Summer Job Opportunity

ARCH (Association of Rural Community Halls) has received funding for a summer position through the Jobs For Youth program. The position would be based in North Milton, but some of the work could be done at home. For more details on this opportunity and for instructions on applying, please visit Work PEI.ca – link here

Lori and Ivan Perry donate a lending library to Murchison Place Park – pictured here are Lori, Ivan and Mayor Hilda Colodey

Lori and Ivan Perry have built and donated a library to Murchison Place Park, using materials donated by Wood Millers on the Meadowbank Road. The library is located within the gazebo and features a selection of books for children and adults. Visitors are welcome to enjoy some reading within the park or to take a book home. Community members can donate books to the library. What a great gesture of community spirit. Thank you, Lori and Ivan.

Student Jobs Available

The Municipality of Clyde River has applied for and received funding to hire two students under the provincial “Jobs for Youth” Program and the Federal “Canada Summer Jobs” program.

Applicants (students) who are between the ages of 15-29 years of age, residents of PEI and Canadian citizens are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to residents of Clyde River. Those who are interested should send their resume directly to the CAO (administrator@clyderiverpei.com) Deadline for applications is May 27th. Interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, May 29th.

The successful candidates under the provincial Jobs for Youth program will be employed 8 weeks in June thru August 2021 to a maximum of 320 hrs. The successful candidate for the “Canada Summer Jobs” program will be for 9 weeks for a maximum 270 hrs. Time frame optional from June 2021 to February 2022.

Each position will involve doing a variety of tasks including lawn, garden and grounds / facility maintenance and assisting the Community Center Co-ordinator on special events and programs. If you have any questions, please contact CAO directly.

The 2021 Census enumerates the entire Canadian population and more than 15 million households are expected to complete the census this year. Census information is vital for planning programs and services at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels. Governments use census data to make informed decisions about things like roads, public transportation, schools, daycare centres, retirement residences and health services. The benefits to the community increase with every completed questionnaire.

You can complete the census online here.
(You would have received your secure access code in the mail which you can enter to begin census.)

Some helpful videos:

What is the census?

How do I complete the census?

Why is the census important?

The Municipality of Clyde River Council requests all household representatives in Clyde River to complete the Emergency Management Questionnaire that was delivered to your mailbox today.

As of December 31st, 2021, all municipalities in PEI are required to have an Emergency Management Plan (EMP) that complies with Provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) guidelines to protect the health, safety and welfare of community members and minimize damage to property and the environment. As we develop our plan, Clyde River Council is seeking to identify those in our community who may be vulnerable or who may be able to help their neighbours in an emergency. All information gathered is strictly confidential and will only be used for emergency planning purposes, unless you grant permission for other purposes. 

Extra copies:

If for some reason, you don’t receive your questionnaire or if you have a Cornwall or other community-based post box, you can download and print the PDF here or pick up a copy at the Riverview Community Centre beside the mailbox. 

Deadline and drop off location:

The deadline to complete this questionnaire is Friday, May 28th. Please drop your completed questionnaire in the Riverview Community Centre mailbox that is located at the front of the Centre. 

Prize draw for participation:

The names of those who complete the questionnaire will be included in a draw for a Gift Certificate for MacPhee Meats.

Background resources:

More background can be found here.

Spring cleanup of Murchison Place Park will take place Saturday, May 29th, 9:00 a.m. until noon. We invite anyone in the community to take part, as it’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and enjoy some fresh air. Take along a rake, work gloves and any other useful garden equipment e.g. wheelbarrow. Refreshments will be served. It will be a great time to catch up and clean up our beautiful community park. The rain date would be the following Saturday, June 5th.

No worries, this bear was found in Clyde River in 1843. Donald Murray from the Baltic Road had been having some trouble with them. As the article says, they “had been making too free with his sheep.” Having lost a prime sheep, Donald was “determined to watch for the marauder”. He was only watching for about five minutes when the Bruin (brown bear) made its appearance and was instantly destroyed.

We find out that Donald took the bear skin to town to sell. “A large bear, in capital condition, was brought to town for sale yesterday, weighing 300 lb.” It turns out the skin was not at its best given the time of year, so it would not fetch a high value. We are unable to report if Donald even covered the cost of his prime sheep.

Sometimes when a man killed a bear, they earned a nickname, so I’m wondering if Donald became known as Donald “Bear” Murray, like a local folk hero. I have MacDonald relatives on my mother’s side from across the river which were referred to as the Bear MacDonalds. The story goes that one of them killed a bear with their hands, or that’s how the story evolved. My father would tease her by times when she got a little angry, “that’s the Bear MacDonalds comin’ out in ya.”

Having lived for more than a year with COVID restrictions, there’s a good chance that the Bear MacDonalds have been comin’ out in us, too.

Photo Stories: Horses

There’s a reason that cars took a long time to be adopted in Prince Edward Island. Islanders loved their horses. They depended on them for so much, to plow the fields, go to church, visit neighbours, and go to the Charlottetown market. Men in the community would challenge their neighbours to ice racing on the river. They took pride in their horse power. They gave them names. Strong work horses were hitched to a box sleigh in winter to carry goods to the market, or logs to the local sawmill. Refined horses were hitched to your finest sleigh or carriage to go to church or head out on a Sunday tour. Can you think of anything better than taking a carriage ride on a warm summer day?

Even after folks had cars, there were still families in Clyde River that kept a horse into the late 1950s and would use it like we would a second car, especially, in winter when you could attach it to a sleigh. For those of us who have pets, we know first hand how attached we can become. Horses depended on us and they became so well trained to the point where they would know the way home, like an early driverless car. Click on the album below to see the beautiful horses you would have found in the community if you could go back in time.

Our dream of sharing a travel bubble with Nova Scotia has been dashed, at least for the near future. In our history album, we find some photos of travelling on Northumberland Ferries’ first ferry, MV Prince Nova between Wood Islands and Caribou which served between 1941 and 1958. You can only imagine the relief they felt with the war being over, doing their best to return to family life. The thrill of getting in our car, loading onto the ferry or crossing the bridge, and embarking on an adventure will be ours again. Here are a few photos of heading out on the Prince Nova to visit relatives in Halifax in the late 1940s.

Photo credit: Department of Defence, Library and Archives Canada: Two aircrew examining a target drogue at No. 10 Bombing and Gunnery School, RCAF, Mount Pleasant, P.E.I., 1944

Editor’s note: Here is an upcoming event that was inspired by the Clyde River Cemetery Stories Course. Richard Newson is one of our participants. We have over 70 course participants from across PEI, Canada, some in US and England. Richard’s initial research and connection to an Australian family came much earlier, but he decided to create a remembrance event this year. Story follows.

On this Anzac Day, April 25th, there will be a graveside remembrance of John Leighton (Jack) Buttsworth, a young member of the Royal Australian Airforce who died in an accident on February 16th, 1945, while training at Mt. Pleasant Airfield No. 10 Bombing and Gunnery School at 24 years of age.

A genealogical researcher and family relative of Jack in Australia, Judy Sanders, stumbled across a newspaper article on Jack’s death which appeared in an Australian newspaper in 1945. She saved the link to the story on Ancestry.com, attached to Jack’s name. Meanwhile in Prince Edward Island, Richard Newson had noticed Jack’s war grave and wondered who this young man’s family was, so far away from home. He connected with Judy through Ancestry.com and sent her a photo of Jack’s grave.

“Richard and I corresponded regularly after that. While I was looking into Jack’s life in Australia, Richard was researching his war time service in Canada,” said Judy.

Richard added, “I regularly visit the grave of John Leighton Buttsworth in Summerside People’s Cemetery and send photos to Judy after each visit. To mark the anniversary of Jack’s death one year, I bought a can of locally brewed beer and stood at his grave to share a drink with him.”

Jack grew up in rural Australia. He joined the Australian Light Horse and then transferred to the Australian Imperial Force. After training in numerous camps in New South Wales, he travelled to the Middle East, to participate in the campaign at El Alamein. Three major battles occurred around El Alamein between July and November 1942, which became the turning point of the war in North Africa. The Australian 9th Division played a key role in two of these battles, forging its reputation for defending Tobruk during 1941.

Jack then returned to Australia with the famous 9th Division and took part in troop marches. From there, he moved from the army to the Royal Australian Air Force. Jack then travelled to Canada to train at the Mt. Pleasant Airfield No. 10 Bombing and Gunnery School. He was accidently killed when he walked into the path of a plane’s propeller.

Jack was laid to rest in Summerside People’s Cemetery with full air force honours. He is also remembered on several public memorials in Australia including the historic Wilberforce Park war memorial that remembers those from the local area who served in the two world wars.

Richard says, “I continue to research Canadian newspapers and connect with history groups to try to learn more about John Leighton Buttsworth’s time in Canada. I’ve even shared with Judy the type of music Jack could have listened to while he was in Prince Edward Island.”

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand which commemorates those who served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. This date was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign when WWI troops landed April 25, 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey), where both Australia and New Zealand incurred mass casualties over eight months.

Anyone is welcome to attend the remembrance on Sunday, April 25th at 4:00 p.m. at Jack’s grave in Summerside People’s Cemetery. The best access is from Maple Grove Road and his grave is near vault. COVID protocols will be in place.


Originally, the aerodrome in Mt. Pleasant was a Relief Landing Field for No. 9 Service Flying Training School located nearby, but in 1943, it became a bombing and gunnery school with 44 buildings, including 5 hangars, and 1800 personnel. It was closed in 1945.