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A historic Cobscook Bay town with a quaint Maine maritime aspect, and a summer car ferry to New Brunswick, Canada.

Fisherman statue, Eastport, Maine
 Fisherman statue in the center of Eastport, Maine.



 

 

Aptly-named Eastport, Maine, on Moose Island in Cobscook Bay on the US-Canada border (map), is one of the easternmost towns in the USA.

In the late 19th century, Eastport was famous for sardines. Local fishermen brought in boatloads of the tasty little creatures daily, and 18 fish canneries packed them for shipment around the world.

Today Eastport is noted for its classic Maine maritime town center with some fine buildings from its heyday in the late 1800s; for its car ferry to Deer Island, New Brunswick; and for the extreme Fundy tides it experiences.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art in the center is worth a visit, and behind it the, simple Quoddy Bay Lobster Restaurant serves some of the best, freshest and most authentic seafood dishes in Maine. It's a simple place with excellent lobster, scallops, clams, crabs, mussels and Maine shrimp (in season).

Cutting the Mustard

Eastport's sardine canneries are long gone, but a pungent survivor of that area is Raye's Mustard Mill. Opened in 1903 to produce the tangy flavoring used in some sardine products, Raye's is still at it, the only mustard mill in the USA to produce mustard by the traditional small-batch, cold-stone-ground method.

French quartz millstones at Raye's Mustard Mill, Eastport, Maine
Mustard barrels and, to the left of them, giant French quartz millstones grinding mustard seed the old-fashioned way...

Mustard grains from Saskatchewan are ground on the traditional French quartz grindstones driven by the original 19th-century belt-power system. Because Raye's mustard is slow-ground and never heated, it preserves all the horseradish-like tang and zip of real mustard, something lacking in all the big US brands. More...

Eastport Transportation

Moose Island is connected by a causeway to the mainland south of Calais, Maine, so you can drive to Eastport. In summer you can also take a car ferry to Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada, and from there another ferry to Campobello Island or to the New Brunswick mainland at L'Etete in order to reach the resort town of St Andrews by-the-Sea. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Harbor at Eastport, Maine

The harbor at Eastport near low tide. The extreme Fundy tides require docks to float very high and low.

 

 

 

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