This With a Local supplies insider tips on things to do and see while visiting Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada.
A 1,134-hectare section of Campobello Island became an international park in 1964. Administered jointly by Canada and the United States of America, the park was created in memory of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first visited the park in the company of his parents, aged just one year old. The Roosevelt’s affectionately called Campobello their “beloved island”.
Head Harbour Lightstation, on the northern tip of the island, is another landmark that draws tourists to the island.
Peter Harwerth works as a tour guide on Campobello Island and provides his insights for Go Eat Do:
Why should people visit Campobello Island?
I think Campobello Island is a secret paradise on the east coast of Canada. We are not crowded, we have a relaxed lifestyle here and a beautiful coast. We also have wonderful nature and a lot of history to offer.
The most outstanding part of the history is the story of how Franklin Delano Roosevelt [President of the USA from 1933 to 1945] came to Campobello and used the island as his summer retreat for years. He left wonderful memories with locals, who they were very friendly with. They built beautiful buildings around the island and enjoyed it the same way I do today.
What is your favourite spot on Campobello Island?
There are so many beautiful spots. If I should pick one it would be the southern part of the island, the natural area of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park with all of its beautiful views across the water to the coast of Maine. But then there’s also the lighthouse on the north side of the island with all of its ambiance and flair which I really enjoy too.
Where would you take a guest to eat on Campobello Island?
Of course, the choice of restaurants is a very personal. I like to sit at the Herring Cove Provincial Park Golf Course restaurant, where I can look across the water of the Bay of Fundy. At the same time I can see a beautiful lake and a beach.
Where would you recommend for a drink on Campobello Island?
For beer, I would maybe go to the golf course restaurant.
What is your favourite legend associated with Campobello Island?
Thinking of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it’s a fantastic thing to think about, that he was so familiar with local waters that he was actually able to steer a destroyer through the very narrow passage between the town of Lubec and Campobello Island. The passage being just 150 feet wide at low tide. That’s a story that has survived into modern times, much to the enjoyment of people.
What do you recommend people do and see if they stay an extra day or two in the region?
There are a lot of things to see across the border as well as in New Brunswick. If you want to go over to Lubec, in Maine, we have a two-destination vacation initiative. There’s the West Quoddy Lighthouse out there, which is a beautiful site with a museum.
We have a fast boat connection with St Andrews. It makes the distance of 12 miles in half-an-hour. That’s a beautiful way to see something different to Campbello, as we are not a centre for shopping but St Andrews has that.
A whale watch tour would also be possible directly from Campobello Island.
The Explore Canada website also has information about New Brunswick and the rest of Canada.
The photos illustrating this post are by Why Eye Photography.
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