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After days of ideal dulse-drying weather, yesterday we woke to heavy fog and drizzle.

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A fun game of fogball

A fun game of fog ball on the back lawn

Our time on Grand Manan was drawing to an end so we decided to head to the convenience store where we had seen a big patch of dulse drying everyday. We were told that the dulse was all gone. Like fresh scallops, Dark Harbour crispy dulse doesn’t hang around. You have to be at the right place at the right time.

We missed the fresh but dried dulse at the convenience store

We missed the fresh but dried dulse at the convenience store

We were told to try Roland’s because he would probably have some left over. We had passed Roland’s, the largest scale dulse operation on Grand Manan, several times but curiously had never seen dulse drying. In fact, we had never seen a soul around.

 

Dulse drying at Roland's

Dulse drying at Roland’s

Dulse processing plant

Dulse processing plant

As we pulled up to the dulse shack, we were shocked to find a full-size tour bus disgorging aging New Brunswickers. The mostly old gals were fairly running off the bus to stock up on dulse. We haven’t seen more than three tourists in one place since we got here so the scene at Roland’s was surreal. The tour guide told us that Roland’s was the favourite stop on the tour. The bus driver agreed as he gnawed on a piece of dulse from his 1 lb bag.

Quick get off the bus and grab as many bags of pulse as you can (notice driver is tucking in to his big bag of "delicious" dulse).

Quick get off the bus and grab as many bags of pulse as you can (notice driver is tucking in to his big bag of “delicious” dulse).

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We missed the fresh but dried dulse at the convenience store.

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Another satisfied customer rips into her bag of dulse

Another satisfied customer rips into her bag of dulse

Two tourists told us that dulse was a popular snack in New Brunswick. It could be bought at farmer’s markets in places like St. John and Moncton but “obviously, the best place to get it is here.”

For those who don’t like dulse, Roland has old gross smelly rope for you for $2.

For those who don’t like dulse, Roland has old gross smelly rope for you for $2.