Welcome to Madawaska
The northernmost town in the state of Maine, has long been known as the heart of the St. John River Valley. In the latest United States census, Madawaska had approximately 2400 French speaking citizens in a town with a population of 3,867, attesting to the strong Acadian culture of this beautiful town and surrounding area. French settlers (known as Acadians) of Nova Scotia moved to the area in 1785 to avoid being deported by the British, and many of their descendants live there to this day.
The St. John River cradles the town, and Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada lies just across the river. The natural beauty of the area is spectacular, and its people are known far and wide for their friendliness and hospitality. When you are fortunate enough to visit this great town, be ready to enjoy a plethora of experiences, each unique in its own way. And the food???? Memorable would be an understatement!
Events & Activities
Anyone who follows or takes part in snowmobiling in Maine knows that Aroostook County offers some of the best snowmobiling options in the entire state. The Madawaska Snowmobile Club maintains over 50 miles of prime trails for locals and visitors alike to bask in the incredible beauty of the area while getting some much appreciated outdoor time.
Skiing & Snowshoeing
When you love to ski, snowshoe, and slide, Madawaska’s Four Seasons Trail Organization will deliver all you hope for and more! Complete with a lodge and kilometers of trails to ski and snowshoe on, getting some prime outdoor time is at the top of the list of things to enjoy in this winter paradise. They even rent the equipment to do so if you don’t own any yourself!
Warm Weather Fun
When the snow melts and the sun gets warmer, ATV riders anxiously await the opening of the trails everywhere. The Madawaska ATV Club makes sure that the trails in this beautiful area are well maintained and ready to go when the season opens. Bring your machines and enjoy the ride as well as the hospitality that this area of Maine is famous for!
Cycling The Tour de la Vallee
The Tour de la Vallee is a 69-mile route that runs from Madawaska to the Pine Tree Trail’s beginning/end community of Fort Kent. It serves as the venue for the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund Tour and is a yearly event.
With the St. John River a mainstay of the area, it is no surprise that the town would have a boat landing to allow folks access to the river. The area is replete with opportunities to wet a line, paddle a kayak or canoe, swim, boat and even picnic.
If you are planning on an overnight trip, or a several day excursion and want to make Madawaska your home base, you are in luck! There are several options for lodging in this area, some of which have restaurants! From bed and breakfasts to standard inns and motels, you will find an option that fits your needs.
If you love to camp, you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect location on the water than the St. John River Campground. Town-owned and with 8 campsites to choose from, it showcases the beauty and majesty of the river that is an integral part of life here. Coffee on the river? What a great way to start the day!
It would be almost impossible to leave here hungry! With many different types of food to satisfy you, the hardest thing to do will be to narrow down your choices! From subs and pizzas to sit down family restaurants and everything in between, come hungry and leave beyond happy!
Madawaska has a multitude of parks that offer many different opportunities for people to relax and enjoy themselves, as well as being the location of community events. Bi-centennial Park is a great example of an outdoor gathering spot that features a fireplace, and sits adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial statue. It also features a playground, picnic tables and park benches. It is even lit up at night!
Madawaska is rich in vibrant history, and its historical society is always busy caring for its many special places.
The tip top of Maine has plenty of beauty/fitness establishments to keep you in tip top shape!
There are many different shops here that are sure to help you find that special something you’ve been looking for! Take your time and enjoy it all!
Taxi service is available here, and the Aroostook Regional Transportation System provides excellent bus coverage for this northern area of the county.
Dial 911 for emergency services