Yardsale signs

Signs are now ready for those of you that have registered your yardsale in the annual 70 Mile Coastal Yardsale event. 

All signs have been delivered for pickup at the two locations that were available, based on the choices indicated in the forms. If you can’t recall which location you picked, it will be in the email you would have received after registering. All registrations returned an email with all the data you entered on the registration form. If you didn’t see that email, be sure to check your SPAM folder.  Please proceed to the location you indicated on the form to pickup your Yardsale sign. 

Yardsale Postponed

The Annual 70 mile coastal yardsale has always been a rain or shine event. However, we have all been following the local weather forecasts very closely, and many of you have been asking if the yardsale is still on given that severe storms are due to hit this weekend.

In order to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience, we have decided to postpone the Yardsale one week out, on Sept 23 and 24. 

The deadline for registrations has passed for being included in the Eastern Graphic insert scheduled to come out Sept 20th, and receive a sign to post at your location. However, you can still register and be included on the Yardsale Google Map. Simply fill out the Registration Form and submit your payment.

For those of you who have already registered and are waiting to pick up signs, please note that they aren’t ready for pick up yet. We will announce on Facebook and on the website when they are ready for pickup, at whatever location you chose on the form for pick up location. Stay tuned!

Yardsale Registration now live

One of the biggest events hosted every year by the Wood Islands and Area Development Corp. is the Annual 70 Mile Coastal Yardsale. People come from all over to sell their wares or to travel the coastal roads and shop for bargains.

We know you have all been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to register and secure your spot for this big event, and registration is now open! We apologize for the later start this year as we oriented new staff in the planning of this big event. 

All registrations must be done online on our registrations page. Registration is quick and easy with our new online forms. If you need help filling them out or don’t have access to internet, you can contact us and we’ll help you get registered. 

As before, there will be lots of vendors onsite at the Wood Islands Market and you can see who they are on our Community Site Map. The Eastern Graphic will be publishing an insert with the map in September. You’ll also be able to find the vendors on our Google Map which will be updated with vendors as the registrations come in. 

The planning of an event this big wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of staff and many volunteers. But our success each year is thanks to you, the community, for your participation as well as the sponsors who contribute to this event. 

We can’t wait to see you out there! 

Music, Food and Fun!

Don’t forget to come out and join us at Wood Islands Market this Saturday, July 22 from 10am-4pm for Musicabilia!

The Musicabilia event will have a variety of vendors selling vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, audio equipment, memorabilia, and other related items upstairs in our Plough the Waves Hall. If you’re an audiophile, collector or just a music lover, this event is for you.

And that’s not all! Belfast Area Watershed Group will also be hosting a fundraising BBQ. Sherri and her BAWG team will be grilling up some good old fashioned Hot Dogs. Stop by and support this great non-profit organization even if you aren’t an audiophile.

But wait! There’s more!

We will also be selling raffle tickets to win a vintage Marantz 6300 turntable valued at $2000! 

Canada Day!

What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to enjoy the small piece of Canada near you! Come down to Wood Islands Market and Wood Islands Lighthouse to enjoy the scenery, walk the trail or visit our local businesses.

The Wood Islands Liquor store and Commissary is open on Canada Day from 10 am to 5:30 pm for you to grab some beer, spirits or wine for your BBQ. We also have salty snacks, salsa, jams, chocolate bars and cheese. Need that last minute item for you BBQ? We also have other essentials like bug repellant, toys for the kids, charcoal and ice.

The Sweet Factory has an assortment of candy, hand made fudge, and ice cream. Grab a frosty cone and stroll around the grounds or explore the trail.

Looking for something to do with the kids? Tour the lighthouse! The lighthouse is chock full of things to see. Learn about the history of the island lighthouses, rum runners, fishing industry, sea glass, the burning ship legend and life in a lighthouse. Interactive displays for the kids like learning to tie a variety of knots. Climb to the top of the lighthouse and view the magnificence of the ocean. Bring a picnic lunch to have while enjoying the scenery. Washrooms available on site.

Have a Happy Canada Day and support our local businesses!

Fiddling for the Foodbank

Sunday June 11th, 2023

The Southern Kings Fiddlers and students of Amy Swenson are presenting “Fiddling for the Foodbank” ceilidh at the Plough the Waves Centre between 2 and 4 pm. At intermission, the amazing cookies of Nana Bunny will be served.

Admission by donation with all proceeds to the Southern Kings and Queens Foodbank in Montague.

Come and enjoy some fiddling fun with performers ages 5 to 70 something!

Summer’s almost here!

Those days of sun and blooming things are upon us. Need to get out of the house or just need a change of scene, join us at Wood Islands Market.

The Whistle Stop Restaurant is now open and in full swing. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Meet some friends and grab a bite, or pick up some dinner and give yourself a break. Check out their menu this year and you are bound to find something that appeals to your tastebuds.

The Sweet Factory is back, daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with their wide assortment of bulk candy that will stir up nostalgic memories of those delights you loved as a kid. Or have some delicious hand made fudge, or an ice cream cone.

Having guests for dinner? Need something to drink to go with it? Wood Islands Market Liquor Store has a wide assortment of wines, ice cold beer and assorted spirits.  Open:
Sat May 20th, and May 25th-27th  10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sun May 21st and May 28th noon to 5:00 pm
Starting June 1st regular season hours will resume Mon-Sat 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sun noon to 5:00 pm.

The Wood Islands Lighthouse will be open May 29th. Wander through the extensive museum, or take some pictures of the beautiful view of the water and watch the boats come and go. The lighthouse gift shop, full of treasures hand crafted by our local artisans, is sure to have that special gift you might be looking for.

The trail is always open with a winding path that meanders past a pond from Wood Islands Market to Douses Road. Enjoy a little of what the Japanese tout as a therapy called ‘Forest Bathing’ and let nature take your stress away for awhile. Bring your birding book and see how many species you can spot. Exercise at a jogging pace or just a leisurely stroll, while you breathe deeply the salt air and find your center.

Got an electric car? Why not charge your car while you snack on some fries or a burger from the Whistle Stop Restaurant and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Wood Islands Market is the place to go!

Islander Day!

Come out to Wood Islands Market on February 20th from 11 am to 3 pm and spend some time with family, friends and community.

There will be activities inside and outside. Join us for a gnome hunt and bonfire, games and cookie decorating. Grab a quick lunch of hot soup and biscuits. Fun for the kids and adults alike.

Great way to get out, get some fresh air, some exercise, make new friends, catch up with old friends and enjoy a nice hot lunch! Celebrate Islander Day with us! Hope to see you there!

Free Tiny Library

Cooler evenings are coming our way and what better way to spend an evening than snuggling up with your favourite blanket and a good book. Wood Islands Market now has a registered Free Tiny Library in the form of a little Dory packed full of stories.

Visit Little Dory on Facebook

Little Dory will be open year round for you to visit. Currently located just inside the doors of the Visitor Centre, right next to the debit machine.

Come pick out something new to read! Or, clean out those old books you’re finished with and share them with others.

Children’s books, classic literature, mysteries, adventure…all are waiting in Little Dory for you to explore. What will you read next?

Another successful Yardsale!

The 70 mile coastal yardsale was another rousing success despite a 2 year hiatus due to Covid. We had 170 registrations and this year we were able to get everyone marked on a custom Google map to make finding those bargains even easier.

For those of you that registered offsite, your 70MCYS marker signs can be returned to the Wood Islands Liquor Store during business hours until Sept 30 for the $5 refund.
Anyone who did not pick up their signs can also claim the $5 refund at the Liquor Store.

There was lots of crowds and happy shoppers at Wood Islands Market both days. The air was filled with laughter and the smell of sausages on the grill. Lots of people walked away with that special something they’ve been hunting for, or a bargain they couldn’t pass up. Some happy winners of the 50/50 draw and quilt raffle rounded out the fun-filled weekend. CTV News captured the fun in this video

Winners and their prizes:
Brad Carson – Chimney cleaning by Capitol Chimney Sweep
Wendy Nicholson – Ferry pass
Mathew Emery – Ferry pass
Bob Brooks – Ferry pass
Janet White – Ferry pass
Joan McInnis – 50/50 draw
Christine MacKinnon – Quilt by Bertie Cook
Offsite Vendor Draw:
Evan Forrester – Ferry pass
Richard Montag – $50 Gift certificate for Ocean Acres

Thanks to all the vendors and shoppers for making this annual event a success! Additional thanks to all the Board members, staff and volunteers whose hard work and effort made it all possible. We can’t wait to do it again next year and hope you will join us again.