We visited Campobello Island this week. Campobello Island is very similar to the northeast coast of Maine, except that (1) its in a foreign country, (2) road signs are in kilometers per hour (80 does not mean 80 miles per hour), (3) items are priced in Canadian dollars and (4) you need to go through Customs when crossing the border, even if you are just buying groceries or gas. Some other things to note: (1) there are no gas stations on the island, and (2) bring bug spray.
Campobello was beautiful and not crowded. We spent much of our time viewing the abundant marine wildlife (including Minke whales, harbor porpoises and seals), looking at lighthouses and stunning coastal scenery and watching sunsets.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park takes up a large part of the island and is worth the visit. There are hiking trails and scenic overlooks throughout the park, and the park offers interpretive programs and tours of the Roosevelt cottage. We attended an extremely educational "Tea with Eleanor" program which covered the life of Eleanor Roosevelt in an entertaining fashion.
The Deer Island Ferry is a small, open car ferry that runs from Campobello to Deer Island. It also transports passengers, and provided a fun and inexpensive way to view the bay. We took the ferry round-trip to Deer Island and back (here is a map
), during which we observed several seals, harbor porpoises and Minke whales.
An Island Chalet was a great choice for lodging. There are five cabins, each with a full kitchen and bath, a loft with queen size bed, and a bedroom downstairs with two twin beds. The cabins overlook Johnson Bay with incredible sunsets.
We could have easily seen everything in a day or two, but staying four days and three nights allowed us to relax and unwind, and get to really know the island.
|Minke whale, viewed from the shore near Head Harbor Lighthouse.|
|Seal off of Mulholland Light.|
|Mulholland Light, visible from the Lubec shoreline, greets visitors to the island. The lighthouse has a short path along the water, from which you can view the many seals that feed in the area.|
|View from Liberty Point facing Lubec. Fog was present each of the mornings we were there.|
|Liberty Point has three walkways affording excellent views.|
|Head Harbor Light, also known as East Quoddy Light, is located on the north end of Campobello. The lighthouse can be accessed via a trail during low tide|
|The Deer Island Ferry.|
Island Chalet. There are
five cabins, each with a fully equipped kitchen and room for four
people. The cabins have great views of Johnson Bay.|
|View from deck of our cabin.|
|Sunset viewed from the deck of our cabin.|