Why Green Cove?

The Paleo and Archaic indigenous peoples were the first inhabitants of the area North of Smokey. The Mi'Kmaq came next as they pursued their hunting, fishing and gathering lifestyle. While there is no evidence of native campsites at Green Cove, it has been established that, on Ingonish Island, the Mi'kmaq quarried rhyolite which was used for stone aged tools and as a trade item. 

Early European engagement began in the 1500's with the Portuguese fishermen who are known to have set up fishing stations at nearby Ingonish which is believed to be a derivative of a Portuguese word, Niganiche. The French settled the area in the 1720's and by the 1730's there were 741 inhabitants living in the area which they then called Porte D' Orleans. The indigenous population aided the early settlers and eventual marital relations developed establishing a Metis population. Irish, Scots, Dutch, and English settlers moved onto the area in the 1800's establishing permanent villages. 

By the 1870's, there was a permanent village at Green Cove as corroborated by A.H. Church's maps and various Canadian censuses. With the advent of the CB Highlands National Park's expropriations, the village disappeared but still retained a fisherman's reserve. 

The area North of Smokey has had a tremendous involvement with the Canadian Armed Forces, particularly in times of the Great Wars. This area, North of Smokey, had the highest per capita recruiting rate in Canada for the two Great Wars. Nova Scotia, even today with 3% of the Canadian population, provides 10% of Armed Forces personnel.  

The Battle of the Atlantic took place just off our coast as Axis warships attempted to sink the many convoys coming out of Sydney, Louisbourg and Halifax. The war was brought closer to home with the sinking of the passenger ferry SS Caribou on October 14, 1942. 

Green Cove may be considered symbolic of the many small villages across Canada which sent their sons and daughters to fight tyranny and oppression on foreign shores. Many of these villages are now forgotten. We will not let this happen to our fallen.