It looks battered and worn as you approach the shore.
This lighthouse at St. Peter’s Harbour was deactivated in 2008. Until recently, the old building was hidden behind the sand dunes which had grown in size since 1881 when the structure was built.
However, it wasn’t the end of the old lighthouse because a local group, The St. Peter’s Lighthouse Society, has acquired the old structure and is restoring it to its former glory. Initial work is well underway and the whole structure has been lifted four feet.
Now it stands above the dunes and out of the sand again. Work to repair the old building will continue.
As my husband and I moved through the trail
lined with bayberry and other bushes,
sparrows competed with the ocean sounds. Dozens of them sang and flitted through the shrubs, meters from the beach on the far side of the dunes.
is on the western shore of the entrance to St. Peter’s Bay while the National Park at Greenwich is visible on the eastern shore.
The beach is similar to Greenwich, though with less people.
There was a wharf on this shore at one time, at the entrance to St Peter’s Bay. All that remains now are the weathered supports
which are battered during every storm and some of which disappear in high tide.
The old wood, bleached from the sea and sun, shows character and history.
Here, at the area where the water of St. Peter’s Bay meets the Gulf of St Lawrence you can see the turbulence on the surface of the water. However, the water is warm at this low tide.
As we roam the beach, we notice holes in the sand.
These are made by razor clams, which people dig, gather and cook. We have never eaten these but an excursion to dig for them would be a great adventure.
Meanwhile, in the tops of the sand dunes, bank swallows have made their nests, though they are not circling overhead today.
This beach at St. Peter's Harbour has a unique character though it is a pristine beach like so many others on the island.