Transplanted Maritimers now have a new place to pine for the East Coast.
The Yukon East Coast Cultural Association is newly formed, and will hold its first public event today – on St. Patrick’s Day – at the Town and Mountain pub, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Ever since the Klondike Gold Rush, Atlantic Canadians have come to the Yukon dreaming dreams filled with silver and gold, said Blake Rogers, the new association’s president. But many still long to fish off Cape St. Mary’s or take in the simple saltwater joys of Platter’s Island. Now they have somewhere to reminisce and share their love of places like Fogarty’s Cove.
The club plans to hold social events throughout the year to give Yukoners a chance to enjoy East Coast music, celebrate the sea and tell stories about the Maritimes. The club is open to anyone from the East Coast, anyone who has visited the East Coast, or has plans to visit the East Coast in the near future, explained Rogers, who grew up in Nova Scotia.
“It seems like (one in) every few people you meet in the Yukon has some kind of connection to the East Coast,” said Rogers. “We just thought we’d give people a venue to take in some good times, to give relocated East
Coasters a taste of home and to give those who don’t know much about Atlantic Canada a taste of the East Coast.”