Old Canada Road scenic byway is recognized as a Destination of intriguing cultural and historical interpretation, invigorating recreational opportunities and generous hospitality amid spectacular Maine scenery.
Our Mission Statement
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway will strive, with broad civic and business partnerships, to educate residents and traveling public about the area history, culture, and natural features well promoting traditional scenic integrity.
Awards and Accomplishments
The National Scenic Byway Foundation granted the Inaugural 2020 Byway Organizational Awards. Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway was the winner of the Expanding Knowledge Award.
Expanding Knowledge Award: Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway (ME)
The project consists of Byway participation in defense of Maine’s scenic beauty. A very real threat has been presented in the form of a high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line coming from Canada to supply a request made by Massachusetts. The purchased real estate is 300 feet wide and 53 miles long and will accommodate two lines of 100 foot- tall monopole structures. The line will cross the Byway twice and bisect the largest temperate forest in the country. Fifty- three miles of this corridor is new and will be cut through the most scenic byway accessed area.
Byway directors in their entirety joined forces with concerned citizens from all over the state to garner 75,000 signatures to force a referendum next fall. The ballot question would be basically: Do you vote to require the Maine Public Utilities Commission to rescind the Certificate of Necessity and Convenience it granted to Central Maine Power Company? This certificate was granted in the spring of 2019 and is essential for the project to go forward. The project is a good fit for Byways because it raises the importance of Byways in the public conscience, and has acted as a focal point for others opposed to the project.