Did you know that you can take a short day trip from the Machias Bay area of DownEast Maine and have lunch on a Canadian Island. Campobello Island is just a short bridge over a channel of water and is part of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Just remember, you now need a passport or passport card to enter Canada.
1) Visit Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer house.
Admission to the park and the house and information center is free and there are tour guides to answer any questions that you may have.
2) Bike the many bike trails around the International and Provincial Parks
The trails and roads in the two island parks — Roosevelt Campobello International Park and Herring Cove Provincial Park – are very bike friendly and wind around the island highlighting beautiful vistas.
3) Go on a whale-watching adventure!
Island Cruises Whale Watch departs from Head Harbour Wharf daily in July through October (weather permitting).
Guaranteed sightings. Make sure you bring your binoculars, camera, warm outerwear even when warm on land it can be very cool on the ocean, and snacks and refreshments.
4) Play a round of golf
Herring Cove Provincial Park Golf Course –
One of two provincial courses in New Brunswick. Located on the Scenic Campobello Island minutes from the late U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cottage.
Golf on one of New Brunswick’s island treasures at the Herring Cove Provincial Park Golf Course. Situated on Campobello Island, this 9-hole Geoffrey Cornish design offers many challenging holes while providing a spectacular view of the Bay of Fundy. Golfers aren’t the only ones who have grown to love the plush landscape once enjoyed by the Roosevelt family. Bald eagles can be spotted flying overhead while moose and deer are often seen frolicking about as the morning mist rises from the fairways
After your game of golf, be sure to enjoy a leisurely snack or quench your thirst at the licensed clubhouse located upstairs from the pro-shop. For course conditions and information call the Pro-shop – 506 752-7041.
5) Visit the lighthouse and Marine Life Interpretation Center
The Interpretation centre is opened from June until September from 10-5pm daily.
From the website:
The aim of the centre is to provide education on North Atlantic right whale biology, research and conservation, as well as local marine life on the Bay of Fundy shore. When open, the centre is hosted by 1-2 educational stewards who provide onsite interpretation. The site boasts an excellent view of the quaint town of Lubec, Maine, and harbour and gray seals as they congregate in the Lubec Narrows. Onsite is the Mulholland Lighthouse (an octagonal lighthouse built in 1885 to assist boats and ships through the Lubec Channel), a short walking path, and several picnic tables.