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Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

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Address: 84 Saint Croix Dr, Calais, ME 04619-4230
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+1 207-454-3871

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Historic out of the way settlement site

This is a quite remote site for even most of Maine. The drive, especially along Hwy 1 is really beautiful any time of year, and it is does seem you are on the edge of the... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Jason G
Greenville, SC
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Greenville, SC
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a quite remote site for even most of Maine. The drive, especially along Hwy 1 is really beautiful any time of year, and it is does seem you are on the edge of the nation. Operated by the National Park Service, yet the only International Historic Site in the system, it surely must be one of the least... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Admission to this National Park Service unit is free. The Saint Croix Island International Historic Site commemorates the beginning of a permanent European presence in Northern North America. Pierre Dugua's French expedition arrived in 1604. The first winter was extremely cold. That caused problems for those living on the island. They had no fresh water and had to rely on... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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Reviewed 14 November 2015

Admittedly, part of the reason we stopped here was that I'm a NPS completist, and it was so close on our way back to Bangor from PEI. So, we stopped and learned about the horrible tragedy of the French colony that was created on an island, only to be cut off from the mainland during a brutal winter and leading... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

Operated by the National Park Service, Saint Croix Island is the 1604 site of the first French attempt to colonize North America. Some 79 members of the expedition, including Samuel Champlain (who later founded Quebec), passed the severe winter of 1604-1605 on the island. Because they couldn’t commute to the mainland, they ran out of water and food; 35 settlers... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

This is a much worthwhile stop if you are in the area, aka Acadia ;-). We took the trip and made the stop while leaf peeping. It was very informative and the ranger was oh so knowledgeable. She gave us the 15 minutes overview of the history and the map which make all the difference in understanding why St Croix... More 

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New York, NY
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Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

If you are national park site junkie like myself, then this is a must. While visiting Acadia for the week, we ventured out on a day trip to Roosevelt Campobello Island and St Croix Island. Better than I expected Ranger station had some nice hands on exhibits and modern informative illustrations. Ranger was very knowledgeable as well. Bathrooms were modern... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 June 2015

The well-maintained picnic stop and short walking tour is worth a visit. Envisioning life on St Croix Island in 1604, by the handful of French colonists (many of whom failed to survive that winter) is helped by several stations in both French and English, along the walk. The eventual linkage with the explorer Champlain and Port Royal is briefly reviewed.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 24 December 2014

This site was on our short list of places to visit in Maine. As the only International Historic Site in the entire National Park system, it has a certain cachet; it has to, as the drive to get here in far-eastern Maine is not insignificant. Once you get here, it's immediately clear why the drive is worth it. The assigned... More 

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Reviewed 3 September 2014

My husband and I were vacationing in Eastport, Maine and went out on a drive on a beautiful crisp cool day. We had seen signs for the "international historic site" and my husband said that it was probably just one of those "plaque in the ground" sites. It turned out to be one of the more delightful stops on our... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

This is a small park and a bit out of the way but i'ts well worth the trip. The Ranger is very friendly and knowledgeable about the site and willing to share as much information as you're interested in hearing. The trail down to the shelter is lined with beautiful bronze sculptures and information boards that tell the story of... More 

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