While on Campobello Island Karen and I wanted to sample some of the fresh local seafood, and we found just what we were looking for at Family Fisheries Restaurant. As the name implies, this is a family operated business which specializes in fresh fish. In addition to the restaurant, you can buy fresh and alive seafood here. It advertises "fresh seafood caught daily by local fishing boats!"
Diners may eat either in a screened room or a homey dining room. There is also a playground for children.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the "Seafood Dinner for Two," several selections of fried seafood with french fried potatoes, onion rings and slaw. The platter was ample, tasty and more than enough to satisfy both our appetites. It was also a little greazy, but sometimes greazy is good. The price was right too at $23.95 CDN for the two of us.
Following our bike ride to Head Harbour Lighthouse and after a walk along Friar's Bay to the F.D. Roosevelt Cottage (and back), we decided it was time to supplement the meagre rations of cheese and crackers that we had for lunch. Since our cottage contained its own kitchen, we had come prepared by buying a package of frozen Honey Garlic Chicken Wings from the local supermarket as we passed by on our return trip from the lighthouse!
Favorite Dish: We had cooked up something similar on our trip to Grand Manan Island two years earlier, and this batch was just about as good, washed down by cold Blue beers and a glass or two of Australian 'The Little Penguin' Cabernet Sauvignon. Our only problem was that the single package was just not quite large enough. Since it was dark, I trudged back up the hill to the store for something else, opting for a frozen mix of Oriental treats. This did not turn out nearly as good as the wings and the leftovers went into the garbage. Oh well, it did the trick and we went to bed contented.
After 'working' our way out to Head Harbour Lighthouse over the hills of Campobello Island, it was great to finally be able to just relax in the sunshine for a bit! It was one of those special Bay of Fundy days when the temperature got all the way up to 24 C with just a pleasant breeze blowing. After having a look around the lighthouse complex itself, we continued past it by scrambling over various huge boulders until we almost reached the end of the line. For our lunchtime picnic, we settled for a small area of rocks that had the least amount of Sea Gull 'ornaments' on its surface!
Favorite Dish: We had brought our crackers and cheese, as well as bottles of water and a single bottle of wine along to help us settle into our early afternoon spell of relaxation. From this oceanside view of the lighthouse, we could see Deer Island in the background across the channel and Russell also spotted a distant schooner approaching from the direction of The Wolves. This is a small, rocky and unihabited group of 5 islets with only a few fishing shacks adorning its shores. Perhaps their big moment in history took place between 1920-33 when the American government brought in Prohibition, banning the sale of alcohol throughout the country. Enterprising individuals were soon sailing Jamaican rum north and anchoring off these Canadian islets where local fishermen would ferry the cargo ashore to the Maine coast, at a mark-up of over 200 times what they paid for it! Once we had satisfied ourselves with this 'picnic reward' for our efforts, we turned to head back - it seemed to go a lot faster for some reason!
What was in the bay this morning... is now on your plate.
Best seafood period.
(I went on Fathers' Day and they had a buffet set up that was scrumptious.)
Favorite Dish: Lobsters..cooked to go , or live are available here as well as a fishmarket area for a great selection of all the other local seafoods.
Or elbow up to the take-out window and grab a snack for a picnic lunch.
Try the "fish and chips"...Unbelievable! ( I was given this tip by a man in Lubec who had been a fisherman in the area for the past 25 years.)