We visit the village at least once every summer but a recent mild and calm winter morning drew us out of the house to Victoria-by-the-Sea. The little fishing village in Prince Edward Island is a tourist attraction every summer, as visitors flock to its streets lined with colourful homes, boutiques or the theatre, a vibrant part of community life.
The village is bordered by farmer’s fields while along the wharf, boats may be unloading their catches as they were this past summer when we visited.
The seafood available in the restaurants doesn’t get much fresher.
On this winter day, the sea is frozen from the shoreline as far as the eye can see. The bay, which last summer was home to a flock of Great blue herons, looks like a white wasteland.
Another difference in the village is the rock along the shoreline this winter. An old concrete wall had been breached a number of times by violent storms and was the worse for wear.
Now a pile of huge rocks provides a barrier and break to the sea and will slow erosion in the area. But for how long?
In recent years, the rate of erosion has increased on our sandstone and sandbar in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Rocks like those in Victoria-by-the-Sea won’t protect us from rising sea levels. In years to come, will there be an island for our grandkids to visit?