Wharves of Nova Scotia

15 06 2009

Nova Scotia is surrounded by water and has hundreds of coves, bays, harbours and islands. On our first visits to some of the waterfront properties we wondered why there was a need for so many wharves. We had been used to public harbours such as Lossiemouth, Broughty Ferry and even the scenic ones like Crail. But why did individuals need their own individual wharf, we wondered?

The answer seems to be exactly that. Everyone is an individual and there is not the same wish to rely on others as there is in the UK. If you want something done, then instead of becoming dependent on a Local Authority doing it, you have to do it for yourself.

This means that on some estuaries or coves, there is an abundance of wharves, all built next to one another.

These ones below are built on the estuary at Cape Sable Island. I think they look like sculptures.


The tide has gone out, so any boats are sitting high and dry.


Some wharves have storage sheds and fish sheds and are used to store lobster traps as the pots are called here.

wharf 2

This is a little fish store out on the rocks at Blue Rocks.

Fish store2

The wharves give each cove its own character and we feel that they are architecturally pleasing to the eye. Storms bring their problems, but that only means there is continuous employment for the dock repairers.

Damaged dock




One response

23 06 2009

Good pictures! At least things at the main Lunenburg Docks look a bit sturdier than they used to… http://museum.gov.ns.ca/imagesns/html/41565.html

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