Postcards from a Sun Painted Caraquet Harbour

Sometimes, everything seems to fall into place, and with the dipping sun, over the quaint fishing harbour in Caraquet, New Brunswick this seemed one of those moments.

The sun was playing hide and seek, sneaking in and out of the thick base of dark cumulonimbus clouds as it slowly slid towards the distant horizon. Painting the sky with dramatic colourful hues, golden-yellow, through vibrant orange, gradually changing to deep crimson.

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Caraquet harbour

Everybody loves a sunset, and this drama filled sky over one of my favourite photography subjects, a fishing harbour, set the stage for a perfect end to the day. The fishing fleet lay at rest, moored along the wharf, after catching lobster, and crab far out in the Atlantic, creating reflections in the water, and deep shadows where the sun failed to reach.

Regular readers will be aware of my love of fishing vessels, and their bases, attracted by the romantic side of a fishing life. I’ll take pity however, and not dwell on this any further.

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Light painting the harbour

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Dusk on the dock

Caraquet lies near the mouth of Caraquet River in Caraquet Bay, no prizes for guessing where it gets its name! It is a pretty town, steeped in Acadian history, and heritage. There is a museum dedicated to this unique culture, and it is also located near the fascinating living museum; Le Village Historique Acadien.

The town hosts a number of festivals, celebrating this rich heritage, I’d have welcomed an opportunity to experience one, but unfortunately on this occasion it was not possible.

It’s a good base from which to explore the surrounding area, visiting plenty of attractive lighthouses, covered bridges, and churches typical of New Brunswick.

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Vessels on parade

There are restaurants to suit most budgets, and also several quality hotels. I spent two very pleasant nights at the homely Hotel Paulin, Victorian built, combining old world charm with modern convenience, including reliable, and free internet. Food lovers will love it; chef Karen Mersereau provides a menu of freshly prepared local cuisine in an innovative, and personal style. Her passion is unmistakable, each dish lovingly presented, and described when she personally brings it to the table.

Observant visitors, after exploring the North-East New Brunswick Atlantic coast, will discover the pretty, and quaint fishing harbour in the evening. Sunset in Caraquet, painted with the soft brush of golden light from our nearest star, bringing a perfect end to any day.

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Day end

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  1. Katie

    Love seeing a ton of bloggers covering Atlantic Canada this year, yourself included. Sherry Ott is in PEI, and Nomadic Samuel was back in Fredericton not long ago … awesome!

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