Nature Trail ~ The Bay

The term Malpeque is derived from the Mi’kmaq word “magpeg,” meaning “The swelled-up bay.” Our ancestors have lived off this bountiful and beautiful bay for thousands of years. In fact, artifacts on Display in the Lennox Island Cultural Centre date back as far as 10,000 years.

Today, The Malpeque Bay provides not only an important food source to our people, but income as well in the form of fisheries, primarily lobster, oyster and other shellfish. The Malpeque bay is world-renowned not only for its rich history and natural beauty, but for the recreational activities it provides tourists and locals alike including sea kayaking, deep-sea fishing, boating and swimming.

The Malpeque Bay is a rich, shallow bay system sheltered from the Gulf of St. Lawrence by a barrier dune system about 40 km in length. These dunes are known as the Sand Hills.

Beginning in the 1940s, a fishing boat served as a public ferry from Lennox Island to Port Hill. However, from January to April ice had to be crossed on foot, by horse and sleigh or, later, by snowmobile. Small fir trees inserted into the ice marked the safest path, but spring crossing could be unpredictable and venturing out on the ice could, and did, cost someone their life. Since the construction of the Lennox Island Bridge in 1973, those dangers are no longer a burden.

Today, we continue to harvest the sea’s bounty with great respect, dignity and gratitude.