The Red Bay Basque whaling station, established by Basque Mariners in the 16th century, provides the earliest, most complete and best-preserved testimony of the European whaling traditions. It became a major source of whale oil, which was shipped to Europe, where it was used for lighting. The site includes remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, wharves,... Continue Reading →
Kingston, New Brunswick
Several years back, I was writing my post On-the-trail-of-loyalists. It was late fall, the trees had shed their leaves. I was parked beside the graveyard of an historic church. I remember the wind had a cool bite to it, and I had to take a hard hold onto the truck door so it didn't sail... Continue Reading →
The best of Woodstock, New Brunswick
Map of points of interest Woodstock, NB I exit the highway and take the scenic Saint John river road, past the little Temple stallion that rears up on the lawn of someone's home. The Benton Road sign comes into view and I follow it for about 12 kilometers, where the pavement ends. Cautiously I swerve... Continue Reading →
A Return to Amherst, old verses new.
In 1976, my family moved from Dartmouth, back to my father's boyhood home of West Bay, Cape Breton. I was seven year old and I only remember a turn off in the road with a sign saying Amherst, and the other pointed to Cape Breton. Soon after our move, my uncle Ainslie MacKay, sold his... Continue Reading →
Fredericton, New Brunswick.
There is a grave buried under the street in front of this house.It has been uncovered and re-interned in the same place during road repair several time
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