Walk the beach between Caribou Provincial Park and Monroe's Island today and you will see no sign of the 200' wide channel that connected Caribou Harbour and the Northumberland Straight. Referred to as the "Little Entrance" it was the thoroughfare that brought fishermen from the open waters of the straight to the protected harbour where several lobster packing plants were established. For over 100 years between roughly 1870 to 1970 the Little Entrance was a thriving centre of the lobster packing business in northern Nova Scotia. In 1898, the Dominion Government of Canada established the first lobster hatchery at this site. Lobster canneries such as Burnham & Morrell, McGee's and Maritime Packers were the companies operating adjacent to the Little Entrance.

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