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More About The Islands In Maine

by on Nov.06, 2012, under Vacations

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If you plan to visit New England, you should try to include a trip to some of the islands in Maine. This is the state with the most offshore islands. According to the records of the Maine State Planning Office, the Pine Tree State boasts over 4,600 of these small landmasses.

Maine’s islands are the product of a drowned coast. This feature is formed when sea levels rise and submerge the adjacent land. In Maine this happened some 25 000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end. The cause of the rising sea levels was that glaciers melted as temperatures rose. This made bays where there used to be valleys and isles where mountaintops once were.

Many of these are really just rocky outcrops inhabited by marine life. Sometimes they also harbor a lighthouse. Only about 1 200 cover an area of more than one acre.

People live on 41 isles only. In most cases this is only for the summer. However, there are a few small communities that are permanent and in summer they simply grow in size. There are three main geographic groups of these permanent communities.

Down East and Acadia consists of communities like Moose Island’s Eastport, Swan’s Island, Frenchboro, Isle Au Haut, Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry, which is also called Islesford. Eastport is the easternmost port in America. Swan’s Island annually hosts the Sweet Chariot Music Festival, while Frenchboro attracts lobster lovers to the Frenchboro Lobster Festival every year.

The Greater Portland and Casco Bay Islands consist of communities near Portland. In fact, Cliff Island, Peaks Island, Great Diamond and Long Island all form part of the Greater Portland area. Cousins Island is part of Yarmouth while Great Chebeague is an independent town community.

Mid-coast Penobscot Bay is home to communities like Islesboro, Monhegan, Matinicus, Vinalhaven and North Haven. Another community in this area is Criehaven, which is the furthest offshore of all East Coast communities. Harpswell has an offshore suburb called Bayley.

Some of these communities are connected to the mainland by bridge. However, most are accessible only by ferry or water taxi. If you have your own private yacht or if you can get a ride on one, getting to any of these locations will not be a problem either. Transport once you’re in one of these communities is easy too. Some of them are so small that there are no cars and you can easily get by on bicycle or golf cart. Alternatively, you can hoof it.

Another way to visit these remote locations, for instance to go camping or hiking, is by following the Maine Island Trail. Established in 1988, it is the country’s largest water trail and connects about 150 inhabited and uninhabited islands to places on the mainland. The trail stretches from Cape Porpoise Harbor near Kennebunkport to Machias. You can also continue on to locations in New Brunswick, Canada.

If you have some money that threatens to burn a hole in your pocket, you can even buy your own island. You can get information about this from any Realtor who operates in the area. Of all the islands in Maine, about 600 have private owners.

You can visit the website www.maineislandliving.net/ for more helpful information about The Magic Of The Islands In Maine

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