Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service in Canso

The Seamen’s Memorial in Canso was constructed in 1976 to mark the 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Canso by the Canso Lions Club with donations from the Lions and the community. The Seamen’s Memorial highlights four centuries of the fishing heritage of the Canso Area and contains numerous names of fishermen...

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Weather hampers Fisherama

Numbers down from previous years TRENTON — It was a miserable day for trout fishing. Almost 200 people braved the elements on Saturday for the Pictou County Rivers Association’s annual Fisherama at Steeltown Park, and the fish were not biting. Taylor Malcolm expressed some mild frustration as he reeled in a twig with his fishing line....

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Setting day

Bright and early this morning, local lobster fishermen were out setting their traps for the first haul of the season. The Silver Seas, captained by Matt Fillier who fishes from the Caribou wharf, was among the many boats who left port. (Photo by Brendan Nichol)...

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Elias and Sarah …

I’m going back many years to my grandparents Elias and Sarah Turple. Elias originated from around the Clam Bay area and he met Sarah Livingstone in the very early 1900s in Murray River, PEI. They married and began raising their family in Murray River but moved to Pictou Island in 1914. It was on Pictou...

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Winter Sportfishing season opens Jan. 1

Nova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and head to one of the province’s open waterways when the winter fishing season opens on New Year’s Day. “Sportfishing is a popular outdoor activity that our province offers and generates over $58 million in revenue annually,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Safety is very important...

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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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New home construction, curfews and a broken washing machine …

Scott Falconer and Charlie MacMillan sailed their boats from Pictou Island to the mainland on July 16, 1962.  They transported two boatloads of lumber back to Pictou Island for the construction of Scott and Rita’s new home.  Duncan and Roy MacCallum along with Scott began construction of the new three-bedroom house on July 30th. Many...

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42th Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service

Nova Scotia fishing communities know the challenges and dangers facing fishermen and women who are engaged in the fishery.  Fishing and the challenges of the sea are not strangers to Canso and the surrounding fishing communities in Easter Nova Scotia. The history of fishing and its role in early settlement in Nova Scotia has earned...

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Caught … in a trap

My memory has me recalling those times when I, as a small boy, would sail to and from my home on Pictou Island with my parents. During those earlier years, my father had the 30-foot boat named Slo-Mo-Shun which he had built himself in 1951. This sleek boat powered by a 289 cubic inch V-8...

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