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Big Tancook Island sits at the outer edge of Mahone Bay, facing the open sea. Today it is home to about 120 full-time residents and that number almost doubles in the summer months. Many of the permanent residents can trace their ancestry back to the original German and French families who arrived in the late eighteenth century. Islanders are known for their resourcefulness and resilience. They have supported themselves over the years through farming, fishing, whaling, and boat building. Many of today’s islanders continue to fish for lobster in Cape Island boats.

This stunning video created by Brenda Knapik depicts the charm and beauty of Big Tancook Island.

“Our island is close-knit and our residents help each other and look out for each other.  We celebrate together and promote and support each other in our daily ventures. We socialize and stay connected because that’s the easiest and most enjoyable way to do things here.” ~ Hillary Dionne

BIG TANCOOK ISLAND RECEIVES THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

In 2017,the Community of Big Tancook island celebrated today was  presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.  Middle: Rosa Cross, The Honourable Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Hillary Dionne
Right: Rosa Cross accepts the award from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Arthur LeBlanc,  ONS, QC.

Header photo credits:
Rosa Cross, Adam Cornick, Brenda Knapik, Hetty van Gurp