A new East Coast tra­di­tion: Tow­er­ing Christ­mas trees made of lob­ster traps

StarMetro Calgary - - CANADA & WORLD - Michael MacDon­ald

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.

AN­DREW VAUGHAN/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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