Outdoor Activities Available Year-round in Kennebec-Chaudiere International Corridor
(ARA) - Whether it’s golfing, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, canoeing, whitewater rafting or even horseback riding, there is something to do every month along the entire Kennebec-Chaudière International Corridor -- the 233-mile route that runs from the city of Quebec in Canada to Bath on the coast of Maine.
In fact, if you can think of an outdoor activity, you can probably find it somewhere along this route. “There is everything from dog sledding in the winter to swimming in a saltwater pond during the summer,” said Andre Pied, president of the Kennebec-Chaudière organization. “We are proud of all the activities we offer and the people who make them available to our guests, who come from all around the world to visit the corridor.”
While splendid and challenging golf courses, hiking trails, fishing holes and whitewater rafting is available throughout the international corridor, some activities are particular to different sections of the corridor.
Horseback riding? No problem. Centre d’equitation Ranch Chez Real in Quebec offers riding in the summer and fall and buggy and sleigh rides during other times of the year.
In the Beauce section of the corridor, the Véloroute de la Chaudière offers a 32-kilometer bicycle path that tours the wonders of the Chaudière River valley. Along the way, stop and enjoy beautiful scenery, heritage sites and tourist attractions.
By the way, the Beauce is especially well known for its ice fishing, trout fishing, hunting for moose, bear, white-tailed deer and small game. Of course, there are more than a couple of spots in the Maine section of the corridor that boast the same opportunities.
Speaking of Maine, the Forest Highlands section of the corridor features the beginning (or some say the end) of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. A special highlight of the Maine trail is the scenery and beauty hikers discover as they make their way near Pleasant Pond Mountain.
If whitewater rafting is really your thing, you should know the Dead River offers the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the east. The 16-mile trip begins at Grand Falls and runs through Class IV and V waters, ending at The Forks.
If you prefer quieter summer and fall pursuits, the 20,000-acre Holeb Unit includes several ponds and a nine-mile stretch of the Moose River. Here you may enjoy canoeing, camping and fishing. There’s even the opportunity to undertake a 34-mile wilderness canoe trip through several Class I and II rapids.
The entire Kennebec River area offers everything from bird watching to wildlife viewing, snowmobiling to fishing and great opportunities to try jet boats and discover natural and cultural history.
The Tidewater portion of the international corridor ends on the coast of Maine in the city of Bath. There you will discover the Maine Maritime Museum on the banks of the Kennebec River. Here, Maine’s maritime history is told though exhibits, a historic shipyard and through narrated excursions on the river. Of course, no trip to the coast would be complete without a visit to Popham Beach, a 529-acre park featuring sandy beaches, bathhouses and terrific picnic spots.
Not too far south is Reid State Park, a 766-acre park featuring swimming holes, dunes, marshes, ledges and a warm saltwater pond. It’s also one of the prime locations for bird watching in all of Maine.
Speaking of bird watching, if you would like to see nesting bald eagles, white-tailed deer and wild turkey up close in their natural habitat, a visit to Swans Island is in order. Known for its unique ecological features, the island is actually an abandoned 18th and 19th century town called Perkins Township. It has a long and varied history that goes back all the way to Native American tribes, early explorers and settlers.
There are also plenty of biking trails and pathways throughout the northern section of the corridor, along with four Maine Department of Transportation bike routes that provide more than 200 miles of trail systems.
“Truthfully, there really is something for everyone to do during every season,” said Pied.
Carolann Ouellette, owner of Moose Point Tavern in Jackman, Maine, agrees. Ouellette has lived and owned an award-winning restaurant along the corridor for the past seven years.
“Traditional outdoor recreation is truly the cornerstone of our region. It really is exciting to think about all the outdoor opportunities the corridor has to offer for everyone from hunters and fisherman to families looking for quality time together. It is a great place to live, work and play,” said Ouellette.
The Kennebec-Chaudière International Corridor promotes the development of new tourism opportunities and cultural exchanges from the shores of the St. Lawrence to the coast of Maine. For more information, or to discover all the corridor has to offer, visit www.kennebec-chaudiere.com.
Courtesy of ARA Content