Sugar Island is a private island west of Fredericton in the St. John River. There are really four islands in close proximity; Merrithew, Keswick, Upper and Lower Shores and Sugar Islands. Together they comprise over a thousand acres. They are flat agricultural land mostly under cultivation. The main crops are hay, soybean, corn, and canola. The edges of the islands and the gullies and cuts are lined with bushes and hardwood trees. This is an interesting area to visit and bird but unfortunately is not available to the public. The land is owned mainly by local farmers and it is gated in order to control traffic to and from the area and to keep out the inevitable garbage which comes with human activity.
With very little snow on the ground recently, we were able to walk the area. (We are members of the Keswick Island Association and thus have access to the island complex.) The water was very high and was rushing dangerously between islands. The landscape was especially beautiful that day.
|The Cut between Upper and Lower Shores Islands|
|Corn Field Showing Douglas in the Background|
|Barn on Lower Shores Island|
|View of Sugar Island Showing its Expanse|
|Remains of the Lunch Shack|
|Lower Shores Island Barn at Day's End|