There's a mysterious island out in the middle of the upper Bay of Fundy that is the subject of some curiosity around here. Isle Haute is easily seen off the coast of Advocate Harbour & Morden on the Nova Scotia side of the bay, and also from Alma on the New Brunswick side.
Here are a few intriguing facts/rumours/folklore I've heard about Isle Haute:
- there is buried treasure out there, dating from the 1700s. Check out an interesting article published in a local newspaper about this last month.
- the island is topped by a huge fresh water lake - not true according to an Acadia Univ. biologist I recently discussed this with!
- it was named by Samuel de Champlain (the first European adventurer - from France - who claimed to discover and settle the area in 1604). This makes sense: Isle meaning "island" in French, Haute meaning 'high'...tho' we locals tend say: "Isla Haute" for some reason...its basalt cliffs are about 320 ft high!
- wild potatoes have been growing there for several hundred years (and were noted by the area's first peoples: the Mi'kmaq).
- there are no wild animals out on the island any larger than a mouse.
- the island was using as a training site by the Canadian airforce during the 2nd world war.
- once used as a picnic location by many Fundy families, the island is now mostly just visited by researchers studying the plant life, birds, etc.