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The Roosevelts on Campobello Island: Life at the Glorious Edge

Program Number: 1485RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 5/29/2016 - 6/3/2016; 8/28/2016 - 9/2/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/23/2016; 9/25/2016 - 9/30/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/7/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Campobello Island, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $1,059.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Experience life as the Roosevelts and other “rusticators” lived it during their summers on Campobello Island. Explore Passamaquoddy Bay as seals and porpoises play beside your boat and lighthouses tower overhead. See for yourself what brought the Roosevelts back year after year as you encounter the people and places they held dear. Picnic at a favorite spot of Franklin and Eleanor, meet offspring of people they knew and relish the exclusive opportunity to lodge in the cottages of their beloved summer retreat.


• Stay in cottages on the grounds of the exclusive Roosevelt retreat in Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.
• Learn about island life for Franklin and Eleanor through expert lectures, walks along beaches they loved, tea time and more in the places they once occupied.
• Visit the Library and Museum that Eleanor helped support, dine at the church hall where Franklin was a warden, feast on lobster and take a study cruise on Passamaquoddy Bay where Franklin learned to sail.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-quarter mile on varied terrain; ramp to dock can be steep.

Passports required. The closest airport is in Maine, so our Canada Air Transfer Special Offer is not available for this program.

Date Specific Information


2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. This week's presentations will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt.

9-18-2016, 10-2-2016

This week's focus will be on Eleanor Roosevelt - From Summer Visitor to First Lady of the World.

Coordinated by Atlantic Leadership Center.

Campobello Island

Located on the border between the United States and Canada, this historic island was the beloved summer home of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. The international park named after the family features an inspiring array of peaceful, natural areas.

Beautiful Victorian-era cottages on the grounds of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Sleeping rooms are in four houses, all on the second floor and accessible by stairs only. Traditional meals include some of Franklin and Eleanor’s favorites.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Colin Windhorst,

Dr. Colin Windhorst is a historian with a long established interest in New England and a special love for the people and history of Eastern Maine. He is a frequent speaker for Road Scholar on the history of Campobello Island and its connections to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Dr. Windhorst earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in 1996, and since then he has lectured and written extensively on the history of Maine, with particular interests the Passamaquoddy Bay area.
Meals and Lodgings
   Roosevelt Campobello International Park
  Campobello Island 5 nights
 Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Type: Other
  Description: Accessible to bridge from Lubec, Maine. This International Park offers 2,800 acres of natural charm with beaches, hiking trails, bogs, lighthouses. Campobello was the "Beloved Island" to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt where they spent their summers in the now famous Red Cottage. The Park's Visitor center, as well as the local library and churches, offer lots of information for history buffs.
  Contact info: 459 Route 774
Campobello Island, NB E5E 1A4 Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
  Room amenities: All rooms are clean, comfortable, and spacious. Many rooms offer lovely views of the sea or trees and fields. There is daily maid service for each room.
  Facility amenities: Four vintage cottages, built at the turn of the century with beautifully furnished living rooms, dining rooms and sitting rooms. All except Hubbard Cottage have a TV in the living room. Meals are served in the dining room at Prince Cottage. Cottages can accommodate from 6 to @ 20 people. It is a short walk or drive from all cottages to Prince Cottage, where most lectures and meals are held.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: One room in Hubbard Cottage has a vintage bathroom with claw-foot tub, and no shower. Most other rooms have ensuite baths with a tub/shower combination.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2 p.m. (Atlantic Time) You will be staying at Roosevelt Campobello International Park that night.
  End of Program:
10 a.m. (Atlantic Time) You will be staying at Roosevelt Campobello International Park the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Driver's License & valid American Passport. Please note that anyone with a criminal record (including a Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants/Alcohol conviction) may be excluded from entering Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information (
  Parking availability:
Parking is available for all buildings in Roosevelt Park.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Campobello Island
  Nearest city or town:  Lubec, Maine
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Bangor International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Campobello Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Bangor, ME


From Airport




None - Car Required
Various Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required


Travel Time:


2.5 hours 




120 miles


On-site car rentals at Bangor International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Alamo.

Driving Directions
  From Boston, Massachusetts Take I-95 north to Bangor, Maine. At Bangor, merge onto I-395 E via EXIT 182A toward US-1A/ME-9/BANGOR-BREWER. Merge onto US-1A E via EXIT 6A toward COASTAL ROUTE/US-1/ELLSWORTH/BAR HARBOR. Drive about 5.4 miles. Turn LEFT onto KIDDER HILL RD/ME-46, until it ends at MAIN RD/ME-9/R LEON WILLIAMS HWY. Turn right. Continue to follow ME-9 @ 54 miles until JR WILLIAMS RD/ME-192 In Wesley. Turn right, continue to follow ME-192 into Machias (20 miles) .Turn LEFT onto COURT ST/US-1A then take the 1st RIGHT onto FREE ST. ( If you reach COOPER ST you've gone a little too far.) Turn LEFT onto COLONIAL WAY/ME-192. Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST/US-1. Continue to follow US-1 for about 16 miles. Turn RIGHT onto LUBEC RD/ME-189. Continue to follow ME-189 for about 11 miles, into Lubec. In Lubec, cross the FDR Memorial Bridge to Campobello Island. Pass through Canadian Customs. Drive approximately 1.5 miles north on Highway 774. The entrance to Roosevelt Campobello International Park will be on your left. Follow the driveway past the Visitor Center, and turn right into the service road leading to Prince Cottage, where you will check in. There will be a Road Scholar sign at the service road.
  From Saint John, New Brunswick Take Highway 1 west to St. Stephen. Cross the international border to Calais, Maine. Drive south from Calais along U.S. Route 1 to Whiting Village. In Whiting, take Route 189 east to the FDR Memorial Bridge. In Lubec, cross FDR Memorial Bridge to Campobello Island. Pass through Canadian Customs. Drive approximately 1.5 miles north on Highway 774.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, Orientation, Dinner
(Sunday, September 14)

Note: Get settled in and rest up from your travels.

 Arrive To: 2 - 5 p.m. AT - Check-in
 Afternoon: 5 - 6:30 p.m. - Orientation
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Cash bar 7 p.m. dinner.
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures and hands-on activities, excursion to historic Library/Museum and van tour of Campobello Island.
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Morning activities indoors, afternoon activities include tours in van or bus, getting on and off van/bus, strolling on paths and beaches.

 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. lectures, Prince Cottage
 Lunch: 12 noon
 Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. - "The Roosevelts and the Rusticators" Noted historian, writer and lecturer Dr. Colin Windhorst will take us on a whirlwind journey through the history of Campobello Island from its first residents, the Passamaquoddy, up to the time of the rusticator movement, which brought the first Roosevelts. Using original documents, diaries and artifacts available at the Campobello Library and Museum, he brings history to life in his enthralling presentation. 2:30 p.m. - "Eleanor's favorite views of the Bay" - Van tour.
 Dinner: 5:30 p.m Cash Bar, 6:00 p.m. dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 p.m. -Lecture, Prince Cottage
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit the Island home of Eleanor Roosevelt, the first home that she felt was "hers." Learn more in the park's Visitor Center. Spend an evening at the historic Anglican Church where Eleanor worshipped.
(Tuesday, September 16)

Note: Morning activities indoors, afternoon will be spent walking to different locations within Roosevelt Park, evening will include a bit of walking between church and parish hall.

 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: TUESDAY 9:00 & 10:30 a.m - Lectures, Prince Cottage
 Lunch: Lunch at noon.
 Afternoon: 1:30 - Tours of Visitor Center and Red Cottage, film in Visitor Center 3:00 p.m. - "Tea with Eleanor". Sip some tea and enjoy cookies while learning a bit more about ER from the guides at Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6 p.m. in historic parish hall.
 Evening: 5:30 AT - Tour of historic Anglican Church on Campobello Island, followed by dinner & an informal talk in the Parish Hall. Learn a bit about the church where the Roosevelts worshipped while on the island, and afterwards dine and interact with our island hosts. 7 p.m. - Evening Lecture - location tbd
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Design your own Free Day!
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Consult with your island hosts for information on places to visit on Campobello or nearby towns in downeast Maine, places to eat and things to do.

 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Afternoon: Free day to explore Campobello or nearby towns in Maine. Your group leader can provide information for sightseeing, hiking, food and places of interest.
 Evening: Evening - 7 p.m. screening of film "Sunrise on Campobello" 8:30 p.m. - Free classical music concert in nearby Lubec (optional)
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Morning lectures, afternoon Whale Watch out on the Bay of Fundy and Passamaquoddy Bay. Evening Lobster dinner.
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: Weather will be closely monitored for whale watch. Bring layers, conditions could be warm, hot, or cold on the boat.

 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. - Morning programs.
 Lunch: 12:15 - ER-style Picnic lunch, Prince Cottage. A delicious lunch buffet featuring Eleanor's favorite picnic offering, the humble hot dog! (Not to worry, there are plenty of mouth-watering side dishes and desserts to go along with it!) 2 p.m. - Whale Watch with Captain Mackie Green, Bay of Fundy & Passamaquoddy Bay
 Dinner: 5:30/6 p.m. - Cash bar/Lobster feed
 Evening: 7:15 p.m. - Short evening activity, Prince Cottage
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast followed by final program. Check out and au revoirs!
(Friday, September 19)
 Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
 Morning: 8:45 - Final program session, Prince Cottage. 10 a.m. - end of Program.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Campobello Island Discover New England
An excellent web site for everything in New England For additional information, visit
  Maine Office of Tourism
Maine Office of Tourism #59 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0059 You may request a free full-color guidebook with 260 pages of Maine vacation opportunities, on-line. For Maine travel information, please call 1-888-624-6345. For additional information, visit
  Roosevelt Campobello International Park
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in whose memory the Park was created, came to Campobello as a child, it was to pursue the orderly summer adventures available to a well-to-do Victorian family. When he came as a young husband, whose third son was born on the island, it was to taste the excitements of childhood from the perspective of manhood and to pass on to his children the same challenges and rewards he had known. And finally, when he came as President of the United States, it was to take new strength and composure from Campobello's air and land, from the sea around it, and from the memories of ease his "beloved island" awoke in him. In the 2,600 acres of the Park at the southeast end of Campobello Island, more than a memory is preserved. The Roosevelt "cottage" is there, the simple wicker furniture and the knick-knacks of a summer home. But beyond the gardens are the bogs and the fog forests, the bays and shoals - all the natural beauties the Roosevelt family knew - protected now for others to enjoy. Although isolated by geography, Campobello has entered the lives of two nations as a place to invite any soul and to refresh any weariness with a sense of peace and beauty. Roosevelt Campobello International Park translates all the meanings Campobello had for President Roosevelt into a living memorial. Here we remember the man and his work, his vigor and his leisure. The Park, on Canadian soil, has become part of America's heritage as well, and is being preserved for the future through the commitment of the citizens and governments of both countries. Roosevelt Campobello International Park P.O. Box 129 Lubec, Maine 04652 (506)-752-2922 For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 - and - A First-Class Temperament: the Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt.

Author: Geoffrey C. Ward

Description: Together, these two books are subtitled: An intimate portrait of the uncommon family, early years and private work of the man who became FDR.

Tomorrow is Now

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

Description: As relevant and influential now as it was when first published in 1963, Tomorrow Is Now is Eleanor Roosevelt's manifesto and her final effort to move America toward the community she hoped it would become. In bold, blunt prose, one of the greatest First Ladies of American history traces her country's struggle to embrace democracy and presents her declaration against fear, timidity, complacency, and national arrogance. An open, unrestrained look into her mind and heart as well as a clarion call to action, Tomorrow Is Now is the work Eleanor Roosevelt willed herself to stay alive to finish writing. For this edition, former U.S. President Bill Clinton contributes a new foreword and Roosevelt historian Allida Black provides an authoritative introduction focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt's diplomatic career.

The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

Description: (Also published in paperback by Da Capo Press, 1992) Eleanor wrote: I dedicate this book to all those who will be spared reading the three volumes of my autobiography and who may find this easier and pleasanter to read.

Beloved Island: Franklin and Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello.

Author: Jonas Klein

Campobello: The outer island.

Author: Alden Nowlan


Author: Barbara Cooney

Description: Though she came from a wealthy and privileged family, Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in a cheerless household that left her lonely and shy. Years passed before Eleanor began to discover in herself the qualities of intelligence, compassion, and strength that made her a remarkable woman. In Eleanor, two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney paints a meticulously researched, lushly detailed picture of Eleanor's childhood world--but most importantly, she captures the essence of the little girl whose indomitable spirit would make her one of the greatest and most beloved first ladies of all time. "There are many biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one is special...Cooney is at her artistic best."

Eleanor Roosevelt's My Day

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

Description: A collection of Eleanor Roosevelt's syndicated columns "My Day", spanning the years 1936 - 1945. Introduction by Martha Gellhorn

Eleanor and Franklin: the Story of Their Relationship based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Private Papers.

Author: Joseph P. Lash

Remember Me - Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Roosevelt

Author: Donald Soctomah and Jean Flavie

Description: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who would become the thirty-second president of the United States, joyfully spent his boyhood summers on Campobello Island. There he me Tomah Joseph, a Passamaquoddy elder and former chier who made his living as a guide, birchbark canoe builder, and basketmaker. Authors Soctomah and Flahive imagine the relationship that developed between these two as Tomah Joseph taught young Franklin how to canoe and shared some of the stories and culture of his tribe. A beautifully decorated birchbark canoe that he made for Franklin remains at Campobello Island, a tangible reminder of this special friendship.

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