Visiting Lubec Maine

Sites to See and Things to Do While in Down East Maine

Sites to See & Things To Do

Lubec, Maine is located in Washington County and is the easternmost town in the United States. Visit Quoddy Head State Park for a beautiful sunrise and to see the famed red and white candy-striped West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Take a walk on the more than two miles of trails along the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy and the island of Grand Manan, Canada. The waters in between, known as Grand Manan Passage, host finback whales, northern right whales, minke, and humpback whales. These, along with dolphins, porpoise, harbor seals, and an abundant variety of sea birds, can be seen from shore.

The twenty-five foot tidal range, leaving rocks and islands exposed and tidal pools to be explored, create an environment that children of all ages will especially enjoy.

Quoddy Head State Park is a photographer's dream and is the perfect place for a picnic. Its 531 acres are there for all to enjoy in the solitude and peace that are part of its wonders.

A Bald Eagle rests on the shore

Just up Route 1, visit Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, comprising more than 22,000 acres and hosting vast arrays of land mammals such as black bear, white-tailed deer, and moose; and birds such as Osprey and the American Bald Eagle.

There are trails for hiking in the summer and fall, and cross-country skiing in winter. Lakes, rivers, freshwater marshlands, open fields, and rocky coast make this area ideal to fit the needs of the day hiker and the overnight camper.

Travel across the toll-free Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Bridge from Lubec and tour Canada's Campobello Island, F.D.R.'s beloved island. See the natural wonders of the island with its parks, trails, lighthouses, and coastline panoramas.

Or, play golf and visit the Roosevelt Cottage museum and visitor centre, or hike the trails or picnic in the Roosevelt Campobello International Park vast natural area. From Campobello, take a scenic ferry ride to Deer Island, then take a second ferry on to Green's Point Lighthouse Museum at Letete and then to St. Andrews on New Brunswick's mainland in the Maritimes. Or, take a different ferry to Lubec's neighbor, Eastport, Maine, and visit Raye's Mustard Mill Museum, as well as the working model of the Passamaquoddy Tidal Power Project from the 1930s at the Quoddy Maritime Museum. Then, just outside Eastport, on the Pleasant Point Reservation at Sipayik, visit the Waponahki Museum of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

Lighthouses In the Area

The area has many lighthouses, four of which are convenient to the Home Port Inn:

West Quoddy Head Light

West Quoddy Head Light

Located south of Lubec village and next to Quoddy Head State Park, this red and white striped light is one of the most photographed along the Maine coast. Many of our guests are up at the break of dawn to see the sunrise from this beautiful place. From here you can view Grand Manan and Long Eddy Point Light, on the large cliff-rimmed Canadian island at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Whales are frequently seen offshore during summer months. Also, just off shore is tiny "Sail Rock," the easternmost firmament in the United States. A trail leads from the lighthouse to adjacent Quoddy Head State Park, where there are several nice picnic spots and additional rugged trails. Note: This spot is the closest location in the United States to Africa!

Lubec Channel Light ("The Sparkplug")

This light is accessible only by boat, although it can be easily viewed when crossing the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Bridge (to the right when crossing over to Campobello Island), from Stockford Park south of the bridge, downtown, and from South Lubec Road, which leads to West Quoddy Head. The light is near the edge of vast clam flats that are exposed during each outgoing tide.

Bridge to lighthouse East Quoddy Head Light

Head Harbour Light
(East Quoddy Head Light)

Located on a separate island at the far northern end of Lubec's international neighbor, Campobello Island, emblazoned with the red Cross of Saint George, this light is one of the most photographed lights in New Brunswick, Canada. From this spot during the summer months whales, porpoise, and dolphins are frequently seen feeding in the nutrient-rich tidal waters.

The original rickety ladders to the lighthouse have been replaced by metal stairs, and although there are a few slippery spots, it is great fun to "walk across the ocean floor", climb up the ladder on the other side, and cross to another little island on a wooden bridge. Be careful not to get stranded by the tide -- there's about a 2-1/2 hour window, so keep a close watch of the time!

Mulholland Point Light

Visible across Lubec Channel from Water Street downtown, from the Lubec boat landing, and from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Bridge (to the left when crossing over to Campobello Island), this light is in a separate parcel of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. It has picnic tables and is next to a lobster pound. It's a postcard-perfect location for photographing picturesque Lubec waterfront and village on the hill. Note: There's also the pseudo-lighthouse structure next to the Campobello Island Tourist Information Centre just past Canadian Customs. Mulholland Point Light is just a short distance down the hill from there.

It is also possible in clear conditions to observer several other distant Canadian lights:

  • Southern Wolf Island Light (the Wolf Islands, "the Wolves")
  • Pea Point Light (Blacks Harbour)
  • Bliss Island Light (Bliss Island)
  • Letete Passage Light ("Green's Point Light" and museum, L'etete)
  • Leonardville Light (non-operational, Leonardville, Deer Island)
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