Exciting news for locals and tourists alike, especially all you bird watchers! If you were down to Mary’s Point last summer, you would have noticed a new building that was erected beside the old interpretive building. This new Shorebird Discovery Centre is beautifully situated to take in the expanse that is the Shepody Natural Wildlife Area (NWA). The Shepody NWA includes Mary’s Point, New Horton and Germantown Marsh. We were excited to see it and even more excited to hear it would be opening in 2019. We headed down there this past weekend and was pleased to see one of the interpreter’s we had met last year, Denis Doucet, and his team settling in to the centre and getting ready for the grand opening which is happening July 16th at 1 pm.
There is a little area called Harvey ( see map here ) just before you get to the marsh before Riverside-Albert on Route 915. I love this area for its scenery and historic properties. We stopped in the other day to visit with the owners of Florentine Manor who have their property up for sale if anyone is in the market for a beautiful Inn. Mark and I stayed here for our anniversary about 14 years ago. It is like stepping back in time when you walk in to this impressive Inn that was originally a residence built in the 1870s. Mary Tingley and her husband Cyril have owned it since 1976 and have run it is an Inn since 1983. Mary grew up in these parts and has been working in the hospitality industry for 51 years between their Inn and a store across the street at Harvey Corner. We loved getting to know some history about the place and her involvement in it. She allowed us to take a few photos the afternoon we visited. You can find out more about the Inn on their webpage here. I wish I was in the market for an Inn- it sounds romantic but I’m sure it is lots of work and sacrifice.
There is another Bed and Breakfast as you turn off route 915 onto Mary’s Point Road. This is the road that takes you on a lovely scenic loop back to route 915 a few kilometres up the road. This B and B is called Sandpiper’s Rest B and B which looks like a very comfortable place to stay as well. You can find their website here.
As we travel down the road we pass the old Harvey Hall and First Harvey Baptist Church. Continuing on we reach the Shepody Dam and the Anderson Hollow lighthouse that was moved here from a wharf on Waterside beach many years ago. There is a little green space here for admiring the view. We used to take the kids here to play on the replica ship and have a picnic. I couldn’t find a picnic table last time we drove by and the replica ship seemed to be falling into the river. I’m not sure who is responsible for the upkeep of this adorable space but hopefully it will stay as a place for visitors and residents to enjoy. Mark took the most beautiful photos here one day a few years ago. He actually shared this one of the lighthouse in his guest post here.
Just a little ways down the road past some more historic properties we reach Studio on the Marsh– an art gallery dedicated to the works of Lars Larsen and continues to be run by his wife Michelle. She also features other local artists and photographers. We love browsing her studio and picking up a print here and there. We love stopping in during the Christmas open house when she has various discounts going on as well. Check out their Facebook page to see an event happening on Aug 18th from 3-7 pm where you can meet wildlife artist and photographer Jacqueline Verge .
We are almost done our tour! It ends at the beautiful area called Mary’s Point.We have enjoyed many afternoons and picnics at Mary’s Point over the years with our kids and family. I wondered if it was named after Mary Majka who lived there and who had a lot to do with preserving this piece of land and the wildlife that visits it. There are numerous credits to Mary’s name throughout the last 50 years including organizations she has founded but alas, it was not named after her. I found this article about her in a Globe and Mail piece and local author Deborah Carr has written a book about her called Sanctuary. Canadian Wildlife Services is working toward getting a new interpretive centre and program going to highlight the area. A new building is up at the site and we got to enjoy a couple evenings listening to interpreter Denis Doucet’s explanation of the migration of shore birds and lots about nature as well. He is a wealth of information! I will be visiting even more once the new centre is open. They are hoping for a soft opening ( not everything running) maybe this fall. Stay tuned for that! We have so many photos from here but here are a few we picked for this post:
This week will mark 6 months of blogging. I love sharing what we are doing or what I find inspiring in hopes of inspiring you as well. I still have lots to learn. Here’s to the next 6 months! If there is anything you would like to see or learn about let me know!
Thanks for travelling with us on The Road to Waterside!