Wabanaki Coast

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Subterritories
    1.   2.1  Fundy National Park
    2.   2.2  Commune of the Salmon
    3.   2.3  Grand Lake
  3.   3.  Landmarks
    1.   3.1  Hoggva Strand
    2.   3.2  Rán's Watch
    3.   3.3  Sing Sands Dunes
  4.   4.  Waterways
    1.   4.1  Bay of Fundy
    2.   4.2  Chignecto Bay
  5.   5.  Islands
    1.   5.1  Machias Island
  6.   6.  History
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General

Region Northern Tides
Subterritories Fundy National Park

Commune of the Salmon
Grand Lake

Major Waterways Bay of Fundy

Chignecto Bay

Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

The coastal region on this side of the bay does not differ terribly from the Nova Scotian side; the tides are still ferociously strong, and the coastlands are subject to the whim of the sea. Much of the shore is extremely rocky and forbidding. The clearest difference between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is the temperature: while the peninsula province's temperature is tempered by the surrounding water, New Brunswick's climate reflects that of mainland Canada. The winters are especially harsh, bringing snow and harsh cold to the Wabanaki Coast.

2.  Subterritories

2.1  Fundy National Park

During the time of humanity, those seeking to escape daily life frequented this park's trio of campgrounds, golf course, swimming pool, and of course, the vast number of hiking trails. Now, decades after the apocalypse, the golf course is overgrown and the campgrounds are eerie and deserted; many of the hiking trails have been swallowed by the forest. A vast array of animal and plant species dwell in this territory; fishing is an effective pursuit along the shoreline and in the park's numerous rivers and lakes.

2.2  Commune of the Salmon

In the early 1980s, a group moved to the Fundy National Park without the government's permission. They were primitivists -- that is, they had a strong desire to live on the land and avoid the trappings of modern life. Their preoccupation with simple living did not save them from the virus, however, and they were exterminated as with the rest of humanity. Many chose to live in earth shelters -- e.g., homes built into the hillside itself. Much evidence of their existence has been reclaimed by the forest, although a single stone shack still stands. Additionally, a stone well sits beside the shack, drawing water from a deep underground aqueduct.

2.3  Grand Lake

Grand Lake is the largest lake in the Northern Tides region. Its shores are dotted with the remnants of small villages of beach cottages, many of which depended on the fishing economy in the lake for sustenance. The northern shore is barren and bare, razed of trees during the time of humanity. Explanation for the peculiar baldness of the north coast lies with the sawmill also present on the same shore. Much of the machinery is damaged beyond repair, and many smaller outbuildings of the sawmill complex have completely collapsed.

3.  Landmarks

3.1  Hoggva Strand

Also known as the Hopewell Cape. The high tides of the Bay are especially prominent on the Hoggva Strand, where large rocks up to seventy feet high have been carved from the ebb and flow of the tides. At low tide, this area is a fun place to explore: check out the odd topheavy shapes and arches of the rocks, or chase nesting shorebirds on the cliffs! However, Luperci are advised to avoid the high tides, which completely cover the beach twice a day. An unsuspecting canine might very well get washed away or trapped in the caves and other sandstone formations carved by the water. The most common shorebird species are sandpipers, dowitches, plovers, knots, sanderlings, and dunlins. Peregrine falcons, merlins, osprey, cormorants, eider ducks, and the great blue heron are also common to the area. Horned and barred owls have also occasionally been spotted. (Created by Raze & Tammi)

3.2  Rán's Watch

An old lighthouse weathered by the passage of time. Named after the Norse goddess Rán, it stands tall above the rolling waves as a beacon of safety to passing sailors. The paint is all but worn off, and the windows cracked and busted. In the winter, the entire building becomes coated in a thick layer of ice from the spray of the sea. There are a couple of empty rooms which have remained mostly dry, but others have rotting floorboards and patches of damp on walls and ceilings. The items inside are unremarkable at best; a few coils of frayed rope, a couple rusted tools, and other miscellany. The highest level, the room in which the light used to burn, is more dangerous still but if one was brave enough to climb the creaking spiral stair to the top, they might discover the intelligent, old osprey that makes his home here. The view of the ocean, even with the danger of the rickety rail make the climb definitely worthwhile however. (Created by Leah & Rat)

3.3  Sing Sands Dunes

At the edge of the coastline are the singing sand dunes. Steep semi-fixed dunes with a great view of the whole coastline and, in the other direction, of the interior of the territory. Discovered by a founding member of Vinátta, Bran Stormbringer, he is convinced these should be called the Bran Dunes, and knows that taking a piece of driftwood, standing on it, and skimming down them, is just about as much fun as you can have while keeping a clear head. Other than looking really cool, the dunes have another surprise: they sing. The ridges made by the sand make an eerie noise when the wind is blowing in the right direction and passes over them. The noise is incredibly haunting, doubtless leading some to believe that spirits, benevolent or otherwise, reside there. Despite there being no sign of this, it’s a strange place sometimes. (Created by Draiko)

4.  Waterways

4.1  Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy is a large bay of the Atlantic Ocean and part of the Gulf of Maine, separating Nova Scotia from New Brunswick. The bay has a tremendous effect on both provinces coastlines and climates. The upper part of the bay splits into Chignecto Bay in the northeast and the Minas Basin in the east, past Cape Split the Whisper Beach area.

Tides of the Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy has an extreme range of tide; the highest tidal surge ever recorded occurred in the Minas Basin, a northeastern part of the bay. The water level rose 21.6 metres (70.9 feet). The tides in the Bay of Fundy are semidiurnal (tides that have two highs and two lows each day). The height that the water rises and falls to each day during these tides are approximately equal. There are approximately six hours and thirteen minutes between each high and low tide.

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Features of the Bay of Fundy

Much of the coastline of the bay varies with the tide. Muddy and marshy mudflats contrast against sharply-rising coastal cliffs by low tide. However, the land becomes starkly different during the high tide: the headlands and cliffs disappear, and the water rushes right up to the land.

One of the bay's unique features occurs in rivers that drain into the bay. Tidal bores are common with each change of the tide; tidal bores are "a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travel up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay's current."

Additionally, the Bay of Fundy is home to an interesting geologic feature, the Cape Hopewell rock formations, near Saint John. Lastly, much of the water in the Bay of Fundy -- especially within the Minas Basin and Chignecto Bay -- is brown due to large amounts of suspended silt.

4.2  Chignecto Bay

The Chignecto Bay

Chignecto Bay is long, narrow sub-basin of the Bay of Fundy. It extends far inland into the Isthmus of Chignecto area. Wabanaki Coast is to the west and Drifter Bay sits to the east. The Chignecto Bay itself has two separate sub-basins: the Cumberland Basin sits to the east, and the Shepody Bay sits to the west.

  • Cumberland Basin
    Although the Cumberland Bay's waters are no less dangerous than neighboring Shepody bay, the Cumberland is comparatively calmer. The shoreline is less muddy and more rocky, though copious mudflats are still found throughout the area. The area around the Cumberland Basin was more heavily populated in the time of humanity; the heart of suburban Amherst surrounds the basin.
  • Cape Enrage
    Cape Enrage is the name given to the southern tip of the peninsula that separates the Shepody Bay and the Cumberland Basin. Cape Enrage derives its name from the large peninsula that extends south into Chignecto Bay. This causes the water off the point to become extremely violent, particularly at half tide when more rocks are exposed and the water is moving quickly.
  • Shepody Bay
    Shepody Bay extends far inland. It consists of 77 km2 of open water and 40 km2 of mudflats, with 4 km² of saline marsh on the west. Eroding sand and gravel beaches covering an area of approximately 1 km2 on the eastern shore. A huge number of Shorebirds and other coastal life can be found all along the Shepody Bay. The bay and much of the immediate surrounding coast was designated as a bird preserve and protected wilderness prior to the demise of humanity. Beyond the preserve, the ruins of Amherst's rural outskirts, primarily former farming and fishing villages, huddle against the tide and wind.

5.  Islands

5.1  Machias Island

Machias Island is a small, rocky island near the southern point of Wabanaki Coast. It is fog-bound for many days of the year, but can be seen clearly from the shore on clear days. Despite its size and relatively sparse amount of vegetation, Machias Island supports a large population of Shorebirds and Seal. It is therefore attractive to Luperci seeking some easy prey. The tides of the Bay of Fundy make it a dangerous excursion, but the number of lazy, sprawling seals makes for a temptation anyway.

6.  History

  • Vinátta claimed Commune of the Salmon and a portion of Fundy National Park from May 2012 to the June 2017.