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Designation: Maine State Scenic Byway
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees.
Length, One-Way: 78 Miles (130.0 Kilometers)
Time: 2.5 Hours

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Description - This byway feels like a snapshot of the past; the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway passes through villages and outposts that are much as they were at the turn of the century. Remote and unspoiled, this neck of the Maine woods is a unique and spectacular place for people to live, work, and visit. Also, this segment of Route 201 is one of the most beautiful places in the northeast. It winds right alongside the Kennebec River, Wyman Lake, the Dead River, and vast forests. Rivers dominate the southern half of the route, while forests command the northern section.

The southern half of Route 201 is where travelers first encounter old-time villages like Solon and Bingham. Vernacular architecture contributes to the feel of an earlier time. Moscow gives way to the steep shoreline of Wyman Lake. The road hugs the shore, revealing undeveloped ridges on the opposite shore and islands framed by dramatic stands of white birch. An armada of whitewater rafts can be seen on their way downstream to take out at Crusher Hole in the Forks. North of the West Forks, the corridor takes in views of mountains and ridges, with an occasional moose or deer sighting. These views can all be breathtaking; however, the overwhelming impression that travelers get as they traverse this byway is the feeling of being set down in a different age -- when nature dominated the landscape and humans felt small in comparison to the space between remote settlements.

Attractions - The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : From Augusta (or Portland): Take I-95 north to Exit 36 (201 north). Travel north through Skowhegan and Lakewood to Twelve Corners where Route 43 intersects with U.S. Route 201. The Old Canada Road Byway begins here.

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Old Canada Road Scenic Byway , , , , Phone: 207-287-5711

Additional Information:
Maine Scenic Byways - Maine has one All-American Road, Acadia Byway, in addition to three National Scenic Byways, and seven scenic routes which have been designated by the state.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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