A Cruising Guide to the MAINE COAST
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Passamaquoddy Bay

West Quoddy Head to Calais

Passamaquoddy Bay: West Quoddy Head to Calais

Canada lies before you. Just a few miles off rugged West Quoddy Head lies New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island, with foggy cliffs, snug harbors, brightly colored fishing boats, and friendly people.


Across Lubec Narrows lies Campobello, best known for Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer cottage of the same name, now an international park. Due north is the splendor of Passamaquoddy Bay, teeming with fish and birds, dominated by giant tides, and guarded by swift currents and whirlpools. The St. Croix River flows into Passamaquoddy Bay from the north, marking the border between the United States and Canada. It passes St. Croix Island, where Samuel de Champlain established the first European settlement in 1604. And it empties into the bay at the resort of St. Andrews, founded by Loyalists who barged their houses from Castine when they fled from the United States in the aftermath of the American Revolution.


This is where Maine and the United States trickle to an end in the struggling towns of Lubec and Eastport, once bustling fishing communities, now fighting to regain their economic health. Both communities flank the entrance to isolated Cobscook Bay, a haunt of eagles and seals but very few people.

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