Hosts: Anne Seavey and Shelly Tinker
What: The Association to Promote and Protect the Lubec Environment (APPLE ) sponsors Tours of Lubec and Cobscook. As a non-profit corporation, our purpose is to promote and protect the historical, cultural, ecological and economic environment of Lubec. We aim to encourage responsible and sustainable use of the natural resources of the area, enhance the local economy and provide opportunities for residents to share their knowledge of our unique community with you.
When: Official season is July 4th through Labor Day, but tours can be given May through October, depending on the availability of guides.
Length of tour: Most tours are from 2-4 hours long, but length varies depending on your interests.
Number of guests: 12 persons maximum group size for nature walks; 6 persons for history tour and lighthouses by land and by sea
Fee charged (as of 2006): As a nonprofit corporation, we request donations for the tours. Our suggested donation is $10 per hour per person. The lighthouse tour suggested donation is $75 to cover guide, van, and boat expenses and meal. We accept VISA and Mastercard (during the season) as well as checks and cash. Bring your picture ID or passport to cross the border to Canada and back. Our tours are tailored to your interests!
Lighthouses by Land and by Sea
View Lubec and Campobello lighthouses by land followed by a sunset cruise to more lighthouses in Passamaquoddy Bay while picnicing on local fare and learning about the areaís seafaring history and legends.
Seeking Birds and Wildlife Tour
Lubec and Campobello are noted for the diversity and abundance of songbirds, seabirds and migratory shore birds, as well as land and sea wildlife from snowshoe hares to moose and seals to whales. Join us on an odyssey through woods, wetlands, grasslands and shore. What we see will vary depending on season, tides, weather and time of day. Wear boots, sunscreen, and insect repellant and be dressed for rapidly changing weather.
Discover the Intertidal Zone Shore Walk
Take a walk along the shore with us at low tide to explore tide pools, examine the unique animals and plants that survive incredible extremes from saltwater to winterís freezing and summerís heat in 20 foot tide variations, learn what can be harvested and eaten, and picture the geological and dramatic tidal and glacial forces that have shaped Down East Maine and the Lubec coastline. Please wear boots, bring sunscreen, and be prepared for wet, muddy and uneven conditions. Dress in layers to be ready for rapidly changing weather conditions.
A Walk Through Bogs, Woods and the Ice Age
Explore and experience a coastal plateau Artic bog and its rare flora & fauna, supporting a variety of rare species, including sub-arctic plants like baked-apple berry, cotton plant and black crowberry. Bogs have fascinated people since ancient times. Search for rare plants, dwarfed trees and insect-eating flora in an alpine ecosystem of unusual beauty. Depending on your walking ability, we will visit either the West Quoddy Head bog in Lubec or the Eagle Hill bog on Campobello Island. Discover the effects of the Ice Age on this Downeast landscape - one of the few places in the world where the signs are so clear. Our bog walk takes approximately two hours, including an introduction to the boreal forest. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers to be ready if the weather changes (a common occurrence).
Lubec and Campobello Sightseeing and History Tour
Even though they are divided by only a narrow strip of water, the histories of Lubec and Campobello have been surprisingly different. Join us on a van ride exploring and getting an orientation to Lubec and Campobello Island as they were in the past, what you can find now, and possibilities for the future. View our four lighthouses. Come learn about the famous (or infamous) Gold Scam and the aborted Passamaquoddy Tidal Dam project. Discover how our communities have held on to traditions lost in other parts of Downeast Maine and Canada.
Art Odyssey Tour
Visit museums, small, intimate art galleries, and artistsí studios to view a diverse assortment of styles in a variety of mediums. View paintings, sculptures, fiberarts, glasswork, etc., of residents and seasonal visitors. Let us know what you are most interested in seeing, so we may tailor your visit.
Down East Night Sky
Visit the Down East Amateur Astronomersí observatory in Pembroke and revel in the incredible beauty and clarity of the pollution free night sky!
Experience the Down East Way of Life
Discover and try traditional Maine activities from basketweaving to wrinkling Participate in hands on activities whenever possible.