"Campobello Island - 2006 Bicycle Trip (Part 2)" Campobello Island by Bwana_Brown
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Campobello Island was the second leg of the Summer 2006 bicycle trip that my buddy Russell and I took, an exercise that we have been carrying on each of the last 5 summers. We struck it lucky with the weather, hitting the Bay of Fundy coast of New Brunswick with virutally perfect biking weather! After a day of island-hopping from the mainland (see my 'Deer Island' page for the details), we set foot on Campobello at 9 AM on our second day and were keen to do some exploring.
Although long inhabited by the Passamaquoddy native Americans of this area, Campobello Island first entered the knowledge of the European world in 1607 when French explorer Samuel de Champlain (founder of Quebec City in 1608) sailed past on his way into Passamaquoddy Bay. The map of the island he drew up called it Port aux Coquilles after the huge numbers of clams that were spotted. However, settlement in the New World was difficult work, and it was not until 1684 that a small group of settlers arrived on the island, scratching out a living with a few horses and cattle and whatever they could glean from the sea. Things remained quiet until the island was granted to Welsh Captain William Owen in 1767 by the British governor of Nova Scotia, Lord William Campbell. Deciding to pay homage to the man who deeded the land to him, Owen named his personal island Camp(o)bell(o) as a play on Campbell's name.
Although the principle livlihood of the island has always depended on the sea, the following centuries also brought changes to the island, as you will see in my 'To Do' tips! Our first task was to hit the road to examine one of these major changes that eventually changed life on the island forever.
The photo shows a couple of tourists ahead of us as they cross the seaweed covered rocks, exposed at low tide, on their way to Head Harbour Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island. Please see my 'General' tip for maps showing both Campobello's location and a close-up of the island.
- Pros:Beautiful coastal scenery and great Parks
- Cons:It all depends on the weather
- In a nutshell:A low key and inexpensive place to enjoy the Atlantic coast
Campobello Island is located in the southwest corner of Canada's Maritime Provinces, in New Brunswick and on the border... more travel advice
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- Rapid Tidal Changes in Water Levels
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