All Communities: Community Life: Unique Culture and Heritage

Unique Culture and Heritage- 300 years of Irish, Acadian and First Nation cultures. Known for welcoming and inviting people. As in other regions of the Maritimes, Miramichi culture is firmly grounded in the Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Scottish, and Irish traditions of the region's founding population, particularly in the fishing, sailing and lumbering industries.

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Baie Ste-Anne: Community Life: Unique Culture and Heritage

Known for it’s friendly Acadian culture and language, it is an area with strong Acadian roots. The majority speak French, although most are bilingual. Baie Ste.-Anne Fishermens Co-op, R. O’Neill & Sons, Berger, Sandy Point Park, Escuminac Beach are the dominate employers in the area.

It is said that Jacques Cartier entered Miramichi Bay in 1534, perhaps landing at Escuminac Pointe. On October 6, 1789 records show that "a Joseph Tibido, John Eber, Peter Blauson, Benjamin Blauson, Paul Doucette, Villeroy Doucette and Baptiste Blauson, Canadians and Acadians" made application to become settlers in the area.

Although never incorporated as a village, Baie Sainte-Anne has continued to grow. Today the Baie Sainte-Anne community which includes Hardwicke and Escuminac has a population estimated at 2,000.

Baie Ste Anne also survived one of the greatest fishing disasters ever known. On June 19, 1959 a fleet of 54 vessels set forth for salmon on Miramichi Bay. But a freak storm hit the area with 22 boats being lost and 35 men and boys drowned. There is a monument to these brave fishermen at Escuminac.

The community was home to Yvon Durelle who was Canadian and British Empire light-heavyweight boxing champion. Durelle came within a whisker on what is still considered a slow count of becoming world champion when he knocked Archie Moore to the canvas in the first round in Montreal December 10, 1958.

Blackville: Community Life: Unique Culture and Heritage

This one river produces nearly one half of all the rod caught salmon in North America. The Village of Blackville is situated along the banks of the beautiful Main Southwest Miramichi River, where the Bartholomew River flows into the main river.  It is approximately 40 kilometers southwest of the city of Miramichi.

Incorporated as a village in 1967, it has a population of 931 and has had a long history related to forestry and salmon fishing. Blackville is considered the "Salmon Fishing Capital of the Miramichi".

City of Miramichi: Community Life: Unique Culture and Heritage

300 years of Irish, Acadian and First Nation cultures.

Miramichi (2006 population: 18,129) is the largest city in northern New Brunswick, Canada.[3] It is situated at the mouth of the Miramichi River where it enters Miramichi Bay. The Miramichi River valley is the longest valley in New Brunswick.

The city of Miramichi was formed in 1995 through the forced amalgamation of two towns, Newcastle and Chatham, and several smaller communities, including Douglastown, Loggieville, and Nelson.

As in other regions of the Maritimes, Miramichi culture is firmly grounded in the Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Scottish, and Irish traditions of the region's founding population, particularly in the fishing, sailing and lumbering industries.

Local festivals which celebrate Miramichi culture, and the ancestral roots of the original settlers include:

·         Miramichi Folk Song Festival

·         Annual Pow-wows hosted on the nearby Eel Ground First Nation and Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation

·         La Fête nationale des Acadiens—Acadian Day

·         Miramichi Scottish Festival

·         Canada's Irish Festival on the Miramichi

·         Miramichi Fiddle Festival

Other local festivals include:

·         Canada Days Festival

·         Miramichi Rock 'n Roll Festival

·         Miramichi Salmon Classic

·         Miramichi Exhibition

·         Miramichi Valley High School Hockey Fall Classic



First Nations: Community Life: Unique Culture and Heritage

Experience the ancient Mi’kmaq culture that has existed at its life source for over 3,000 years.

Eel Ground principally occupies lands adjoining the City of Miramichi, New Brunswick, and members of the two communities have no doubt interacted from the time of earliest European settlement. About 1648, Nicolas Denys, Sieur de Fronsac, established a fort and trading post nearby, "on the North side of the Miramichi, at the forks of the river". His son, Richard Denys, was placed in charge of the fort and trading post. In 1688 Richard describes the establishment as including about a dozen French and more than 500 Indians.

The Band was officially recognized by the British in 1783, soon after the French defeat in the Seven Years War.[1]

No doubt the First Nation population had long preceded Denys' "establishment", and present-day inhabitants of Eel Ground would largely be descended from Richard Denys' immediate neighbors. For the Mi'kmaq, the nearby junction of the Northwest and Main Southwest branches of the Miramichi River had long served as a natural meeting point.

Although officially recognized in 1783, Metepenagiag has been home to a Mi'kmaq community for over 3000 years[2], making it the oldest community in New Brunswick. Evidence for the age of the community was discovered in 1972 by Joseph Mike Augustine (a.k.a. Joe Mike.). After reading a magazine article about an ancient burial ground in Arizona, Joe Mike recalled a similar mound near his home. The artifacts found at the site (the Augustine Mound), and a second nearby site (the Oxbow site) demonstrated that Metepenagiag had been continuously inhabited for over 3000 years[2], and that the community enjoyed trading relationships with other First Nations communities, stretching as far west as the Ohio River Valley[2].

The Oxbow and Augustine Mound Sites have been declared National Historic Sites by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Over 100 additional archeological sites have been discovered in the area since 1975

Upper Miramichi: Community Life: Unique Culture and Heritage

The Upper Miramichi area has over 250 years of forestry and logging heritage and almost 100 years of fly-fishing and outfitting.

Upper Miramichi (2011 population: 2414[1]) is a Canadian Rural Community in Northumberland and York Counties, New Brunswick.

Upper Miramichi became a Rural Community on 17 March 2008[2], having formerly been a Local Service District with the same name. The RC includes sixteen communities stretching between McGivney and the Village of Doaktown: Astle, Big Hole Brook, Bloomfield Ridge, Boiestown, Carroll’s Crossing, Hayesville, Holtville, Ludlow, McGivney, McNamee, Nelson Hollow, New Bandon, Parker’s Ridge, Porter Cover, Priceville, and Taxis River. The municipal offices are located in Boiestown.

The community has traditionally been grounded in the lumbering industry with many stories of the log drives and logging camps. The Miramichi River has been and continues to be a famous attraction and has helped create a culture that recognizes and respects all that this water system has to offer.

Home to The Central NB Woodsmen’s Museum, which provides a great opportunity to learn first hand about the way of life in a community based in forestry. Also home to ut this way of life. Or you may wish to see attractions that are the largest of their kind in the province like Fall Brook Falls, a 30 metre plunge at 90 degree slope, or the Priceville Footbridge, the longest suspension footbridge in New Brunswick.