Creator(s): Islands Museum
Long and Brier islands, Nova Scotia, were well-established and self-sufficient communities by 1875. The great majority of families earned their living from the fishing industry, either in boats or another fishing-related business. Fish was the staple of the islanders' diet. A few hardy souls established themselves in farming and lumbering, supplying the islands with farm produce, meat, and wood for burning and construction purposes. The land was not conducive to agriculture, so these families had to have a real love for what they were doing.