Sunday, April 25, 2010

Moose sightings guaranteed in Bay of Fundy?

Probably one of the most common questions - other than tide questions = that we tourism folk hear from prospective visitors to our Bay is:"Where can I go to see a moose?". True, the Bay of Fundy is largely surrounded by forest but it's not like we've got moose roaming around in predictable locations every day.

Over the years I've seen moose in just about every region of the Bay in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia during my travels (including in my driveway, but that's another story) but they are tricky to summon at will.

I was amused, then, to see this fine moose statue 'uptown' in the Fundy city of Saint John, New Brunswick, this week. It's pretty much life-sized (large enough to make a serious wreck of your car!) and it's at least a photo opp that we can guarantee during Bay of Fundy holiday visits!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New7Wonders special guest visits Bay of Fundy!

It's been a very exciting week here on Canada's Bay of Fundy: we're hosting a special guest from the New7Wonders Foundation in Switzerland! As many of my regular readers will know, the Bay of Fundy is now representing Canada in the global campaign to declare the New7Wonders of Nature.

The winners will be decided by popular vote with the announcement on 11.11.11.

New7Wonders Director, Jean-Paul de la Fuente is here for a few day of meetings to discuss the opportunities for Bay of Fundy on the worldwide stage now that we are one of 28 international finalists, but we can't resist showing off a couple of well-known Fundy locations.

Pictured here is our VoteFundy for Canada flag raising on the low tide ocean floor yesterday at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick.

If you'd like to support Canada's Bay of Fundy in the campaign, you can VOTE HERE and join our Bay of Fundy for New7Wonders facebook group!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This gal LOVES the Bay of Fundy

I love hearing from blog readers who send photos and 'guest posts' - it's kind of like having eyes all around the Bay. After my last post about Bay of Fundy break-ups it seems only fitting to post this happy photo from my friend Maegan.

Here's how she describes it:

hi Terri - here are some fun and silly photos I took last night at Port George on the Bay of Fundy… I was attempting to spell “love” with my body. These photos are taken by my husband Aaron Noble, and are not photoshopped: this is the real, and amazing light from the Bay of Fundy. The photos were taken at Cottage Cove picnic park in Nova Scotia where we had a picnic with local fish and chips!

Many thanks to Maegan & Aaron who live in the section of Bay of Fundy designated by UNESCO as the South West Nova Biosphere Reserve - check out the Biosphere website and facebook page for info and other neat images.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Coastal break-up Fundy style!

No I'm not talking about relationship breakups (tho' with the amount of coast we have, no doubt some of those have happened on our beaches too!). Rather, here's an interesting guest post from my fellow blogger, Ryan (Annapolis Royal Heritage blog).

Hey Terri, knowing you're fascinated by unusual sights on our coast, so I thought you'd be interested in this excerpt from a recent series of blog posts about a scallop dragger that ran aground and beached at Parker's Cove last week.

After attempts to get the scallop dragger "Patpa's Boys" floating again were unsuccessful, a decision was apparently made that the boat should be broken up. This is, of course, the safe thing to do since there is no need for someone to accidentally get injured crawling around on the disabled boat. There is also no need to add to the already abundant flotsam which floats about the Bay of Fundy. By the time that I arrived all of the equipment and trawl had been removed from the boat and the excavator was breaking up the hull. The bow had been dragged to the high water mark so that the incoming tide would not carry it away.

With new draggers being made of fiberglass, boats with this type of wooden hull construction are becoming a rarity. At 15-20 years old, the
Papa's Boys was actually one of the younger wooden boats in the Digby scallop fleet. Many of the wooden boats would be over 30 years old.

Ironically, the spot where the bow was sitting was used as a shipyard in the 1980s.

To read more about the journey of Papa's Boys and other interesting history from the Annaypolis Royal region of Nova Scotia, visit Ryan's blog.