Cape Jourimain history

A crossing place

By calling this headland Wuk’taa’mook, the Mi’kmaq meant a crossing place — a place to pause, stock up on food, rest, make repairs, or wait out dangerous weather.

The Acadians and early British settlers also canoed across from this place, as did the iceboats which used to deliver mail through long, bitter winters, and thereafter ferries of ever-increasing size, until they were replaced by Confederation Bridge in the late 1990s.

The winter link to PEI

In winter, the Northumberland Strait between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island becomes a dangerous expanse of board ice, pressure ridges, and open water dotted with fast-moving ice floes.

horse-drawn-iceboat

For 90 years — beginning in 1827 — a perilous method of transport connected Prince Edward Island to the mainland during the long winter months of ice and snow.

To cross, special boats were designed with runners to ease dragging across patches of ice, and prows designed to ride up on the ice, allowing safe disembarking.

National Wildlife Area designation

Cape Jourimain Nature Centre established

  • Cape Jourimain Nature Centre was opened to the public in 2001 as a not-for-profit corporation to tell this story and provide controlled public access to this hidden jewel among national wildlife areas.