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Paddling to the Past

Paddling to the Past

Today we headed back to Beaubears Island to take part in their Voyageur Canoe Experience. We arrived at around 10am and were greeted by our tour guides Nathan and Ben. Typically the Voyageur Canoe Experience takes place in a 26 foot, 12-14 passenger canoe, but since it was only the three of us we took one of the smaller canoes. It was a beautiful day for canoeing because the water was calm and we were able to paddle with ease. Our first stop was at Wilson’s Point and on the way we spotted one of the bald eagles. Nathan and Ben informed us that once coupled two bald eagles will mate for life. Once we arrived at Wilson’s Point Nathan and Ben explained to us that a majority of the earliest English settlers lived and were buried in this area. Our tour guides also showed us the foundation of the 1791 Saint James Presbyterian Church which was the first Protestant church to serve the Miramichi. We also got to see some of the remaining grave markers and the William Davidson’s trading post before heading back to the canoes. You can also take a look inside the church which is a replica of the original that once stood. It also offers hiking trails and you can take a stroll along the beach as well.

Our next stop was at Beaubears Island. Our tour guides taught us about Charles Deschamps de Boishébert and his Camp d’Espérance which brought thousands of fleeing Acadians with the help of the Mi’kmaq people to Beaubears Island, during the Great Upheaval of 1755. Sadly, many of them perished due to starvation and illness, but many survived and are responsible for established Acadian communities all around Miramichi. They also told us about Lieutenant Governor J. Leonard O’Brien who was the last private owner of Beaubears Island. He would watch from his parlour window (living room) in the Governor’s Mansion to watch for teens or anyone on his island and would send his employees over on the steam boat to have them removed. Sometimes they would run off before they could get to them, but the majority of the trespassers wanted to get caught just to get a steam boat ride back over. Beaubears Island also has a set of the red chairs which are placed by Parks Canada in the areas they believe are the most unique, treasured and have the best lookouts.
We paddled back to the interpretive center and thanked Nathan and Ben for the wonderful time. We would definitely recommend the Voyageur Canoe Experience because we learnt so many new things! We took a look inside the interpretive center where you can learn the history of the  different people that have been through the island in more details and many other interesting facts about the island as well as some cool interactive displays. The staff at Beaubears Island really know how to take you back in time and provide you with a unique experience.

Up, Down & All Around

Up, Down & All Around

Today we spent our day exploring the French Fort Cove. The Cove is a popular attraction considering it is a multi-seasonal park. It is known for its various hiking and biking trails that draw people from all over. You can also check out the Over the Cove Zipline which is another popular tourist attraction. TheContinue Reading

Four Diverse Events, One City

Four Diverse Events, One City

Our city has many different people that live in the confines we call Miramichi, and with the mixture of people, we have a multitude of different cultures and interests.  This weekend, there are many of these activities and cultural events that you can get the chance to go and experience. Starting with Canada’s largest IrishContinue Reading

Warm Up Your Winter With These Romantic Experiences

Warm Up Your Winter With These Romantic Experiences

What could be more romantic than snuggling with your sweetie near a crackling fire? Here are some winter getaways that are sure to rekindle the romance! Snowshoes & Snuggles with Storeytown’s “Frozen in Time Package”  – A romantic winter getaway at Storeytown Cottages; bundle up for a day of snow shoeing & sliding then cozy upContinue Reading

MRTA Welcomes New Members!

MRTA Welcomes New Members!

The Miramichi River Tourism Association is excited to welcome five new members for 2019! Hoping to join our network of awesome tourism professionals? Keep scrolling! New Members Halcomb’s Moose Barn – Newly opened in 2019 but with five generations of hospitality experience, The Moose Barn has been described as a snowmobilers paradise! Chez Raymond –Continue Reading

Must Try Winter Activities

Must Try Winter Activities

Whether you embrace winter in all its glory or would rather embrace a cup of cocoa by a hot fire, with nearly 3 meters of annual snowfall, Miramichi has something for everyone! Dashing Through the Snow – Fletcher’s Sleighrides is a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else. Hop aboard a horse drawn sleigh as itContinue Reading

Making Holiday Magic on the Miramichi

Making Holiday Magic on the Miramichi

Freshly cut pine trees, twinkling holiday lights and cozy craft markets make the holiday season one of the best times to visit Miramichi. Whether Miramichi is home, you’re home for a visit or making us your home for the holidays, we’ve got suggestions to add a little extra magic to your holiday season. Shop (Locally)Continue Reading

Social Media Content Submissions Guidelines

Social Media Content Submissions Guidelines

The Miramichi River Tourism Association is a membership based marketing organization with the goal of attracting travellers to Atlantic Canada’s Great Outdoors. Our region encompasses from Boiestown to Escuminac, Tabusintac to Kouchibouguac. Thank you for your interest in submitting content to be featured on Discover Miramichi’s social media channels. Given the number of requests weContinue Reading

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

The Miramichi is known for our magnificent river and for always giving a friendly hello; or as we say it “How She Going?”? While there are tonnes of activities aimed at travellers, sometimes you just want to get off the beaten path and live like a local which is why we’ve decided to share someContinue Reading

Laney & Alecia | Saying Goodbye

Laney & Alecia | Saying Goodbye

This summer, Discover Miramichi had two wonderful summer students, Laney and Alecia; but all good things must come to an end. This fall, Laney will be pursuing business at UNB while Alecia is moving on to become a pharmacy technician. Throughout the summer, the girls enjoyed dozens of “field trips” throughout the province and wereContinue Reading