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Campobello, the truly international park

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We were fortunate to have a clear, sunny day to tour Campobello, FDR's summer home in New Brunswick, Canada. On Canadian soil, operated and staffed jointly by Canada and the U.S., Campobello is a unique international park.

The old Roosevelt home and grounds are immaculately maintained and restored to their original state. Though the home has many rooms (over thirty), the rooms are small, cozy, and homey.

The park is part of an island, reached by ferry or the bridge from Lubec, Maine. We took the ferry over, and the bridge back, as we re-entered the U.S. through customs in Lubec.

There is a nice campground on Campobello, some wooded sites, a few with a view of the sea.

Here you are at the edge of Fundy Bay, a rugged coast with amazing tides, and an abundance of wildlife.

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The lighthouse on the point of the island is one of the few in the world to retain the cross symbol. The house is actually on a small island at the point, and you can walk out at low tide, though warned not to because of rip tides. If the tide comes up, you'll be stuck for hours till the tide changes, as it does drastically, every six hours and fifteen minutes. This area experiences tidal changes of 25-35 feet and more with each cycle.

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The friendly, homey Dutch Colonial was the summer home of Eleanor and Franklin and children for many years. FDR's parents had a different home on the island, and he spent many summers of his childhood there, as well. It was here that he learned to sail, and hiked the islands in the bay.

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Dinnerplate Dahlias were in full bloom

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This photo by Dorothea Lange is one of my daughter's favorites, and part of an exhibit on FDR and his role in ending the Depression.

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From the bridge, crossing into the U.S. at tiny Lubec, Maine from Campobello


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