High Tide, Low Tide; Fundy Coast Stories is an effort to capture and preserve some of the oral history of this rural region of Nova Scotia. The sixteen communities along the Bay of Fundy shoreline in Annapolis County have traditionally been home to intrepid families of modest means, many of whom made their livelihoods fishing, farming and cutting wood. The generations of children generally had access to a measure of education, but - frequently for economic reasons - many left formal schooling before completing high school. Occasionally a diary was kept that may have survived to the present day, but seldom was a book written to document life along the Fundy Coast. Much of the history and many of the stories have been orally passed through the generations - stories retold around kitchen tables at family gatherings or at a community pot luck or jam session.
FCDA has begun to conduct a series of videotaped interviews with the most senior members of the sixteen communities in this region, in an attempt to document some of these stories in the authentic voice of this unique area. The raw footage is being edited to create a finished presentation of each interview, and occasionally excerpts will be posted to this site to identify landmark areas in conjunction with the community mapping project currently underway.
If you, or someone in your family wished to participate in this project, please contact the FCDA office at (902) 532-1393 or send an email to
Note for Clarice Gregory's clip:
Mrs. Clarice Gregory was born on the Fundy Coast in 1917, and today is comfortably retired and living in Hillsburn Nova Scotia. In this clip she talks about how the Hillsburn Church was pre-dated by a Temperance Hall in the same location.
Note for Ella Halliday's clip:
Mrs. Ella Halliday was born in Litchfield Nova Scotia in 1918, and attended the Litchfield Schoolhouse as a student. The Litchfield School was housed in a structure that had originally been built as a sail loft, and now functions as the Litchfield Community Hall. The half-models that she speaks of were carved by her father Daniel Robinson, who built boats in Litchfield, Hillsburn and Parker's Cove during the first half of the 20th century.
Note for Marion Elmore's clip:
Marion (Hines) Elmore was born at Berwick in 1919. She was one of three children and spent some of her young years in Worchester. After living in Massachusetts for eight years the family returned to Port George and she attended school there. She married Frank Elmore in 1938, and they were blessed with five children. She was interviewed in her home in Port George, the original house that she and Frank built and raised their family in.
Note for Aubrey Little's clips:
Mr. Aubrey Little was born, raised and continues to live in the seaside village of Margaretsville on the beautiful Fundy Coast in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.
Earlier generations of his family immigrated to this area from England, seeking a better life. Aubrey has six brothers in his family and, as was the case in many families, he had to leave school early to make a living. He joined the Army, and after completing his service he married the love of his life – Betty. They settled down together in Margaretsville and raised a family of three children.
Aubrey recalls that his first car was purchased for the princely sum of $65.00, and the jobs he has worked during his life include farming, trucking and long lining as well as lobster fishing. Aubrey’s conversation continues to be sprinkled with his passion and love of the sea.