Se­nior Puf­fin’s Mu­seum in Ramea a de­light­ful, eclec­tic mix

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If you’ve never seen but­ter dis­played in a mu­seum be­fore, the Ramea Her­itage Cen­tre can show you a stack of Mom’s Mar­garine, suit­able for bak­ing, fry­ing, sand­wiches and toast, but no longer suit­able for eat­ing.

The but­ter dis­play, com­plete with a vin­tage enamel but­ter dish, rests on a ta­ble not far from a full-sized boat – or a dory to be more pre­cise – that dwarfs many of the Se­nior Puf­fin’s Mu­seum ex­hibits. Out­side the room is an­other boat, not an­other life-sized ver­sion but at least the length of a six-per­son din­ner ta­ble and just as im­pres­sive.

De­spite the name, there are no live puffins here, se­nior or ju­ve­nile. It is, af­ter all, a mu­seum and not a zoo.

“We have a club up there – the se­niors club. I think it (the build­ing) used to be owned by them,” of­fers Bri­anna War­ren.

“It’s just some ar­ti­facts and stuff that peo­ple from Ramea brought in,” says Me­gan War­ren, who looks sus­pi­ciously younger than the 17 years she claims to be.

De­spite the same last name, Me­gan and Bri­anna are only dis­tantly re­lated. Me­gan hails orig­i­nally from Grey River.

“My Dad’s fam­ily still lives down in Grey River,” she said. “We go to Grey River a lot – pretty much ev­ery hol­i­day.”

In ad­di­tion to the clean­ing, help­ing tourists, and selling craft items, they’re also mak­ing posters for the Rock Is­land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Me­gan thinks the fes­ti­val could be help­ing to boost tourism.

“There’s a few ( tourists). There’s more this year than we’ve had in the past,” she said. “Next year is the Come Home Year, so I’m guess­ing next year’s go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple.”

Be­fore then she spec­u­lates that they might have to up­date pam­phlet hand­out called The Town of Ramea: a brief his­tory and pro­file, writ­ten by Mayor Clyde Do­minie.

“I think we’re go­ing to do that this year,” Me­gan said. “We’re go­ing to have to add on to it.”

What they prob­a­bly won’t be adding is live puffins, though new neigh­bours are al­ways wel­come.

“There’s a lot of sum­mer homes here,” con­firms Me­gan, who says there are still plenty left for sale if any­one is in­clined.

Fes­ti­val aside, there’s a pretty good rea­son to sum­mer in Ramea.

“It’s friendly.”


From left, Ali­cia Rowe, Me­gan War­ren, Bri­anna War­ren, and Rosie Young at the Ramea Her­itage Cen­tre.

The dish is over 70 years old but it’s no longer safe to eat the but­ter.

This colour­ful dory dom­i­nates much of the Se­nior Puf­fin’s Mu­seum, lo­cated in the Ramea Her­itage Cen­tre.

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