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 2 1/2hrs.
Specialty tours, also in combination with Whale-Watch Tours, and 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:
2 1/2hrs 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





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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Remembering A Late Summer Island Hike


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
international boundary of
Canada

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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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Lubec and Campobello with connecting International bridge

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.

DSC_0111 The Lubec Light – commonly called “SPARKPLUG”
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

So I unrolled the garden hose, mounted the wash brush and had myself on top of the roof. There was really a lot of dust which needed to be washed off.
After I had cleared most of the roof with the brush, I got a pail of soapy water and started up front again to get the nasty lichen spots off. It is a result of our high humidity coastal climate that lichens will start grow on the roof.
Looking back after end work I was pretty satisfied with the result. The roof is now shining white like it was new.

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

 

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.
Commercial pic 2017-001In fact, we will meet you dockside and welcome you to the island. After you have paid your moorage fee we can take you to any point you want to visit.
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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.
506 752 1901

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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Stormy Day On The Bay
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till no snow but lots of wind. It looks like the old year won’t go without getting us some stormy weather. The wind direction was Southwest and that meant that a visit to Liberty Point could be interesting.

The sun broke through storm clouds when I fought my way out of the car. Standing still was not easy. I tried to stay out of the worst wind casts by hiding behind some spruce trees while snapping off some pictures.
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While the waves seemed powerful here, it would be peanuts compared to what was going on out in the middle of the bay between the Island of Grand Manan and Campobello and the coast of Maine. Luckily, no ship was out there to brave the wild sea.
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     Below: Ragged Point

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Then I drove over to South Beach along the Duck Ponds. It was nearly High Tide and the water ran high onto the beach.
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