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Ile Beaubears Island

35 St. Patrick's Dr.
E1N 4P6

Visit Beaubears Island, a place where fortunes were made and lives were lost, and learn the role Beaubears Island played in Miramichi and Canada’s history.

The modern Interpretive Centre and Museum in Nelson houses several artifacts, interactive touch-screens, and a model depicting how the Island looked in its prime circa 1840. After enjoying the Interpretive Centre visitors can live the region’s history with a plethora of historical characters on Wilson’s Point and Beaubears Island.

Fall Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: Noon to 4pm

• Ferry Boat & Tour Guide- available each day (weather permitting – recommend calling in advance)
• Group Character Tour – available by reservation
• Voyageur Canoe Experience – available by reservation
Admission to Centre: $ 5.00/$3.50 Students & Seniors
Ferry Service to Beaubears Island: $10.00
Guide to Beaubears Island: $15.00

In the summer the well practiced actors portray real historic figures from times gone by from the two historic sites; experience the Acadian tragedy of Camp d’ Esperance and the struggles of Commande Boishébert, who worked to defend the Acadians from deportation. William Davidson, the first English settler who brought shipbuilding and industry to the river, waits to greet you at Wilson’s Point. The Island itself is jeweled with historic characters ranging from the Irish shipbuilders John Harley and George Burchill, the sombre and pious Anne Russell, or the smooth-talking John James Fraser. Visitors can live the River’s golden age of shipbuilding, the decline, and the events that lead to the Island becoming a national park under J. Leonard O’Brien.

The tours through time are every day in summer at 2PM at 35 St. Patrick’s Drive, Nelson Miramichi. For only twenty dollars guests can become a part of the proud history of the Miramichi.

We look forward to seeing you!

2016 Event Schedule


May 19th – Volunteer recruitment


June 13th– Open for the season!


 July 3rd– August 28th– Symphony at Sunset


July 4th– August 27th–  Tours Through Time 


August 27th– Final Historic Tours


August 28th– Movie Night in the Park


August 29th– September 16th– Fall Hours Begin


September 17th– Closed for the Season (Tours Available by Reservation)



Hours / Seasons of Operation:

Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm