poetry and prose about place

‘cold’ place names in New Brunswick

with 2 comments

Yesterday morning we woke to a dusting of snow on the roof of the garage and deck table.  I am not too crazy about the perils of driving in bad weather, but I love the look of new snow.

cold day in December 2011

Thinking about new snow reminded me about the several communities in New Brunswick named for adverse or chilly conditions:

Snowdon, York County – perhaps after the family name.

Coldbrook, Saint John County (now part of Saint John) – originally thought to have been called Moosepath, then Three Mile House … renamed Coldbrook in 1889, reason unknown.

Coldstream, Carleton County – first called Rockland, was renamed Coldstream in 1852.

Blowdown, Carleton County – originally called South Richmond, the community was renamed in 1869, after a significant leveling of forest as a result of the Saxby Gale (October 4-5, 1869).

Frosty Hollow, Westmorland County (now part of Sackville)– originally called Mapleburg, the community was renamed in 1927 because the first frost in the Sackville area is said to settle there.


For information on other community names in New Brunswick, you can use the search feature at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

new snow on car roof



newfall: words escape me


the white ephemeral

perhaps frost

the fir boughs divided

the sculptured steel

of a flake of snow


try again


paper stencil

on  chocolate cake

powdered sugar

sifted on the rills

of the new plowed field




sweet in my mouth

the bitter melted in morning sun

white hot on my cheek

the writing lamp


a lamp to the left

casts no shadow

(the shadow of a pen

or a hand)

(unless you are wrong-handed)


chimney shadow

on a fresh-snowed roof

or trees on the eastern edge of the road

where the sun cannot warm


the morning

dusting of ice


try again



Published as: ‘newfall: words escape me’,  The Fiddlehead 196: 147, Summer 1998.

Copyright  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

November 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

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  1. Love this poem, Jane. And your photos of the snow. We haven’t had our first dusting yet. It’s overdue.



    November 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    • Hi. I hope it holds off just a little longer (better on the roads)… Jane


      jane tims

      November 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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