photo: Tim Foulkes
Where are the New Brunswick West Isles you ask? Excellent question. They are located at the western edge of the Bay of Fundy, where New Brunswick meets Maine. Deer Island is the largest island of the group. It boasts a year round population of 750 people, and of course one or two deer. But, to the delight of all who live there, no skunks or porcupines. It is 12 miles long and 2 miles wide.
The other smaller islands are located to the north and west of Deer Island. These islands are privately owned and often come up for sale. What an opportunity to own your own piece of paradise!
Scallops, lobsters, sea urchins, seals and more call these islands home. Scuba divers can mingle with these sea creatures in some of the best diving in the world. Porpoises and whales spend the summer here and they would love to see you some time. The Bay of Fundy is one of the most delicate and unique eco-systems in the world. Seventy-five percent of the world’s shore birds visit the bay in late summer and fall on their southward migration .
Fishing has been the mainstay of income since Europeans first inhabited these islands. While some forms of fishing are vastly different today other forms have changed little. The Abnaki nation had lived in the Passamaquoddy area for thousands of years. They developed the "weir" as a means of enclosing fish for harvest. The weir leads the herring into the centre. The herring swim against the tide, the fishermen must close off the weir before the tide turns and fish swim back out. The herring are then pumped into carriers; you may know herring as sardines or kippers. Look for Fairhaven on the can, the name originated in Fairhaven, Deer Island.
Thanks for visiting our website. It is still quite new, and we will continue to add more material in the coming days and weeks ahead. I hope you take time to visit the other pages and get know a bit more about Deer Island. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. Phone or text me at 506-755-0133 or e-mail me via the contact page.
The West Isles are living, vibrant and ever-changing. It is our desire that our website emulates this. As the seasons change, so will our pictures. We invite anyone to submit pictures of Deer Island, past or present and we will attempt to add them to the site.