Parker's Cove, Nova Scotia
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Parker's Cove, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, is a seaside hamlet, located directly on the Bay of Fundy, originally settled by immigrants from the United Kingdom in the mid-18th century. The names of the original 13 families - including Robinson, Guest, Halliday, Oliver, Gilliat, Hudson & Clayton - can be seen on a granite monument overlooking the scenic Annapolis Basin, as well as on the mailboxes along the Shore Road today.
Subsequent generations have made their living by fishing for the plentiful products from the bay, including sweet, succulent scallops and North American lobster; harvesting timber from the local hillsides, and servicing the needs of the agricultural community over the hill on the Annapolis Basin.
Located approximately six miles outside of the historic village of Annapolis Royal, Parker's Cove is home to the studio of an award winning painter - Wayne Boucher, has the largest and most active fishing wharf along this section of the coast, boasts an oceanfront campground for RVs and tents, and supports an active Baptist church congregation.
Local crafts still practiced include mat hooking, quilting, and tole painting on driftwood and surf worn rocks. Recreation activities include hiking along the rugged coast, beach combing, biking, and walking along the shoreline at low tide.
The tides in Parker's Cove have a range of approximately 30 feet from low to high, and vary with the phases of the moon. Fishermen here fish "with the tides", as the boat basin and wharf are bare at low tide - exposing the ocean bottom to curious humans and flocks of seagulls.
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