INTERNATIONAL LAKELAND TRAIL

An active group of business and municipal leaders in the Town of Lincoln in Maine and the Villages of McAdam and Harvey in New Brunswick is responsible for the implementation and promotion of the International Lakeland Trail concept.

In Maine, the Legislature in Augusta has already given the idea formal recognition. The New Brunswick government has not yet given formal approval to its designation, but this is expected shortly.

The co-chairmen of the committee are Frank Carroll, deputy mayor of McAdam and vice-principal of the local High School, and James Kotredes, the town manager of Lincoln. Mr. Carroll said, "The International Lakeland Trail is essential for the proper and orderly development of tourism in this area,"

while Mr. Kotredes added, "the route provides an opportunity for travelers to save both gas and time in journeying from Maine to New Brunswick and vice versa."

Mayor C. Arthur Smith of Harvey said, "the development of the Trail will enhance tourism, which in turn will improve the economy along the entire route." McAdam's mayor, Ralph Annis, added, "we are trying to promote our village as a tourist destination and the popularization of the International Lakeland Trail will help in achieving that objective." Tim Washburn of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce concluded, "we feel this designation will assist small business in all the little places along the Trail, like Lee, Carroll, Topsfield and Vanceboro."

In the future, the Trail will continue to be promoted and improved, and next year a new international bridge over the St. Croix River will be constructed.

International Lakeland Trail

Nature has blessed this area of eastern Maine and western New Brunswick, through which the International Lakeland Trail passes, with thick forests countless lakes and streams, and an abundance of wildlife. It is a sportsmen's paradise and a travelerís delight.

The Trail is not only the shortest route between Bangor, Me., and Fredericton, N.B. -- 153 miles (267 kilometers) but it is one of the most picturesque inland drives to be found anywhere in the Atlantic Provinces or the New England States. Indeed, it is the quickest way for Americans to reach Atlantic Canada or for Canadians to travel to the "Boston States."

The western end of Maine and New Brunswick's International Lakeland Trail actually begins at Exit 55 on Interstate 95, some forty miles north of Bangor. It proceeds east along Route 6, crossing the Penobscot River, through the town of Lincoln and on to the communities of Lee, Springfield, Carroll, Topsfield and Vanceboro. At the international boundary, the trail crosses the St. Croix River and continues eastward into New Brunswick, with the only change being the highway route numbers to 4 and then 3. The villages of McAdam and Harvey are the major centres through which the motorist travels before reaching the Trail's eastern end at Long's Creek and the TransCanada Highway. It's then just a short scenic drive down the St. John River to Fredericton.

A journey through this hilly belt, which is the eastern end of the Appalachian Mountain system that extends into Maine and the Maritime Provinces, will provide the traveler with an appreciation of the woodlands that are so important to the economies of both Maine and New Brunswick. Lumbering and the pulp and paper industry are big businesses and represent the largest sector of the work force in the area.

The whole inland region that lies between the Penobscot watershed and the St. John River Valley teems with natural beauty. There are more than 2,000 lakes and ponds in the State of Maine alone and hundreds of them are to be found in this area. Fishing opportunities abound, and in winter ice fishing is a popular sport.

Outfitters and resort operators along the International Lakeland Trail offer year-round facilities for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, white-water rafting in the spring, skiing and snowmobiling. There are no limits to the recreational advantages the region has to offer. Canoe trips down some of the smaller rivers and streams, such as the Mattawamkeag, the Tomah, the St.Croix or the Magaguadavic, can provide exhilarating fun and thrills. Hunting attracts many visitors during the autumn season and ample species of bird life, together with bear, moose and deer guarantee the hunter splendid rewards in this unspoiled area of Maine and New Brunswick. For the average tourist, however, whose only weapon is a camera, the rewards can be just as spectacular. Whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall, those who journey the International Lakeland Trail can be assured of seeing lots of wildlife and having many opportunities for taking some very special photographs.

The highway has been upgraded so that it is now a modern thoroughfare ---- smooth and picturesque. The section between McAdam and Thomaston Corner (Route 4) has been completely rebuilt during the last two years, and now the New Brunswick portion of the International Lakeland Trail is on a par with Maine's entire Route 6 from Lincoln to Vanceboro. Also along the route are several picnic / rest areas and some excellent cafe's, tearooms, snack bars and restaurants. The drive east from Lincoln is dramatic and rural. One cannot help but be struck by the vastness of the forested landscape interspersed with lakes and streams which mirror the outcrops like Mount Jefferson at Lee and the 1,238-foot Musquash Mountain near Topsfield. Crossing into New Brunswick, the topography becomes more placid, but the charm of the wooded wilderness continues until the Harvey area, where a rich agricultural and dairy farming area presents a beautiful panorama. At Longís Creek, the International Lakeland Trail joins the TransCanada Highway, where the historic settlement of Kings Landing to the north, Wildlife Park, the Mactaquac Power Dam and Provincial Park to the east, are just a stone's throw away.

For those traveling from New Brunswick to Maine, the Trail is equally spectacular. At McAdam, the historic railway station, built in l900 of locally-quarried granite, is a most impressive attraction. Motoring west through the rugged hills of Washington and Penobscot counties, the peaks of mountainous Baxter State Park soon come into view. Mount Katahdin, which is 5,267 feet (1,605 metres), is the highest point in Maine and the first spot in the United States to be touched by the rays of the rising sun. At Lincoln, a bustling town of more than 5,000 people, hospitality is everywhere in evidence. There are a variety of services available including fine shops, restaurants and some excellent accommodations. From Lincoln it's just a few minutes' drive to Interstate 95 and access to the larger cities to the south. The International Lakeland Trail designation has now been given Legislative approval by the State of Maine. Municipal officials in Lincoln, McAdam and Harvey are working "full throttle" to ensure that this designation is soon approved by the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

Copyright © 1995- by Mainerec.Com