Oceans Day Visit to Coffin Island serves up W.O.W.s
Under sunny skies, the JKC pulled away from the wharf in West Berlin with Captain Brad Crouse at the helm with a boat full of excited picnickers.
Picnics in hand prepared by Chef Alan Crosby, on Sunday June 9th we chartered our course for Coffin Island in honour of World Oceans Day, bringing our week-long World Oceans Day festivities for 2019 to a close.
The trip over was smooth as the sea glistened in the sunlight. As always the narrow passage getting into the wharf on Coffin Island takes your breath away – while it is beautiful, it’s barely wide enough for the boats to pass through, to the untrained eye that is.
Coffin Island, located at the entrance to Liverpool Bay, offers vistas of Beach Meadows Beach and a glimpse of Western Head Lighthouse. For generations, families and fishermen alike have used this Island for work and play.
Today we’re here to simply enjoy the boat ride, the company and the Island.
As you may know, throughout our lobster season, November – May, Capt. Crouse is our partner enabling us to take guests out lobster fishing. Although our commercial season closed May 31, we were able to check on 3 traps while we were out that belong to his son who has an aboriginal license. Together they shared tales from their time at sea fishing, and as a licensed guide, in the woods bear hunting
While plans were to hike the shoreline after lunch, maybe even to visit the Lighthouse at the tip, it seemed the call of the campfire, stories and s’mores after our picnic was too overpowering. Sitting amongst the cobblestone beach in the lee of the island, folks didn’t venture too far, enjoying each others company and conversation …. many deciding that this may be a new annual tradition for them.
Darlene Norman, our Recreation and Special Events Manager, says it was a great afternoon, with a great group of guests that we were delighted to have aboard for our adventure.
This was our 2nd Annual trek to Coffin Island in honour of World Oceans Week, it may be a keeper!
Many thanks to Susan Crowell for these great photos: