New Brunswick — The Picture Province is known far and wide for its abundance of jaw-dropping clear-cuts painstakingly crafted by local artisan family the Irvings. The Manatee’s photographer has visited New Brunswick’s ten most beautiful clear cuts for anyone to view from the comfort of their computer chair, and ranked them.
The Manatee encourages New Brunswickers and tourists to take advantage of the scorching summer heat to visit these clear-cuts and experience the views, humidity, and many mosquitoes for themselves.
This clear-cut can be found on the highway between Bathurst and Miramichi. The juxtaposition of new growth struggling to reach beyond the dead old trees creates a stark contrast that delights onlookers.
This one, on the road between Fredericton and Moncton, boasts an impressive stack of logs drying next to the wet muddy tire tracks. The many smells of dirt, oil and pulp invigorate the senses.
This iconic clear-cut on the outskirts of Boiestown showcases a lone tree left to live on while its peers were all cut down and dragged away. Onlookers can sympathize with the feelings of solitude and hopelessness the lone tree evokes.
A close eye reveals that the few skinny trees left standing in this clear-cut have been sun-bleached to turn grey. The dry trees are a joy to touch, stimulating your fingers with the rough texture and ants. It is located in the Acadian Peninsula.
A steep path leading to this must-visit clear-cut allows heavy machinery to trundle through and continue to cut down trees while onlookers watch. The ever-changing clear-cut outside of Doaktown can be visited multiple times.
Fear not, for those wondering about the lack of yellow, brown and orange in the previous selections will be rewarded by stopping on the side of a gravel path in Stanley to gaze in wonder at the myriad of colours in this clear-cut.
Like clear cuts numbers 9 and 6, this one benefits from a stack of logs, and plenty of brown on the ground. A few tall trees left standing draw the eye away from the ground and into the skies. This hope-inspiring work of art can be found in Woodstock.
For those with a green thumb, this clear cut is similar to number 8, but closer to the road and with more greenery. Don’t be fooled though, an entire forest was chopped down to make this one. It’s on Irving-owned land near Saint John.
Blink and you’ll miss this hidden clear cut behind a row of trees. It’s just outside Marysville and is worth a short trek through a ditch to peer between the trunks at a miniature recreation of a clear cut that would normally span hundreds of acres.
Our photographer’s favourite clear cut near St. Andrews uses lines to form a true masterpiece. Onlookers often sit for hours and gaze at the many branches and trunks on the ground.