Monday, April 18, 2016
Tin Can Beach
Tin Can Beach - At one time back in the 40's and 50's this long stretch of sand and surf was once the domain of Hobos, Drinkers and those bad boys that liked to party. If you were known to be a regular at Tin Can Beach.....well, most people just stayed clear of you. There was an abundance of trash, empty cans, and bottles. Hobos used to put up tents and spend the summer and or anyone out of work and nowhere to stay might just join up with the party goers and sleep under the stars. Slowly they disappeared, the beach was cleaned up by volunteers and became a place for families or a bunch of kids to spend an afternoon, have a picnic and go swimming, even with the cold temperatures of the Bay of Fundy. It was a great place to watch young seals play at low tide and all kinds of sea birds fly over you - with fishing boats and ships passing by. There was a bunch of us in the neighbourhood that would bicycle to the beach and spend the day. Now, today, it gets better. PROTECTED BY LAW - PARK, BEACH, ANIMALS, BIRDS AND SEA LIFE. A "Tin Can Beach" bought by the "Irving Family" and turned into a Nature Park - FREE- for all citizens and visitors to enjoy.
The West Side of the City Of Saint John lies in the background, while the park, the marsh and the Bay Of Fundy pretty well takes over the rest of this aerial photo.
There are 11 km (7 miles) of rugged Bay Of Fundy coastline over 600 acres - an oasis of forest, marsh, beaches and trails. There is a boardwalk that extends into the salt march which is ideal for bird watching. There are eight different walking trails of varying lengths, as well as a roadway that encircles the park, including many lookouts. There are picnic areas, some with propane barbecues (free to use) many picnic tables and benches to rest on throughout the Park. The park's highest point is the Lookout Tower. Using binoculars mounted on'site, one can admire the breathtaking 360 degree view of land and sea above the treetops.
Tin Can Beach/Irving Nature Park - one of my favourite places to be from my childhood, with a "stop by" just last week. On a truly windy day, such as this....walking through the market or shops, you might hear more than one person say - "Winds are high today, you goin' to watch the waves on Tin Can Beach?"....."Yes, yes I am Eh."