Calais/Red Beach: Saint Croix International Historic Site

Sunday, May 28

11 am - Noon


2 - 3 pm


Guide: National Park Service Ranger

Learn the story of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a monument to the beginning of the United States and Canada. In 1604, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, accompanied by Samuel Champlain and 77 other men, established a settlement on Saint Croix Island. Preceding Jamestown (1607) and Plymouth (1620), Pierre Dugua's outpost was one of the earliest European settlements on the North Atlantic coast of North America.

From Saint Croix Island, Samuel Champlain explored and charted the coast of Norembegue (Norumbega), including the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic coast as far south as Cape Cod. The valuable insights gained from both the Saint Croix settlement and further exploration formed the foundation for a more successful settlement at Port Royal, and an enduring French presence in North American continuing to the present day. While the focus of this session is local history, our ranger will also connect you with some fun birding facts from this earliest settlement.

Where to start: Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is located 8 miles (13 km) south of Calais, Maine, on US Route 1. For drivers using GPS, the site's physical address is 84 Saint Croix Drive, Calais, Maine 04619. The park is well marked; look for the signs