Welcoming Port Felix

Port Felix had a few surprises for us. Our friend Ray, who had been our neighbour during the ‘Oceanolog’ wintering at Morrisburg Marina, had a brilliant suggestion for our stay in Port Felix. He recommended that we dock at a private wharf for free: the house of his sister Denise was there facing the peer. The excitement in the air, we arrived just before the sun went down, greeted by the serene solitude – no internet, not even a hint of mobile service! Naturally, this meant we couldn’t inform Denise of our arrival. However, the night turned out to be nothing short of magical. 

As we ventured onto the deck to admire the stars, the profound silence enveloped our senses. But to our delight, the night wasn’t as quiet as we expected. It began with the haunting hoot of a great horned owl, piercing the veil of darkness. Soon, we found ourselves serenaded by a symphony of unfamiliar sounds echoing in the distance – mysterious groans, sighs, and plaintive howls. They were harmonized by the haunting calls of two loons. I grabbed a flashlight, hoping to unveil the enigmatic creatures behind these sounds, but alas, the source remained elusive, hidden in the shroud of the night. Yet, beneath the dock’s edge, a mesmerizing sight awaited us – graceful sea anemones, swaying their petals under the water’s surface. It was a night of pure enchantment.

Denise, Toze, and Mouski (their dog, proudly named after Rimouski, Denise’s hometown) were at the dock early in the morning. They showered us with a warm and hospitable welcome, serving up a delightful breakfast before embarking on a tour of their beloved village. Together, we explored Port Felix, making cherished acquaintances with the locals, and even tried our hand at mackerel fishing off Toze’s preferred pier – the promise of big fish lingered in the salty air. Our fishing endeavours yielded no catches, but boredom was far from our minds as we were entertained by the vibrant wildlife. A curious seal kept a hopeful watch over us, anticipating a treat. A cormorant dove so close that I feared it might become an unintended catch, but in the end, it skillfully pilfered a fish from our neighbor’s hook and swam away, content in its conquest. An otter made a brief but endearing appearance, circling us with an inquisitive gaze before gracefully vanishing into the depths.

Port Felix, with its population of fewer than a hundred, thrives as a humble fishing village, its livelihood centred around lobster, halibut, and shrimp harvesting. One of the village’s standout attractions is a lookout point, offering breathtaking vistas of the picturesque harbour, meticulously designed in homage to Basque Captain Savalett’s ship. Our day concluded with a heartwarming dinner shared in perfect harmony. Denise presented us with warm socks – she knitted them herself! – and a little painted rock collected on Port Felix’s shore. While we couldn’t predict the future, one thing was certain – Denise and Toze had etched their place in our hearts with unforgettable memories.

Arriving at Port Felix
Anemones at night
Good morning, nice to meet you!
Welcoming sunrise
View from the cottage’s window
Unique wooden stove “Lady Scotia”
Warm presents made by Denis!
Church of St.Joseph
Cemetery with sea view
Denis is telling about history and present days life in Port Felix
Hello from the Captain Savalett’s Ship
No luck!
Lucky cormorant gets a fish
Oysters farm
Oysters factory “Bill and Stanley”
Some float, some flight
Beautiful local architecture
View on the wharf from the hill
Calm docking
CTD-cast in Port Felix
The plot of CTD-cast data at high tide shows uniform in water column temperature (14.46+/-0.02) degC with a salinity of about 29.14g/kg, which decreases about 0.26 g/kg near the surface, probably due to a freshwater input with tidal current. Oxygen saturation is good, around 100%, but with quite low Chlorophyll (5ug/L) and organic matter (4.5ppb) concentrations, which result in the absence of fish in the harbour – here is a broken primary food chain supply (phytoplankton) and no thermocline in a water column for the plankton day-night migrations. Low concentrations of organic matter and the presence of filtering water anemones resulted in very clean waters – the first time I measured such transparent waters with an attenuation coefficient of about 0.001 1/m, I saw my CTD at the bottom!
Goodbye, Toze and Denis! Thank you!
Goodbye, Port Felix!

2 Replies to “Welcoming Port Felix”

  1. Wow, this was an amazing experience in meeting you both. We wish you many happy moments like we had during your passage to Port Felix NS.
    What a beautiful adventure, farewell my new friends, hope we meet again.
    Keep on sailing ⛵

Comments are closed.