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Gabarus, Nova Scotia is a small, picturesque fishing village on the Southeast coast of Cape Breton island. Today, the community consists of 78 full time residents The population swells to 200-plus in the summer, when seasonal residents return each year to enjoy the sea, the surf and the fantastic local seafood, often shared with full-time residents who welcome the annual ‘invasion’.
Our community is located at the end of provincial highway 327, which ends at the shores of the Atlantic. Many residents occupy homes around and overlooking Gabarus Harbour, which still provides bounteous seafood harvests each year.
With its intact collection of 19th century homes, its lovely protected fishing harbour and spectacular cobble and sand beaches, Gabarus is one of those special places, which offer us a glimpse into the past, while at the same time providing 21st century amenities.
Essentially, Gabarus has a great bay of the North Atlantic as its front yard and 10,000 acres of provincial wilderness area as its backyard. Lovely beaches and scenic hiking trails make Gabarus an ideal home for nature lovers.
The name of Gabarus traces back to a family of Basque fishermen sea captains and international traders who arrived here from Cap Breton France, according to family histories, as early as 1392. Barthelemy de Cabarrus, one of the prominent sea captains of Cap Breton, first arrived in this area to trade with the French garrison at Louisbourg circa 1713, when the Fortress Louisbourg was being built. He continued this trade until his death in 1733, at which point his son and grandsons carried on the trade with Louisbourg, until the family was seized from a French ship attempting to evade the British blockade during the last siege of the fortress in 1758.
Gabarus wins community spirit award.
Nov 2020 by Janet:
Greetings all: life goes on in Gabarus as we all work to keep everyone safe and well.
Halloween was pretty quiet without the party at the hall, but Ken Sherwood provided a great treat with fireworks from the beach. Watching from cars or houses was certainly warmer but we are all hoping to be able to be together again soon. Maybe by New Years?
A flu shot clinic at the MGG Hall was well attended. Thanks to Phillip Landry and Linda Jenega for organizing a smooth running, well spaced opportunity to see some of our neighbours we haven't seen in months.
Many of our Summer residents and visitors were unable to join us this year and they have been missed.
On the other hand, some residents that head usually east or south for the winter months are going to be staying in the Atlantic Bubble and sharing the holidays with Gabarus friends and neighbours.
Life has certainly been full of changes in 2020.
If anything exciting happens here in Gabarus in the coming weeks/months, I promise to let you know. Take care and be safe.