Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Parker's Cove

Recently I made a post where I featured a number of images of an iron anchor located on the Parker Mountain Road. On this same trip across the North Mountain, I took a number of pictures of the wharf in Parker’s Cove, a community located about 10 minutes from Annapolis Royal. I have always liked this little community nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, an area known locally as the Bayshore. Not only is Parker’s cove a picturesque fishing village, it is an actual working fishing village. I stress the word working as many of our quaint fishing villages have become more tourist destination than fishing port. During the open season, lobster boats are seen coming and going from the wharf on a daily basis. The fishermen are actively fixing their traps, tending their vessels and working around the wharf. There is a pleasant air of industriousness about the place.

Like many Bayshore communities Parker’s Cove is named after the original family who was granted land, in the form of a fish lot, on this cove. Other examples of this style of naming include Delap’s Cove, Phinney’s, Cove, Young’s Cove and St. Croix Cove. Unlike many Nova Scotia communities, Bayshore communities historically have stronger ties with Saint John, New Brunswick than with Halifax. This is because it was much closer to trade across the Bay of Fundy than to sail around the end of Nova Scotia to the capital. Lumber, produce from the Annapolis Valley and fish would have been shipped to Saint John but also to ports in New England and the Caribbean. The Parker’s Cove waterfront of the 1880s would have been an interesting mix of fishing schooners and coastal trading packets combined with the occasional deep water sailing vessel.

There are some records of vessels being built at Parker’s Cove. The first such record is for the 47 ton schooner Francis which was built in 1860. Other notable vessels include the300 ton tern schooner Granville and the 175 ton brigantine Nellie Pickup. In the 1980s and 1990s an attempt was made to establish a modern ship building enterprise in Parker’s Cove but this effort failed.

Today, Parker’s Cove is still a quiet fishing community. The wharf and waterfront offer spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy. Many of the residents are descendants of those who first chose to live on the Bayshore.

All for now,

1 comment:

  1. It is wonderful to see an article about the beautiful picturesque community of Parker's Cove and surrounding communities!! However, I would like to bring to your attention, that there are several inaccuracies in this blog. If you, or anyone else reading this, is interested in accurate details &/or facts about the entire Fundy Coast take time to check out and post a question to actual members who reside in the 16 communities from East Margaretsville to Delaps Cove (which spans 45 miles along the Bay of Fundy Coastline).