Description - The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is a unique example of international cooperation. This 2800 acre park is a joint memorial by Canada and the United States and a symbol of the close relationship between the two countries. Here are the cottage and the grounds where President Roosevelt vacationed, the waters where he sailed, and the woods, bogs, and beaches where he tramped and relaxed. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park was established under an agreement signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson on January 22, 1964. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park was officially opened on August 20, 1964.
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The "cottage" at Roosevelt Campobello International Park
- In the 2,600 acres of the Park at the southeast end of Campobello Island, more that 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 continuity and endeavor.
In addition to the Roosevelt Cottage, the Park Commission has acquired and restored four other "cottages" dating from the same period. One of these, the Hubbard Cottage, is also available for public viewing when it is not in use in the Park's conference program. Visitors can also enjoy the Park's extensive gardens, picnic areas and ocean vistas.
There are 8.4 miles of drives located in the Park's 2800 acre natural areas. Eight miles of walking trails branch off of these drives. The trails are designed to offer short hikes, individually, or moderate to long hikes when traveled in combination.
Historic photographs, artifacts, text and audio presentations provide interpretation and introduce visitors to the Park in the Visitor Center. Visitors learn about the Roosevelt association with Campobello from the time Franklin and his parents first visited the island through his battle with polio, his presidency, and the establishment of the Park. Visitors interested in the video Beloved Island, a portrait of the island and its impact on FDR, are accommodated in a forty-seat theatre. Restrooms (including wheelchair accessible) are available.
There are no lodging or camping facilities on the Park grounds. Herring Cove Provincial Park is immediately adjacent to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park and offers camping facilities. There are also private campgrounds on the island and in neighboring Lubec.
The Park is open daily, from Saturday following Victoria Day (the Saturday prior to U.S. Memorial Day), and remains open through Canadian Thanksgiving (U.S. Columbus Day). Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A.D.T. (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. E.D.T.) seven days a week.
Recreation - Activities at the park include touring the historic cottage, viewing the film at the visitor center, scenic driving, biking, hiking, nature walks, and viewing wildlife.
Climate - The area has a cool coastal climate with frequent morning fog. Wear comfortable sportswear with walking shoes. A warm jacket or sweater and rain gear is recommended.
From Bangor, Maine, travel east on Route 1A to Ellsworth and then east on Route 1 to Whiting Village. Take Route 189 to Lubec and cross the nternational Bridge to Campobello Island. The Park is located approximately two miles from the International Bridge.