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. Motor coach tours are shorter as they 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. Unfortunately, cell phone service is somewhat spotty on Campobello Island.
Thanks for visiting and be welcome to the island.
Rates and Booking:
3 hrs Van-Tour across the Island CAD 35/person, USD 25/person
Step-on Guide (joining you in your vehicle) CAD 30/hr, USD 20/hr.
Walking Tours: CAD 30/hr. USD 20/hr.
Reservations:
1-506 752 1901/1-506 321 4567
Useful information on crossing our border to the United States: LINK

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We Are Stretching The Season!

Are you one of those working throughout all summer and must take your vacation when everybody else is back at work? Or do you simply enjoy the quieter time of the year when accommodations are just waiting for you, and wait lines have vanished?

Either way, Campobello Island and neighbouring Lubec are looking forward to your visit this late fall and winter. Campobello Sightseeing has teamed up with the Peacock House B+B in Lubec and together we will make your visit memorable. The Peacock House, a stately historic building in central Lubec overlooking the Bay of Fundy, is an ideal location from which to explore Campobello Island and the near-by West Quoddy Lighthouse. For their off-season guests the B+B is offering 3 delicious meals a day!

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Your days can be filled!

Our activities include wonderful hikes along lonely beaches, visits to our lighthouses, talks about history with locals, photography trips and sometimes local events.

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1-DSC_0958-001                     View towards Ragged Point. Below: “Frog Rock” in March

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   CAMPOBELLO WINTER SUNSETS  

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Tours are going to be tailored to your personal wishes. Just give us a call and we will arrange everything for you.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer Days

After many rather hot summer days, the weather changed today. Still, it was foggy in the morning, but when the wind switched to west, all fog and mugginess disappeared. While picking the first raspberries, a fresh breeze sprang up rustling the raspberry vines. Was this the very first feeling of a beginning fall season? Was this a warning that the warm and calm days would be over? Looking across the Passamaquoddy Bay the air was crystal clear.
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SEPTEMBER, I thought, but we only had August the 6.! This had been the last day of 
FOG FEST and many weekend visitors would already have left the island. It had been 5 days of increased traffic and excitement. The attendence had been way up from last year. jocie'sDown at Friar’s Bay, Jocie’s Porch had been a major fog fest venue with cars lined up on both sides of the road. People had flocked to the Whale Watch Tours at Island Cruises and we had been busy with giving van-tours. And now it wouldn’t be long until the end of summer vacations. Over the last 2months we will see the seniors coming on to the island. The gardens at the Roosevelt Park will be blooming with the giant Dahlias again.
It’s all about Roosevelt’s “Beloved Island”.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Novel By Campobello Author Bernard J. Bourque

MR. LOUIS
Living on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, Louis Pembroke is a scrawny and diffident twenty-three-year-old who believes that he is the reincarnation of Louis Howe, the diminutive, chain-smoking political advisor who became FDR’s secretary (chief of staff). Growing up, Louis Pembroke is psycologically and physically abused by his mother and, after her death, by an old aunt. At the Campobello Roosevelt International Park where he mows lawns, Louis has a chance encounter with eighty-five-year-old Richard Chresterton, an Englishman born in India who is rebuilding the Tyn-Y-Coed, a luxurious hotel that once existed during the glory days of Campobello’s resort era. Louis is given a job at the new establishment and develops a close connection with the owner. Accompanying Mr. Chresterton on a trip to India as his aide, Louis meets Aradhya in the slums of Dharavi. The complicated love they share and the trials they face lead to a process of renewal for Louis who must meet other challenges when he returns to Campobello.
Mr. LouisMr.Louis is a story of adversity, love, death and rebirth.

$13.95 available at Amazon or by contacting the author at
bernard.bourque@nb.sympatico.ca



The book has ISBN 978-0-9959301-0-0

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Remembering A Late-Summer Day

A Hike through the Park
It wasn’t quite 7.00am yet but first daylight filtered through the curtains. It made me aware of that we probably would have a sunny day, as otherwise it would be much darker with an overcast sky. Now, nothing gets me out of bed like a clear sunny day. Under circumstances like that, I just can’t find any peace under the covers anymore.

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At 10.00am I decided to make use of all this sunshine, grabbed the NIKON and Molly and took the van out to the park. No tourist had called - so I knew I had the day off. We went into the park’s natural area and parked at a place called FOX FARM. It is an open grassy area where there once was a fox farm. First I followed the main road towards Cranberry Point, but then I took the small hiking trail which goes parallel with the beach. I had a great view of Lubec with the International Bridge spanning across the Narrows.

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A last greeting from summer

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There were wet spots and small bridges over narrow creeks, lots of leaves on the ground and old withering mushrooms standing out of green mossy forest soil.
The air had taken up all the smells of fall and forest and mixed with the salty ingredients from the sea. Molly was keeping herself a 30ft ahead of me and whenever I stopped to take a picture she stopped as well looking back as to say ”are you coming?” Yes, I was coming after her and since we were out of reach from the northerly wind I got pretty warm in my sweater and my jacket. Soon enough I had tied my jacket around my waist and was carrying the sweater across my shoulders. I had never been on this trail before, so it turned out to be a great discovery tour. Despite the fact that park personnel had kept this trail open and even fitted it with walking planks I doubt that many hikers had come along here during this summer. Everything looked very pristine out here.

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After being on the trail for about 1km I found a wooden bench where I sat down enjoying one of the most beautiful sceneries one can find around these parts. What a natural treasure we have here!

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A range mark stating the
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But I had to move on and then the trail came out to the road again, following it for a while, then led straight back into the woods again.  A sign said 1.3km to Fox Farm. So I trudged on between tall spruce and beech trees. Underway I caught glimpses of “Upper Duck Pond” which is really too shallow to stay flooded under low tide. It turns into a huge mud flat and the upper end is a salt marsh, a paradise for birds in the summer as many predators can’t get out there.
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When I finally saw a lot of light appearing between the trees ahead, I understood that I had come to the end of the trail at Fox Farm and sure enough soon I could see our white van standing beside the road.

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Needless to say I could really feel my legs and it was just great to be able to sit down behind the wheel again. The total length of the hike was approx. 3.5km, (2 miles) not too much, but due to the varied terrain an almost 2 hour Sunday morning adventure.
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Upper Duck Pond

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View from Cranberry Point to the Gulf of Maine with Grand Manan in the background

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Campobello Ferry On Special Order

When The Lord Moves A Church
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ouse moving  is a long standing practice in North America, but it is not an every day business to move a church across the water. And even more astonishing it is if the captain is the Lord himself.
Mr. Stan Lord is the every-day ferry provider of Campobello Island and he is not afraid to use his special beach-going ferry for transport orders out of the ordinary.

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A rare sight occurred in Walton, N.S., on Wednesday as a century-old church was ferried down the Minas Basin on a vessel captained by a man named Lord.

The building — formerly St. Matthew's Anglican Church — is being moved to Avondale to become part of the new Avondale Sky Winery, owned by Stewart Creaser and his wife, Lorraine Vassalo.

"We needed a building to make our wine in and to sell our wine in. We've moved an old barn to our property to make the wine in and this building will be used to sell our wine," Creaser told CBC News on Wednesday.

St. Matthew's Anglican Church was built in 1844 and deconsecrated in 2008. Creaser and Vassalo bought the building for $1.67 — the same price the congregation paid for the church in 1844.

While transporting the former church to the new site will cost thousands of dollars, Creaser said he fell in love with the building as soon as he saw it.

"When you're in there it has this amazing, peaceful ambience," he said.

"We really weren't looking for a church in particular but when we were shown it, we just really believed it was the right thing to do. It was a great old building, it's got a lot of history and it deserves to be able to live on."

The journey of the nearly 30-tonne building is a complicated one that has already experienced delays. The building spent the winter on the Walton waterfront after poor weather conditions delayed attempts to move it last year.

On Wednesday, a truck successfully drove the church on to a converted ferry that arrived in Walton for the day's high tide at 2:25 p.m.

The church will now travel more than 45 kilometres down the Bay of Fundy to Newport Landing, then up the Avon River where it will sit overnight, just off Hantsport. It will be unloaded off the ferry at Thursday afternoon's high tide.

Next week, it will be driven up a hill toward Avondale Sky Winery as nearby phone, power and cable lines are carefully disconnected.

Creaser said he was originally hoping to transport the church on a truck for its entire journey.

"There's a problem with the power lines between here and our location that there's major power lines and Nova Scotia Power would have to put power or turn the power off for a significant part of the whole county, which they just can't do," he said.

Armed with cameras and chairs, dozens of people in the village of Walton came to the waterfront to witness the church's move.

"Makes it a little exciting, just look around. I've never seen this many cars in Walton in my life," said one man.

"I think it's just short of a miracle," said another.

The captain of the ferry — named Stan Lord — said he had never experienced anything of this magnitude and was surprised to see so many members of the village show up for the occasion.

"I said, 'Holy crap,'" Lord said, laughing.

The crowd broke into cheers and applause as Lord pulled the ferry away from the waterfront.

"Went to church there and there it goes now, right out to sea," said one woman.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Friend The Eagle

Never in my life have I seen so many eagles than on Campobello Island. And today I had another almost close encounter with my friend, the eagle.
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Due to his dark colour he is probably just in his second year, a youngster still, but full grown. Bald eagles are getting their white heads during their third year. Until then they can be mistaken for golden eagles – at first glance.

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I met my friend down at Herring Cove Beach. Actually I was just turning back to my car when I saw him approaching a tall spruce way out there atop of the rocks.

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He sat in the highest top. It was a beautiful day and he was searching for food. I could see that he was looking towards me where I stood on the sand bar besides the creek running out of Lake Glensevern. All of a sudden he jumped off his perch, spread his huge wings and came sailing straight towards me. Approx. 50 feet from me he swung away and started on a wide circle along the forest edge and back over the parking lot.
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While he came cruising again I had the NIKON up and the shutter was clicking and clicking and clicking. Then he circled and circled over and over again, maybe just 35-40ft. above the ground.
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While I was taking pictures of him I got mad about myself. WHY, just WHY did I leave the tele-lens  at home. I had only my standard 18 – 55mm mounted.
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Then I saw what I believe was the reason for him circling. From the shoreline rocks I noticed an otter emerge, clambering and jumping upwards until he reached the road and headed for the cover of the trees. Clearly, the eagle had seen the otter from his first vantage perch and decided to give it a try.
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It wasn’t me he had been interested in. After the otter was gone from view the eagle took a new seat in another spruce tree.
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No need for using energy when the food was gone. I crossed over to the parking lot and walked towards the tree where he was still sitting. He had a pretty good view across the area and his head was turning left and right. I stood there without any movement for at least 10 minutes looking up to him, but he wasn’t going to let me see another fly-by.

Campobello is home to an abundance of bald eagles. We have enjoyed them many times with our visitors from several view points of our tours.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Lighthouses Everywhere

Visiting Campobello Island is visiting Lighthouses. The stately historic beacons of the coast have gotten to be major attractions for visitors from all over the world. Here, on Campobello you will come across the icon of the Head Harbour Lightstation just about everywhere you go. You will find it in paintings, postcards, in logos, car stickers, on caps, jackets and T-shirts. You will also see it as scaled models along the road. Some have bird house lightstations and and others use the design for bird feeders, like the one shown below which we have made in our shop. Coming to Campobello you might want to take home a souvenir made right here on the island.

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Think about it and when booking your sightseeing tour you’ll return home with a lasting memory.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

So you want to visit Campobello with your own boat

In that case we got great news for you. Campobello is now officially offering Port of Entry for private boats at the Welshpool Wharf. Arriving at Welshpool Wharf means you are right in the middle of the island and about 1.5 miles from the Roosevelt Park Visitor Centre.and about 3 miles from the Head Harbour Lighthouse. Campobello Sightseeing has taken over the function as Harbour master and in order for you to see the island we offer our transportation and sightseeing tours starting directly at the Welshpool Wharf.
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Before you come, please email or phone (506) 752 1901 so we are ready to meet you.
See you soon.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Great new video

Great new video of Head Harbour Lightstation released.
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We offer guided tours to the lightstation! Book it now.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Day In January

January on Campobello can be everything from snowy and cold to extremely mild and rainy, or any mix there off. What never fails is a prediction of strong winds. And sometimes the wind can reach devastating powers, toppling trees and peeling off of roof shingles.
When the winds get furious we like to take a trip around to experience the island weather.
Depending on which direction the wind is blowing from, the views can be spectacular.
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While driving Rte. 774 towards Wilson’s Beach we came across a tree leaning across the road. The only thing holding it back was the power line. And the power went out as the tree hit the power line. Since the power company has no office on Campobello, they need to cross through the U.S. before they can start repairs. This time it took a total of 5 hrs before power was restored.

Down at Liberty Point, dramatic views offered themselves across the Bay of Fundy.

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The wild waves drew long tails of foamy water behind. The noise of the wind and the crashing waves was impressive. Living on Campobello year-long is a never-ending adventure.
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Weather has been the basic ingredient for how life has been going on for generations. Right now it is scallop season. Scores of fishing vessels are out on the bay – not the Fundy Bay today, but the more protected Passamaquoddy Bay. Being able to uphold fisheries is paramount to continued life on Campobello.