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Cheboque

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
1. Cheboque Marker
Inscription.

Cheboque
The name "Cheboque" comes from the Mi'kmaw word for "big marshes", a very accurate name for this area. Beginning at Arcadia, the Cheboque salt marsh sprawls 343 hectares (837 acres) alongside the Cheboque River.

According to a 1607 map drawn by Samuel de Champlain, there may have been homes along the Cheboque River as early as 1607, which would make it the third oldest European settlement in Canada after Saint-Croix (1604) and Port Royal (1605). Cheboque was a major Acadian settlement until 1755-58 when the community was destroyed and many of its inhabitants deported by the British. In 1761 New England Planters settled the former Acadian lands and built a community based on fishing, farming, lumbering and shipping.

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Chebogue has been a farming and fishing community for over three hundred years.

Gathering hay at Chebogue, c.1900. Note the oxen team hitched to the wagon.

A Diverse Landscape
Chebogue's extensive salt marsh makes it a very important ecological area that has contributed to Chebogue's fishing and farming industries for centuries.

With each tidal cycle, the salt marsh and mudflats trap floating debris such as seaweed. The seaweed decomposes and provides nutrients for millions of tiny organisms that are, in turn, consumed by larger

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By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Harbour of Deception, Chebogue, and Discover The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth Markers
ocean species such as fish. Clams are harvested from Chebogue's mudflats, while the wharf near Town Point, is a lobster fishing port.

Salt marshes also protect farmland by removing sediments and toxins, from the water, and acting as a buffer from tidal invasions such as storm surges. For many years, Chebogue's rich agricultural land supported local farms, as well as a thriving dairy industry. Cook's Dairy Farm, once a family-owned operation, is a local provider of milk and milk products.

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The Chebogue River system and its surrounding marshlands provide a haven for wildlife, including migratory and native shorebirds.

Dairy still cows [sic - cows still] graze the lush meadowlands overlooking the Chebogue River.

Boating on the Chebogue
Bordered by salt marshes, the winding Chebogue River is part of an estuary system that is home to a wide array of wildlife, including fish and numerous species of birds.

This tranquil, tidal river is also a haven for human recreation. The Chebogue River Aquatic Club attracts boating and kayaking enthusiasts from all over Atlantic Canada and North America. Established in 1967-68, the Club is open to all, and has a public slipway for non-members. It also provides boaters and paddlers with unique access to both the Chebogue River and the sea. On an interesting note, the Chebogue river

Discover The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
3. Discover The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth Marker
An adjoining tourism marker, not transcribed
Aquatic Club's former, and original, clubhouse used to be the whistle house for Bunker Island's Beacon Light.

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Boaters, from across North America, enjoy the tranquility and scenery of the Chebogue River.

What can you see from here?
The long strip of land, to your right, is Chebogue Point, part of the historic fishing and farming community of Chebogue.

Cheboque is an important ecological area with a diverse and scenic landscape.

The scenic Cheboque River attracts recreational boaters from across North America.
 
Erected by Municipality of the District of Yarmouth.
 
Location. 43° 47.534′ N, 66° 9.307′ W. Marker is in Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is along Cape Forchu Lightstation's Leif Ericson Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1856 Nova Scotia Route 304, Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia B5A 4A7, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harbour of Deception (here, next to this marker); Explosive Geology (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tusket Islands (within shouting distance of this marker); Pieces of the Past (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); A Footstep into the Harbour (about 120 meters away); Welcome to the Leif Ericson Trail (about 150 meters away); A Diverse Fishery (about 180 meters away); Cape Forchu's Guiding Light (about 240 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Forchu.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cheboque Point. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cheboque River. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cheboque River Aquatic Club. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The History of the Cape Forchu Lightstation. (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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