Celebrations, picnics and boat races in 1955 …

During past years, different communities around this area would host grand celebration each year. Some places that I recall these happenings being held were at Pictou Landing, Cape John and yes Pictou Island. These events usually drew thousands of people from various places much like the Pictou Lobster Carnival does today. Locals from such places...

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Shrieks from monsters in the woods …

Far out in the Northumberland Strait lies a tiny island where maybe even today imaginary monsters roam in its woods … I recall my earlier years living on Pictou Island when monsters supposedly lurked in the woods behind our homes. You see every Pictou Island landowner had their own woodlands. Just about every islander would...

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Anderson MacLean and Wayne MacKinnon

I have previously written a tale or two about Anderson MacLean from River John and his ways of life as a fisherman on Pictou Island. I thank those of you who have shared your accounts of past events thus allowing me to share them with others. One such recollection that was passed onto me concerning...

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Ice, fire, a race and a brawl …

The Northumberland Strait was full of ice on May 1st 1965. It has been eight months since we moved off Pictou Island. My parents, however, were going to stay in our house on Pictou Island during lobster season. Four days prior on April 26th there was a lot of scattered ice. Nevertheless, my father and...

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Pictou Island Christmas 1959

The weather during the month of December 1959 remained mild, middle to high 30s Fahrenheit, the wind blew hard from the south nearly every day and it rained a lot. Jimmie MacDonald and wife Viney were found deceased in their burnt out home on December 10. Consequently, over the next several days, Arnold MacMillan kept...

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Telling tales on the high seas

Even when they’re on their way to Pictou County on the Northumberland ferry from Wood Islands, P.E.I., visitors are getting a taste of Nova Scotia and what they can look forward to in Pictou County when they dock. Each Monday until the end of the summer, the Museum of Industry will have an interpreter on...

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Traps are set

Pictured is a fishing boat leaving Caribou wharf at 6 a.m. for trap setting day today – the first of the 2018 lobster season! They set sail in the dense fog and many of them returned home in the rain.  (Photo by Maggie McLaren)...

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Summer of 1964 …

Probably my first experiences in seeing changes taking place within the local fisheries was with rope in the late 1950s or early 60s. Fishermen up to those years used a cotton rope for all purposes. Around the late 1950s or early 60s, a much lighter plastic rope was introduced. Lobster trap trawls usually require a...

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Feds commit to ferry service

PICTOU – The federal agreement laid out a long-term commitment today (May 5) to the local ferry service. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser and Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay joined P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLaughlan during the announcement that took place in Belfast, P.E.I. The long-term federal commitment is to support ferry service operated by Northumberland Ferries...

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First crossing of the season

Northumberland Ferries Limited resumed its service between Wood Islands, P.E.I. and Caribou, N.S. today. Traffic was light initially for the service that ends in late December. The Confederation is the sole ferry currently operating. The Holiday Island is docked in Caribou while work continues to prepare it for voyages during the prime traffic season. (Goodwin...

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