The late U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt spent his summers on Campobello Island, where he loved to sail, hike, and picnic. He first visited as a boy, and later with his wife, Eleanor, and their children. It's easy to see what brought the man who became a great American president back to this Canadian island year after year - the unspoiled beauty of the spectacular Bay of Fundy is simply irresistible.
Tour the Roosevelt summer home, a truly impressive residence with 34 rooms. Guides are on hand to answer your questions about everything from the design and construction of the house, to the day-to-day life of the Roosevelt family. Explore the exhibits and artifacts in the Visitor Centre. And take a guided tour of the grounds where you will learn more about the Roosevelts and Campobello Island history.
Every day the Park features "Tea with Eleanor," a delightful tea, cookies and talk in one of the on-site cottages. For an hour our expert park guides tell the story of Eleanor's life on the island and her many accomplishments.
Experience the larger park- over 1,158 ha (2,800 acres) of forest, bog, and seashore. Beautiful flower gardens, scenic trails, carriage roads, numerous picnic areas, seascape observation decks with magnificent vistas are all here to see and enjoy. Plus, there are four lighthouses, whale-watching tours on the Bay of Fundy, and plenty of birdwatching opportunities nearby.
For a delicious break whether a meal or beverage, stop by the park's new restaurant, The Fireside, open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for brunch.
The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is financed and administered jointly by Canada and the U.S. It was created to preserve the memory of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and to honour the legacy of friendship between two great nations.
CBS Sunday Morning 2012
Feature on the Roosevelt Campobello International Park seen on CBS Sunday Morning.