St. Paul, NS

[St. Paul, NS]

St. Paul Island is located approximately 14 miles northeast of the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and 40 miles southwest of Cape Ray, Newfoundland on Canada's rugged East Coast. The island lies at the entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the gateway to Upper Canada. The island is only three miles long and one mile wide. It is a mountainous island with high cliffs and there are only two areas on the island where a safe landing can be negotiated. The frigid water surrounding the island drops off quite rapidly near shore. The variable tidal streams and currents add to the danger arising from the ever-present fog. St. Paul Island is subject to dramatic and unpredictable weather, there are sudden rain and snow squalls and the wind can change direction without any warning as often as five times in one day. On most days through out the year the entire island is shrouded in a blanket of haunting fog and mist.

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