We are so lucky to live in a place with magical islands, surrounded by lighthouses and whales, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick is exactly that!
It’s also THE destination for seaglass lovers, which would explain why beachcombers from around the world love to visit on and off season to find treasures scattered across the shores.
I first visited Campobello Island six years ago and I’ve been madly in love with the island ever since. And I consider myself very fortunate to have dear friends on the island and to have the opportunity to regularly support the Campobello Whale Rescue Team and Canadian Whale Institute, which is headquartered on the island.
Campobello is very near and dear to my mermaid heart and I know once you visit, it’ll be just as special to you too!
From picture-perfect lighthouses—only accessible by foot at low tide—to dreamy beaches sprinkled with seaglass, to whales and coastal creatures around every corner. Campobello Island is a destination that everyone should experience at some point in their life.
And I’m very excited to share the updated 2023 East Coast Mermaid Guide to Campobello Island with you!
Visiting Campobello Island requires a pinch of island hopping (or US border crossing, depending on how you want to approach it) so let’s start with how to get there since it’s a little more complicated than just hopping in the car and on a ferry!
One of the biggest misconceptions I hear about visiting Campobello Island is that you have to go though the United States to get there, which isn’t true. While crossing the border into Maine and accessing the island through the states is an option, the island is also accessible by two short ferry rides.
One FREE ferry from L’Étete to Deer Island and one PAID ferry from Deer Island to Campobello Island. The Deer Island ferry leaves every half hour. The Campobello Island ferry, which is privately own, leaves Deer Island every hourly but days of the week and times may vary depending on the month.
This ferry is VERY weather dependent so ALWAYS check their Facebook page, East Coast Ferries, for ferry schedule and any planned or unplanned changes to the schedule that may affect your crossing or plans.
You can access the Deer Island ferry schedule here and Campobello Island ferry schedule here. Plan to budget for $25 one-way for a vehicle and driver, then $5 for each additional adult. Children under 12 sail for free.
If you’re planning to visit Campobello Island, one thing is very important! Make sure to book your accommodations in advance. Campobello Island is a small island, with only so many places to stay!
This mermaid LOVES to rent a cottage at Pollock Cove Resort as it is right on the ocean and located on one of the best seaglass beaches on the island.
We have stayed in Cottage #3 and Cottage #4 and while both are fabulous, I would say that Cottage #3 is my favorite and the one we always book now! You open your door and the beach, pier, and giggling seagulls are right in front of you. Which means you can keep an eye on the tides and be the first down there when the tides turn in your favour.
There is also a firepit area with stunning views where whales swim right by. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and charcuterie board!
Another mermaid favourite is Friars Bay Inn & Cottages. Its newly renovated motel is gorgeous and you have an ocean view from each motel room thanks to the design of the motel. You can easily walk across the street to stroll Friars Bay Beach and look for seaglass!
We also love the Campobello Whale Watch Motel! While you might not have ocean views, you can enjoy summer evenings by a roaring campfire in the yard. It’s also very centrally located, so you’re just a short drive from all of the action.
And if having the perfect cliff top view to watch for whales and boats going by sounds dreamy – why not take a peek at the Starfish Cottage or Whale of a View Cottage? These beautiful cottages are just seconds away from Head Harbour Lighthouse.
Camping more your style? I’ve heard amazing things about the Herring Cove Campground and you have access to an absolutely stunning crescent beach!
It’s no secret. I go to Campobello Island for the seaglass and we spend most of our time on the island doing exactly that. Walking the beaches and looking for that perfect piece off tumbled, frosted seaglass.
But if seaglass isn’t your jam – don’t let that stop you from visiting this gem in the Bay of Fundy. There are plenty of activities and adventures just waiting for your arrival. You couldn’t ask for a better destination to fill your lungs with salty, fresh air and your heart with coastal memories to last a lifetime.
Here are just a few of my favorite mermaid haunts and things to do on the island!
I often tell people that if you go to Campobello Island and don’t find any seaglass, you had your eyes closed the whole time! For seaglass lovers and beachcombers, Campobello Island is an absolute DREAM!
Which is probably why, for many who visit the island, seaglassing all day every, every day during their visit or vacation, is perfectly acceptable.
Each beach offers a variety of tumbled, frosted colours and pieces for you to find. And trust me, you’re likely to dream about seaglass the minute your head hits the pillow and all through the night until you can wake up and do it all over again.
My favorite beaches for seaglass are Pollock Cove, the Ferry Landing, and Friars Bay. What I love about Pollock Cove and the Ferry Landing is that they’re a great spot to head to both at low tide AND high tide, as the high tide line can have just as many treasures for you to discover.
If you’re seaglass obsessed, might I suggest you plan to visit the island during Seaglass September for a whole month of organized beachcombing activities and meet-ups.
To learn more about the Campobello Island Seaglass Festival, swim over to their Facebook page.
What many people are surprised to learn about Campobello Island is that the late U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt spent his summers on the island in the most gorgeous waterfront property. Today, it’s the Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
In addition to the park’s historic buildings, visitors can have lunch at the Prince Cafe during the summer months (a mermaid fave) and take part in their famous “Tea with Eleanor” experience in the historic Wells-Shober summer cottage. You can also stroll the grounds, take part in a guided walking tour, snap some photos and enjoy the beautiful park trails.
The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm until late October. You can also plan your visit by clicking here.
Your one stop shop for the perfect gift to remember your visit, the Campobello Island Gift House is a must on your trip to the island. Browse a variety of gift items from Atlantic Canadian makers and get plenty of seaglass treasures in store!
Mermaid Secret: The Campobello Island Gift House is located in the same place as the Scoop Shack. Why not pick up some gifts and a tasty treat while you’re at it?
One of two picturesque lighthouses on the island, Mulholland Point Lighthouse overlooks Lubec, Maine and the bridge to the US leaving Campobello Island. I love visiting this lighthouse any time of day but it’s extra calm and lovely in the morning.
Love seals? This is the best place on the island to get up close and personal with them! There are always a bunch catching the changing tides by the lighthouse and they’re very curious creatures. Make sure to bring your camera!
Head Harbour Lighthouse—or East Quoddy Lighthouse as its more officially known—is my favourite spot on the island. It’s also on its very own island, accessible only at low tide.
But don’t let the tide schedule deter you from visiting. At high tide, it’s absolutely beautiful to see it surrounded by water and it will truly give you a new perspective compared to when it’s accessible at low tide.
This is also a GREAT spot to watch for whales, porpoises, bald eagles, and my favourite little island creature—minks that go from land to sea! I like to call them AQUAMINK™️.
At low tide, the real adventure begins!
Look closely at the photo above and the photo below – notice how the ladder is now exposed?
Bay of Fundy tidal magic, baby!
For two hours before and after low tide, you can walk on the ocean floor, trek up a few sets of stairs and ladders and make your way to the famous lighthouse. And it’s totally worth the trek – even if you don’t like scary ladders and stairs. There is a small fee of $5 to do this, so bring along some cash if you plan to cross over to the lighthouse.
The views are gorgeous and you may get a look at whales swimming by! And of course, you can always look for seaglass and treasures along the sandbar. I’ve found some pretty spectacular tumbled and frosted pieces here.
Just remember to wear proper footwear if you’re planning to cross over at low tide. The rocks and stairs can be slippery – I always choose my Blundstones over my flip flops for this specific adventure.
Mermaid Tip: Travelling with your dog or little ones? This lighthouse may be better viewed safely from land!
You can’t go to Campobello Island without playing with some whales, now can you? What I absolutely love about Campobello Island is that it’s actually quite easy to spot whales from the land during the summer months.
A quick drive out to Head Harbour Lighthouse and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot minkes, finbacks, and maybe if you’re lucky, a humpback in the distance! You can also view whales easily from Pollock Cove which is why I love staying at the Pollock Cove Resort and having dinner at the Pier.
But if you want to hit the open seas for a little adventure – you absolutely must book a whale watching cruise with East Quoddy Tours!
New this year and owned and operated by friends of this mermaid, East Quoddy Tours is offering all sorts of tour options from Campobello Island, including whale watching, sightseeing, beachcombing tours, fishing and more.
Tours are 2 hours in length, leaving at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm, weather permitting of course. Plan to budget $75 per person.
To book your East Quoddy adventure, you can book online here.
People go to Campobello Island for the stunning coastal views, lighthouses, epic seaglass and beautiful parks. If you’re a foodie looking for an island full of dining options, you won’t find them but what you will find are a few amazing options to choose from!
You just need to plan accordingly – check Facebook pages for hours and when possible, bring along some of your own snacks or book a cottage with a kitchenette if you want to make some of your meals.
This is fins down my FAVORITE spot on the island for a delicious meal. Located right in Friar’s Bay, it’s got a huge porch for you to sit outside and you can’t beat that 180° view of Friars Bay from their restaurant.
Their burgers are AMAZING and I love that they have a build your own nacho option. Their desserts are out of this world AND they’re licensed, so you can cozy up on the porch and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine!
The Porch is open daily 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday through Monday. Make sure to check them out on Facebook for updates, menu items, and hours!
A popular spot on the island and located right next to Pollock Cove, The Pier is a great spot to eat if you’re looking to sit on a waterfront patio and have some drinks and good food. Their caesars are delicious, and it’s arguably one of the best places on the island to catch a sunset with a drink in hand.
The Prince Cafe is located at the Roosevelt Campobello International Park and is worth stopping by. It’s such a lovely spot on the island to grab a delicious lunch and their menu offers something for everyone. And I absolutely love their outdoor dining porch with stunning views of Eastport.
If you’re looking for a lighter lunch of sandwiches, soups, and salads then this is the place to be!
They are open daily from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Is there anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day? I think not! And there’s no better place than the Scoop Shack to make all of your ice cream (or milkshake) dreams come true. And it’s located right by the Campobello Island Gift House.
The Scoop Shack is open daily from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Like them on Facebook for updates + all of the inside scoop on flavors. See what I did there?
If you’re ready to start planning your visit to Campobello Island, I’m here to help! DM me on my shell phone if you have any questions at all!
PS: You might even get a secret seaglass beach recommendation or two out of me!