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.
Rating (4.89)
Program No. 1485RJ
6 days
Starts at

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.

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
All Experts
Profile Image
Carolyn Newman
Carolyn Newman’s first career was in healthcare, including administrator of a local health care center for 16 years. Carolyn was employed at Roosevelt Campobello International Park for 20-plus years in the Visitor’s Centre, as an interpretative leader and finally as the leader in creating and launching a highly successful program called “Tea With Eleanor.” Carolyn is a seasoned storyteller, sharing her stories of Eleanor Roosevelt not only at the Park, but at Festivals, in both the U.S. and Canada and in classrooms.

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

Profile Image
Carolyn Newman
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
Colin J.C. Windhorst,
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 10 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback