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 wild, unspoiled beauty of the spectacular Bay of Fundy is simply irresistible.
Tour the Roosevelt summer home, a truly impressive residence with 34 rooms. It’s not your average summer cottage! 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.
Every day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. the Park features “Tea with Eleanor,” a delightful tea and talk. Tour the exhibit about Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and enjoy tea and cookies as one of our park guides tells the story of Eleanor’s life on Campobello Island. The event is free, however park visitors must get a ticket at the Visitor’s Centre to attend.
The park encompasses over 1,158 ha (2,800 acres) of forest, bog, and seashore. Beautiful flower gardens, scenic trails, and magnificent vistas are all here to see and enjoy. Four lighthouses, whale-watching tours on the Bay of Fundy, and plenty of good birdwatching are found nearby.
The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is financed and administered jointly by Canada and the U.S. It stands as a symbol of the close, neighbourly relations between the two countries.
CBS Sunday Morning 2012
Feature on the Roosevelt Campobello International Park seen on CBS Sunday Morning.