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Art & Ales: Fort Kent, Madawaska and St. John Valley

Aroostook County
Spring through Fall


The art here is the landscape! Travel the St. John Valley/Fish River National Scenic Byway and get a taste of local Acadian culture and traditions. The St. John Valley is a beautiful river valley with stunning vistas. The St. John River is the longest free-flowing river in the northeastern U.S. and forms the international border with Canada.

& Ales

First Mile Brewing is housed in a converted grain warehouse in the small town of Fort Kent and can be found on the first mile of US Route 1. “Every journey begins with the first mile...”

Unique Lodging

The Inn of Acadia located in Madawaska.

Local Tips

The Fort Kent Blockhouse is located at the confluence of the Fish River and the St. John River.

Visit the beautifully restored Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille, a cultural museum dedicated to the preservation of Acadian and Québecois culture and history in the St. John Valley.

Acadian Ployes are a must at the Inn of Acadia in Madawaska or Misty Meadows Organic Farm in Grand Isle.

The St. John Valley Heritage Trail skirts the river for 17 miles from Fort Kent to St. Francis, great for biking or hiking.

May is fiddlehead season in Northern Maine, this edible fern can be found along the riverbeds. Bring your canoe and join the locals in this annual harvest.

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