Welcome to Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.
In 1604, French colonists settled on an island in the Saint Croix River within the ancestral homelands of the Passamaquoddy people. Though the settlement was short-lived, it launched a lasting French presence on this continent. No visible traces remain of the historic French settlement on the 6.5 acre Saint Croix Island. The buildings have disappeared over time. Today wind, waves, and footsteps continue to erode the island itself.
During your visit, you can walk the interpretive trail, enjoy a picnic, speak with a ranger, bird watch, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Check the Operating Hours & Seasons page and Current Conditions pages for up to date information. Visit our Nearby Attractions page for other things to do in the Calais area.
Please note that due to dangerous currents, fragile ecosystems and protected archeological resources, Saint Croix Island itself is not accessible to the public. Please do not attempt to access the island. Metal detecting, searching for artifacts and any removal of resources is prohibited by law.
You are able to enjoy the mainland site which has beautiful views of the island and is where the colonists built their gardens and a hand mill. You can also visit the mainland interpretive trail, viewing platform, and ranger station. If you're visiting Canada, you can also visit the Parks Canada exhibit about the St. Croix settlement in nearby St. Andrews, Canada.