Religion is a very important part of the community of Tignish. The St. Simon & St. Jude church is a true master piece that stands tall over the community. This church brings family and friends together as it shows the true bond of the people here in Tignish.
Please visit the links below to read more information and see pictures of this beautiful church and how it all began.
The first Irish settlers came to Tignish, PEI in the year 1811; twelve years after the first Acadian settlers. They first set foot in the Nail Pond area. People say that their arrival was unplanned and unwelcomed. The Irish settlers were likely on their way to New York and Boston when their voyage became difficult because of such things as weather and money. They were not welcomed by the Acadian settlers who were already happily settled here. This dispute is said to go on for over one generation before things thankfully began to work out.
Next came the difficult part; removing the rancid smelling oil that had seeped into the bones throughout the years. This began in November 2009 and took several months to complete. The bones were moved into specially designed tanks and stored in a large space that was generously donated by Ellice Recycle Ltd. The team first began the degreasing process by spraying the bones with a degreasing enzyme that would take the molecules located within the oil and break them down. Next they were placed inside 2,500.00 gallon liquid containers.
The following industries have been very important to the community of Tignish. Fishing, including Irish moss, has been the largest and the most successful still to this day, employing a very large percentage of the people here in Tignish yearly. However, such industries as the Silver Fox were almost as large in the past. Please continue to the following links to discover the history of these fascinating industries.
The bond of the Tignish community is a strong one that has held throughout the years. This bond comes together through the people and the businesses/locations that have been around for many generations. The following links provide detail and pictures of some of these bonds.
In 1987 a small community known as Tignish, PEI witnessed something that was truly extraordinary and rare; a female blue whale being washed ashore in the Nail Pond area. This whale weighed an amazing 80,000kg and was over 26 m long! However, the blue whale had to be buried for two decades because of the strong odder, and the difficulty associated with unearthing and displaying this giant animal. It took the machine power of four bull dozers and a large farm tractor to drag the blue whale to its grave that was 13 metres deep.