ISSUES: History shows we won’t stop Superport Fundy. So can we change history?

Once more, announcements are being made about the new oil pipelines, oil and gas infrastructure in Saint John, and the increased traffic and risks to the Bay of Fundy. Predictably, the environmentalists have begun their efforts to oppose these developments. But, frankly, history shows that there will be little successful opposition to many of the developments planned for “Superport Fundy”. It’s not just the additional capacity being initiated by the Irvings, Fundy has also been saturation by other developments … aquaculture, agriculture and … Continue reading

FORTS and FORTIFICATIONS: St. Andrews Blockhouses


THE STORY From The Beacon, St. Andrews, NB, June 4, 1891 Well on to eighty years (now 200 years!) have passed since the blockhouses were erected in St. Andrews. Three of them were put up, one at Joe’s Point, one at the Western block, and one at the lighthouse wharf, near Indian Point. Their primary purpose was for the protection of the inhabitants of the peninsula against attacks of unfriendly Indians from United States territory, but the Indians never came, … Continue reading

AQUACULTURE: What’s really happening?

Art MacKay

I have been following the articles and posts on aquaculture and, frankly, both sides seem populated by the equivalent of zealots. “It’s bad” … “It’s good”, “Shut it down” … “It’ll save the world”. On and on it goes while our world is facing major population and environmental issues. Perhaps it is now time to find a way to restructure this industry so that it will be a benefit to our coastal communities. Or we can continue to polarize this issue … Continue reading

LEARN: How ocean pollution affects humans [Infographic]


FROM: What you do on land can change the fate of what goes on off shore – and small changes in habits can have a large impact on improving our oceans. 1. Keep your sewer drains clear – Prevent rubbish and chemicals from flowing into the sea. Keeping your property’s drains clear is your responsibility. 2. Dispose of products properly – Household cleaning products, batteries, paint and pesticides can threaten water quality. 3. Reuse and recycle – And opt for no packaging when possible. Carry … Continue reading

EXPLORE: Carleton Martello Tower, Saint John, NB.


ACCESS: The museum and display building are easily accessed from the parking lot. The site is open to the public during posted hours. FEES: There are modest entry fees. Built during the War of 1812 when invasion by the Americans was a real concern, Carleton Martello Tower protected the entrance to Saint John Harbour. Today the Tower is operated as one of Parks Canada’s Historic Sites.It has a delightful museum that has excellent informative displays and the tour of the tower is … Continue reading

MYSTERIES: If Champlain’s Anchor was found on Grand Manan, where is it now?


One of our excellent author-historians published a great book many years ago called History of islands & islets in the Bay of Fundy, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, 1876. In it is this intriguing section: Champlain speaks of having anchored at one time near the Southern Head of the island (Grand Manan). and it appears he left the best proof possible that be did so; for, in the year 1842, Mr. Walter B. McLaughlin, whose residence is at Southern Head, found the remain … Continue reading

COMMUNITY: The Commons – Nine women who took charge and work to develop Eastport, ME


There are a number of good things happening in the City of Eastport, Maine, including several that are being driven by 9 progressive women from the area. Together they have developed properties and businesses that are surviving the test of time. Major developments still exist that will continue to impact the positive growth of the community and stimulate others to add their creativity to the mix. As they themselves say: The Commons is a group, a building, a dream. Nine area … Continue reading

MARINE PROTECTED AREA? Beautiful and Vital West Isles


West Isles. This small marine area that Tim Foulkes captured from his plane, is the ecological “engine” that drives this part of the the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. Top left is Campobello showing Harbour de Loutre and narrow Head Harbour Passage. Deer Island is to the lower right; Northern Harbour and Leonardville in the foreground leading to Deer Island Point, home of the Old Sow Whirlpool. Eastport, Lubec and Cobscook are in the upper right background. Beautiful … Continue reading

CONTEST: Win a Round of Applause!!!

White-sided Dolphins

I just posted a great shot of some white-sided dolphins at West Isles. People get confused about this name. They stand on the wharf in St. Andrews and wonder why these Islands are called “West” Isles when they are to the east! Do you know why this is so? Give us the reason or your best guess in the comments and you will win … drum roll … a round of applause and a place in “Art’s Place-Name Hall of … Continue reading