Thompson Marsh – Chance Harbour, NB
Chance Harbour, Saint John County
The Thompson Marsh Preserve encompasses 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of coastal salt marsh and gravel barrier beach peninsula near Chance Harbour, on the Bay of Fundy. The preserve is located less than 1 km from the Nature Trust’s Belding’s Reef Nature Preserve, and within several kilometres of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Round Meadow Cove Preserve.
Located on the preserve is an old cemetery, no longer used or visibly maintained. The cemetery contains several picket fences enclosing small gave sites, old grave stones and a monument indicating those buried therein. As well, several old fishing boats and a barge lie abandoned on the shore, adding to the cultural interest of this preserve.
The preserve contains two pieces of land separated by a salt water marsh. The piece next to highway 790 is largely marsh, containing only a small clump of trees next to the road. A small creek, known as Beldings Creek, runs under the highway and through the preserve, draining into Little Dipper Harbour. The second piece of land contains half of a barrier beach peninsula that encloses the marsh and inter-tidal area. This long and narrow spit of land is covered with gooseberry shrubs and clumps of white and red spruce. At low tide, Beldings Creek flows past the end of the spit into Little Dipper Harbour.
Access and Activities
Access to the northern portion of the property is easily gained by the 790 Highway, as the preserve sits approximately 500 m west of the turn-off to the Belding’s Reef Preserve. Access to the peninsula portion is slightly trickier: it can be reached at low tide by parking across from the peninsula on the road leading to Crow Island, and then fording the shallow stream that drains out of the marsh area. This is not possible at high tide. Alternatively, permission could be sought from the neighbouring landowner to approach the end of the peninsula from the 790 HWY.
In all cases, parking is on the side of the road, and is not suitable for numerous vehicles.
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