SECTION 3 THE NARROWS TO COLES BROOK

The Head Pond Photo: The Head Pond

Description: The Head Pond was created by the damming of the Nepisiguit River. This is a great spot for photo taking of autumn colours.

Photo provided by Karl Branch October, 1999

Red Pine Stand Photo: Fire scar in Red Pine stand

Description: The Trail goes through a red pine stand. Fire scar on a stump tells the story of a past forest fire. A.H.Pierce’s dairy of July 27, 1905 tells of difficulties of W.F. Ganong and Pierce walking through a burnt over forest land to reach the Nepisiguit River above the Narrows. “We encountered going that was simply frightful, through almost impassable burnt land, through cedar thickets & through alders. Finally, on the further slope we fell in with an old portage road which led us straight to the Nepisiguit.”

Photo provided by Rod O’Connell September, 2006

The Narrows Photo: The Narrows

Description: The “Narrows” is so named because of a narrow gorge created by sheer verticle cliffs on each side of the river. A rock ledge and hugh boulders in the river creates waves and eddies as the water rushes through the gorge at high water levels. There is no shoreline exit in the Narrows for a canoe. The portage is on the west bank of the river (to the right on the photo) and approximately 30m upstream from the cliffs. The Narrows is classified as Class III-IV (rapids with high irregular waves often capable of swamping an open canoe…)

Photo provided by Rod O’Connell September, 2006

Above the Narrows Photo: Above the Nepisiguit Narrows

Description: R.E. Elliot writes about going through the Narrows in the 1928 Nepisiguit River drive. He was 17 years old at the time. “Before I realized what was going on, we were being sucked into the jaws of the gorge. The cliffs seemed to reach into the skies for ever and ever and the river was squeezed into a slit which was half wide enough.” A picture of a supply scow going through The Narrows during the log drive of 1949 can be seen at the Bathurst Heritage Museum in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada

Photo provided by Karl Branch October, 1999

Nile-Mile Pool Photo: Nine-Mile Pool

Description: Nine-Mile Pool is created by the discharge of the Nine-Mile Brook. An interesting note in the name of the Brook is the point of origin in measuring the distance to the Brook. All other brooks along the Nepisiguit River are named for the distance of travel upriver from the mouth of the Nepisiguit River. Nine-Mile is based on the distance of travel to the Brook from Austin Brook. Austin Brook was the site of the Old Drummond Iron Mine and the end of the railway line to the mines, built in 1909.

Photo provided by Karl Branch May, 2000

 

Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail Section #3

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