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Calais is located in secluded Washington County, and although it has a population of less than 4,000, nonetheless it is the largest city in the county. It lies northeast of Bangor on the banks of the St. Croix River near the Canadian border. The town of Calais is considered the shopping and commerce center of Washington County, and, in addition, offers unparalleled outdoor recreational possibilities, such as canoeing, kayaking, boating and fishing on the St. Croix River. Calais' newest addition is Devil's Head, a 318 acre wilderness site that contains one mile of frontage on the St. Croix estuary, and includes a low tide sand and boulder beach, rich forestland, a granite headland and abundant wildlife. The following are just a few of the other attractions that are within a one-hour drive of the town of Calais: The Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Cabscook Bay State Park, Roques Bluff State Park, the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The latter was dedicated as a memorial to the late President and offers 2,800 acres of bogs, beaches, salt marshes, forests, ponds and headlands, plus a 34-room "cottage" that was owned by the Roosevelts that is open to the public for tours. A short drive takes you to the many lighthouses of the area such as West Quoddy Head, Mullholland Point Light and Lubec Channel Light, and St. Croix Island is located about five miles south of Calais and is an International Historic Site.

Surrounding areas: Alexander, Maine (11.6 mi), Charlotte, Maine (11.7 mi), Perry, Maine (17.8 mi), Eastport, Maine (24.1 mi), Lubec, Maine (27.0 mi), East Machias, Maine (31.3 mi), Machias, Maine (33.9 mi)

Calais Vacation Rentals

Calais Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
International Motel276 Main StCalais, ME (207) 454-7515

Calais Weather & Climate

The eastern seacoast of Maine near the Canadian border has an extreme oceanic climate with cool temperatures, wind and fog. Fog is especially likely to form when warm, moist air meets the cold air here. The fog and wind help spread the boggy growth over the thin soil and rocky outcroppings of the area. Washington County is the first spot in the United States to see the sunrise every morning, and does not have the severe snowfalls or frigid cold of the other northern Maine regions. The coast does receive a lot of precipitation, however, in the form of rain, ice and snow. Summers along Maine's eastern seaboard are very mild, with chilly nights and daytime highs rarely going above 80 degrees F. A good place to escape to when the summer heat elsewhere becomes unbearable.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 5°F 4.11 in. 40°F
February 31°F 7°F 3.25 in. 37°F
March 40°F 18°F 3.90 in. 38°F
April 51°F 30°F 3.76 in. 40°F
May 65°F 40°F 3.78 in. 43°F
June 74°F 49°F 3.57 in. 46°F
July 80°F 55°F 3.27 in. 51°F
August 79°F 53°F 3.09 in. 51°F
September 69°F 44°F 3.71 in. 52°F
October 57°F 35°F 4.07 in. 50°F
November 45°F 26°F 4.50 in. 45°F
December 33°F 12°F 4.22 in. 45°F

Calais Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Houlton International airport (HUL) located about 69 miles northwest of Calais in Houlton, Maine and the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located approximately 73 miles southwest of Calais in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Calais Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME74.5 mi.
Golf Courses
St Croix Country ClubCalaisME 
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME110.8 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME113.9 mi.
State Parks
Cobscook Bay State ParkME24.9 mi. 
Quoddy Head State ParkME31.1 mi. 
Machias State ParkME35.6 mi. 

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