As discussed on the previous page, North Harbour is formed by the outflow of the North Aspy River. This estuary, seen on this page in the twilight of the evening (18h15) in photos I took on my way to the evening’s concert at North Highlands Elementary School, is nearly twice the size of South Harbour, though it is dotted with a number of islands which reduce its apparent size. Moreover, the only two good vantage points for North Harbour from the Bay St Lawrence Road are well inland of the coast, where it is impossible to get a good view of the entire body of water.
Photo #1 and photo #2 were both taken from above an inlet of North Harbour, but looking somewhat north of east towards the egress in the far distance. The North Aspy River enters North Harbour towards the centre of the photo in the middle distance where the narrow tongues of land are seen at the end of the grassy delta formed by silt laid down over the æons. What appears to be the egress in photo #1 in the further distance is actually a passageway between two islands; photo #2, a close-up of this part of photo #1, makes this clear: the sand bar which nearly closes off North Harbour, known as North Harbour Beach, is here easily visible beyond this passageway at the edge of Aspy Bay.
In photo #2 those are not houses that are seen at the right of the photo, but rather gypsum cliffs, which magnification of the original unambiguously reveals them to be. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, a booming gypsum quarry, the remains of which are still very evident today, was located in Dingwall between North Harbour and Dingwall Harbour: the quarried minerals were shipped out of Dingwall by ocean-going boats to destinations in Canada and the United States.
Photo #3, taken a bit further north near the mouth of the aforementioned North Harbour inlet, looks across North Harbour to the ridge in the middle ground on the other side of which Cape North Village is located and, well beyond that ridge, to South Mountain in the far distance.
As at South Harbour, hints of the forthcoming fall colours can be seen in the foliage along the ridge, but the clearest evidence of fall is in the grasses in the foreground, which have apparently been touched by frost as they have lost their normal green colouration.