Acquisition Project – Andrews Island
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This was the first MICA partnered acquisition with the Province. The island was for sale at the time by the Andrews family. The Board made a proposal to the Province through the Department of Natural Resources whereby MICA offered $100,000 towards the acquisition of the island with the Province providing the remainder. The Province would hold title of the island and MICA interests (conservation and traditional public use) would be protected by a legal Stewardship Agreement between MICA and the Province. When the proposal was made to the Province, MICA did not know where the $100,000 was going to come from however the call-in from our first financial pledge campaign resulted in MICA meeting its commitment for the acquisition. In the end MICA’s financial contribution was $102,500 plus legal costs. This very successful process with the Province formed the basis for future MICA partnered acquisitions.
The island has a typical drumlin profile, is about 20 acres and located off Andrew Point on the entrance of Mahone Bay harbour. It has a nice beach and picnic site on the north side with good anchorage either side of the bar with protection from southerlies or westerlies. The bar runs out to the east and caution must be used when nearby, as it is underwater for much of the tide. There is also a nice beach and picnic site on the west side with deep water for anchoring.
Erosion continues along the east facing shore however the sands along the beaches seem to be building.
Being so near to the mainline, the island is very easy to get to by small boat or kayak and has been a picnicking and swimming favorite for locals for many years.