Seniors Find Great Life in Caribou

Caribou, Maine is not large (8,000+) but it has lots to offer senior visitors who love the outdoors and scenic beauty. Caribou’s nickname is “The Most Northeastern City in the US.”  Caribou and Aroostook County‘s two major agricultural crops are the potato and broccoli. Area farmers annually plant approximately 60,000 acres of potatoes and that’s a whole lot of spuds.

Wikipedia has information on Caribou and highlights the many cross-country ski-trails with varied scenery and terrain within a one hour drive of the city. Caribou has two municipal cross-country ski venues; one within the urban limits which has lights for night skiing as well as a visitors center, and a lengthier venue two miles outside the urban limits.

With over 115 inches of snowfall annually, both are consistently well-groomed for skate and classical skiing. Get this, over 2,300 miles of nordic trails for snowmobilers and skiers. The Maine Winter Sports Center, headquartered in Caribou, is the premier outdoor sports organization in the state.

Senior travelers will discover a cultural diversity in Caribou. Irish, Scottish and English descendants mixed with an infusion of Swedes. Along with these, the families of the French and Acadian culture have long been one of the glues to the local heritage.

Seniors Drawn to Aroostook County

Senior travelers will find Caribou on this World Atlas site.  Look for it way up north, almost to Canada. The local Chamber of Commerce notes that “The rural American lifestyle is alive and well in northern Maine.

Senior citizens in Caribou will find themselves among people who take pride in what they do. A major “must see” in Caribou is the Nylander Museum of Natural History which was dedicated in 1939 by Maine Governor Lewis Barrows. The museum was built as a WPA project.

Aroostook County has over 7000 miles of rivers and streams. Senior fishermen will find many Brook Trout waters. Arguably the most beautiful freshwater fish, Brook trout  are the only trout native to much of the eastern United States.

This colorful and inviting county is a top birding destination in North America where the lakes, rivers and streams provide prime bird habitat. Pristine habitat also remains undisturbed for an abundance of wildlife. Senior visitors are likely to see more moose than fishermen.

I’ll depart today with a plug for the state of Maine and an invitation for you to visit their official tourism site that you can find on Google. There’s a wide variety of activities to keep you busy during your Maine vacation. I think you’ll enjoy everything about Caribou and Aroostook County. jeb



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