Happy Hour at Horn Run Brewing,, an all-age Down East Dance Party in the Sutherland Amphitheater, and sweet treats at Sweeties Downeast. The Eastport Arts Center hosts KinderArts activities and the Tides Institute's StudioWorks hosts interactive art activities.
On Passport Saturdays, the outdoor Sutherland Amphitheater on Water Street bustles with an artist roundtable discussion, live music, Stage East and Moonlight Movies.
Take the 12 noon Ferry from Eastport to Lubec on Sundays to experience this international community and the gateway to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Campobello is home to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which features President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's summer home, Tea with Eleanor, and numerous hiking trails. Passports are required.
North of Eastport is Calais, the primary gateway to Canada. The city was named Calais after the French town to honor French assistance during the American Revolution. Closely linked to the St. Croix River and the town on the opposite shore, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, it is a perfect jumping-off point for a Two Nation Vacation.
Visitor Resources: Visit Lubec, Cutler Coast Public Reserve Land | Maine Coast Heritage Trust Preserves | Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce | Down East Spring Birding Festival | Pleasant Point Tribal Government | Tides Institute and Museum of Art | St. Croix Island Historic Site | Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge | Downeast Sunrise Trail | Cobscook Bay State Park