Family Vacations in Canada

Family Vacations in Canada: Campobello Island

The 34-room Roosevelt cottage is the highlight of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

Campobello Island in Canada lies off the rugged northeast coast of Maine at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Discovered by French explorers around 1607, the island's main industry today is fishing. Locals harvest lobster, scallops, sea urchins, clams, herring, cod, mackerel, and pen-raised salmon. The island has also enticed tourists. Beginning in the 1880s, Campobello Island was promoted as a summer resort and visited by many well-to-do families. In 1881, James Roosevelt and a group of New York and Boston businesspeople formed the Campobello Company, bought property on the island, and built luxury hotels. Roosevelt brought his wife, Sara, and infant son Franklin to Campobello in 1883.

Today the 2,800-acre Roosevelt Campobello International Park is administered by a joint U.S./Canadian Commission that welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year. The Roosevelt summer home and four other historic summer cottages are on display. You can also enjoy walks along quiet trails through dazzling flower gardens, watch the harbor seals bask in the sun near the Mulholland Point Lighthouse, or stroll along the beaches at Herring Cove, Raccoon Beach, or Lower Duck Pond.

Campobello Island Information

Canadian Tourism Commission

Suite 1400, Four Bentall Centre

1055 Dunsmuire St./Box 49230

Vancouver, BC V5P 1L2 Canada

Telephone: 604/648-8300

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