Chebogue Point
Yarmouth Co. Nova Scotia Canada
Chebogue Point is located at 43°45'41"N, 66°06'57"W in the Yarmouth 
The most southerly point on land in Eastern Canada
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NEW: They Came, They Saw, They Analyzed

If you follow the FISHERMEN'S TRAIL   from Yarmouth you will come to a small sign that reads Chebogue point. This inconspicuous little road leads to an area that was historically very significant to the early colonization of the area.  The area still is of importance for atmospheric studies and tourism.

f12.jpgGreek Revival style church. This church was built in 1843 on the Chebogue Point Road. In early May of 1886, it was moved about a mile to its present site on the main road and "renovated and redecorated" by its members on May 6.
In the 1500ís European fur traders and fishermen visited the shores of South Western Nova Scotia and in 1604 explorers from France officially claimed and colonized this new land. Trading posts were established to pursue the  fur trade with the native people; one such establishment, according to historical sources, was at Chebogue Point, Yarmouth County in 1607, where a colony of French Acadians later settled. (S)

f45.jpgFor such a small area there are some diverse habitats. The lake like area in the picture is sea water and part of the Chebogue river system.  The aerial picture on the right is what this area will look like a few hours later at low tide.  This may be a very tempting place to explore but is as dangerous as it is beautiful.  In places the mud is almost like quick sand and it is easy to get overtaken by an incoming tide.   From an ecological point of  view the area is of extreme importance to the fishing industry.  Salt marshes and mud flats trap debris, such as seaweed.  The material decomposes providing food for millions of lower tropic level organisms that provide the basis for many of the ocean food chains in the area.  With 85% of historical Fundy salt marsh habitat lost and/or severely degraded  it is important to protect those that are healthy.  As you stand here at low tide the place may not smell to good but mother nature is conducting her "salt marsh symphony" and things are as they should be.. 
f42.jpgThe Mi'kmaq gave it its name meaning "big marshes". There are 343 hectares (837  acres) of salt marshland along the Chebogue River beginning at Arcadia.  Mi'kmaq stone tools, dating 5000 to 7000 years ago, were in the area. Samuel Champlain, on a map dated 1607,  may have depicted Chebogue River with houses on both sides, this would make Chebogue the third oldest European settlement in Canada. (S)
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Geologically the area is composed of half slate rock and half glacial till, formed some 10,000 years ago when the glaciers receded. Some sections have very lush vegetation while other  are somewhat barren resembling the moors of  Scotland. The area below is composed of stunted spruce and shrubs.
The drive to lands end is brief,(~5km) so brief that if you have the time it would be best to walk it. 

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Wild Strawberries, Bayberry, Sea Rocket, and dandelions are some of the edible wilds that grow along  slop of the upper sea shore.  To the left a farmer takes advantage of a fertile piece of land near the warm asphalt surface.
Fishing and farming are the main industries in the Chebogue area.
The fog was gently covering the point.  It was a beautiful day
The last house on the road.
Protector of the point.
Looking toward the tip of Chebogue point
Yea all come back
now you hear!

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Randomly arranged links to topics related to Chebogue point.

Partial map of area The North Atlantic Regional Experiment Chebogue Point Road, Web Site for Dan and Sue  Mouth of Chebogue River
Bruce Doddridge's Home Page  La Ferme d'Acadie à Chebogue, Nouvelle-Écosse FISHERMEN'S TRAIL
SPRL 1995: SPRL Research Sites Chebogue Point and Sable Island ...   Meteorological mechanisms for transporting O3 Measurement of alkyl nitrates at Chebogue Point
PENNEY, Carol Marie The Drowning of Halcombe Lytton - 1892 CHARLES SONIA lost off Chebogue Point  1908 Notes written by Ebenezer Scott
Benjamin Robbins, the first settler (1762) on Chebogue Point, Yar. Co., NS (S) Joshua Pitman Trefry
granted land in the Chebogue Point area 1762
Captain John Howard
ship wreck off Chebogue Point1868
Champlain's Map - 1632 EXPLOSION on steamer NEWFIELD  ~1891 AMABLE DOUCET. Esq. (1737-1806) Chebogue Cemetery
The Utkubok Trail  Arcadia
Head water of the Chebogue River

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