Campobello Island

Raise your hand if you knew that Franklin D. Roosevelt had a summer home on a Canadian Island.  Did I miss that when I changed schools when I was in 3rd grade?  Well, it turns out that just off the coast of the Easternmost city of the US (that would be Lubec, ME – you knew that, right?) is the beautiful Campobello Island and that….”(f)or many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Although he visited less frequently after contracting polio, Campobello remained important to FDR. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.”  (thank you, National Park Service).

Since this lovely island was only a couple of hours south of here (and there were three couples to share the fuel expense) we set out to do some ‘sploring on Saturday morning.
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We knew we were in for a great day when the view just crossing the bridge was wonderful!
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We stopped at the first overlook –
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for a view of the harbor….
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Wait a minute – what are those big round things in the water?
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Turns out those are part of New Brunswick salmon fish farming industry. Inquiring minds want to know. (You did want to know too, didn’t you?)
After a lovely picnic lunch, we continued on to FDR’s summer cottage –
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We thoroughly enjoyed the self-guided tour through the modestly furnished “cottage”,
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strolled around to the back
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and ended our visit with a walk to the beach.
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FDR was on an extended vacation at this cottage in 1921 when he contracted polio. In the years to follow he would only return three times, although Eleanor and his children continued to vacation there. Along with the National Park website, here is another site which has much more information about FDR and his connection to Campobello Island.

But FDR’s summer cottage is not the only point of interest on Campobello Island.  We continued up the island
to Head Harbour and the East Quoddy Lighthouse.
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We noticed several boats in the harbor, and thinking they might be whale watching boats we hung around for a while to see what we could see. Sure enough, we spotted a school of harbor porpoises and then to our delight a whale surfaced in front of us! We saw him twice as he made his way across the harbor, and never with the camera ready of course, but we were thrilled nonetheless! This fellow popped up long enough for me to take his picture – in fact, he seemed to be waiting for me to take his picture.
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The lighthouse is unreachable for most of the day. Since this is located on the Bay of Fundy (remember those huge tidal shifts from the Hopewell Rocks?), it also experiences those extreme high and low tides.
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Can you make out the iron stairs on the left side of the island? There’s a matching set of steps where we were standing, and (at your own risk) you can cross the channel at low tide each day. Needless to say, we were just watching the water rushing through the channel – there would be no walking on the ocean floor for us that day!
But all around it was so beautiful
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that we were quite content to stay on dry ground and just soak it all in.
It was a great day, but we did have a 2 1/2 hour drive home, so after a stop for some fortification (ice cream), we headed off the island. But I couldn’t resist a photo of the  Mulholland Lighthouse on the southern tip of the island (photo taken while waiting to clear customs), and then one of Lubec, ME waterfront.
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We also spotted this interesting dwelling as we were waiting our turn at the border –
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Gotta love American ingenuity!

Thanks for coming along on our little history/scenic jaunt back into New Brunswick. I’ll leave you with one last photo that really could have been taken just about anywhere, but was indeed taken in the gardens of FDR’s summer cottage on Campobello Island.
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Ah, the perfection of creation!

Hope you had a good weekend, everyone! We sure did!


4 thoughts on “Campobello Island”

  1. I had my hand up!
    Wouldn’t have known anything about the island though, except that, many years ago, my then brother-in-law and I had to nip “out east” to New Brunswick to pick up a few things before he and my sister were going to then move to B.C.
    Turns out he had friends on Campobello Island. I had no clue there was even such a place, or that you had to go back through the States to get there, or that Roosevelt had a place there.
    We only had time to see his friends though, no time for any museums. I just might have to go back some day.
    That was a nice little trip down memory lane for me though. Thanks.
    Have fun!

  2. I just love all your history lessons!! Quite interesting. Love the flower-yes quite the perfection of creation!!

  3. Hello Stephanie,
    I too, am very fond of the Anne of Green Gables books and movies and my dream has always been to vacation to PEI and Nova Scotia. Your pictures, Stephanie, are magnificent and I just love the clips of history and stories you add to your adventures. Those dahlias are further in bloom than mine in my Pennsylvania garden which are in full bud only. Most of my dahilia tubers are peach in color – my all time favorite.

    I’ve spent the entire evening looking at your trip to PEI and the other places like the Bay of Fundy, Flowerpots and New Brunswick. I will just have to book that vacation very very soon. Thank you Stephanie for sharing your trip in photographs.

  4. I would enthusiastically recommend an Atlantic Maritimes vacation to anyone! We were so sorry not to get to Nova Scotia at all, but there’s always next time, right? There was so much to see and do – we really just scratched the surface! So glad you all enjoyed coming along :)!

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