Did you Know ?

  • Of all the people visiting the Park, over 99% are either very satisfied or satisfied with their visits?
  • The small Canadian island of Campobello played a large role in shaping the man who was to become a great leader of the United States and of the world, and a great friend of Canada?
  • The Roosevelt Campobello International park has been attracting tourists since 1855?
  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park is home to an international, continent-wide sculpture, called Sunsweep?
  • At the RCIP, you can experience environmental conditions that you would otherwise find much further north or on a mountain?
  • The RCIP is home to some of the largest tidal ranges in the world?
  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park is the only park in the world owned, financed, administered, and staffed by the peoples of two countries?
  • We haven’t achieved 100% satisfaction yet, but we’re trying. Most importantly, we satisfy our visitors by providing quality interpretation, exceptional maintenance, friendly, conscientious staff, and an outstanding, memorable experience.
  • It was on the Canadian Island of Campobello that FDR summered with his parents during his formative years, and later with his own family when he sought relaxation from the stresses of his work. His experiences on his "beloved island" and what he learned on this Canadian island played a role in shaping the man who was to become a great leader of the United States and of the world. After he became President, FDR returned to his summer home for three brief visits: in 1933, 1936, and 1939. His love of the island and his long associations with its people left a lasting impression and influenced his attitude and policies toward Canada.
  • Visitors had been coming to Campobello to enjoy the island's charms since 1855; however, it wasn't until a group of Boston and New York businessmen bought most of the island in 1881 that the summer trade really prospered. The new owners constructed three luxurious hotels that they leased to private management. Hotel brochures touted the favorable climate, the clean, bracing, salt-tinged, balsam-scented air and the abundant scenic beauty. They also espoused unequaled boating (sailboats, rowing, canoes with Passamaquoddy Indian guides), enjoyable excursions by land and sea, and relief from hay fever. The Canadian and American press promoted Campobello as a summer resort. Natural air conditioning provided by the ocean was a major attraction. Well-to-do families from such cities as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Montreal escaped to Campobello by private yacht, steamship and train. Some of those families purchased land and had summer cottages constructed, creating a small summer colony. The Commission has restored several of the summer colony cottages, which are used to help establish the historical setting for the Roosevelt cottage and also to lodge and feed conference participants.
  • The sculpture was designed and given by artist David Barr as a symbol of international friendship to the peoples of the three communities in which it lies. Barr installed polished, black granite markers at three sites along the Canadian/United States border. The most eastern marker is on Ragged Point in the Park’s Natural Area. The western-most piece is located at Point Roberts, Washington, and a pair of stones are located about half-way between at Lake-of-the-Woods, Minnesota. Because this long, quiet border lies under the path of the sun as it moves from east to west, Barr’s work is called Sunsweep. The connecting aspect of the markers is in the form of the markers themselves. The arch-shaped stones, each about five feet high, are the ends of a conceptual arch anchored at each coast. In between, in Michigan, are two wedge-shaped pieces that are keystones to the symbolic completion of the structure.
  • Campobello's ecology (and the region’s) is largely the result of climate - of adaptation to cool, moist conditions. The Labrador current brings subarctic water temperatures to our relatively deep-water area, and with the cold water, the coolest summer temperatures and the most fog of the region. Although the park is further south, exposure to cool, moist, summer conditions results in headland shrub communities (representative plants are crowberry and trailing juniper) and coastal raised peatlands (insectivorous pitcher plants and sundews, cloudberry, sphagnum, heath plants) similar to those found in Newfoundland, or at much higher elevations. The cold water is actually very productive, with an upwelling of nutrients caused by tides and currents. Waters around the Park contain perhaps the richest and most diverse invertebrate community on the eastern seaboard. From park observation areas and trails, it is often possible to view whales, harbor porpoise, and seals.
  • Lying in the Bay of Fundy, the Park experiences large tidal ranges twice each day. It is somewhat mind boggling to think that as you walk along the water line when the tide is out, that six hours previously you would have been under up to eight and a half meters (28 feet) of water. Many of our visitors find exploring the large intertidal zone a fascinating experience.
  • Enabling legislation in each country created a joint commission (the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission) charged with administering the park. The Park Commission sets policy guidelines, oversees park administration, and submits annual budget requests to the Canadian and U.S. governments for joint and equal funding from both nations. The Park is Canadian soil which has become part of America's heritage and which is being preserved for the future through the commitment of the citizens and governments of both countries.