Canso in trouble

As we navigated across Chedabucto Bay, we finally reached the ‘mainland’ of Nova Scotia and pulled into the bustling fishing wharf of Canso. As we explored the intricacies of this fishing port and meandered through the charming streets, we couldn’t help but notice an intriguing sight – posters plastered in the windows of many houses declaring, ‘We say NO to the Canso spaceport!’

Our curiosity piqued, we sought to unravel the story behind this fervent movement. It wasn’t long before we had the opportunity to chat with Jim Geddes, a passionate activist leading the charge against the Canadian-Ukrainian spaceport project. We listened as he articulated their perspective, and it became apparent that more than 400 local residents had joined forces to voice their dissent against having a spaceport right in their backyard.

The crux of their concerns? The proposed spaceport sat a mere 3 km from their homes and a scant 3.2 km from the local hospital and nursing home. Not to mention, it was nestled just 4 km from the Barrens Protected Wilderness Area, a haven for wildlife, and a crucial migratory bird stopover. The potential risks of rocket launches, especially ones with questionable reliability, weighed heavily on their minds. The prospect of rocket fragments raining down from the sky was enough to give anyone pause.

For us, as Canadian-Ukrainians, it was vital to empathize with their anxieties about the future of life in Canso. We imagined the unsettling scenario of rockets with uncertain fates launching just a stone’s throw from their homes and vital social structures. In solidarity with the residents of Canso, we wholeheartedly support their quest for a peaceful and secure future.

Amidst this thought-provoking encounter, we also stumbled upon a local hero, Nelson, the skilled mechanic who took on the Herculean task of troubleshooting and repairing the persistent fuel leak in our engine. It was a problem that had been gnawing at our nerves, but with Nelson’s expertise, we held out hope for a smoother journey ahead.

Nova Scotian “mainland” is ahead!
Approaching Canso
Docked in the fishing port
Fishing vessels
Waterfront walk
Enjoy the sea view in my favorite blue and yellow
History of sailing fishery on waterfront walkway
Houses for stray cats with sea view
Private fishing docks
Fishing gear packhouse
Main street with new colourful houses
Old Hart House, built in 19th century
Unusual name of the church
Stained glass church plate with a marine theme
Sea view cemetry
Roll call of times
Painting of lobster’s buoys
Posters against the Canso spaceport were placed in many houses.
Sad mermaid – no rockets, please!
Far away the sailboat “Easy Reach” with Glenn & Shannon approaching Canso – we met them in Gaspe and after we used different routes, it was nice to meet them again!
Low tide in the wharf – stay away from these tires!
Mackerel shoal in the harbour
CTD cast in the Canso fishing harbour
Plot of CTD cast data – quite healthy water with some increase of fDOM from the 1m at the surface, probably some oil increase detection.
Time to the cast off!
Goodbye, Canso, and good luck in your fight against the spaceport!

2 Replies to “Canso in trouble”

  1. Terrific article and pictures,totally agree with their assessment of rockets in our town

  2. Thank you, Emily! Good luck with your fight for a clear sky, abundant wildlife and peaceful life in your town. Take care!

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