Campobello Island

The Roosevelts on Campobello Island: Life at the Glorious Edge

Discover the Roosevelts’ favorite places on Campobello Island while enjoying on the water experiences and historic explorations with local fishermen, musicians and storytellers.
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Program No. 1485RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Campobello Island, located in Canadian waters just off the coast of Maine, became the summer retreat of wealthy American families in the late 1800s. Since then, summer visitors sought the cool breezes from the Passamaquoddy Bay and the nature-filled lifestyle that qualified them as “Rusticators.” One such family was the Roosevelts. Franklin, Eleanor and their children continued to make Campobello Island their family’s retreat for sixty years. Alongside local experts, learn about life as the Roosevelts and other Rusticators enjoyed it -- with engaging lectures, historic site explorations and interactions with the islanders. Experience the Bay of Fundy as humpback and minke whales feed nearby, and visit places that the Roosevelt family held dear for decades.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-quarter mile on varied terrain; ramp to dock can be steep.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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 Eleanor supported, the church where Franklin was a warden and watch for whales on Passamaquoddy Bay and in the Bay of Fundy where he once sailed.

General Notes

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

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Colin J.C. Windhorst,
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