Monday, February 08, 2010

Winter Bay of Fundy from space

One summertime FAQ we hear from visiting tourists is "what happens here in the winter?". Well, now you can see for yourself. Check out this NASA daily image from space showing a light dusting of snow all around the Bay of Fundy.

So here's the scoop on our winter: We're in the northern hemisphere so yeah, we get some snow. It doesn't always snow by Christmas (didn't this year) and doesn't snow much after mid-March.

Snow storms do not happen every day. They are usually spaced about a week to ten days apart, with clear sunny or cloudy days in between. It is not as cold here as it is 'up north' in the Arctic. Temperatures here in winter range from plus 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) to -15 C (around 5 degrees F). For a few days here and there usually in Feburary it can go as low as -20 or -25 C at night (around 0 degrees F).

The Bay made up of salt water from the Atlantic ocean so it doesn't 'freeze over' like a lake. If we're lucky though we get some ice cakes or small ice burgs. And, just to set the record straight: none of us live in igloos....

Saturday, February 06, 2010

iPad launch & new7wonders connection

If you like to keep up with techie news, you probably watched Apple's iPad launch last week. Imagine my delight when Phil Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Produt Marketing, started to demonstrate the iPad's 'Keynote' function and used the global New7Wonders campaign images to do this!

The Bay of Fundy, as you likely know, is competing in an international campaign to declare the New7Wonders of Nature. We are Canada's only site in the campaign and, now, one of only 28 worldwide finalists. You can support Bay of Fundy by voting here or joining our Facebook "Fundy for New7Wonders of Nature" fan page or by following us on Twitter.

What great exposure for the New7Wonders concept to be included in the iPad's launch.
(Keynote, by the way, is the Mac version of PowerPoint)

Monday, February 01, 2010

"The Seacaptain's Wife" ~ new Bay of Fundy book

Anyone growing up in Bay of Fundy ship building communities commonly heard stories of folks who spent their early years traveling the world on ships built and captained from our shores. Indeed, it's well-known that not only men voyaged on these vessels but also their wives, sisters and children.

The women's side of the seafaring story is rarely fictionalized which is why I'm very excited to read Beth Powning's new book The Sea Captain's Wife. Here's an excerpt of a review in the Chroncle Herald:

Epic in its emotional intensity, The Sea Captain’s Wife charts both the inner and outer worlds of the young protagonist; her longing to sail, her romance and marriage to Capt. Nathaniel Bradstock, her resignation to life on land, the scandal that forces the couple to flee with their child to London, and the hardships encountered during the ocean voyage that takes them there.

Available to order on