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.