*If you would rather view all 20 aerials in a slideshow format, even though the size necessitates some scrolling at common screen resolutions, please use this link: AERIAL SLIDESHOW.
* This is a very large property which has been essentially untouched for well over 100 years. While there is a trail on the point itself, there was no access through the acreage on Boularderie. About five years ago, a woodsman cut a walking trail from the road on Boularderie down to where the peninsula begins. It is now possible to walk the property and take photographs from Island Point itself - to see the views, the terrain, the forest, the beaches and a small pond which appears to be located at about the halfway point. Seeing the whole acreage from the road to the tip of the point and back again would be approximately a 5 mile walk. (see THIS AERIAL WITH TRAIL ROUGHED IN)
Three important points can be made at this juncture as a result of the woodsman's activities in cutting the trail, the walk of the property to the end of the trail by Tom and one of the shore areas observed:
THE TRAIL: It is possible to walk to the point from where the present trail ends using the shoreline areas in combination with bushwhacking through the woods to see the majority of the property. Also, a tour of the property using a boat may be possible given some notice.
SINK HOLES: A visit to Island Point was was made with the objective of reaching the area of the peninsula that has been reputed to contain "sink holes" due to its gypsum topography. A surprising discovery was made. The "sink holes" are not sink holes! They are the result of manual mining of the gypsum just before World War II. Each hole still has a pile of earth and gypsum chips mounded up beside it. A talk with one of the local residents who was around back then confirmed this finding and the resident was even able to remember where on the shore the boat that transported the gypsum from the point docked. This is very good news as it is now apparent that the topography is stable enough to drive a road through to the end where someone may wish to build.
INTRUDERS: Several of the photos in Part I show one of the crescent sand beaches on the point complete with removable floating dock, outdoor lounge furniture, a fire pit and other signs of use by what appears to be kayakers and ATV trail riders. This discovery has been reported to the owner who was unaware of this use of the property by non-owners.
The end of the point, a large portion of the shoreline on the harbour side, some of the shoreline on the Bras d'Or side and the old homestead area were visited and photographed thanks to a boat trip provided by a local resident. In excess of 60 photos from this trip are available above in Parts 3 and 4 of OCTOBER PHOTOS. It was too windy (too much chop) to go very far down the Bras d'Or side of the property. The local resident who took Tom to the Point also shared an interesting painting his family has in their home. It is an area artist's rendition of what Island Point may have looked like in the late 1800's when the MacLeod family homestead was there. Tom took this photo which includes a digitally enlarged plaque with the artist's name, the location and the date:
PAINTING OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
(the foreground shows a church - still there - on Boularderie opposite Island Point with the background showing the tip of Island Point just visible on the right side of the painting complete with house, barn and a large cleared area)