A new East Coast tradition: Towering Christmas trees made of lobster traps
HALIFAX—They first started appearing along Canada’s East Coast about 10 years ago: towering Christmas trees fashioned out of carefully stacked lobster traps.
Adorned with colourful buoys, twinkling lights and evergreen boughs, they are becoming regular fixtures in fishing communities across Atlantic Canada.
“They are popping up everywhere,” says Suzy Atwood, tourism development officer for Barrington, N.S., which assembled one of the region’s first trap trees in 2009.
“It speaks to the importance (of lobster fishing) to our economy ... It’s the backbone of our community.”
Barrington, on Nova Scotia’s southwest coast, bills itself as the “Lobster Capital of Canada.” About 40 per cent of the country’s lobster harvest comes from the area.
Last Sunday, about 150 people gathered for the lighting of the lobster trap tree, which took place near the windswept causeway to Cape Sable Island. A Christmas tree made of lobster traps is seen on Cape Sable Island. Many of the markers are inscribed with the names of fishermen lost at sea.