Campobello Island Travel Guide

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Campobello Island Things to Do

  • Visit Mulholland Point Light

    The Mulholland Point light is very close to the FRD Memorial bridge on Campobello Island. It is not open to the public but the grounds around it are and there is a nice picnic area close by. From this area you have a nice view of the FDR Memorial Bridge, Lubec, Maine, the Channel Lighthouse, and the islands and waters of Johnson's Bay.

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  • East Quoddy Head Light

    At the far northeastern end of Campobello you will find the star attraction of the island and the premier lighthouse of New Brunswick, East Quoddy Head Light - also known as the East Quoddy Lighthouse or the Head Harbour Lightstation.Overlooking the Bay of Fundy, this dramatic lighthouse has a distinctive red cross on white. It is perched on a...

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  • Campobello Welcome Center

    This seasonal Welcome/Information Center is open from May - October, which is the time during which most tourists visit Campobello Island. If you come to the island by the only bridge that reaches it, from Lubec, Maine, you will see the Visitor Center on the right side of the highway shortly after passing through immigration and coustoms. The...

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  • Inside the Cottage

    The Roosevelt Campobello International Park has a very interesting Visitor Reception centre with lots of photos of what life was like on the island during the days of the great Victorian-era tourist hotels. The grounds of the estate around the Cottage are immaculately kept and there are many trails across the countryside of the flatter ground at...

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  • Mulholland Point Lighthouse

    Located on the southwestern tip of Campobello Island, the Mulholland Point Lighthouse overlooks the Narrows on the Bay of Fundy, which seperates New Brunswick, Canada from Maine in the United States. From the lighthouse one can easily see across into Lubec, Maine, with a good view of the Roosevelt Campobello International Bridge and islands beyond...

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  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was to become the 32nd president of the United States, spent many idyllic summers at his family's vacation home on Campobello Island. The Roosevelt's impressive 34-room "cottage" is a mansion by any standard. It can be toured at the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, preserved as a memorial and as a symbol of...

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  • Herring Cove Provincial Park

    Herring Cove Provincial Park, covering 425 hectares on the eastern side of Campobello Island, is a very well developed park complete with campgrounds, hiking trails a mile-long beach, golf course, pro shop and restaurant.The Herring Cove Beach, with dark sand and pebbles, was a popular summer haunt of the rich and famous who made this island their...

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  • Head Harbour Lighthouse

    OK, I will have to admit that biking out to Head Harbour lighthouse was the highlight of the trip for me (I had been to the FDR cottage once before, in 1989)! Wow, on a beautiful sunny and warm day such as we had, it just could not get much more scenic than this!Built in 1829, this lighthouse was the second to be erected in New Brunswick and was...

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  • The Franklin D. Roosevelt Influence

    The Owen clan ruled Campobello Island for 114 years before the last of the male 'descendents' died, prompting his widow to sell their land in 1881 to a group of wealthy American businessmen from Boston and New York. The tourist industry on the island had been picking up since the mid-1850s as wealthy families in both the northeastern US and central...

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  • Seaside Views

    Not having to be at any particular place at any particular time makes a bicycle trip that much more pleasurable! The north end of Campobello Island is heavily forested, with several modest hills to negotiate and steep cliffs along the coastline. It was great biking through this terrain on our way to Head Harbour Lighthouse, at the northern tip of...

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  • Tour the Roosevelt home at Campobello

    Franklin Roosevelt began visiting Campobello Island with his parents in 1883 at the age of 1. He continued to spend summers here until he was struck with polio in 1921. He was on the island at the time he first became ill with the disease. The home where his young family spent many summers and where his third child was born is very well preserved....

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  • Visit Roosevelt Campobello International...

    Campobello, the Roosevelt summer home in the early 1900's, is on Canadian soil but of great importance to Americans. It is jointly operated by Canada and the U S. It is very well kept and is presented to the public in an interesting way. I came away knowing much more about Franklin Roosevelt and his family. Be sure and visit the Visitor Center as a...

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Campobello Island Restaurants

  • A True Maritime Dining Adventure

    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...

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  • 'Home' Cooking!

    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...

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  • Seaside Picnic

    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...

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Campobello Island Nightlife

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    The whole purpose of having our seaside cottage was to be able to enjoy the beach at least a little bit. As a result, once we had finished the first part of our evening meal cook-up, we headed down to the waterfront through the rose bush hedge and took up a position directly on Friar's Bay beach.

    It was great to watch the birdlife go by as the tide slowly came in while we pontificated on life in general over a few cold ones! As the time drifted toward 9 PM the sky really started to show some colours as the sun began it's slow descent. We did not last too much longer after that ourselves - 'Nightlife' on Campobello was over!

    Sun Gone by 8:54 PM Sun touches the horizon - 8:41 PM Distant motel on the Bay - from Roosevelt Park
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Campobello Island Transportation

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    The primary way visitors come to Campobello Island is over the Franklin D. Roosevelt International Memorial Bridge. Until the bridge was built in 1962, a ferry was the only way to reach the island, unless you have a private boat.The bridge spans "The Narrows," an area of swift and treacherous tidal currents. As you cross the bridge you will be...

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  • Campobello Island-Deer Island Ferry

    We had beautiful sunny weather for virtually our entire 3-days, so our two ferry rides between Deer and Campobello Islands were very enjoyable as well. A private company, East Coast Ferries Limited runs two ferries from the end of Deer Island that is furthest from the mainland. The one that we were interested in runs to and from Campobello Island...

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  • Not too much work via Bicycle

    Russ and I did not go crazy with biking on Campobello, since we were on the island for only 1 day. An easy ride to the historic Franklin D. Roosevelt cottage in the International Park was followed by about a 3.5 hour (including lunch) trip on the hilly Route 774 out to Head Harbour Light. Traffic was a bit heavier than on the less populated and...

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Campobello Island Shopping

  • Lots of Lighthouse Stuff

    There are 4 gift shops on Campobello Island. We visited this owner-operated shop and found them to have a very good selection of lighthouse items and other souvenirs. We bought a refrigerator magnet, a Christmas ornament and postcards. They accept either Canadian or American dollars, or major credit cards.There is no distinct shopping area on...

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  • The Local Supermarket

    In the course of our island trip, it seemed that the Campobello Island Valufoods store in Welshpool was about the biggest and best. This is probably because it is relatively near the highway bridge to the mainland via Lubec, Maine yet far enough away from that tip of the island that it could be called 'central' for the other communities. After...

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Campobello Island Local Customs

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    Using technology developed from that used by Native Americans on this coast for hundreds of years, herring weirs continue to be used today on Campobello Island to help harvest the schools of Herring that swim along the shoreline as they head for various inlets during their summer spawning season. These weirs were developed by the natives to help them deal with the huge tidal ranges experienced in these waters.

    The basic idea is a simple one (once you think of it!). At low tide, long wooden poles are driven into the sea floor in a heart-shaped pattern and a net is mounted on them. Another straight net leads from the indented part of the heart toward the shoreline (on the left side of this photo) and acts to deflect any fish swimming along the shore into the 'heart' itself. Once inside the walls of the heart, the fish keep swimming along its circular walls, never 'looking over their shoulder' to see the entrance as they swim past. Eventually, the tide falls to its lowest level, leaving the fish floundering on the bottom. The natives would then walk out on the muddy and seaweed covered bottom to retrieve their catch without the need for boats. Todays weirs are even taller, allowing fishermen in boats to simply use smaller 'purse' nets to empty out the schools of fish trapped inside the weir without having to wait for low water levels.

    Typical Herring weir near Head Harbour Light
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Campobello Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for the Tides

    Campobello Island sits near the mouth of the world famous Bay of Fundy, which experiences the most extreme tidal fluctuations on earth. High tide and low tide are reached twice each in a period of approximately 25 hours, with the time between the extremes being about 6 hours and 13 minutes. The water is constantly in motion, with tides rising and...

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  • Rapid Tidal Changes in Water Levels

    Although the Bay of Fundy tides can vary by more than 50-ft between the high and low levels at the upper end of the bay, the normal variations at the mouth of the bay are in the range of about 23 feet. It takes about 12.5 hours for the gravitational cycles of the Moon and the characteristic North Atlantic Ocean oscillations to cause successive Low...

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Campobello Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    Just across the Roosevelt Campobello International Bridge from Campobello Island is the quaint town of Lubec, Maine, the easternmost town in the United States. Lubec, in Washington County, is Maine the way it used to be. It is still far removed from the more touristy areas along the southern Maine coast.

    Lubec's most famous site is the candy-stripped West Quoddy Lighthouse. Outdoor enthusiasts will especially enjoy a visit to Lubec, which is a great staging point for birding, biking, hiking, whale watching, fishing, winter sports and other outdoors activities year round.

    Lubec, Maine Lubec, Maine across the Narrows from Campobello Karen at West Quoddy Lighthouse West Quoddy Lighthouse
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Campobello Island Favorites

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Campobello Island is located in the southwest corner of Canada's Maritime Provinces, in New Brunswick and on the border with the American state of Maine. It is located at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, site of the world's highest tides with a variation of 53 feet (16 m) at its furthest reaches in Nova Scotia.

    The second map gives a closer overview of New Brunswick's Fundy Isles, with the major ones being Grand Manan, Campobello and Deer. Russell and I biked the largest of these in 2004, as detailed in my 'Grand Manan' page. This time, we decided to tackle the two smaller ones, taking a total of 3-days to bike from Pennfield Ridge on the mainland and using ferries to reach both Deer and Campobello Islands as shown by the 'purple' path along the US-Canada border. This map also shows two small, uninhabited islands off on the right side, known as The Wolves because of the havoc they have played with shipping in these often foggy waters!

    The third map is a closer view of the Campobello Island portion of our trip, showing where the ferry from Deer Island landed along the west coast. We first biked south a short distance to the Roosevelt International Park which takes up almost all that part of the island. After a tour of the Park's star attraction, we returned to the road junction where we dropped our backpacks off at our beachside motel cottage. From there, we headed north on a scenic ride to the northern-most point of the island, at Head Harbour Light where we enjoyed lunch on the rocks as the tide came in. We finished the day off with a walk along the beach from our Cottage, ending up at the International Park again.

    Canada's Maritime Provinces and Maine, USA Our bike route through the Fundy Islands Tourist literature close-up of Campobello Island
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