The County 2017 | Aroostook County Tourism - Page 7

THE SEASONS EACH OF THE COUNTY’S FOUR SEASONS has pleasures and beauty distinctly its own. Offering so many opportunities to enjoy the region, it might be hard to pick a favorite. Winter is a wonderland in The County. You’ll find the best snow in the eastern United States, averaging nearly 10 feet annually and perfect for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing. Set up with a thermos on our frozen waters for great ice-fishing. Don’t miss the festive Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race, held in Fort Kent every March. Keep an eye skyward at night for an unequaled view of the Aurora Borealis. With Spring, discover the gentle awakening of our woods and fields. As the sun’s warmth thaws our waterways and melts deep snows, the sap starts running, trees are budding, and wildlife emerges from its winter hideaway. Look for maple festivities—wonderful gatherings of sweet delight. Lakes and streams open up for fishing; in the woods, look for fiddleheads to gather. Summer heats up with outdoor recreation galore. Explore our world-famous wilderness areas; enjoy hiking, paddling, camping, fishing, and ATVing. Take in miles of wide-open roads by car, motorcycle, or bike. View rolling fields, beautiful mountains, and our unique model solar system. Communities along the way offer unique shopping opportunities in historic districts and cultural and historical sites. Festivities abound, ranging from potato celebrations to hot-air balloons to fishing derbies. Bright green fairways await golfers, and fields full of berries are ripe for pickers. Perhaps you’d prefer simply relaxing, absorbing solitude and quiet in one of the world’s most pristine landscapes. With our vast wooded places, leaf-peeping come Autumn couldn’t be better, as leaves turn brilliant golds and reds. Communities love to hold agricultural fairs, with livestock demonstrations, produce, midways, and entertainment. Look for orchards where you can pick your own apples or get lost in a maze of corn. Hire a Maine Guide or outfitter to show you the best hunting or fishing spots for prey like our massive moose, ten-point bucks, or wild turkey; return to your sporting camp for a roaring campfire under the stars. To learn more about year-round recreation in the region visit our website or call Judy at 888-216-2463. She’ll point you in the right direction. 5