Geocaching: A unique way to explore Tancook Island


I must admit I know very little about the world of geocaching, but I do know how much excitement comes along with a group of geocachers arriving to seek some or all of our 35 caches. Maybe you’re a geocacher looking for a new area to explore, or someone interested in getting started with geocaching. Regardless, Tancook Island is a great place to plan your adventure. With this in mind, resident geocaching expert and guest blogger Katie Baker is keen to introduce you to the world of geocaching:

Some friends had introduced me to geocaching quite a few years ago. I thought this would be a great way to explore new places that we may not know about. It is great exercise and gets the family doing something fun together.

Geocaching is great for tourism as it brings a wonderful group of people to the island that may not have normally come. We have often heard fellow cachers say they always wanted to come and with these geocaches they now have a reason. These geocachers have found areas of Tancook that most visitors do not get to see. Your GPS-enabled device will guide you to these places as a geocache lies waiting nearby for you to discover.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a treasure hunting activity where participants use a GPS-enabled device to seek containers, known as caches, hidden in a variety of ways by other geocachers. These caches are typically hidden in areas that are not commonly visited, drawing people to a places they may not have otherwise seen. There are currently 1.8 billion caches hidden worldwide. If you are not already familiar with geocaching, has all the information you need to get started.

Caches normally contain a log book, and prize-like items. Normally, once a cache is found, the finder takes an item and leaves a different item of equal or greater value behind in its place. The exchange of these items makes for extra incentive to find caches. Cachers are also encouraged to sign and date the log book contained within the cache.

There are a variety of terms you may find in the logs signed by other cachers. Some common ones are:

TFTC – Thanks For The Cache
TFTH – Thanks For The Hide
SL – Signed Log
TNLN – Took Nothing Left Nothing
FTF – First To Find
Muggle – A non geocacher
TB – Travel Bug (these are special items taken from one cache and then placed in another – you can track the movement of these travel bugs at

Geocaching on Tancook Island

Geocachers boarding the ferry after an island geocaching event

Geocachers boarding the ferry after an island geocaching event

I keep all caches well maintained. Even the ones I do not own. When possible, I put some Tancook history into the write-ups at the beginning of my cache listings. My caches are not only fun, but educational to those who want to learn more about our island. I do enjoy the hunt, however, my favorite part is coming up with new creative caches for others to find. I love reading the cache logs to hear what they thought of the cache and their experience on the island.

Interested in seeing for yourself what some of our past visitors had to say about the island’s caches – click here!

Discovering a cache overlooking Ironbound Island

Discovering a cache overlooking Ironbound Island

What adds to the fun and amusement is that most of the muggles on the island know about the caches, and may even be persuaded to help you in your search, if you wish. Since the island is only so big, there are not a lot of spots remaining for me to hide them. Lately my goal has been to archive the regular caches and create something new and exciting! You may find regular cache containers at some locations, but they have a theme to go with it.

So as you can see to sum it all up, come and visit Tancook Island for a geocaching experience like no other. You get the unique caches and great views. If your whole family or group are not into the hunt, there is much to keep them occupied. Leave them enjoy the sandy beach while you explore. By the way, the new one coming to the SE beach location is bound to be a hit with “treasure hunters” (hint… hint)

Discovering the 'Devil's Footprints'

Discovering the ‘Devil’s Footprints’

Are you intrigued?

Here is a little info you may not know:

There is a parking area in Chester about 20 minutes from the ferry if you cannot find one closer. (N 44° 32.692 W 064° 14.503) It is a free, park at your own risk lot. You will need to give yourself ample time to walk to the ferry.

At each of the rest areas on the island there is a cache nearby. Each of our rest areas has 2 picnic tables, a trash and recycling container.

Please remember any essentials that you may need such as epi-pens, medications, sun screen, diapers, etc. There are no stores on the island. We do have an emergency response on the island, but let’s all be safe and prepared so we do not need to use this service. If you have an emergency, simply call 911.

Although there are no stores, there are the seasonal shops. As you browse through the Tancook tourism site you will find all kinds of helpful information to help make your geocaching adventure an unforgettable one!

Katie Baker (AKA “Tancook Island Girl” in the geocaching world)

We can’t wait to see more geocachers on the island this summer, so get started planning you very own adventure, and prepare to be delighted and challenged by Katie’s unique geocaches.

Your Island Girl,


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Ode To Summer On The Island

kids pics

As the sun sets on summer, I thought it appropriate to share these summer vacation plans the students of Big Tancook Island Elementary sent along just before classes finished in June. Take a look at what they were dreaming of at the end of the school year:


“This summer I will go swimming everyday. I will also have fun with my kayak in the water. I will go to the beach and look for beach glass. Other treasure to find are wood, rocks and feathers. ”  – Claudia (Grade 2)


“This summer I will be taking pictures of my adventures. I will make a book to show Ms. S in September. My mom and I are going camping in July.” – Kyle


“This summer I will go swimming everyday. I swim at Southeast Cove Beach. My friend, Callie is coming to Tancook and we will go kayaking, swimming and biking together. In August I go to the annual Pig Roast with my family. I can go fishing at the government wharf for mackerel and catch snakes with my homemade box trap. I will climb trees all over the island” Rhiannon (Grade 4)


“This summer I will go swimming at Southeast Cove Beach. My friend Sam, will visit me and we will bike all over the island. Some days my dad and I will go in the speedboat. Pig Roast time in August!” Jake (Grade 3)


“This summer I will go kayaking, swimming and biking. I will go to the Pig Roast and watch fireworks. I will catch frogs and snakes. I look in the grass and grab them. I go fishing with my dad on his boat Lonesome Dove.” Hans (Grade 4)

My hope is that they were able to accomplish everything they hoped over the fabulous summer we have all enjoyed on the island, and wish them all the best as they get ready to return to school just a few days from now.

Your island girl,


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Sharing the Tancook Secret

I find something stirring in me with the arrival of spring; and as I witness the experience of a few new friends being introduced to the island for the very first time. I’m reminded of how magical my introduction to this place truly was, and realize that the wonder of it all is something that shouldn’t be forgotten. As the island wakes up from a long winter, the flutter of excitement to be going home, as the weekdays roll past on their way to the weekend, has returned.

Introducing people to this place is like sharing a secret, it’s thrilling to let people in on it. It’s seeing them experience so many little things, like everyone waving to each other as they drive by, long Sunday drives on dirt roads,  or going to the wharf to buy lobster right off the boat. It’s hearing them revel about just how nice everyone is, and helping them figure out the Tancook words and sayings they don’t quite understand.  It’s the fascination of discovering a community so firmly bound to the sea, and all it gives and sometimes takes away. And in the end it’s watching a person form a strong appreciation for the nature of the people of this community, who are strong, resourceful and true … but also know how to have a great time!

I encourage you to take a browse through our photo gallery, or the albums found on our Facebook page. Maybe this will spark something in you, and push you to discover or re-discover our island paradise!

Your island girl,


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The Ferry – Our Island’s Lifeline

I can still remember my very first trip to Tancook, it was with a combination of curiosity and excitement that I boarded the ferry for the very first time. It was fascinating to me that this boat transported anything and everything people on the island would need to live their lives.

Everything was loaded into freight boxes before the sailing, and I can remember feeling nervous about the fact that my things were being hoisted high above by crane onto the deck of the ferry below. I was anxious about the fact that you didn’t pay for your crossing until the ferry was underway. I wondered what happened to someone who wasn’t carrying enough cash (were they thrown overboard? haha!).

Nowadays the ferry trip is all too familiar, I worry about nothing (except of course getting there before it sets sail), and know that no matter how rough the crossing, we are in very good hands with our ferry crew. As I make the drive from Halifax to Chester my excitement at the thought of heading home builds as each kilometer clicks by. I look forward to loading my things into the freight boxes, boarding and finding a seat, and striking up a conversation with whoever happens to be around. As I cross the gang plank, all the stress and worry of mainland life falls away, and I sink into the comfortable familiarity of the voyage.

I now understand just how important this ferry is to my community. It is our lifeline, it carries our loved ones, our groceries, our island vehicles, our building supplies, medications … everything. It is our school bus, ambulance, shuttle and hearse. It’s arrivals and departures are sometimes the most exciting things happening on the island. And so in a lot of ways it is the cornerstone of our community.

With this in mind, guest blogger Rosa Cross has pulled together the history of our ferry service:

It is hard for me to imagine what life would be like on Tancook without our reliable ferry service. I was a newborn when our fourth ferry, the “Shoreham”, came into commission. Unlike my grandparents, I have never had to travel in small open boats during the winter months, laden with hot rocks or hot water bottles to keep the body warm during the five mile journey. Neither have I had the experience of walking across the bay, nor hauling goods by oxen, when the waters between the islands and the mainland would freeze solid.

In 1934, when the population was ten times what it is today, islanders recognized the need for a winter ferry service, after the death of two island residents who may have survived had such a service been in place. They petitioned the Provincial Government and were granted a subsidy for the service which began in December 1935. The “Gerald L.C.”, a fifty-one foot schooner built by Wesley Stevens Sr. and owned by Willis Crooks, was converted to a deck boat to carry freight and up to 25 passengers, becoming our first ferry in service.

In 1939 the “Gerald L.C.” was sold and replaced by the “S.G.Mason”, a forty foot freighter-type boat built by its namesake, Stanley Mason.

Before the sale of the “S.G.Mason” in the early 1940’s, the people living on the Tancook Islands felt a need for an improved ferry service with increased trips and a larger, more comfortable boat; so, in 1944, Stanley Mason built the “T.I.Service”, the first boat built specifically for the purpose of being a ferry. The fifty-five foot boat, which seated forty passengers, replaced the “S.G.Mason” and ran from 1945 to 1961, making one trip each day except Sunday. The  “T.I.Service” travelled to Chester in the morning and stayed there until 2pm. The price for this service was 25 cents each way. The voyage between the two islands had a fare of 10 cents. In 1948, the provincial government took over the ferry service, purchasing the “T. I. Service” in the process.

Pay stub from the first pay Russell Baker received from the provincial government after they took over the service in 1948.

The “T.I.Service” also made a weekly trip to the southern side of the island, docking at the government wharf at South East Cove, picking up passengers on Friday morning before heading to Chester and dropping them off in the afternoon. This service was very convenient for people living on the south side because there were very few vehicles on the island. Any trip to the north side had to be made on foot or by cattle and cart.

The TI Service at the Government Wharf in 1953

The service to South East Cove was discontinued in the early 1960’s when a hurricane washed away the inside section of the wharf. The wharf was never repaired and, over the years, the outside section slowly washed away, too. The ferry also made a Saturday trip to Ironbound. This service was discontinued after the weathered wharf became unsafe for docking.

Our next ferry, the “Shoreham”, was built by Clare Industries Ltd. in Meteghan. This seventy foot vessel, which carried seventy-five passengers, started her service in 1961. The “Shoreham” became the first ferry to transport school students, when, in 1967, high school students were sent to Chester to complete their education.

The Shoreham on rough seas on its way to Chester

During the 1970’s, with more people travelling the ferry and more tourists interested in visiting the islands, it became apparent that a ferry was needed with a larger seating capacity. Our present ferry, the 82 foot “William G. Ernst”, was built at Georgetown Shipyards in Prince Edward Island. Named in honor of a Mahone Bay native who served in the federal cabinet as Minister of Fisheries in the 1930’s and helped to initiate our first ferry service, the “William G. Ernst” was christened in June 1982.

Our current Ferry the William G Ernst

Throughout the years the “T.I.Service” and the “Shoreham” were in operation, the number of daily trips was gradually increased to reflect the schedule we have today. The fare was changed from 25 cents both ways to 50 cents one way, then increased to $1.00 one way. On July 15, 1996, the fare was changed again. Books of ten tickets for $20.00 were introduced, resulting in a $2.00 fare. Single tickets could be purchased for $5.00 each. Another increase in 2011 brought the single ticket price to $5.25 or $20.50 for a book of ten tickets. And yet another increase Spring 2015, has prought single ferry ticket prices to $7.00, and 10 trip punch cards to $35.00.

Ferry Schedule from 1976

Our ferry service, started over 75 years ago, and has seen many changes. It is our lifeline, our link to the mainland and our island’s social network. I can’t imagine island living without it!

Me neither Rosa!

Your Island Girl,


* Please visit our Ferry Page for more info on our current service.

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As the island wakes up with the arrival of Spring …

The island feels as if it’s waking up, as it comes alive with the colors of spring. The grass is growing and the trees are budding, and everything is ever so green. Amidst all this, our flowering trees and plants are beginning to blossom in the island breeze. Our songbirds are returning, and making themselves known to anyone who will listen. A few more rare visitors have been sighted so far, including a Baltimore Oriole, an Indigo Bunting and pair of White Egrets. Over the past few days we’ve even been blessed to see whales breaching in Northwest Cove.

Lobstering is in full swing as our fisherman will be finishing up their season at the end of this month. As such, the island is simply bustling with activity as they go to haul traps, buy bait and fuel, and sell their catches. At the same time our island shops and galleries are getting ready to open their doors to our summer visitors. In Tancook Tourism, we’re preparing to hire our Summer Student Ambassador, and are in the midst of planning for a busy summer season.

As for your Island Girl, I’ve enjoyed my first morning on the front porch overlooking the ocean with my mom. It’s an absolutely awe inspiring experience to witness whales almost literally at your doorstep. I’m busy planning this island wedding of mine, which is getting more and more exciting all the time. Every weekend I walk our dusty roads and am humbled (as I get a friendly wave, honk or chat from everyone that passes me by) to think I actually get to call Tancook home. I’m so looking forward to summer and all the good times and adventure it will surely bring. Hoping this will inspire you to start planning your visit!

Your Island Girl,


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Island Life – School on Tancook Island

Big Tancook Island Elementary School Outing

On Tancook our community is lucky enough to have one of the last remaining one room (even through we technically have two) schoolhouses in Canada. It’s humbling to think how many islanders have passed through those classrooms – if only those walls could talk…

Although I was not raised on Tancook, I have heard many a story about school days gone by from my fiance, his brother, parents, aunt, uncles, cousins and friends. You see it holds such an important place in our community, that references to Big Tancook Island Elementary can’t help but pop up time after time in conversation.

Whether it be about Christmas concerts, field trips, powerpoint presentations, reading challenges, music lessons, or everyday learning, the school offers very unique learning opportunities to its students, which are treasured in our community and beyond. With this is mind, Guest Blogger and Wishing Stones Gallery Proprietor Hillary Dionne has shared her reflections on having been a student at our little school, and a parent with kids in school now:

Some people may think that growing up and going to elementary school on a small, semi-isolated island isn’t beneficial to a child or that child’s formative educational years. In my case, I consider this type of small-school environment and wholesome upbringing an amazing part of my childhood and an integral part of who I am today.

I will always cherish having had the opportunity to spend my best childhood years living on Big Tancook Island. Moving here with my family in 1978 from Massachusetts, I soon discovered that fresh, salty air and wide open natural spaces were much more enjoyable than concrete playgrounds and the constant buzz of life amongst thousands of people. I happily traded paved streets for unpaved roads, cement sidewalks for grass under my feet, and unknown people everywhere for friendly faces who all knew my name. I felt uninhibited, safe and free and it was awesome!

A huge part of my childhood was spent in Tancook’s small elementary school, which I attended for grades 3 through 6. Coming from a school of several hundred students to a school of twenty-nine was another part of my former life that was happily traded. With this small number of students, there was always extra help from the teacher when I needed it and I was never overlooked or given the opportunity to “slip through the cracks”. I can honestly say that there were never any bullying problems, drug or alcohol issues, gender or age discrimination or feelings of being left out or excluded when I was a student at Tancook Elementary. The older kids always helped the younger kids with everything from tying shoelaces to practicing arithmetic and when we played soccer or baseball at lunchtime, the five-year-olds and twelve-year-olds played side by side, equally. There were community volunteers who came to the school regularly to teach art and music and the learning environment was friendly and fun. It was even interesting for three or four grades to be taught simultaneously in one classroom, with multiple grades learning many of the same lessons. It was a truly unique school experience and I honestly looked forward to going to school each day.

As I grew older and moved on to higher grades in school in Chester, I had a pretty firm grasp on just about everything and wasn’t lacking in any skills academically or socially. The transition from elementary school to junior high was smooth and I always had lots of friends who loved to come to Tancook on the weekends to experience a bit of island life.

When I became a young adult and graduated from high school, I moved away to attend university and then find work in the city and in doing so, said goodbye to island life. In the midst of an eleven year career I married and considering starting a family. As I reflected on my amazing childhood, island life suddenly made sense again.

Today, I am once again living on Big Tancook Island and my two children are students in the very same school that was such a huge part of my childhood. They are both care-free, smart and happy children with a love of their island home and the unique lifestyle it has to offer. They both enjoy being students at Big Tancook Island Elementary School, as well, and are getting an amazing educational foundation here. For this opportunity and for the freedoms island life has to offer parents and children alike, I will be forever grateful.

Hearing these stories makes me just a little bit jealous. I went to a big city elementary school with hundreds of kids, and although I know it gave me a great start … I’m not sure I wouldn’t have preferred school on Tancook. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Hillary!

Your Island Girl,


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Tancook on CBC’s Land and Sea – March 18th, 2012

There’s always been quite a bit of curiosity about Tancook Island. It seems like there’s always someone interested in understanding how our small community thrives, and quite honestly we encourage it. We love to share our little island with the greater world, and so when Land and Sea visited recently to film for an upcoming episode about Big Tancook Island Elementary School, we were more than happy to welcome them. Guest blogger Momma Cross (aka Rosa) was their host for the day, and shared the following account of her day with the film crew:

Being a born and bred Tancooker, I am often asked (and sometimes “volunteered”) to usher visitors around the island in my late model Caprice that has seen far better days, but is famous none the less for its previous tour with Cyril Luney of Breakfast Televison.

On Monday, January 16th, I had the pleasure of escorting documentarian, Rachel Bower, and cameraman, Robert Guertin, around the island on their mission to document life surrounding our small elementary school for the CBC television show, Land and Sea. Being their first time to our island, they were under the assumption they could come and go in their own vehicle (surprise! The William G Ernst is not a car ferry). Lucky for them, that was not the case, and so they got to take an exclusive tour in my “Coldmobile” (no heater).

After picking them up from the 8am ferry, our first stop was the school to drop off some of their gear, then off to my house to set up for a few interviews with past Tancook elementary students. Robert quickly and efficiently set up his camera equipment while Rachel and I got acquainted. Three interviews later (mine, Hillary Dionne’s and Dora Cross’s) we were back on the road to Martha Farrar’s to look at old school photos and catch some b-roll of Hillary in her gallery. Don’t know what b-roll is? Look it up (just like I had to).

We left the gallery and dropped in on Dora at her home for more b-roll. She graciously let us in, even though she was not expecting us. With that wrapped up, I dropped Rachel and Robert off at the school where they spent the afternoon conducting interviews with the teacher, Elizabeth Sutherland, and some of her students.

At 3pm I returned to the school to pick them up. We did a quick tour so they could get some footage of island scenes and b-roll of me, popped back to the school to pick up all their equipment, then back to the wharf so they could catch the ferry for their return trip to the mainland. Before Rachel left on the ferry she thanked me and claimed they couldn’t have wrapped it all up in one day without me ( she must was referring to my duck tape they had to borrow for the day.

I do believe during their time on the island, both Rachel and Robert caught the fever — island fever, that is — and not just any island, because they are both already planning for their next trip back to Tancook.

For me, the best part about these island tours is having the opportunity to see the beauty of my home through the eyes of first time visitors and getting to meet great people.

I know myself that Rosa is an amazing ambassador for our island, she’s been doing these tours for many years and the combination of her easy going character and wealth of island knowledge allows visitors to embrace the spirit of the island. Be sure to tune in to see the finished product on Land and Sea this Sunday (March 18th, 2012) on CBC.

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Norma Baker – An Island Artist

Norma and David

Tancook Island is many things to many people, and for me it is not only home, but also the place that inspires me the most creatively. I literally have hundreds of photos of the island, from wide landscape shots down to close ups of the most minute details. Before coming to Tancook I certainly liked to take pictures, but since then I have developed a seemingly endless desire to capture the beauty of this place … and I know I’m not the only one this has happened to …

It’s a magical place for creative folks – somewhere you can get lost in your writing, find an abundance of inspiration for you artwork, or countless subjects for you photography. Artists also channel the island through their jewellery made from shore treasures, carvings of island tees, the stitches of their quilts or the hooks of their rugs and mats… but the real question is – how can we inspire you?

Young Norma

With this in mind, Guest Blogger Rosa Cross has written about her Mother’s Island Artwork. I think of Norma as everyone’s grandmother, she’s known to many and is a lady who hasn’t lost any spunk with age … but what you might not know is that in her younger years she was a sought after Folk Artist who shared her love of Tancook through her painting of anything and everything. Here’s Rosa’s piece:

Tancook Island is an artist’s paradise. Whether a person is a photographer, painter, knitter, writer, quilter or carver, our island holds so many wonders to stimulate those with a creative mind. It is this inspirational community that has been captured thousands of times over the years in my mother’s artwork.

The Cove

The desire to create is a family trait that came to my mother, Norma, at the age of 13 when she captured, through brush strokes, her first image of “the cove”, the part of the island that includes the Baptist Church. From that first picture came many more paintings, not only on canvas but on any medium my mother’s artistic mind took her, whether it be round beach stones, flat shale, wooden décor or fish bones.

Her round painted beach stones, which she gathered along the island shore, came into demand after she painted a few as gifts for friends. Mainland retailers and wholesalers placed orders by the hundreds, as many as 800 at a time. I remember as a child, stones laid out in various stages of painted scenes, lobsters and seagulls, on a table in the spare room. When the painting was finished and a clear coat finish put on the rocks to seal in the paint, they would be packed for delivery to the mainland or to Elmer’s General Store where they were sold in a smaller quantity.

Norma Painting

My mother started experimenting with different sizes and shapes of beach stones which led to brooch pins, doorstops and fridge magnets. She also collected fish bones along the shore which, when painted, became seagull, blue jay, cardinal or butterfly wing brooch pins. Her unusual medium of artwork had been the subject of several newspaper and magazine articles during the 70’s and 80’s.

Although Mom’s painting has slowed considerably over the past several years, she could probably not fathom a guess as to how many thousands of times she has painted “the cove” scene since that first painting in 1943. Neither could she possibly guess how many homes hold any of her various island scenes – how many homes hold a little bit of Tancook!

I know I have my very own painted shingle by Norma hanging at home. I asked for it for Christmas, knowing that Norma wasn’t painting as much as she used to, and wanting to make sure I had my very own piece of her amazing work, and after having read this piece I know I will treasure it even more.

Your Island Girl,


Newspaper Article

More of Norma’s Work:

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An Island Engagement

It may have been awhile, but life certainly hasn’t stopped for your Island Girl. I’m so very pleased to announce my engagement to my very own Island Boy! He popped the question on Christmas Day at Southern Head on Big Tancook Island.

It was perfect to begin with, the day started crisp and cold, but sunny. The island lay under a blanket of freshly fallen snow. We spent Christmas morning sharing gifts with our families (we kept it simple – we’ve learned that this makes it all the more meaningful), and finished it off with a scrumptious made from scratch Christmas Dinner (with all the fixins’!). After dinner, he wanted to go “Over the Hill” (that mean’s on the land back behind his house) on the 4wheeler. I was more than happy to go, it’s just so pretty on Tancook in the snow. We got all bundled up and headed out (looking back I should have noticed something was up – he took a little too much care getting ready for something we do all the time … but regardless, at this point I was none the wiser).

The snow was striking, sparkling under the afternoon sun. We first stopped at one of my favorite spots (which as far as I know is nameless … strange for Tancook). It’s a cliff where erosion has caused the trees on the edge to fall away revealing a spectacular view of the ocean below and beyond. But it didn’t happen here … no – no … that would have been too easy! In true Katherine and Ricky fashion, we ventured forth onto a trail much less traveled.

We ended up breaking through an iced over pond (mud everywhere!), then I got slapped in the face with a snow covered branch (snow down my front and back … thanks for warning me Ricky!), and to top it all off the trail was blocked by a fallen tree (nothing we couldn’t push out of the way long enough to get under though). Did I mention we’re adventurous?

Once through this stretch though, the trail opens wide to a field and apple orchard. Beyond this (and through some more trees), is arguably my very favorite view from the island. It lies deep within the forest and on the far side of the Tancook at Southern Head. The view is spectacular! It’s a long cliff overlooking Ironbound in the distance. It’s also one of the few places where you can hear the waves crashing. They roll incessantly into the rock below.

He stopped here and the rest is well … um … history.

Needless to say, I said yes and the date is set for September 8th, 2012. Now to plan an Island Wedding!

Your Island Girl,


** Pictures from a visit a few weeks later**

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An Island Eye Spy: Neil’s Workbench

If you’ve had much of an opportunity to read of my island adventures, you know that many a Saturday afternoon on Tancook are spent in Neil (my Tancook Dad’s) basement, yarning and carrying on with a diverse and seemingly ever expanding group of islanders and tag alongs.

As it is Thanksgiving, I feel it’s fitting to say that I am very thankful not only for my wonderful family and friends, but also for the “Basement Dwellers”, and especially Bonny and Neil, who make everyone feel so welcome in their home. It is a true gift – beyond measure.

Each and every one of them has taught me something. I am so grateful to know that someone will always be around on Saturday afternoon to tell me a great story, share a long and heartfelt laugh, or wrangle me in to the many shenanigans that go on down there.

With this in mind, I thought I’d share one of our favourite games with you. It’s an island eye-spy, with which we often challenge our unsuspecting guests…

So, how many scissors can you spy on Neil’s workbench? (look closely – some could be hiding!) Leave your best guess in the comments section and we’ll see just how strong your eyes really are!

Your Island Girl,


And the answer is … 6.
Seems like some people out there are quite creative and may have been seeing phantom scissors.

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