Trip to East Coast enjoyed

My daughter, Louise, and I spent two-and-a-half weeks in April with her son, Grant, his wife, Tara, and their three children in Bathurst, northern New Brunswick, returning home on Good Friday.
We found a lot of snow, about four feet, near the coast (Tetagouche) but not so much in other areas.
Bathurst’s history goes back 350 years. The first settlement there bore the name Nepisiquit and the church register of the Holy Family Church goes back to 1798.
The first site disappeared, but was later rebuilt where stands the church of the Holy Family. The village bore the name St. Peter but more often Nepisiquit.
The harbour was entered through a deep but narrow passage from the Bay of Chaleur. Four rivers empty into the harbour—Great River Nepisiquit, the Little River, the Middle River, and the Tetagouche.
The wonderful harbour was found to be a safe haven for explorers and their ships over the years. The bay was named Baie Des Chaleurs (Bay of Heat) by Jacques Cartier in 1534.
The first settlers in the area were French or Acadians, then came adventurers from Scotland, England, Ireland, and other countries, bringing their own crafts and special abilities.
Farms sprang up and the fishing industry grew. Shipbuilding became number-one when Cunard began work in Bathurst 1838.
Pulp-cutting and logging was done along the harbour shores in the 19th century, then mining regenerated in the middle of the 20th century and was a boon to Bathurst.
Today out of two mines, only one is operating, but the paper mill is still active.
Maple sugaring also is a lucrative business there. We visited one establishment, however, it was so cold that the sap lines were frozen (the family went again about two weeks ago and the children enjoyed their maple taffy off the snow).
Unfortunately, we didn’t get out to the Daly Point Reserve—a park consisting of 100 acres of saltmarsh, old fields, and mixed forest with six km of trails.
Thousands of Canada Geese arrive on their migratory voyage in the fall as does the rare Maritime Ringlet Butterfly, found only in the four saltmarshes in the world.
We found everywhere we went into stores and restaurants, people were speaking French but quickly changed to English.
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In other news, remember the Nielson and Neilson annual family pot-luck lunch is coming up May 18 at noon at the North Branch Community Centre.
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The Barwick Community Church is having a tea May 8 from 7-8:30 p.m.
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Gerry Brown and Merveline flew to Caledonia in April and his sister, Ruby, came back with them. They enjoyed sibling get-togethers with Marjorie Croome from Atikokan and Jo Benson of Fort Frances.
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A reminder the Stratton seniors’ pot-luck is this Monday (May 12) at noon.
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The Brink Center in Baudette will hold its regular weekly dance this Friday (May 9) while Saturday features a dinner and a “dress up” seniors’ prom dance.