The Greater Fort Kent region includes the towns from Winterville Plantation north to the Town of Allagash and northeast to St. Agatha. Located at the top of Maine in Aroostook County, the area is also the gateway into the North Maine Woods including the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, St. John River, and the Fish River Chain of Lakes.
Fort Kent originally was founded as an outpost for the lumber industry. The Blockhouse named after Governor Edward Kent was the first building erected and still stands today. Following the lumber industry were immigrant farmers. The area is rich in history of the varied cultures that settled the region. French is the secondary language spoken even today by many of the residents.
Fort Kent is the last major town visitors to the North Maine Woods pass through. Limited services for visitors can be found in the settlements of St. Francis and Allagash. The North Maine Woods is the largest tract of undeveloped land east of the Mississippi River, covering approximately 3.5 million acres. Four season outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the area.
Festivals and events are scheduled throughout the year. The Ploye Festival combined with the International Muskie Derby is the largest summer event. Each winter the Can Am Crown 250 Sled Dog Race, a qualifier for the Alaskan Iditarod Race, takes off from Main St.