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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Quoddy Loop

After leaving Grand Manan we headed to L'etete for a ferry across Passamaquoddy Bay, an arm of the Bay of Fundy.  Our destination was Deer Island.  As the trip is only 20 minutes long we had a much smaller ferry.This is a government run ferry and is free of charge to ride - amazing!
 We took our time exploring all the nooks and crannies of this peaceful island.

Then we headed to the terminal to catch the ferry to Campobello.
This ferry is privately owned and operates for a very reasonable fee.  For two people plus the car it was only $24.00;  again the ride was about 20 minutes long.
We sailed past the town of Eastport, Maine and although we had our passports with us in case we felt inclined to enter the U.S., we decided it was just easier to stay on the Canadian side.
We headed for FDR's cottage, which is an international historic site, funded and maintained by both the Canadian and U.S. governments.
Technically, Campobello is in New Brunswick, Canada but it's so close to Maine that many Americans have summer homes there.  (Spectacular summer homes, I might add.)  It's a beautiful island and no wonder Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose to vacation the humble cottage pictured below (18 rooms, 6 bedrooms, plus servants quarters on the third floor).

 Here's the view from the back porch.
 You can walk down to a lovely beach.
This is from the beach looking towards the house. I could picture Eleanor Roosevelt making this trek daily with her kids.
 Next door to the Roosevelt's is a cottage owned by their friends which is also part of this historic site.  (Have you visited here, Linda?)
 It's unbelievable.
 So much carved wood - chestnut, oak and maple.
It's an actual gingerbread house.
 The picture window in the dining room was custom made in England;  it's like capturing a piece of real life to hang on your wall, as the bay ebbs and flows and sailboats breeze past in the animated scene.  I was awestruck.

The upstairs was closed off to visitors but we were told it is used for conferences of Rhodes Scholars, politicians, etc.
 Imagine being under this covered verandah during a rain storm.
We went out the Friar's Bay Road where there is another lighthouse...
 ...and the FDR bridge which crosses to Lubec, Maine.
 At this point it was time for a feed of lobster :)
 This is East Quoddy Head Light Station.  It's a steep climb up to the lighthouse at low tide only.

We retraced our steps and took the ferry back to Deer Island.
 From Deer Island, we crossed back to the mainland.
Our souvenirs were plain and simple:  tons of pictures of all the beauty we saw, sardines from Black's Harbour for the kitties...
...and Grand Manan dulce for us!

 As it turns out...Polly preferred the dulce over the sardines - she won't leave it alone!!!


  1. I can't get over that oval window, Karen. I've never seen anything like it. So beautiful.

  2. How gorgeous! That oval window is so beautiful, I wonder if it compromises the structure of the building? (my father was a builder, you see) I had to look up 'dulce', I've never heard of it. Sounds as though you have had a great time!

  3. Yes!! I have been there! We did that same trip when our kids were younger- Deer Island, Campobello and Grand Manan. I think we crossed and came back through Maine... That oval window is amazing isn't it? I remember it... I'd like to tell you those Hubbards are relatives, but that would be a fib....

  4. Gorgeous pictures Karen. Did you give Polly some dulce?

  5. Karen, one of our cats is crazy for nori, a kind of dried Japanese seaweed. The vet told us not to give it to him because it's very high in magnesium and could cause kidney problems in a cat. So you might not want to give Polly all she can eat of dulse. A bit now and then should be okay.