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Blacks Harbour, incorporated as a village in 1972, has a long history in the fishing industry. Back in 1885, a seafood and berry cannery was begun here by Lewis Connors, employing numerous workers. The industry was such that Connors even built company houses for employees, along with a farm to provide produce, beef, and milk for the workers and their families.
Saint John, New Brunswick, and Eastport, Maine, were important early trading partners, which purchased Blacks Harbour fish, and in return, provided this community with a source of other goods.
Now, the Connors Brothers Ltd. packing plant is the largest sardine factory in the world, and processes many types of other seafood, as well!
Many visitors to Grand Manan and White Head Island become familiar with Blacks Harbour, since Wallace Cove to the south of town provides the mainland terminal for the ferry to North Head, Grand Manan.
Being an important fishing community, and with ferry vessels plying these waters, Pea Point Light stands as an island warning of the land masses near the entrance to Blacks Harbour. Ferry passengers watch for this light, which gives its farewell to those passing by on way to Grand Manan, and a welcome greeting to those returning to the mainland.
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