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Maine Acadians share beliefs and experiences tying them to a river, the land, their families, and to their common religion, languages, and history. The land borders the St. John River, flowing between the United States and Canada, and extends away from the river to the 'back settlements.' Here people speak Valley French, a mixture that includes old French, Quebecois, and English terms sometimes mixed within a sentence.

Maine Acadians' French ancestors settled during the 1600s in what is now the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, and Maine. Both France and England claimed this territory. In 1755 the English government deported thousands of French neutrals from present-day Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, then known as Acadia. Spurred by the Acadians' refusal to strengthen their pledge of allegiance to the British Crown, the authorities shipped most of them to British colonies. Some fled to Quebec. Others, today's Cajuns, sought a new start in Louisiana. The majority maintained their Acadian identity. During the 1780s Acadians settled Malecite homelands in the Saint John Valley, and here they were joined by settlers from the St. Lawrence River valley.

The National Park Service aids local efforts at cultural conservation in the Saint John Valley via the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to perpetuate Maine Acadian culture.

   

CONTACTS

Email - Acadia_Information@nps.gov

Write to
Maine Acadian Heritage Council
344 East Main Street
Madawaska, ME 04756

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% Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone
Visitor Information - (207) 728-6826

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
Many sites are open only during summer months. Check locally for visiting hours or the times of scheduled events.

Getting There
PLANE - There are airports with air service at Presque Isle, Maine; Frenchville, Maine; or St. Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada.

CAR - The Saint John Valley is located in northern Aroostook County, Maine, 200 miles north of Bangor at the northern terminus of U.S. Route 1 and is best reached by private vehicle. From Interstate 95, use exits at Sherman or Smyrna Mills for Route 11 to Fort Kent, or the exit at Houlton for U.S. Route 1 North.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Bus service is available to Caribou, Maine.

Weather & Climate
Halfway between the equator and the pole, the site has short cool summers and long cold winters. In summer the temperature is often in the 70s and 80s but can drop into the 50s. In winter snow arrives before Christmas and stays on the ground until April. The temperature is often below zero and can drop to -30? or -45? Fahrenheit.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Maine Acadian Culture.
 Campgrounds Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Barcadia Campground, Bar Harbor, 0 miles away
Hadley's Point Campground, Bar Harbor, 0 miles away
Spruce Valley Campground, Bar Harbor, 0 miles away
Bar Harbor Campground, Bar Harbor, 0 miles away
Somes Sound View Campground, Bar Harbor, 0 miles away
Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, Bar Harbor, 0 miles away
Acadia - Blackwoods, Bar Harbor, 4 miles away
 Marinas Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Great Harbor Marina, Southwest Harbor , 10 miles away
Abel Henry R & CO Yacht Yard, West Tremont , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Bar Harbor Manor, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
Castlemaine Inn, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
Anchorage Motel, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
Primrose Place, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
Quality Inn Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
Primrose Inn-Historic Bar Harb, Bar Harbor , 0 miles away
 Trails Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Bar Island Trail, Hancock County , 0 miles away
Jessup Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Kebo Mountain Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Strath Eden Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
Hemlock Trail, Hancock County , 1 miles away
 Beaches Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Sand Beach, Hancock County , 4 miles away
Hunters Beach, Hancock County , 5 miles away
Marlboro Beach, Hancock County , 6 miles away
Lamoine Beach, Hancock County , 6 miles away
Gilley Beach, Hancock County , 7 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Maine Acadian Culture:
New Hermon Mountain, Maine , 53 miles away, 360 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Camden, Maine , 64 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 99 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
 Whitewater Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Union River, Hancock County , 19 miles away, Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (Ellsworth Falls to Ellsworth)
Narraguagus River - West Branch, Hancock Washington County , 22 miles away, Class II-III - 14 miles long (Denbow Peat Mine to Sprague Falls 1)
Narraguagus River, Washington County , 22 miles away, Class I-V - 17.3 miles long (Deblois to Cherryfield)
Branch Lake Stream, Hancock County , 22 miles away, Class III-V - 4 miles long (Branch Lake to Infant Street in Ellsworth)
Union River - East Branch, Hancock County , 23 miles away, Class I-II - 19.4 miles long (Steep Landing to West Branch)
 Public Lands Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor - ME , 0 miles away
Lamoine State Park, Maine , 7 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Maine Acadian Culture:
Grindstone Neck Golf Course, Winter Harbor , 10 miles away
Bar Harbor Golf Course, Trenton , 12 miles away
White Birches Motel & Golf Course, Ellsworth , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Maine Acadian Culture
Jones Pond, Hancock County , 9 miles away
Morancy Pond, Hancock County , 9 miles away

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