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Discover the Provincial Beauty of Campobello Island

Across a bridge from the coast of Maine lies Campobello Island, a charmingly historic destination known primarily as the summer home location of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his family.

Situated in the Bay of Fundy, Campobello is one of three “Fundy Sisters” islands that also include Grand Manan and Deer Island. While connected by bridge to the state of Maine, the island is actually part of New Brunswick, Canada, and its approximately 1,000 permanent residents are proud Canadian citizens.

Campobello Island is small but filled with delightful sites and plenty of places to explore. The southern half of the island is mainly comprised of two parks—Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which is a cooperative effort by both Americans and Canadians, and Herring Cove Provincial Park, which is run by the province of New Brunswick.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park was founded in 1964, and features a truly one-of-a-kind partnership between America and Canada, who both share in the support, administration, and costs of maintaining the park.

The approximately 4.25-mile park includes the well-known Roosevelt Cottage—the 34-room summer residence of the Roosevelt family for many years—plus a visitor’s center with impressive historical displays and a number of scenic walking trails.

Herring Cove Provincial Park is less well-known—but also a treat for visitors—filled with picturesque views and numerous walking trails.

Both parks are home to abundant wildlife, especially birds, and visitors can often spot osprey, eagles and a plethora of waterfowl in the spring and summer months.

Whale watching is an extremely popular summer activity, with boats leaving the harbor daily from June to early October. Those who prefer a more active role on the water can enjoy sailing, one of the Roosevelt’s favorite pastimes.

The island is also quite famous for its picturesque lighthouses—including the Head Harbor Lightstation and the Mullholland Lighthouse, both built in the 1800s to guide coastal ships, passenger ships and cargo freighters through the Bay of Fundy and surrounding narrow coastal channels. East Quoddy Lighthouse, at the northern tip of the island, claims to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world, and is accessible only at low tide. As they say, getting there is half the fun.

Campobello Island can be enjoyed by travelers on Orbridge’s Canadian Maritimes program, which offers both a morning of planned site visits and an afternoon to explore this remarkable destination at leisure.