“It was blowing a gale …”

October 5th 1951 was a grey, foggy ghostlike day. Pictou Island’s Spike MacDonald had returned from Caribou with his lobster boat and reported that the car ferry operating between Caribou and Prince Edward Island, The Charles A. Dunning, had run aground on the Gull Rock Reef. It was blowing a gale from the northeast the...

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Snowstorms and stitches …

The first day of 1961 saw snow on the ground. A lot of snow had fallen the month of December 1960 and snow flurries prevailed Jan. 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A snowstorm accompanied with strong winds occurred Jan. 4th and 5th and the Pictou Island road was plugged solid with snow. The Northumberland Strait ice...

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1959: A year of celebrations

Snow turned the ground white on November 30th 1958 and light snow fell during the month of December. First snowstorm of 1959 occurred January 5th and lasted into the next day. Blowing and drifting snow had John Angus MacMillan going steadily with his snowplow. My father and mother, along with Duncan Rankin and Alvin and...

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It takes a village…

This story was written 1999 With the many luxuries we have today, one can only imagine what life was like many years ago. No indoor plumbing, no electric lighting, no instant heating at the touch of a button, no shopping malls, no telephones, no televisions, no plastic credit cards. The list can go on and...

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In the beginning …

(Editor’s note: The Advocate is very happy to welcome back Jim Turple and his Pictou Island Memories, a column that ran for many years in The Advocate. Stay tuned for more Memories weekly…) Pictou Island lies approximately halfway between Pictou and Prince Edward Island in the Northumberland Strait. This tiny island is five miles long...

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