Saturday, August 27, 2016

Small towns on Bay of Fundy

From Amherst to Joggins to Advocate Harbor to Parrsboro then to Truro there are many tiny communities along the coast separated by lush forests, some small farms and all bordered by a rocky shore that overlooks that fabulous Bay of Fundy.

Lighthouses are every few miles and vital to the navigation along the coast.  In one museum I saw a long list of names of shipwrecks located right off shore.

I pulled up to this lighthouse and parked for the night.  I was up high enough that the tide wouldn't reach me--I hoped.

It was a great place to watch the sunset--and the returning tide.

I have noticed that very colorful Adirondack chairs are  everywhere and  have seen at least 4 manufacturers of them along the way.  
Those that are made locally are also not very expensive either--in the $30 to $50 range (Canadian $)

The town was named Five Islands--and there were.  Here's three...

...and two more. 

Each town seems to produce its own museum...

...this one is called Age of Sails,  and was especially interesting.

At one time, these communities were famous for ship building.  The construction of this building certainly felt and looked like an upside down ship's hull.

The local seamen were the 'First Responders' to the survivors of the Titanic.

The smaller fishing vessels out of these villages were the closest to the disaster and were able to deliver many of the women and children from the life rafts to Cunard's large vessel, the Carpathian.

The museum had a lot of memorabilia on the disaster.

Under the above distress code: 
Edmund Burke of Joggins, pioneer in wireless transmission and Morse Code, was first to monitor the Titanic distress code April 15, 1912.  

Reading his log was very chilling.

"The Sea carries no tracks.
One disappears
into it
and leaves
no trace.
                  E.L. Beach

The town of Parrsboro is very much an artist's colony...

Clearly,  art is in the eye of the beholder....

...for sure.

'Cool, Man'

Nothing pretentious, just fun to see.



  1. Those masks are good.
    Anyway, it is strange to reflect that the Titanic remains such a "big" story.

    1. This community had a lot of art happening. Studios, backyards, otherwise deserted warehouses. All Willy Nilly and everyone having fun.
      In the reverse Nova Scotia seems to have a fixation on tragedy. It may be the severe challenges the people face and have faced in their history with the tough terrain, natural storms, and historical political and cultural shifts.

  2. Your red chairs don't seem to be part of part of the Canadian National Parks red chair project -

    It's fun to try to spot them!

    1. I did not know there was an official project behind the chairs. I have seen the red ones in several places now but also hundreds more in front yards, outside the doors of shops, town parks and--where attached to nothing else--alongside rivers. All of them are in bright colors and look like an invitation to 'stop for a while.'