Cape Bear Lighthouse & Marconi Museum
Community: Cape Bear
As a small boy growing up only a front lawn away from the shores of Sheep Pond, near Souris, St.Clair felt privileged to smell the salty air, see the waves, watch the tides go in and out, climb the rocky red cliffs, watch the most amazing sunrises and sunsets and after a day of play fall asleep to the sound of the fog horn. His rudimentary little film camera would be tucked away in his pocket, to get all the great first little pictures of Sheep Pond. The Harrisons, an elderly couple from the United States had a summer cottage they visited not far from his home. Tom Harrison was in a wheelchair and couldn't always venture out to see things, so St.Clair would take pictures and run to get his film developed to show his favorite places. As an adult, St.Clair went on to work in the food processing industry. But in 2009 everything changed; Tom passed away at his cottage very unexpectedly, the place he loved the most on the east coast. The following year, his Evelyn Harrison was suddenly diagnosed with cancer. While still in the hospital she sent her son out to buy a Nikon 3100 DSLR camera as a gift for St.Clair to help him follow his dreams of going back to school. Two years later, St.Clair would graduate from Holland College’s photography program.
Johnson Shore Road – Eastern PEI is a part of the Island where any dirt road will bring you to many hidden treasures, pack a beach bag and a picnic lunch to enjoy your day. While growing up, I would often go down Johnson Shore Road (a dirt road) where you will encounter Gillis Pond, a place surrounded with nature – cat tails blowing in the breeze, dragonflies enjoying the sun and fish jumping out of the water. As you leave Johnson Shore Road turn right you’ll see Bear Shore Road. Turn here and you’ll see St. Margaret’s Beach, a beautiful grand strand which extends for miles.
Naufrage – If you want to see fishing boats and raw coastal features, go to Naufrage Port. This is one of the ports where friendly fishermen fish lobster and giant bluefin tuna. While there and the nearby cliffs, you’ll see lots of large feathered friends. But no, they’re not seagulls! They’re eagles. Eagles love to perch here, basking in the sun and filling their bellies full of fish. They are amazing to watch as you can see sometimes a dozen or more.
Two Special Lighthouses – St. Peter’s Lighthouse is situated on Lighthouse Road near St. Peter’s, this newly raised and painted lighthouse gleams as it reflects the sun. Cape Bear Lighthouse, just off the Black Brook Road, has a museum explaining the history of the site and the light-keeper's duties. What most draws me here are the massive cliffs and the endless ocean. I enjoy sitting on the grassy cliffs with my friend Evelyn eating a snack while simply watching nature.
Sally’s Beach – Sally’s Beach is a day park that has been home to many picnics, as it has a huge kitchen shelter with picnic tables and running water. A little trail turns into a bona fide nature walk, a play area for your toes to be seduced by the sand as you walk along a the shoreline and beachcomb.
New Harmony Road – This is one of those incredible red dirt heritage roads where you can drive or bike. I enjoy doing both. If you’re biking, take a backpack; it's time to picnic while you absorb nature. If you want peace, you’ll find it here, with the smell of woods, moss, ferns and other little gems, listening to birds chirping and squirrels and chipmunks begging for treats. The trees are making covered canopies, it's a feeling of fantasy.
There's so much to do!
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