Canada Road

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler: Tom Plant
  5. Kids on the Canada Road
  6. Old Canada Road International Corridor
  7. Chaud-Bec Project

  1. Old Canada Road International Corridor
Barry Rodrigue and Alaric Faulkner of the University of Maine began the Canada Road Archeological Survey in 1993. Since then, the project has grown into a multi-disiplinary study that also includes history, folklore, geography, and environmental studies.

In 1994 Rodrigue responded to ex-governor Joseph Brennan's suggestion that the Appalachian Trail be extended to Canada by saying that it would be even more beneficial to connect the Appalachian Trail to the Old Canada Road, which then could link into the old trail systems of Maine and Québec as well as to the Trans-Canada Trail.. Two years later, Rodrigue elaborated this proposal to Premier Lucien Bouchard of Québec and Governor Angus King of Maine, as well as to various federal, provincial, and state agencies. He also began a major publicity campaign about the Canada Road that resulted in some of the media productions that are listed below. This effort developed into a Canada Road Corridor Commission and a Canada Road Historical Society in both Maine and Québec. These projects are still underway.

Barry Rodrigue, West Forks, Maine. Canada Road Archeological Survey,1997.
(Photo from the University of Maine's Department of Public Affairs)
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  • Bangor Daily News, «UMaine student seeks information on old Augusta to Québec Road», Bangor, Maine (c. 18 June 1994).
  • Channel 5 News, «Old Canada Road», Bangor, Maine (20 June 1994).
  • Glenn Adams, «UM researcher finds remnants of bygone U.S.-Canada route», Associated Press, International Press Release (21 September 1994).
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC-TV), National broadcast about the Canada Road, on Prime Time News (Autumn 1994).
  • Peter Taylor, «Ancestral Trail», The Royal Canadian Geographical Society/Canadian Geographic 116:1, Vanier, Ontario (January-February 1996), pages 38-46.
  • Margaret Nagle, «In Search of the Long-Lost Canada Road», Maine Perspective 8:5, Orono (4 November 1996), pages 10-11, 19.
  • Maine Public Television, «Maine Digs and Archeology», Quest Series #201, Portland (Winter-Spring 1997).
  • Margaret Nagle, «Searching for the Lost Canada Road», Maine 78:1, Orono (Winter-Spring 1997), pages 9-13.
  • Shoshana Hoose, «Student unearths Canada Road's secrets», Maine Sunday Telegram 110: 41, Portland (26 April 1998), pages 1A, 16A.
  • Canadian Boroadcasting Corporation, CBC-Radio, «The Canada Road», Québec, 1 June 1998.

Canada Road Historical Society members, from left to right: Geraldine Hunnewell, Bob Hunnewell, Ruth Reed (front row), Barry Rodrigue, Phyllis Pratt, George Pratt, Lucie Thibodeau, Gérard Forgue, François Thibodeau (second row). Northern Outdoors, The Fork, Maine, June 2000.

From the very start, Northern Outdoors (www.northernoutdoors.com) generously provided a field camp and support for the Canada Road Survey.

Gérard Forgue, Pierre Soucy, Anthony Douin, Barry Rodrigue, Agnes Frydryska, Nicole McKinnon, Pierre Roberge, unidentified Québec official, and Bruce Hazard. Members of the Norridgewock and Kennebec Valley historical societies, as well as the Canada Road International Corridor Commission. Edwards Mill and Kennebec Dam Historic Site, Augusta, Maine, Autumn 1998.