On a cold February morning in 1957 a group of area business men and Sen. John H. Reed left Ashland on an adventure to promote the construction of a Maine-Quebec Highway which was believed would help the economy of the Ashland area.

Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce

This group, as is still done, used the roads built and maintained by logging operations in the North Maine Woods. Traveling about 150 miles through the woods in 1957 was a bit more challenging and risky than it is today.

This year the group is celebrating the 61st anniversary of the original caravan and will be enjoying the activities of the Quebec Winter Carnival in beautiful Quebec City.

Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce

The caravan will leave Dean’s Motor Lodge at 7:00am on February 9, 2018 using the private roads which have been prepared for car traffic for 60 + years thanks to the generosity of the companies that own and operate logging operations in the area.

The group proceeds to St. Pamphile where they will be met at the Maibec office. It seems appropriate that the caravan should connect the Maibec operation in Masardis with that in St. Pamphile and then journey on to Levi, Quebec and Quebec City, the home of the Tardif family, owners of Maibec Inc. There will be a short break at Maibec, where the group will be treated to refreshments, present them with a token of the group's appreciation and head off.

If you are interested in joining this adventure please contact the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, 3 Houlton  Road, Presque Isle, ME 207-764-6561, tfowler@centralaroostookchamber.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maine-Quebec-Winter-Carnival-Caravan

Registration must be in by January 25.