New England Scenic Byway: Old Canada Road 201

The Old Canada Road (U.S Route 201) is a scenic byway connecting Quebec with Skowhegan, Maine. It follows the Kennebec river and the old trading routes of the Abenaki native tribe, who were original to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. After European colonists arrived, many tribe members fled to the Quebec region, while few remained in Maine. To this day, the old road is still an important trade route between Canada and the US. In the fall, it offers travelers miles of enchantment and many scenic stops along the way.

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Montmorency Falls and Île d’Orléans

Only a few minutes’ drive from Quebec City, we stopped to admire Montmorency Falls. Across the St. Lawrence River we found an idyllic autumnal paradise on Île d’Orléans, offering a cozy yet posh countryside setting.

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Catching up with Family

One wonderful thing about our RV trip is being able to reconnect with family and friends who are otherwise too far out of reach. I don’t have any family in the US, so I was excited to see my first cousin in Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, Canada, after 20 years.

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Autumn in New York – Royal Mountain, Lake Placid

We returned to the US after visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls on a late September day. We followed the meandering road eastward through the quiet New York state countryside, excited to see the foliage starting to change colors. We passed the idyllic City of Little Falls, tucked in the woods, on the banks of Mohawk River and stopped at the top of a turn to take in the panoramic view of Mohawk Valley, sandwiched between the Adirondack Mountains and Catskill Mountains.

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