Vernon Dunphy and his longtime friend Francis Smith are among the few people who still make canoeing poles for navigating the shallow, rocky waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Boistown. They take great pride in their work, and in the words of Francis, “A pole can last five minutes or fifty years, it all depends whether or not it gets caught in the rocks. That’s generally why there’s two in the boat.”
Theodore Williston may be older than he once was, but hasn’t slowed down one bit. He still spits wood, fishes and maintains his garden. He also teaches local students about the Escuminac Disaster, providing a first hand account of that fateful night in 1959. Unlike those who didn’t dare return to the sea, Theodore went on to make a good living fishing a variety of fish and shellfish, before devoting his time to fishing smelts with his sons and grandson.
Paul McGraw understands the music culture on the Miramichi like few others. “The area has a long history of producing poets and songwriters, there’s a willingness of the people here to listen to someone singing or performing.” Paul is the proud owner of Saltwater Sounds, a store specializing in Atlantic Canadian music.
Monica McIntyre, a self proclaimed professional beach bum is an Escuminac Native and works hard to maintain the Escuminac Beach. Even in the winter, when sheets of ice cover the bay, she still answers the call of the beach.