Marble Cove is one of the hidden gems of the city. It is a calm corner of the St. John River, tucked behind Douglas Avenue in the North End. It is also the last safe point to leave the river before the treacherous currents and rocks of the Reversing Falls. Nestled in this small cove is the Saint John Power Boat Club, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. I don’t know much about boats, but I can imagine that the power boats popular 100 years ago would have looked quite different from the big cruisers familiar today. And I’m sure that boats of some kind are part of the cove’s history 100 years before that, 25 years after the Loyalists settled. With the broad St. John at our doorstep, you can easily head upstream or turn onto the winding Kennebecasis or other smaller tributaries. It’s no wonder the river was — and remains — a popular route across the province.
Taken on May 22, 2010