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McNutts Island - A days adventure for the family.

WWII Gun Emplacement to defend Shelburne Harbour
An afternoon's adventure on McNutts Island is the thing to do if you can obtain passage to this isolated place. McNutts Island is one of the key features that makes Shelburne Harbour one of the worlds greatest natural harbours. The island is situated at the mouth of the bay and forms a huge breakwater. At it's most outward point is the McNutts Island's Lighthouse, now abandoned.

The photos in the McNutts Island Album were taken for the most part in 2013. Google albums A.I. did manage to piece together a couple pictures taken in series to form more panoramic. The top of this blog being one of them. We have also created a quick little watch list of McNutts Island YouTube's. Not our YouTubes; however, each provide a perspective.

Over the years the Island has had varying levels of occupation. Yes, during WWII, the Island was used as a strategic asset. Over the years, a number of people have built homes and cottages. As recently as the 1980's, the island had full time residence, who sent their children off to school each day using an outboard motorboat. If your interested in following some cookie crumbs, New Jerusalem Farm is a Blog created back in Thursday, March 19, 2009. Apparently, someone had a homesteading adventure relatively recently.

Currently, or as of 2013, the island has a simple path system ideal for ATV's or Quads but not usable by normal autos. After getting dropped off onto the island, you'll follow a path. The path has a fork, one path leads to some cottages while the other toward the lighthouse. Some maps existed, and at one time, a local family provided harbour tours twice per day. If you requested, they would drop a family off for the morning boat tour and pick you up during the evening tour.

If a vacationer were to find passage to the island it is an excellent walk for the family. Prior to making the trip, see if you can find a map. Maps are handy little things to have. Be sure to have proper footwear and clothing. Bring a backpack with some extras but don't burden yourself. To walk across the island takes about 2 hours. To go from end to end, would take 4 hours; however, along the way are a number of things to see. Again, the Album link is above, have a look. We planned and enjoyed a little picnic at the lighthouse. Bringing along adequate water plus a bit more is a smart idea. Be sure to pack some Toilet Paper as well. Remember, this island is not set up with amenities. Once you're dropped off, you are on your own, it is an adventure. Don't do anything stupid!

Somehow, as time passed a small flock of sheep have managed to thrive on the island. One of the videos on the watch list was created some 8 years ago. I recall messaging in Facebook about it and we found that it was recent as of then but had been recorded as if an old 8 mm film. Our expedition upon the island was enhanced with the baying of sheep forever in the distance until near the end, where we caught up to that wild flock of sheep. Yes, we did attempt to get close to them; however, they were always two hooves ahead of us.

As we've mentioned in the past, if you do plan on an extended vacation on the East Coast, please respect the existing properties and people. If you walk upon the island, understand a number of the locals have easy access to the island and frequent it. They do not appreciate vacationers leaving trash behind. Enjoy the island with respect of the locals and the properties on it. Respect the East Coast in general.

The last few weeks we've focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. If an article is found that is credible, we are still attempting to post within our Facebook Page, under a single post and series of replies.

The issue of traveling beyond ones home is a big question mark. Prior to making any trip, inform yourself as to what the current issues of travel are with regard to COVID-19 pandemic. Do not venture off across the country without first knowing and respecting our governments (Federal, Provincial, Municipal and City / Town) wishes.

Be Safe and be with family.


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