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. During the summer months, gather at the interpretive centre for the Symphony at Sunset series which showcases the talent of local musicians while watching the sun go down over Beaubears Island.
Tours Through Time – You just never know who you will stumble upon as historic figures from times gone by wander through 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.
If you’d prefer a more traditional transportation method to the island, then hop aboard the voyageur canoe as you paddle your way across the Mighty Miramichi river.