Welcome to Parrsboro Shore Days

Timbers from a water mill and the shaft section of the mill’s waterwheel emerge from an eroding river bank. Scouring by cake ice during the winter of 2010-2011 and strong currents in the spring of 2011 flushed the shaft from the bank and exposed the timbers. More about it under Mills/Apple River.

This website had been “under development” since Mar 21, 2021. Today – Friday Sep 1, 2023 – is the official launch!

It’s about days gone by on the Parrsboro shore, with a focus on the industrial technologies of those days.

The website includes descriptive materials based on my experiences growing up in the Parrsboro area in the 1940s and ’50s in a family involved with seafaring, ship building, lumbering; and historic research material gathered since the early 1970s from private collections, archival holdings, interviews with older residents living on the East Coast of Canada, and from visits to Europe’s historic water and wind powered mills.

As well, in more recent years I have conducted my own observations on the occurrence of remnant materials associated building of dykes and water- and wind-powered mills in the coastal lands in days gone by. I still have lots of materials to add, and David P and perhaps others will also be contributing.

The website is dedicated to my lifelong friend and fellow Parrsboro Shore enthusiast Conrad Byers who passed away too early.

With David P  (left) a couple of days ago

I am grateful to retired Dalhousie University biologist David Patriquin for his assistance with the website and sharing in my enthusiasm for the Parrsboro Shore and his for the dykelands and associated salt marshes. We have had many ventures together on the Parrsboro Shore in days not so long gone by and ongoing, we hope, for quite a while!

Kerr Canning

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