Cape EnragePosted: June 19, 2012
Cape Enrage is located on the tip of Barn Marsh Island in New Brunswick. It acquired its name from the violent waters that occur at half tide when the reef that extends south into the bay is partially exposed to the rapidly moving water. The Acadian sailors called it Cap Enragé. The British anglicized the name after they kicked out the French.
The original lighthouse was built in 1847. Damaged in a storm, a new lighthouse had to be built in 1870. There have been a variety of keeper’s houses and boathouses, lost and/or damaged by storms and harsh winters. The latest keeper’s house was built in 1952. It is now a restaurant, not open at the time we visited.
The station was automated in 1990, and the keeper’s house was slated to be torn down when a physics teacher from a high school in Moncton, along with a small group of his students, began to restore the site. They eventually renovated all of the buildings and opened it for tourists. The Cape Enrage Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, student-run organization. The student, a young woman who lives in Alma, who told us about the history of Cape Enrage was quite knowledgeable on the subject, and we not only learned a great deal about the site, but also about the village of Alma and living in the area. Her father is a fisherman, and it was from this young woman that we learned it was lobster season and that scallop season would not start for a few more weeks. She advised us to enjoy lobster while it was in season.
In addition to the Cape Enrage Interpretive Centre, you will also find Cape Enrage Adventures on site. Climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and a zip-line are some of the available activities during the summer months.
I wish I’d worked up the nerve to try the zip-line. It looks like it would be fun. We didn’t see anyone on it during either of our visits (we went back the next day to walk the beach during low tide). Watching someone else do it first would have helped in my quest for the courage to try.
I took quite a few photos around the lighthouse. I found the lines and curves fascinating, even those of the man-made objects. Cape Enrage has been named by Frommers as one of The Best Views in Canada. We found out about it through the Cliffside Suites, the place where we were staying in Alma.
That’s it for today’s mini travelogue. We walked around the grounds of the Cape Enrage site a bit, and I’ll have those photos for you tomorrow.
Here in the Bogs today, it is hot (90s) but not nearly as bad as predicted. It’s been very breezy, and the humidity isn’t as high as it’s been since we returned home.
Hanging out laundry (it’s a good day for it), I realized what a change in weather we’ve experienced. There are a lot of long-sleeved shirts and sweatshirts coming through the laundry from our travels.
Thank you for dropping by and joining me at Cape Enrage. I hope all is well in your world.
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