Winter of 1960 …

It was a cold 10 degrees Fahrenheit day on January 8, 1960. On that day, a little bit of scattered ice could be seen in the Northumberland Strait for first time that year. A slight mist of rain and snow fell two days later and the Strait was then white with ice. First snowstorm of...

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Smacking Days on Pictou Island

It doesn’t seen like an awful long time ago but in reality it has been over 40 years since I had fished for lobster with my father from Pictou Island. It was customary for us to rise every morning about one hour before daylight. Mother would always be the first one up and she would...

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Seals love to sun themselves at Pictou Island

The tiny section of land situated in the Northumberland Strait called Pictou Island consists of approximately 3,263 acres of land. The northern side of this island is mainly covered with a dense growth of spruce trees. Over the past several years, a couple of summer cottages have been built on this side where a thriving...

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Shool days, school days …

Pictou Island is a small, five miles long island situated in the Northumberland Strait approximately halfway between PEI and the mainland of Pictou. Pictou Island’s first school was built midway between the East and West End of the island in the 1850s. The school was constructed about the middle of the island to try and...

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People I remember …

I reminiscence to past years and I envision those Pictou Islanders I once knew. There was Duncan and Verna Rankin. They lived about one quarter of a mile away and were our nearest neighbours to the east. There was a hay field separating our houses and we could clearly see each other homes. That field...

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