• Maine to Canada

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Maine to Fundy Trail Canada

Start out at Acadia National Park and travel up to Fundy Trail, Canada. Are you ready for a Maine and Canada Travel Photography Adventure? This is an incredible photography trip to take in the spring, summer or fall months.  We like the summer best so we can photograph our puffin friends.

Keep in mind that our trip was in 2012 so some of the minor details may have changed.

Maine is the least densely populated U.S. state east of the Mississippi River. It is called the Pine Tree State; about 83% of its land is forested It has several unique geographical features. Machias Seal Island and North Rock, off its easternmost point.  Also in this easternmost area in the Bay of Fundy is the Old Sow, the largest tidal whirlpool in the western hemisphere.

We were unable to travel as far as Fundy National Park but we highly suggest that if you can that you do not skip this location.

Milky Way Photographers – This is some of the darkest skies on the planet. Try to plan your trip around the new moon. 

One final tip. You will see one image where we had a dirty sensor. Can you spot it? If you live near Canon in Jamesburg New Jersey you can stop by and have your sensor cleaned in about an hour.  When dirt gets on the sensor you will see a circle in the images. Also, keep in mind, some of these images were from 2012 where we had not yet developed all of our good habits. Be sure your sensor is clean “before” you go. 🙂 We learned the hard way and we were literally 3 miles from Canon to pick up our assistant on this trip.

Machias Seal Island

Machias Seal Island is an island in the Gulf of Maine, about (9.9 mi) southeast from Cutler Maine. This area is a well-known place to go on Puffin tours. The season starts in May and runs through mid-August. There is also a great lighthouse to photograph that was constructed there in 1832.

West Quoddy Head

Maine has almost 230 miles of coastline (and 3,500 miles of tidal coastline).  West Quoddy Head is the easternmost piece of land in the lower 48. Along the famous rock-bound coast of Maine are lighthouses, beaches, fishing villages, and thousands of offshore islands, including the Isles of Shols, which straddle the New Hampshire border. There are jagged rocks and cliffs and many bays and inlets. Inland are lakes, rivers, forests, and mountains.

First Stop – Our TOP Photography Location in the USA

Acadia National Park, Maine USA

First incredible photography location you must see Acadia National Park. Plan on a good full three days to photograph this fantastic location. If your family is with you and they are not photography buffs there is still plenty going on here.

Acadia National Park is our number two pick on the continent for a photography location.  You can also visit our Acadia National Park Photography Hot Spot Locations to see more details. Acadia – Jordon Pond – Acadia Thunder Hole – Acadia Bass Harbor LighthouseMaine Photography Hot Spots

Fees & Reservations:  All entrance fees are valid for seven days. Everyone visiting Acadia National Park needs to pay the entry fees other than visitors who are 15 years or younger, they can enter the park free of charge. Fees for the Park

Map of Park:  For a detailed map of the park CLICK HERE.

Don’t be fooled by the Acadia N.P. General information page. It has a moose on a web page. Don’t plan on seeing any moose here. You have to go north for that.

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Less than 2.5 hours away is Campobello Island. You are sure to find eagles here!

Acadia to Campobello map

Bangor International Airport is 48 miles from Acadia National Park.  You can rent a car and head out on your journey. You can also fly into Hancock County, Bar Harbor, Maine but you will pay more.  Plan on spending a few days in Acadia National Park to cover all the photography here. We did it obsessively. Up for sunrise shooting straight through to sunset for four days. We might have covered half of the area. But again we are obsessive photographers staying in one spot for hours at a time.  Be sure to do all of the islands. Route 102 goes around the west side of the aisle in a loop, and there are many spots along the way to photograph. This is the spot the sun hits first in the USA in the morning. You just have to be somewhere on the east side of the park on the water for an incredible experience and photography. We sometimes use HDR for sunrise/sets.

flying puffin bird

After Acadia National Park head northeast to set sail on a puffin tour near Machias Seal Island. A great stop on your travel photography adventure!

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Next Stop – Campobello Island,

New Brunswick, Canada

In the easternmost town in the USA, Lubec, Maine you will see The Quoddy lighthouse.  Plan a quick visit here then it’s just a short distance to the Canadian border over The Roosevelt International Bridge.  Campobello Island has two lighthouses, eagles and whales. Plan to stay in Campobello for a day. We remained in the Pollock Cove Cottages which we loved. A wonderful family runs it, and it’s on the water for sunrise photography. Nine Eagles flew by the morning we stayed among other birds.  The next night we camped at Herring Cove Provincial Park where we had a rustic cabin on the water at a very inexpensive price. A good day here and an overnight stay is very worth your while so not to miss sunrise and sunset photography. Don’t forget to hit Roosevelt Provincial Park. It is just beaming with beautiful flower colors. You can take a ferry over to Deer Island and from there take another boat to the mainland where you can head to your next stop St. Martin and Fundy Trail.

Campobello Island – You can photograph lighthouses, eagles, whales and more.

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Campobello Island is a great place to explore

All of the boat docks and rugged coastal points are worth seeing. The colors seemed to be dynamic everywhere that we explored on this particular sunny day.

Mulholland Point and Roosevelt House

Be sure to bring your zoom lens to Mulholland Point on Campobello Island.  There were several eagles and many seals to photograph along the bay at the foot of the lighthouse. The colors of the houses across the bay also can be an exceptional background for your images. Roosevelt house is excellent for macro photography. As the pictures show there are many flowers to photograph. The red building is not only educational on the inside but a dynamic photography subject with its bright red outside. A general rule of thumb in photography is, shoot anything red.

Mulholland Point Lighthouse

Mulholland Point Lighthouse was built in 1885. Although the lighthouse is not open to the public you can walk around the where there is a marine Life exhibit in old fishing shed, many harbor seals and some pretty great colors for dynamic photography.

Location: On the west side of Campobello Island about 1/4 mile north of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Bridge near Welshpool, NB

Next Stop St. Martin and Fundy Trail

St. Martin is a nice little town along the Bay of Fundy coastline which is your next stop on your travel photography journey. You can explore the sea caves and photograph a covered bridge and a small lighthouse on land while passing through this little town. They have some cute little inexpensive cabins with tv’s, beds and heat to stay in if you are on a budget. There are two campgrounds on the beach which is also a great location for sunrise photography.

After that, it’s time to head up to Fundy Trail.

Boat hop a few islands after seeing Campobello and head up to Fundy Trail and Fundy National Park

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Toward the end of Fundy Trail to the right of the suspension bridge along the Bay of Fundy.

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When you get to the bridge area on Fundy Trail be sure to head all the way over to the coast to see the incredible view. There is a lot of colors and angles to photo along the very short walk. Be careful. There are lots of rocks and limbs.

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