Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Round Rocks Of Campobello

They were looking at our pebble beach and could hardly believe it. “This is not man-made?”  I had to explain that winter storms would roll up tons and tons of round pebbles and small rocks creating the pebble beach along the Provincial Park and the Roosevelt Park. They had never seen anything like it and it had never occurred to me that there are lots of folks out there who have never seen a beach like this.
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Round like balls…..                                                   and not man-made beaches

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Morning Fog over Friars Bay                              Pebble Beach along the Provincial Park
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View from Raccoon Beach                                  Molly seeking to cool off a bit

But this was just the beginning of their discovery tour across Campobello. When we stopped at Raccoon Beach they were in for another surprise. I could tell them that the Roosevelt children had loved this place and that they had spent many afternoons with their mother Eleanor down there below the cliff collecting ball-round rocks and bringing them home.
My guests were from Virginia and they had their 2 small children, a cute girl and a smart boy, about 8yrs. old, with them.

Could I create a similar experience for them?

Of course.  My story about the round rocks and the Roosevelts triggered what I had expected. They wanted to go down the long stairway and look for those rocks. It didn’t take us long to find more than a handful of it and interestingly, it seemed that the adults had as much fun as the kids.
Leaving Raccoon Beach they had gathered a small load of round rocks and a piece of unique looking driftwood.

Raccoon Beach is the only place on Campobello where these rocks can be found. Why are these rocks that smooth and round? Raccoon Beach is exposed to a lot of strong surf from the Bay of Fundy. Winter storms roll these rocks back and forth. Thus they are shaped by the power of the wind and the sea made to fascinate generations of people visiting the shore.




  1. I love those rocks. The amount of force it must take to smooth and round them is just amazing. Thanks for the birthday wishes. We sure do like our Canadian neighbors.

  2. They look a lot like the Agates that wash up on the south shore of Lake Superior.

  3. Such a wonderful find on that beach, memories for many years to come was made with that tour.

  4. Sounds like you are a wonderful tour guide and folks are really getting their money's worth.

    Rocks shaped by the wind and tides are always interesting to see for sure.


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