We took the Campobello Island Tour (Franklin D Roosevelt summer estate) with Stephen, our tour guide and owner of the boat. On the day of travel, Stephen had to cancel due to high winds that would make the journey not very pleasant for tourists. Stephen, a lobster fisherman outside of summer months, indicated it was not problem for him to take his boat out, but cancelled for the welfare of those without adequate "sea legs". Fortunately, he was able to reschedule the trip on the next day.
Stephen knows the history of his island well that extends back generations in his own family. He has a very down to earth mannerism that makes for a very pleasant tour. On this tour, he tells you a lot about the fishing and geography of the western part of the island with a lot of interesting island and family history. After a crossing to Campobello we were able to see a short film on FDR and Campobello, have tea and biscuits learning about Eleanor Roosevelt and view FDR's summer home filled with many interesting original furnishings. Given that we needed to get back to Grand Manan, that was all we had time for. Stephen was excellent in ensuring that we made the most of the time that we had on Campobello. On the way back to Grand Manan, despite Stephen being anxious to get back to lead a sunset tour, he took us on a different but longer route and even stopped to throw out some bait to attract seabirds.
The whole tour lasted almost 7 hours and cost less that $100 tax included. Everyone on our tour, including some local residents of Grand Manan, thought this was one great tour and I couldn't agree more.
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