Come see us on Campobello!
Our van is picking you up at any place on Campobello and Lubec. We do custom private tours and groups are welcome.
Our "Step-on Guide Service" has been popular for bus groups as well as private tours and we continue offering this great way to see Campobello in 2017. Our guide will meet you at any location on Campobello Island and you will enjoy all sights and hear about our rich history. All standard tours will last about 3hrs. If you are in a Motor coach or are a motor coach operator, your tour will be shorter as coaches cannot access the Natural area of the Roosevelt Park.
Specialty tours, also in combination with Tours to St.Andrews can be tailored to your personal wishes.
Coming from the U.S. you will need your passport and please remember that Campobello is on Atlantic Time.
(Eastern Time+1hr.)
For reservations please call or email a day prior to your intended visit. Any later attempt to make a reservation may go unsuccessful as we might be on a tour just when you call.
Thanks for visiting and be welcome to the island.
2018 Rates:
3 hrs Van-Tour across the Island CAD 40/person, USD 30/person
Step-on Guide (joining you in your vehicle) CAD 30/hr, USD 20/hr.
Walking Tours: CAD 35/hr. USD 25/hr.
PRIVAT TOURS: Call for individual rates.
1-506 752 1901/1-506 321 4567
Useful information on crossing our border to the United States: LINK

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Novel #2

It is our pleasure to introduce our readers to the 2. Novel by author Bernard J.Bourque of Campobello Island. It is a follow-up of the story of Mr Louis and the Tyn-Y-Coed II, a replica of the historic Campobello Resort Hotel. 

         The original Tyn-Y-Coed on Campobello

A story of intrigue, it follows the life of Louis Pembroke and his interactions with challenging employees and excentric guests, culminating in a murderous revenge.  

The book can be ordered either directly from the author: or through Amazon: ISBN 978-0-9959301-3-1

We wish Happy Shock Reading!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Campobello - A Winter-Wonder-Land In January

When it snows on Campobello the Island changes scapes. You wake up one morning, and you are greeted by a dark blue sky and a blinding white landscape, the blue sea contrasting in the background. It is a transformation which needs to be experienced. It is not often it happens, but when it does everybody is out and about. We went to the beach, then followed a forest trail finishing off with a visit to Head Harbour Lightstation. Our pics are only inspirations. They will never give you the full idea. For that, you gotta come here. The motel is available and at the recently established Sally Anne's Cafe in Lubec you can enjoy a great breakfast from 6am, if you are up that early. 

Another choice is the historic Peacock House B+B in Lubec. So why wait. Check it all out now...then come back in the summer. Our Island Tours are going on year-round. 
Give us a call at 
506-752 1901

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Storm And The Old Brine Shed

Just a few weeks ago I was writing about the Little Town across the border and its past history of fishing and fish processing.
1-20170904_141149One of the really old buildings from that time was the brine shed, built on pilings high above the water. Occasionally we have seen the water of the high tides reaching to the floor boards of the building. And I think most people realized that it would only be a matter of time until it would be gone.

Now it is gone, indeed.

It was the winter storm of the past days which “took care” of it. The pilings gave way and the entire building started floating freely.
1-Brine Shed                First landing in Lubec. FDR-Bridge in background

At first it settled on the beach in Lubec, but the next high tide floated it off. Under the bridge it went and then landed on the Canadian side below the highwater mark in the Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
1-DSC_0760-001There it sits, with a chimney of bricks and a lot of loose debris spread all around.
1-DSC_07631-DSC_0764Even a conveyer belt of steel followed with it.
It is sad that the old building where many people worked in the past, had to go this way.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Force Of Nature

The other day it was still looking like a brown Christmas, but it was about to change. Today we have a white Christmas, but it’s not of the pretty quiet variety. Oh no, we got a winter storm blowing snow out of the north-east, causing a high surf on the beach.
I took the van and headed down to the beach where the NIKON caught these images. Storms are part of life at the coast. They make us aware that mother nature is still ruling. Of course, everybody likes the days with blue skies and plenty sunshine. But in between we are witnessing the other wild side of nature


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Wind And The Sea

It’s always there for you, the wind and the sea. Not to mention the long beautiful and natural beach of Herring Cove. Come on over and let us show you this beauty.







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Campobello in December

I always thought that beaches are for summer visits only, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Beaches are beautiful regardless of what time of the year you are visiting. And the best proof of that we can find along Herring Cove Beach. Here, where the sandy seashore is meeting the fresh-water Lake Glensevern with the forest of the Herring Cove Provincial Park as a backdrop, you will find a great variety of different types of landscape. Eagles are soaring high over rocky coastline, sandy beach, lake and forest. Not far from here one can wander along Eagle Hill Bog where rare plants are getting their nutrients out of the water, instead of the soil. A nd have you ever seen Gibraltar Rock, halfway over to the Roosevelt Natural park area? The trail can be started on either end und once you walked the entire length, you might want to return along the beach.

Winter is such a wonderful time here. You will find beautiful clamp shells and the rocks are soooo smooth, - you will fill you pockets in no time. Of course, if you give us a call ahead of your visit we will be happy to guide you along, not only here at Herring Cove, but over the entire island. And remember, you can stay overnight at the Peacock House B+B in lovely Lubec and even get full meals there. Why not try it out? Come right over in the new year and enjoy the island.

1-DSC_01711-DSC_01721-DSC_0176             Above: View to Herring Cove Golf Course Restaurant1-DSC_02021-DSC_0210

On the hill: Herring Cove Golf Course

Below: Outlet of Lake Glensevern

                            Grand Manan on the horizon

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Little Town South Of The Border

There is no doubt about that the heydays of Lubec,ME are long gone, and there is no better time for that realization than if you walk Water Street on a chilly day in December. This street, once lined with big salt-shacks, smoke houses and fish canneries, is appearing almost empty. A few remnants are still reminding the visitor of the town’s past. Speaking of visitors, there are none today, that is if you don’t think of us coming across the bridge from Campobello, being visitors. But the town has kept its seaside appeal alive. The style of the commercial buildings long Water Street, speaks of the good old days, and Lubecers are genuinely proud of their pretty little town.1-DSC_0011
Below: Frank’s Dockside Restaurant great place to eat, but closed today.

1-DSC_0017                      On Water Street
However, once being in town, I am swinging my camera here and there. The row of buildings, some containing souvenir stores, seem to be in a state of hibernation, awaiting the next warm summer with scores of visitors to fill the parlors and stores. However, the Lubec Brewing Company is open though and a few beer enthusiasts might be coming along to quench their thirst.
Lubec used to have a lot more residents, but that was while there was still fish to catch and to process. When the salt-shacks, smoke houses and canneries closed, people lost their work and left town in search for a better life in a bigger place. What they left behind was boarded-up buildings and a sense of despair for those who remained in residence, mostly the older population.
Prior to the decline, there were 20 smokehouses in Lubec producing 50 to 60 thousand boxes of fish annually, bringing employment and prosperity to the town. In 1797, Daniel Ramsdell cured the first herring by smoke, a process of preserving fish he had learned in Nova Scotia. Lubec would become the national leader in smoked herring production. Smokehouses and the many brush weirs that supplied herring lined the shore. Weir construction also brought a measure of prosperity to area farmers who cut the necessary stakes and brush needed to build and refurbish the herring traps. So great was the demand for the large herring preferred by the smokehouses that Lubec began sending vessels to the Magdelen Islands in the quest for fish. The 1855 Maine Register reported: “During the 1850s it was said that the smoked herring business employed every male resident over the age of 10 in the Washington County town of Lubec.”
It’s hard to believe but due to increases in retail activity, fishing and fish processing employment opportunities, shipping and farming, Lubec’s population grew to 3,000 by 1850. The town boasted three post offices, four churches, several fraternal organizations including Freemasons, and a ferry connecting Lubec and Eastport. People migrated to the town in search of work and, with money to spend, shopped at the growing number of stores on Water Street.
Lubec seaside            Ferry boat in 1936, Below: same place today
1-DSC_0021Following a period of decline during the Depression, World War II revitalized the industry with factories on both the east and west coasts working at capacity to supply the Army and Navy with three million, one-hundred can cases per year. Seven new factories were built in Lubec. With the end of the War demand for canned sardines decreased sharply and the overbuilt industry began to decline. By 1976 there were only two factories operating in Lubec. The last cannery was closed as late as in 2001.

American can comp                            American Can Company 1935

Tourism can be credited to have kept the town alive. The establishment of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park and the construction of the FDR Memorial Bridge was incidental to bring visitors to the region. B+Bs, souvenir stores, and restaurants have opened since, providing much needed services for summer visitors.


As we reach Cohill’s Inn facing a cold wind off the water, we are overlooking the boat launch. The parking area is filled with trucks, belonging to the fishermen who are still out trying to get a good catch before Christmas. They are part of the current remaining population of about 300 fulltime residents, less than a tenth of what it was in 1910, when Lubec’s population reached its peak with 3364 residents.

We conclude our cross-border visit with a stop at the local IGA to get a few weekend goodies.
1-DSC_0023       The Tavern, another great place to have a meal