Scenic Drives
Scenic Drives

Shimmering leaves. Dappled Sunlight. Never-ending views. That's why a section of the Old Canada Road from The Forks north and then east and into the Moosehead Lake area was named in August 2014 to the Travel & Leisure list of Best Fall Color Drives.

The best way to cover our nearly 5,000 square miles is by car, and whether you’ve come for world-class outdoor adventure or just a quick camping getaway, you’re bound to see some of our best from behind the wheel. Our unforgettable scenery is matched only by the chance you’ll have to spot a bald eagle, moose or family of deer, all at no extra charge.

Our Featured Drive: Old Canada Road Scenic Byway and the Kennebec-Chaudière International Corridor (Rt 201)

This scenic drive actually begins southeast of Somerset County on the Maine coast and extends all the way through Somerset County to Quebec. This route was an international trade route as well as an escape route for US slaves. For immigrant workers who came to Maine for the opportunities in logging camps, on Maine farms and in factories. Today this area is rich in cultural centers, historic sites and museums with many area tourists destinations having a tie to the history first brought here by this corridor. The corridor is primarily responsible for the diverse heritage of French Canadian and Irish immigrants that are such a big piece of the past for so many families in Somerset County. The corridor starts on Popham Beach and takes Rt 201 out of Maine and heads into Quebec via Rt 73.

Learn more about the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

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