Tours of Lubec and Cobscook

Bogs and the Ice Age

A Recorded, Interpretive Tour

An MP3 format file This tour is a sound file provided in MP3 format, with reference map and photos in PDF format. While in Lubec you can rent this tour on an MP3 player with speaker and the tour packet at the Eastland Motel.

photo by Katherine Cassidy

Bogs, a place where science and folklore collide, have fascinated people since ancient times.

Come join us to search for rare plants, dwarfed trees and insect-eating flora in an alpine ecosystem. See the effects a mile high sheet of ice has left here.

This walk is divided into sections. The first is in downtown Lubec; the second is on South Lubec Road on the way to the bog. The final two are in West Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec.

For those who have difficulty walking, we suggest as an alternative to the West Quoddy bog that you visit the bog in the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, because that bog's boardwalk is directly adjacent to the parking lot. You can get the park's self-guided walk instructions as well as an explanatory brochure during the summer season at their Visitors Center or at the entrance to the bog.

You can also view online or download these PDF documents:
The Bogs of Roosevelt Campobello International Park Information Guide
Self-Guiding Tour of Eagle Hill Bog
Guides, Brochures, and Fact Sheets for the Park

Recommendations: For the woods walk, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for wet, muddy and uneven conditions. As always in Lubec, dress in layers to be ready for rapidly changing weather conditions. The trip across the bridge to Canada and back requires a passport or passport card for US and Canadian citizens.

Approximate time: Tour sound file is approx. 35 minutes in length. Driving, walking, and reading times between listening to the recording vary according to each person.

Fitness Level: If you have any difficulty walking through woods or on steep or uneven terrain, we recommend after the first two sections on the ice age that you visit the bog in the Roosevelt International Park on Campobello Island instead of that in West Quoddy.

Credits: Narrated by Delia Mae Farris, Dennis Drews and Jeanne Drews with introduction by John Seeley. Tour photos by Dennis Drews. Maps and logo by Jon Stence. Recorded by Fred Pierce of Cobscook Bay Music. This tour recording was funded in part by grants from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Community Foundation Pinetree Fund for Washington County and a donor advised fund. (Photos below by Ruta Jordans.)